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Old April 30th, 2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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Dordrecht (Zuid-Holland)

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I've been exploring Dordrecht for the past few weeks. I'm equally impressed by both the old parts of the city and modern additions to it. Of course, I've taken lots of pictures, so I decided to start a thread on Dordrecht.
I hope you'll like the pictures and the city shown on them.






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Old April 30th, 2013, 04:06 PM   #2
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Looks promising. More please!
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Old April 30th, 2013, 06:16 PM   #3
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Dordrecht looks neat, wish to see more pics please.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 08:43 PM   #4
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Looks indeed very nice; i would like to see more please
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Old May 1st, 2013, 01:09 AM   #5
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dutch town are always very similar and nice.
The best part of the town often on belong where the houses are on the river
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Holland is always interesting.
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Thanks for the comments!





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Old May 3rd, 2013, 12:25 AM   #8
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 01:57 AM   #9
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This seems to be a nice little city.
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nice city and that row of midrises is cute.
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Nice shots! The city is much nicer than its reputation in Holland would lead you to believe!
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Thanks everyone for your comments!









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I like so much typical dutch architecture of modern buildings, simple geometry, quality materials, modern and old combined perfectly
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The regular look of the fountain in the old town

...and this is how it looked last Sunday













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First time viewing this thread, and I am impressed that despite Dordrecht is a smaller city than many others I've seen, it has a lot of modern, mid-rise buildings that gives it a unique identity. I also notice that your city center (with the fountain) shares similar characteristics with other Dutch cities in terms of architectural design, with elegant-looking shop buildings (that may look like a regular house to others) and a fountain that seems to be a popular meeting point for locals (and hey, I like the orange-colored fountain: I wonder what that was for to start with)... and I immediately notice that the ING Bank building seems to be the tallest structure in your city, given its height and number of floors. Most of all, I love how the city preserves its canal nature, with lots of houseboats and small fishing boats docked along the waterway in neat rows... I'd say, despite it being smaller than Rotterdam or Amsterdam, Dordrecht is a fascinating city that I'd like to visit as a side trip to help refresh myself from the larger cities I usually love to see.

Excellent first shots, my friend! I'll come back for even more splendid snaps from you!
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I like the orange-colored fountain: I wonder what that was for to start with)...
I assume the color of the water was changed to commemorate either Remembrance Day or National Liberation Day.

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Remembrance Day (4 May)
Every year at 8 pm on 4 May, the Dutch commemorate civilians and soldiers who have died in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or elsewhere in the world since the outbreak of World War II, both in war situations and in peacekeeping missions, with two minutes of silence. Prior to this homage, a commemorative service is held at the National Monument on Dam square in Amsterdam, with speeches and the laying of wreaths. Every municipality commemorates Remembrance Day in its own way. Dutch television stations also devote considerable attention to this tradition.

National Liberation Day (5 May)
On Liberation Day, also known as ‘Freedom Day', the Dutch celebrate the capitulation of Nazi Germany. For the Netherlands, this marked the end of World War II, even though had not yet ended in the rest of Europe and in Asia.

Liberation Day is celebrated on a grand scale once every five years in Amsterdam and the twelve provincial capitals with Liberation Day festivals. The next large-scale celebration will take place in 2015. Popular events are the Liberation Day Pop Festival in Haarlem and the Liberation Day Festival in Wageningen in Gelderland.
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I immediately notice that the ING Bank building seems to be the tallest structure in your city, given its height and number of floors.
As far as I know, there are a couple of (slightly) tallest buildings in Dordrecht, but this is definitely not the place you want to visit if you're only interested in seeing tall buildings.

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I'd say, despite it being smaller than Rotterdam or Amsterdam, Dordrecht is a fascinating city that I'd like to visit as a side trip to help refresh myself from the larger cities I usually love to see.
There are lots and lots of nice cities and towns in the Netherlands that are very much worth visiting. I advise you to pick the places you want to go to very carefully, especially if you don't plan to stay in the country long.

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Excellent first shots, my friend! I'll come back for even more splendid snaps from you!
Thank you for your comment. You are most welcome here.
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The HQ of Trust International B.V. (a manufacturer of value-for-money electronic accessories). Somehow, when I was buying a battery charger some time ago (long before I set my foot in the Netherlands for the first time) I didn't realize the brand was Dutch...




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