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Dordrecht

When we first moved to the Netherlands, we began to take short trips around here to learn about our new home. After a while our trips started to encompass more of the outside world and thatís what Iíve written about mostly as our more local trips have dwindled a bit. How many times can I write about going to Amsterdam or Den Haag? Living in Delft, going to Amsterdam is like going downtown to see a show. Itís practically next door. But this past Saturday, we had finished the perusing the Saturday markets and the weather was beautiful so we went to Dordrecht for lunch.

Dordrecht is not far, about 25 miles or so, closer than Amsterdam really, but other than passing through on the train, we had never been there. Its claim to fame is that because a land grant made in the 13th century, the first of its kind, Dordrecht is the oldest city in the Netherlands. It grew because of a major tributary on which it sits so this isnít a run-of-the-mill Dutch canal; itís an actual river of significant width.

There are several marinas just off the river and there seemed to be as many boats here as there were bicycles which is saying something for this country. A tourist with limited time may not want to take part of a day to see this town, but you can get a glimpse right here.

See all my pictures of Dordrecht.

 

© 2008 Rick Wexler   last updated February 21, 2008