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Old April 9th, 2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Holland Hardcore :D



I thought it was time to start my thread on the Netherlands, the country I was born and raised in, as I have just spent a long weekend there.
(Holland, ofcourse, only refers to the region around the provinces of North- and -South Holland)

On wednesday, I stayed with friends in Amsterdam. This photo was taken near Hoofddorpplein in the district of Oud-Zuid:

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Just one photo of Amsterdam though, as I spent a few days in the Achterhoek region of the eastern province of Gelderland, visiting a friend who has recently moved there. I have barely visted this area, which is known as the "Dutch mid-west", in my entire life, so I'm sharing my first proper impression of it here.

The starting point of our trip is the not particularily beautiful station of Doetinchem (pop +/- 50.000):

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Some old factories on the river Oude Ijssel, which won't be there very much longer:

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Ofcourse there's nothing wrong with re-using land that has now become useless, but I sometimes fear that the whole country (outside the old centres) is turning into this:

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There are many old churches in the region, this one's in the village of Zelhem:

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On sunday, we cycled from the village where my friend lives (Halle) to Zutphen through the Achterhoek countryside:

Transformer house:

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The Oude-Ijssel again:

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Castle in Vorden:

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Giant oak in Vorden:

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Vorden church:

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Old April 9th, 2013, 10:30 PM   #2
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I would somehow expect to see a house like this one, on the road from Vorden to Zutphen, in Belgium rather than in the Netherlands:

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A typically dutch 19th/early 20th century house in Warnsveld:

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Amsterdamse School-style (Dutch Art-Deco) watertower on the edge of Zutphen:

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The Netherlands has many beautiful historic towns, and I have to say that Zutphen (pop: +/- 50.000), that I have now visited for the first time, is one of the finest:

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Ramparts:

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These birds were fighting for at least 10 minutes:

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Old April 9th, 2013, 10:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for the pictures! Typical pictures of the east of the Netherlands (except Amsterdam of course ) Favourites are 6, 12, 13 and 14.
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Old April 9th, 2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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Stately 19th century houses along the waterfront:

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The river Ijssel:

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Farm near Bronkhorst, also on the Ijssel:

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A typically Dutch site (a pumping station):

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Our mode of transport, with the Ijssel in the background:

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Our return journey took us past the picturesque little town of Doesburg, but it was dark by the time we got there:

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Last glimpse of the Ijssel:

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The station of Weert (an otherwise quite uninteresting little town) in Limburg, on the way back home in Liège:

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This will be the last post in this thread for a while, as I have a lot to do, and still have to sort the photos from my archive. I hope you enjoyed it!
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Old April 9th, 2013, 10:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for the pictures! Typical pictures of the east of the Netherlands (except Amsterdam of course ) Favourites are 6, 12, 13 and 14.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 05:49 AM   #6
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lovely photos.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 08:22 AM   #7
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Beautiful photos!
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Old April 12th, 2013, 09:08 AM   #8
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Great shots. Some nice pano's as well.

Good thing you were already ahead of the Holland remarks especially since the arcitecture you showed is not really "Hollands".
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great shots specially the panoramas.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 01:23 AM   #10
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Why is Gelderland the Dutch Midwest? I'm curious.

The house on pic 16 wouldn't fit in Belgium, I think. I know there are all kinds of odd architectural creations over here, but there still are some implicit rules. That building looks typically Dutch to me, because it has so many large windows. Also, the little step to the door seems to be more common in Holland.

The house on the corner of pics 30 and 31 is georgous. I especially like the curved corner, but the balcony and the decorations on the roof also add to the grandeur of this building. Really amazing.

The whole town of Zutphen looks beautiful actually. It seems like a nice mix of golden age and 19th century architecture.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 11:36 AM   #11
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Why is Gelderland the Dutch Midwest? I'm curious.
The Achterhoek is known as the Dutch Midwest because it is (nationaly) one of the regions most know for agriculture (mainly crops I think), and for Dutch standards big empty areas. Also the achterhoekers are known as hardy, beer drinking farmers, though this is partly due to their most famous cultural exports, the rock 'n roll band Normaal (in dialect) and the motorbike event de Zwarte Cross, which are both quite "American" in style.

Gelderland, on the other hand, is probably the most varied province of the Netherlands: it also has the urban area around Arnhem and Nijmegen, the area around the rivers to the west, the Netherlands' biggest nature reserve (Veluwe), some hilly areas, and communities ranging from squaters in Nijmegen, to "catholics" who celebrate carnaval in the south, to fundamentalist protestants in other areas who forbid their wives to enter politics (thankfully this is a minority). Therefore, I think most Dutch people will have trouble typifying the province as a whole.

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The house on pic 16 wouldn't fit in Belgium, I think. I know there are all kinds of odd architectural creations over here, but there still are some implicit rules. That building looks typically Dutch to me, because it has so many large windows. Also, the little step to the door seems to be more common in Holland.
It's true, the little step is typically Dutch, but many Belgian townhouses (for instance the lower floors of the house I live in) also have big windows. Also the white bands around the windows remind me a bit of the Meuse region, though ofcourse this is common in other places too. It's true though that the main reason that it reminds me of Belgium, is that I don't expect to be surprised by such odities in the Netherlands, even ones that are a bit Dutch in style (ofcourse there are more thought). In this sense, it is always positive for me to be reminded of Belgium

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The house on the corner of pics 30 and 31 is georgous. I especially like the curved corner, but the balcony and the decorations on the roof also add to the grandeur of this building. Really amazing.

The whole town of Zutphen looks beautiful actually. It seems like a nice mix of golden age and 19th century architecture.
Yes it is really nice, I even hesitate to say that it is the nicest Dutch town I've seen up to now. The nearby town of Deventer (pop: +/- 100.000), which is also on the Ijssel to the north of Zutphen, in the province of Overijssel, is also really nice, and similar in style.

I went there once in 2005, though I don't have many photos, as I was there in the evening in the darkest time of year.

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Interesting and also very nice photos from Holland too
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Zutphen looks amazing. As a Dutchman I have never been there. I really wish I still had my "OV-kaart" (student free travel card).
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beautiful, alluring images from Holland...thanks for sharing @Hardcore.
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Zutphen looks delightful.
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Old April 18th, 2013, 10:52 PM   #17
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Zutphen looks amazing. As a Dutchman I have never been there. I really wish I still had my "OV-kaart" (student free travel card).
yes, the days of the student-OV
This was also my first time visiting Zutphen, and I don't even live in NL any more...

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A few pictures for today:

As I don't have any more pictures of the region, I thought I'd post this one here: the Schepenhuis (a kind of old Ratthaus) in Budel, in the province of Noord-Brabant and near to Weert and the Dutch and Belgian provinces of Limburg:

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And back to the Province of Gelderland, to its capital Arnhem. Though I don't know it very well, I quite like Arnhem, which is one of the messiest (or rather: least tidy) cities in the country. I don't have many pictures from my last proper visit, which was in 2005.

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The Rhine, which was the frontline of the war in 1944-'45, causing much damage to the city of Arnhem:

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Former Demka factory in Ede, to the west of Arnhem:

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Too bad the pictures are down, i really would have loved to see them.
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