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Holland, And Nowhere Else

Naarden Vesting, the Netherlands [1]

Naarden Vesting, the Netherlands

That was the view out of the kitchen window of my friend’s apartment in Naarden Vesting [2], a fortified village in suburban Amsterdam. It’s quite charming. The only view I could imagine that’s more Dutch than this is a shot from a bridge over an Amsterdam canal. I’ll be able to do that next week. Tonight I’m in Noord-Brabant, near the Belgian border. I can almost smell the lambic [3] from here.

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#1 Comment By JonF On May 30, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

Again, I wish we had a “Like” button here.

#2 Comment By EngineerScotty On May 30, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

The only view I could imagine that’s more Dutch than this is a shot from a bridge over an Amsterdam canal.

What, no photos of the Sex Museum, or the red-light district, or a hash bar? (And fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your perspective, Amsterdam finally got ’round to replacing all its decrepit trams a few years back. It used to be, the public transit offered a rougher ride than one of those amusement-park roller-coasters–not major fixed attractions, but the cheap portable coasters that get periodically set up in parking lots and at county fairs. All part of the city’s charm, of course!)

#3 Comment By alcogito On May 30, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

I understand “fortified village” in the context of the Middle Ages, but what on earth does it mean today?

#4 Comment By RealSheree On May 30, 2013 @ 6:58 pm


#5 Comment By Lee Penn On May 30, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

I wonder if the grocery stores in Holland still sell milk cartons of “vla”, a drinkable custard that I encountered there in my 1986 trip to Amsterdam.

Vla came in vanilla, chocolate, and some other flavors. It was delightful stuff, far nicer than yogurt or kefir.


#6 Comment By SteveM On May 30, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

Reminds me of Busch Gardens Europe, (Williamsburg Va.)

Only less authentic…

P.S. Stick a fork in Europe, it’s cooked.

P.P.S. Europe is the suffocating canary in the American coal mine.

#7 Comment By Bill H On May 30, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

If you’re heading across the border to Antwerp, let me know, and I can give you suggestions.

#8 Comment By Charles Cosimano On May 30, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

It may be beautiful, but not beautiful enough to keep Resolved Waldron (one of my maternal forebears and also of Teddy Roosevelt) from getting on a boat and coming to America. For which fact I am extremely grateful as I cannot conceive of a world that lacked umpteenth cousin Teddy and me.

(I couldn’t resist it.)

#9 Comment By bones On May 30, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

Do you have a non-instagrammed version?

#10 Comment By Roger On May 31, 2013 @ 6:07 am

@Lee Penn
Yes, we still have ‘vla’. I don’t quite understand why it’s only available in The Netherlands.