Monday, 28 September 2015

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday L for Leerdam

An annual event of our choir is our trip to a museum, a factory or a boattrip on one of our rivers or lakes. This year we chose Leerdam, the Glass City of the Netherlands.

Glass- works

 Leerdam  population: 20,563 in 2014) is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland.

Leerdam received city rights in 1407. The small river Linge, bordered by beautiful water meadows, defines the atmosphere and tone of the landscape. Several centuries ago Leerdam formed a part of the Vijfheerenlanden domain, before it was raised to the level of County in 1498.
In 1551, Leerdam, together with Acquoy, became property of the House of Orange and part of the County of Holland.
The rich history of Leerdam can be found in well-kept historic buildings such as the Grote Kerk (Great Church), the Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden (Mrs. Aerden Almshouses, now a museum), the remaining and restored city walls on the Zuidwal and the Oude Raadhuis (Old City Hall).

The restored city walls.

Part of the city walls

Opposite the glass works


Inside the glass works we could attend a demonstration and buy a beautiful glass object

in the shop.



Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar. Thank you Team of O. W. T.!

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and thanks to Roger. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with  L.



Sylvia K said...

A great look at a wonderful, amazing old city!! Great captures for the day, Wil, as always!! Hope you enjoy your new week!!

Cloudia said...

How interesting, Wil


eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a wonderful tour of the walled city and the glass-works factory. Wonderful post and images. Have a happy week ahead!

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful glass works and wonderful photography of your lovely trip ~

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Fun60 said...

The glass works look beautiful. I imagine they are quite expensive.

Roger Owen Green said...

I especially like the glass!


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This was so interesting Wil. The old city is beautiful and I always enjoy the chance to watch artists and crafts persons at work! And the pieces these glass artisans created are beautiful.

Melody Steenkamp said...

Geweldig Wil...wat heeft ons land toch mooie plekjes hè

Ben daar nog nooit geweest maar staat wel op mijn lijstje

Fijne abc-week !!

Mascha said...

I haven't known before, that Leerdam is a glass city.
But I think, they make a very yummy cheese too.
Nice to see it.
Greetings from Germany

Trubes said...

What a LOVELY old city WIL
and some beautiful glass work and so much water..
Thank you again for sharing your Country with us..I've
often had a longing to visit The Netherlands and maybe
will one day!

Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Gattina said...

Looks like a pretty little town and glassblowing is so interesting. Must be the Dutch "Murano" !

Leslie: said...

Beautiful glass works and architecture. Sounds like a lovely adventure.

abcw team

Rajesh said...

Wonderful tour of the city. Thanks for sharing.

Murthy said...

Great pics..full of life.

photowannabe said...

Oh my what a fascinating place.
I think I would have gone a bit Looney or crazy at the Glass Place.
Simply gorgeous works.

Gigi Ann said...

What a fun trip to the city of Leerdam today. I especially enjoyed looking at the lovely glass display. Thanks for sharing your trip with us today.

Anonymous said...

I love it when they preserve the city walls - such a piece of history! And the pics you took from the glass-blowing are beautiful! Enjoy your week, Wil:)

Anonymous said...

I enjoy visiting cities with walls. Very rare or nonexistent in the states! Have a wonderful week.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

1407! The New World was still to be found. I hope I can see this part of the world one day. Thanks for sharing, Wil.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Photo Cache said...

The glass vases are beautiful. I could look at them the whole day long.


Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil said...

Lovely. Great to see paths and walkways without cars parked right alongside! Also, the pix of glass are scrumptious. Thanks! Amy

Ira said...

It was a lovely trip across the city with this illustrated post. Quite informative !

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Beautiful glass work and a charming spot to visit. Love the brick buildings along the river.

Lea said...

Very interesting!

Hildred said...

Loved the history and I am fascinated by the glassworks. Magic!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Did you know this statistics? The Dutch are the tallest people in the world, In deed, I have this Dutch family in my neighbourhood. wife 6 feet 3, husband 6feet 6.The kids, one head above the rest.

Like the glass works.

Powell River Books said...

Beautiful creations. - Margy

Indrani said...

Indeed a great post! Very informative!
The pics on glass making are superb!

Happy ABCW!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Leerdam looks like a beautiful city. I would Love to visit that Glass Works place. Such an amazing art! Have you ever shared any videos of your choir? I do also love choral singing.

Marja said...

Oh beautiful I never went to Leerdam but now might do next year and maybe the keukenhof as well if it is not too late.
Your header is stunning Did you make that photo?