Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Naarden: Where?Wednesday

Last weekend we spent a pleasant day touring parts of the Utrecht and North Holland provinces, along the scenic river Vecht, and stopped in the small town of Naarden.

The town is surrounded by a unique star-shaped moat. Below are some pics from one area of the fortifications; for an aerial view click here.

Naarden is a pleasant little town that happens to have two of the nicest wine shops we've found here ... so we left with the wallet a little lighter.

So, who's the dude? Comenius (Jan Amos Komensky), a Czech-born educator/writer who is known as the father of modern education and after whom a prestigious United Nations education award is named. He spent his last years in The Netherlands escaping religious persecution.


JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Hi Rich,!!!
You asked me to "Stop by today, couse I might recognize the pic you're going to publish."

My village, where I live ( over the bridge, not inside de "vesting" )and ? did you like it? You made the 'roundtrip' saw ,haha:) and you found the 2 excellent wine-shops , yes its good to know/visit them, and "Comenius ,

Well I would advice you to come back, once the spring/summer is starting, all looks different-prettier, more coloured than you might also like to make a 'canal-boat-trip'.

But you did a good job by photographing the most interesting parts, did you visit also 1 of the restaurants? There are over a 15 different 'great cuisine' restaurants here in Naarden, and not te forget the 'antique shops', the designers (inside there are shops) " the Arsenaal" by Dutch designer Jan des Bouvrie.. .

Well I hope you enjoyed your roundtrip, I also lived for 12 yesr in utrecht....

Have a good day:)and Thnaks for letting me know that you psoted thhis photo's:)

bluechic said...

hmm so the Netherlands was a safe haven from religious persecution? Very interesting and I like these scenes you've put up--so peaceful and serene...

Deslilas said...

Blogging may lead towards history.

Lezard said...

Long time I have not been to Naarden, but I'm actually going there to visit friends next Saturday. I never miss the Arsenaal from Jan des Bouvrie, as the building itself is sooo nice. By the way, if you look for a good wine shop in The Hague, my favourite is Le Bouchon in Valeriusstraat (open from Thursday to Sunday): great choice of wines (and not only French) and very nice guy.

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

oooooww Lezard,
I wish I was in Naarden,( to show you around) but we are just leaving for Paris, what a pity:(