The farmers not long ago were always much more comfortable then the city folks! As they lived with the animals, also at night, the house would be much warmer then in the city! Although cooking inside wasn't so much fun, most of the houses would use a small stove, fired with peet, dug and dried locally!
It is somehow a small house, just a few windows in it, if you compare it with the houses we are used to nowadays you would run away quickly, as all seems to be smaller in size, more or less 36 square meters, that is all, maybe even less, the cows, wood, stove, kitchenware, bedroom, walls, two small wooden chairs, some oil-lamps, it is all the inventory of a house that would be situated along one of the long channels in Drenthe, a province in the Nort-East of the Netherlands, this is the place the 'peet' was dug up, dried under the sun and wind, then placed on barges and transported to Amsterdam to heat the houses in the city. Visiting Ellert & Brammert in Schoonoord gives you a clear idea what it must have been to live in that time, some 70 years ago.
Ok, I have to admit. I love hydrangea so much. They are so good looking and the colours are so amazing. I've never seen hydrangea as fresh and as healthy as this. The flowers are big and bushy. I found this somewhere in the city, during my walk to the flea market.
This shop is somewhere at my friend's home in Brunesltraat. I will have to check with her the exact name of this shop or street. It was a short walk, not more than 10 minutes from her home or it could be lesser than that.
The shop sells plants and nice pots. If I live nearby, I would have bought some of them. The gorgeous looking hydrangea was about 4 euro per pot. It's small and already have a bushy flowers.
I enjoy walking (no doubt you'll see me limping somewhere along the way, ha3). I don't necessarily need a definite destination. Wandering around, checking out the streets and lanes of another different city is a must do during any of my travel trips.
This was one of the street in Assen, not sure what's the name. There are many shops along the street. Since my walk was quite early and it was a Saturday, so either the shops are close on Saturdays or open a bit late.
Like other women, I go crazy every time seeing flowers. I'm not so sure what were these but I really hope I can plant them at my backyard, but that's impossible. Even my hydrangea said to be imported from Holland too is still struggling to survive after almost 1 year since I got it from the nursery.
I think its the cold weather that made the flowers and leaves so beautiful, healthy and fresh looking. The colours are vibrant too. Imagine having a garden with nice looking flowers just like this, wow, the neighbours surely won't take their eyes off ;)
If you're feeling cold and needed extra layer to keep warm, this stall might help! Plenty of leggings and socks sold at reasonable price. I saw some socks sold at 5 euro per bundle. Now thinking, why didn't I get one of those legging...they're really cool.
There are a variety of vegetables and fruits in my country too, but I've never seen them so fresh and so healthy like those sold here. The size, colours and even texture are a little different which made almost all vegetables and fruits seemed much prettier and yummy. Of course there were those that I've never seen before, I can't remember what they were and not so sure of their names either ;)
Can't remember what we bought, cherries and one that was really sweet and tasty was the kiwi and they were quite cheap too.
As I mentioned, it was just a short stay in Assen. Therefore, I didn't get to see much. My friend took my mum and me to the flea market somewhere in the city. According to her it's open every Wednesday and Saturday from 5.30 am - 3.30 pm and if the weather goes too cold, they'll close down.
They sell a lot of stuff here but those that really caught my attention was the stalls selling vegetables, fruits and flowers. I saw stalls selling socks and souvenirs too, but didn't get to browse too long since it was raining.
Drents Museum is the main museum for the province Drenthe. It gives a fine idea about the history and archeology of this province and has some unusual objects connected with it.
Some very important finds were bodies found in the peat layers of this region. On writing this tip I found the word is 'bog bodies'
Most famous is the Yde girl shown permanently at the Drents Museum. She is supposedly from the 1st century AD.
Style rooms show how the Drents gentry lived in the 18th century.
There is a large section for children* with all sorts of educative and fun stuff to do. Not just by themselves, there is special museum staff to take them through all the activities.
Drents Museum also has some exclusive temporary exhibitions. A year or two ago I went to see the Xhian warriors there. Currently, there is gold from Georgia, Myth of the Golden Fleece.
There is an added entrance fee of 2 euro on top of the normal fee for these kinds of exhibitions.
Some general information in English here
Currently the museum is being considerably enlarged. Due to this the museum will close for a while: August 16, 2010 till October/November, 2011.
Every year we come to the Dutch Open Dance Festival to watch hundred of Amateur and Professional dancers from all over the world compete in one of the top European dance competitions.
We highly recommend it. Second week in November each year.
Near the city of Assen there's the (in)famous place called Camp Westerbork. During the 2nd WW many Dutch Jews, Gypsies and other minority groups were brought here and transported to places like Auswitz, Birkenau, etc. One of the most famous people being Anne Frank. One can walk the campgrounds and feel the presence of so many who never returned. Visit the museum, see the films.
These ancient rockformations were placed by people living in the Netherlands 5000 years ago to be used as graves. They were called the Trechterbekervolk, because of the cups they used. The huge stones (2 to 20 thousand kilograms) were probably moved by dozens of people with ropes and sleds. The rockformations used to filled up with dirt, the floor was paved with stones aswell. The entrance was usually to the south, blocked by a wooden door or a stone. There are 54 hunebedden in the Netherlands, they also occur in Scandinavia and Germany. There are a few of them around Assen.
This is a statue of a boy named Bartje Bartels. He used to be a person in a dutch television show. It was spoken in the Drenths dialect, so it had to be subtiteld. One of the sentences Bartje says has become famous: Ik bid nie veur bruune boon'n, meaning I don't say prayer for beans.
In august 2004 RTV-Drenthe, the public regional broadcasting-station for the Province of Drenthe is moved to the former secondary school at the Beilerstraat in Assen.
This former Secondary school, called the Rijks HBS, at the edge of the beautiful forest, the Asser Bos, is a national protected monumental building. The interior of this former school was completely renewed, but within severe regulations.