I think that one of the things that impressed us most about Holland was the efforts toward preservation of the old buildings. This photo was taken in a modern real estate office and on both the ground floor and upper floor effort and cost had been taken to preserve features of older buildings like the bricks of this old wall and some of the structural support timbers in the old roof.
- Historical Travel
Walk the Dike and Riverside
Here in Hattem, part of life is the dike and the river Ijssel. When we visited our friends there, they have a house on the river side of the dike. When we arrived on the first night it was a short walk to the edge of the river at the edge of their property. On the next morning we learned that in Germany they were having heavy rains and the river Ijssel was in a flood stage, which meant that most of the riverbank up to the dike had disappeared, what had been dry land yesterday was now part of the river.....The last two pictures more graphically illustrate what I mean, in the first the tree is on solid ground, the next shows it is also a water plant...
- Hiking and Walking
City Hall, yes I said City Hall
It is not often that I recommend a traveler visit a city hall (well never would be more accurate I think...), but here in Hattem the city fathers did a very interesting thing. They actually took an old street with houses on it, roofed over the street and turned the houses, both street level and uppper levels into offices for the city. You enter the front door and it is as if you were entering a Dutch street from 3-400 years ago, quite impressive. There are modern elements, such as the suspended walkway that takes you to the upper offices, but they have been designed in such a was as to blend in well, either by complimenting or contrasting the existing elements.
- Arts and Culture