Monday, 28 September 2009

that's My World, & ABC Wednesday, K of Krimpen








Two of the villages in the Krimpenerwaard ( the name of the polder) are called Krimpen. The larger of the two is called Krimpen a/d IJssel, it lies on the river IJssel. The smaller one is called Krimpen a/d Lek, because it is situated on the river Lek, which you have to cross to come in Kinderdijk, where the windmills are.The church has a steeple with a wind vane representing a whale, because the church is built near the place where the whalers started their voyage to the north of Europe, centuries ago.
Wikipedia says:"" Krimpen aan de Lek is a town on the Lek River in the municipality Nederlek, province South Holland, the Netherlands. It had 6607 inhabitants in 2008.

The name Krimpen comes from the archaic word "Krempener", meaning "river crossing". Therefore Krimpen aan de Lek means "Crossing on the Lek".

Krimpen aan de Lek is a quiet and scenic village with 3 elementary schools and two Protestant churches. The village is small but as any other village it has a shopping centre with a supermarket, a greengrocer, a butcher, two baker's shops, three hairdresser's, a beauty parlour, a florist, a shoeshop, a clothes shop( very fashionable), a florist, a photoshop with an adjoining postoffice, an optician, a toyshop with an office stationer's, two bicycle repairers, a pet shop and a drugstore. There are several pubs and three restaurants. We have a sportcentre, which is used for all kind of events. On Fridays there is a market.


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39 comments:

Erin said...

beautiful captures and the villages are so lovely and well kept. love all the water that surrounds them. that whale weather vane was cute.
have a lovely week.

Babooshka said...

They really are quite beautiful. Always so much info too. Really whets the appetite for touring.

Carver said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour of the villages. So much beauty.

Janice Thomson said...

I like your bright ferries! Lovely tour of this beautiful place in your world.

Marja said...

Prachtige foto's en weer wat nieuws geleerd en ik kende krimpen aan de IJssel maar wist niet dat er een Krimpen aan de Lek was.

Jack and Joann said...

Yes, I want to see this in person. But still the best photo is of that little dog. I better not come. I might steal it. LOL!

Sylvia K said...

You always have such marvelous posts! Lovely photos of beautiful places and such great information! Always a pleasure to visit, Wil! And this one is no exception!

Have a great week!

Sylvia

Vicki Lane said...

Wonderful pictures -- I especially liked the vegetable garden -- and the still water.

Etje said...

Ben weer wat slimmer geworden want had hier nog nooit van gehoord

Island Rambles Blog said...

Nice sequence of photos in the Slide....very creative and beautiful. Truly shows your world. cheers.

Anya said...

Bedankt voor de rondrit :)
Ik ben er nog nooit geweest !!!!
Fijne dag vandaag :)

Lawstude said...

the images are really beautiful. thanks for sharing these.

Irene said...

Thank you for sharing with us this lovely village.

Lawstude said...

off topic:

thanks for your concern. the flood that happened in manila was the worst ever in my years of existencee . the place i live in is about 3 hours away in manila. we had strong winds but fortunate enough not to be flooded. i had lots of friends in manila who lost everything but i am sure we filipinos can survive this.

JOE TODD said...

That is a pretty "intense" looking heron. Thanks for the tour

Pacey said...

Wish I could have gone to that part of NL Wil. It's very beautiful there, right? Oh yeah, Wil thanks for the thoughts and concern. Our family is doing well. The flood was on the capital of Phils. and it was very bad. And I am on a smaller city away from those disaster. You are so very kind to think of me. Bedankt en fijne week. Groetjes!

Japa - cbanga360 said...

That's an awesome tour of the place.

Miss_Yves said...

J'ai admiré la belle girouette, le héron, le petit personnage, les habitations paisibles et les jardinets au bord de l'eau .
C'est charmant (mais il doit y avoir beaucoup de moustiques !)

RuneE said...

Krimpen must be a nice place to live. It seemed different from the image one sometimes get of The Netherlands as a crowded and busy country. Obviously a place worth a visit.

anthonynorth said...

They're such beautiful places.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Hey Wil....* MUWAH *
Loved the post! My favorites were:
The Heron
The Garden by the water
The weeping willow!

Carol said...

I enjoyed the tour of Krimpen...beautiful scenery

Arkansas Patti said...

Always a delight to the eye and exercise for the brain. Thanks once again for a well illustrated lesson.

Paula Scott said...

Wow! I kinda felt tongue tied inside my head as I read this post, but it sure was fascinating to learn about these places and the meaning behind their names.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Fabulous, Wil. I liked the slide show very much. I'm always struck about how tidy the Netherlands tends to be!

Life with Kaishon said...

You are such a great teacher! I always learn a little lesson when I come to visit. You impart knowledge : ) So sweet!

Barbara Martin said...

Great captures of the ferry and villages, with inspiring narrative. Thanks, Wil.

Vagabonde said...

The villages are so pretty and clean – the water too. I say this because when we returned from Canada we saw that our family room had been flooded, and much of the surrounding area. I posted some pictures of the Atlanta flood on my blog and the pics of the river are not as pretty as those on your pictures.

Hildred and Charles said...

I do love your slides, and this one is especially interesting and beautiful. The Ferry looks so sunny and bright too.

Rose said...

Thank you for giving us this tour of such a quaint and scenic town. The whale weather vane is certainly unusual, but it's understandable after reading your explanation. I'd like to sit on that little deck and see the "water everywhere." Thanks for sharing!

photowannabe said...

Beautiful water and the villages are captured so well. Thanks for giving me a tour of your beautiful country.

Tumblewords: said...

So beautiful - peaceful but energetic. Interesting narrative, as well!

Etje said...

De werkweek is weer middendoor e, daarom kom ik je een fijne en prettige woensdag wensen

magiceye said...

thank you for the wonderful tour of krimpen!

Roger Owen Green said...

Lovely photos. A polder, I'm guessing, is like a U.S. county.

Middle Ditch said...

A manneke pies in Krimpen on de Lek?

Beautiful photographs. I do like those slide shows.

I think I have been there ones.

The Weaver of Grass said...

It is interesting to know the origin of village names reader wil. Here is the Yorkshire Dales a lot of our village names go back to Viking for their origin.

jay said...

How interesting to see it. Odd to see a modern row of houses and allotments which could so easily have been from around here, though!

Except it all looks so clean! We always have rubbish blowing about. :(

Grace and Bradley said...

It is a small village, but with a shopping mall!! When centuries ago, the whalers went out from the port. It must be hard time for those sailers. The churches must provided many comfort for the family members.