The beautiful organ was built between 1793 and 1796 by Rudolph Knol form the village of Hasselt. The entire organ was increases in 1897 by mister Proper, and he also changed the front view and its position in the church. Finally in 2007, the company Mense Ruiter Organ (Zuidwolde) restored the complete organ again.Via the man who was cleaning the...more
To my huge disappointment I must say that I only have been inside the church once. My own experience in travelling all over the world learned me that all the churches abroad (outside The Netherlands) usually are open to the public during the daytime. But in my country it's not quite like that. Most churches are closed and only open whenever there...more
The Hervormde Kerk of Zartsluis is the landmark of this little village. It trully towers over the city and you can't miss it once you're here. It has a rather long belfry, which was originally a watch tower providing protection against hostile incursions. Also watchmen in this tower were on the lookout for fires. Though flags were used by the...more
To my huge disappointment I must say that I have never been inside the church. My own experience in travelling learned me that all the churches abroad (outside The Netherlands) usually are open to the public during the daytime. But in my country it's not quite like that. Most churches are closed and only open whenever there is a service. I...more
The Gereformeerde Doleantiekerk is trully a beautiful spot, situated on the north side just outside the city center it really is quite a landmark for the village and its surroundings.The church is located at a major road called the N334 and at this particular spot there used to be a canal. The hall has a rectangular shape and a gable roof with...more
Walking through the village of Zwartsluis is nice and you will see more than enough history passing by. One of the things you won't see at corner of the N334 is the (damped) Stadsingel. Right here there used to be an canal, but in the seventies it was damped in order to proivide space for the current busy road. Only the name of this street, Het...more
It's maybe a bit morbide to realise that even under the current road (Baanstraat) there are probably still graves. They were never removed before the construction of the street. The only objects that reminds of the old Jewish cemetery are the 32 visible tombstones. The cemetery even has some more mysteries left as it is not even sure if there are...more
This very old cementary doesn't show much of what it used to be. It just seems to be a small lawn with a black metal pilinwork surrounding it. Although just 32 tombstones are visible, its proven that everywhere beneath the grass Jews are burried. Rough calculations about the size of a grave in the late 18th century and documents about funerals in...more
Several Jewish cemeteries have been founded since the first Jews settled in the Netherlands in the 16th century. Some of them have grown to be huge monuments of a once lively community. One the most well-known is Beth Haim in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. Jews have been buried there since the year 1614, making it the oldest Jewish cemetery in the...more
De Vlakte 20, Zwartsluis, 8064 PC, nl
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Whenever I undertake a journey to a particular country I always want to know all about the surroundings, it’s history, it’s culture, which cities to visit, which hikes to undertake, et cetera. In advance to the journey I do browse over the internet to get certain information and read travel books just to make sure I won’t miss out on anything.
Once I am travelling I like to talk to the local people about their own country, their own region and those conversations will retrieve lots of extra information about some beautiful spots to visit, the ultimate restaurant or sometimes a particular area to avoid.
Ever since I have had myr own personal travel site and this one at Virtual Tourist I like not only to undertake the journey, but also write about it for everyone to enjoy. Just to make sure I won’t forget the details of the journey I write is all down in a diary. I have given the dairy the name “Diary of a madman” and it contains all the information I have gathered. I like to make the diary more beautiful to glue in some pictures out of folders and also the entrance tickets to museums, National Parks, bus tickets, et cetera.
This way I am able to tell all our friends about my travels. For Virtual Tourist I can reproduce all the information for (hopefully) solid tips with lots of good details that will help you in your travels. Besides that it’s always fun to read about a journey I took for example 7 or 8 years ago and read about what I exactly did and how I experienced it. I also have managed to keep in touch with the local people I talked to and do nourish these contacts. Especially at the travelogue section of each location you can see some pages out of the Diary of a madman. Yes, I know, it's written in Dutch, but you'll have an impression on how it looks. And maybe you can tell us how you remember all the information for your tips. Enjoy!
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
If your child is big ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. Also let them eat candies, this helps the kids tremendously if they don't know how to pop their ears.
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
The Nationale Sleepbootdagen in Zwartsluis is a festival where tugboats return to the historic harbor of Zwartsluis for three days of entertainment, food, art, history, and a fair welcome to the summer. Vintage, working and retired tugboats are moored at the Handelskade in Zwartsluis, right in front of the building where I work at. To me this means...more
The 2010 Nationale Sleepbootdagen was a huge success indeed. The weather was gorgeous, and for once the temperature was high enough all day, but still ramps weren’t too steep and the air wasn’t too hot. Ideal for three days of festivities. And i can tell you this much: whether you're a boating enthusiast, or simply someone in search of a tasty trip...more
Zwartsluis is a small village in the Dutch province of Overijssel and is located in the municipality of Zwartewaterland, at the mouth of the Zwartewater River and the Meppelerdiep canal. The village is home to many recreational boats, as well as a heritage fleet of fishing and cargo vessels. The Arembergergracht links the town with the Beulaker and...more
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?
The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explian why a woman turns the map all around when I'm asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
Luggage and bags:
* Map and guidebook.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: None ... :-)
After I explored the area around the Arembergergracht and its sluice it was time for me to return back to work. I passed by a lot of historical houses, too many name them all. Most of these buildings were built in the 16th and 17th century and are well maintained, which makes it even a better pleasure to have a look at them.For example I saw the...more
I don't know if it is good English, but the Arembergergracht and its sluice is a hidden gem within a hidden gem. I walked my way over the road called Buitenkwartier and the old dike towards the village of Vollenhove. Without a doubt I saw some beautiful historical houses and hidden churches like the Doopsgezinde Vermaning, built in 1842. And all of...more
By the time I am writing this tip for Virtual Tourist I am working in the village of Zwartsluis for just over two and a half year. You must understand that I occassionally do take a stroll around Zwartsluis during my break. Most of the time I end up in the historicl city center and some nice little alleys around the Nederlands Hervormde Kerk. It's...more
The old village of Zwartsluis, was established in the 14th century. Because of its dependence of its defences, it was forced to develop within their narrow confines of the fortress. The development in the area of the walled town was very limited. Zwartsluis acquired its final shape 80 years after the building of it walls and the next wave of...more
Most people try to rush Zwartsluis on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Zwartsluis properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out.Before we visited Zwartsluis we already had a look at the internet. As we are from The Netherlands we are used to doing a lot by foot...more
We have visited quite some dutch villages over the years and we can honestly say that visiting Zwartsluis is worth while. Maybe in this part of the country there is nothing like the village of Zwartsluis and especially the old historical center. Zwartsluis is in the Netherlands, and yet it is a bit of culture unto itself. It's the dream world of...more
Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Hoogeveen (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular area. But anyway nothing really special, which was a bit of a disappointment. Therefore we buy the same beer as we would drink back home, Grolsch! LOL
Grolsch Brewery (Grolsche Bierbrouwerij) is a Dutch brewery founded in 1615 by Willem Neerfeldt in Groenlo (Grolle). The beer from Groenlo gradually became better known in the surroundings of Groenlo. Through the years the demand for Grolsch beer shifted from a local to national and eventually international level. It is a bit bitter and has a pale colour. You can taste the hop flavour, and has a alcohol content of 5 percent. You should try it!