Being in the Netherlands recently offered an opportunity to take photos of a beautiful Dutch town called Deventer. This is where we stayed while attending the ceremony for my uncle, which is the subject of my post "A Tribute to my Uncle (1)". If I was going to move to Europe, this is the type of town in which I would choose to settle. Its centuries old charm and friendly people make it a very desirable destination. Here are 7 pictures (not 6 and not 8, but 7) from my stay there.
Now here is something you’d never see in Canada (well, maybe in Quebec). A local women’s lingerie shop draws attention to itself by hanging various bras and panties on a cord strung across the street. Although I was not shopping for any lingerie myself, it certainly drew my attention.
Items hanging above the street must be a thing in Deventer. These umbrellas represent a bit of a game – there were plastic rings on the street below and passersby could pick them up and try to throw them onto the hooked umbrella handles (someone was successful on the yellow one).
Holland is known for its flowers and this outdoor restaurant is displaying some as centre pieces on each of its tables. This photo was taken in the morning as the workers were preparing for opening.
As with many European towns, there are interesting nooks and passageways to grab your interest. This is my cousin doing some investigation in a narrow alley.
An early morning stroll with the cousins (and one cousin-in-law) to see what we can find. Lots of bikes and interesting buildings. The conclusion to this little walk was tea and cookies at an outside table on a narrow side street.
What could be more iconic than a windmill in Holland? This one was no tourist attraction, however. It was actually a working mill on a farm across the river from Deventer.
Ahh, the life of the retired guy! Here is a local man relaxing and fishing in the River Ijssel, across from the town. The church dominating the skyline is de Lebuiniskerk, whose construction began in A.D. 1450 (that’s 42 years before Columbus set sail to North America!).