A love for Sneek
Butter, broad en melk in un beker
WIe dat nyt sege jab us gyn echte Sneker
Ik wel, want ik woan bij de Waterpoart
Der hewwe jim fast wel fan hoard
Dat is al un heel out gebou derit ik kafn hou
Boaten, grachten en de stad
Sneek is en blieft myn groatste skat!
Marcel van der Meulen
Butter, bread and milk in a mug
whoever can't say that, isn't a true Sneker
I can, 'cause I live at the Waterpoort
You must've heard of it
It's a very old building that I love
Boats, canals and the town
Sneek is and will be my greatest treasure!
This street sculpture is not only nice to lighten up the street, it also shows a bit of life in the old days (1841). The guy is a travelling merchant who sells textiles, ribbon and buttons and the Frisian woman with the geese is buying. The travelling merchants often came from as far as Belgium.
The plaque says this sculpture was donated by C&A Netherlands. The famous textile concern (also well known in Germany and elsewhere) of the Brenninkmeijer family. They count as amongst the very richest of this country. If I'm correct, the richest even!
In Frisian the plaque also says De Friezinne en de omreizgende lapkepoek, anno 1841.
We spent a couple days in Sneek in June 2005 , and had visited in previous years. Sneek is one of the "Elfsteden" of Fryslan,and is a bustling city which would appeal to the Watersports enthusiest ,the history buff, or one who just wants to see a part of the Netherlands thats a bit off the beaten path ,at least as far as American tourists are concerned.
Sneek is perhaps best known for its famous Waterpoort...but somehow we managed to not get any pix of this landmark, but the picture above was taken FROM that spot...which one can often find deserted...
As you can see from the top picture Sneek is undergoing some Urban Renewal...some of it is just the Brickwork that is common in Dutch cities, some a bit less routine...trees are being planted , whole blocks are being refurbished, and it looks like a good plan...will be interested in visiting again in a year or so to see how it all turns out... Theres still plenty of Historical , and architectural interest in Sneek... Also we were told by people that Sneek is the "Hip-Hop capital of the Netherlands" ...we heard some Dutch language rap, and apart from understanding only a few percent of the lyrics, I liked it ...All in all Sneek was a nice stop on our ongoing exploration if the Nstherlands