On the Willem Alexander Bridge you can see the ships pass from Rotterdam harbour to the German Ruhrgebiet and back!The river Waal a main extension of the river Rhine floats along our area!If I get on a boat here I could sail all the way to Basel, Switzerland on the rier Rhine.Many ships go by each hour of the day! I can watch this for hours!more
Every little town in the Netherlands has it's own feast or something like it. Here it's called: Dag van Lauwe which means: Day of the Town. Lauwe is dialect for Beneden Leeuwen. This is a day full of festivities: A lot of attractions for kids, a market, musicstages, demonstrations of fire brigade etc.And a special event:Maas en Waalse...more
Each year in approx. february Carnaval is celebrated. Beneden Leeuwen has one of the biggest parades in the province of Gelderland. The parade almost lasts for 2 hours. All kinds of subjects are mentioned in the parade, like politics, partying, sayings, public figures, past events etc.The people of Beneden Leeuwen have a different name in...more
Ocassionally the river Waal floods its banks and can form a threath to people living behind the dikes.
The water can rise about 4 or 5 meters at that time.
From an already mighty river the Waal almost gets 3 km wide at some places.
The diffence between the land behind the dikes and the water can be sometimes more than 4 or 5 meters.
Standing on the dike you can imagine what it's like. You see the water half a meter or a meter below the top and the houses about a meter or 5 below the top.
If a flooding would occur here, the hight of the water in the villages would reach a level of 2 to 3.5 meters.
It is a constant treath to the people living here, but if you would ask them to move elswhere for their safety most of the people would answer 'no', simply because they are used to it and also love the river.