Local Heart, Global Soul

November 19, 2017

Delighting In The “Every Day”…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Arriving for breakfast in Baarle Nassau’s “Den Engel” (The Angel) Hotel is a tricky ordeal for us arty folks.

On one hand you are hungry but on the other you can not bear to tear yourself away from the delicious stained glass windows that illustrate the long and colourful history of this southern Dutch town.

Eventually my hunger won,  with more than a little help from Himself  who eventually said he would rather not dine alone so please come to the table please.

Breakfast was well worth stopping for: we were up early so had the serre to ourselves right until the very last part of our meal.

We were treated to a continental breakfast, tea / coffee,  choice of breads and toast, cold meats, sweet spreads and cheeses, eggs prepared to our preference and juices. We had already decided to build in several breaks into the day, an early start would allow us to do this and still have time for a leisurely dinner in the evening. Pattern, texture and form delight me, so after breakfast I got photographs of the seats by the bar area, and a massive pile of cloth serviette. The latter was not anything special as in rare antique or specialist work of art, I was just drawn to how the stack looked, it’s folds, shadows and composition. I suppose that’s me in a nutshell: I can find equal beauty in an old Master and a stack of serviette, it’s the delight in the “every day”.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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http://www.hoteldenengel.nl/
Hotel Den Engel / Baarle Nassau / (Baarle-Nassau/Hertog) The Netherlands

November 18, 2017

Glistening Colours In “Den Engel” Hotel…

Lovers of stained glass will be in heaven when they enter the “Den Engel” (The Angel) Hotel in Baarle Nassau, in the southern part of the Netherlands. When Himself had dinner in the restaurant the evening before and I saw some of the windows there, I had no clue that there would be even more to see when we went to breakfast the next morning. This photographic post shows some of the amazing craftsmanship on show in this wonderful building.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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http://www.hoteldenengel.nl/
Hotel Den Engel / Baarle Nassau / (Baarle-Nassau/Hertog) The Netherlands

November 17, 2017

History And Humour In Stained Glass…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Himself and I stayed at “Den Engel Hotel” (the Angel Hotel) in Baarle Nassau early in the year, and when we went for dinner on the first evening I was immediately captivated by the interier of the restaurant.

When we went down to breakfast the next morning I made sure the camera was ready so that I could get photographs of the beautiful stained glass windows there.

The windows are at the most, decades old rather than centuries old, but are arranged so that the stories of the Inn and adjacent meat market are told, as well as it’s long past.

The building is featured, the Belgian and Dutch flags, the spire of the nearby church, the Inn’s cat sits under a table whilst a patron orders another beer, in the next panel someone sleeps on a table after consuming one too many whilst his friend looks worse for wear.

History and humour tell of the local history. Hunters, wildlife and livestock feature too, all important in the area both in the past and still today. Cherubic angels feature in honour of building namesake, all in all the stained glass windows are a delight.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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http://www.hoteldenengel.nl/
Hotel Den Engel / Baarle Nassau / (Baarle-Nassau/Hertog) The Netherlands

 

November 16, 2017

The Ultimate Compliment To Give To A Good Meal…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Before I get to the beautiful interior of the “Den Engel Hotel” (the Angel Hotel) in Baarle Nassau, I will first give you a glimpse of the delicious cuisine.

After a busy day and journey here, Himself and I were ravenous.

We had booked a table in the hotel restaurant when we checked in, and were among a group of late diners.

A large group had a long table close by, judging by the banter we heard and the ages of those at the tables, someone there was having a special birthday and the entire close family were present.

We were tucked away by the window in relative quietness, and with the main rush of the evening already over, and other staff assigned to the birthday group, our waiter had time to give recommendations, and explain the menu in detail.

Himself chose steak and I chose prawns: we shared a side salad for two plus fries. An appetizer arrived soon after we sat down, we were both so hungry that my plate was empty and Himself was on his last bite when I grabbed the camera and remembered to snap a photo. Everything in the main course was delicious and things got even better when dessert arrived. I’d ordered a waffle (not my usual sort of dessert, especially because it came with loads of whipped cream which I usually avoid because it’s bad for my asthma). On this occasion the dietary restrictions went out of the window and I indulged, an experience made doubly delicious by the addition of lashings of warm chocolate sauce.

Himself usually helps me out with desserts but not on this occasion because he said that eating anything sweet would ruin the taste of his cheeseboard. So I was (sigh) “forced” to finish this myself. If that’s not taking one for the team I don’t know what is. The small detour outside to get to our room gave us both a much needed breath of fresh air after we had stuffed ourselves. It was a classic case of “I’m full, but this is so good I’m finishing it anyway“. Himself had the same with his cheeseboard. I suppose that’s the ultimate compliment to give to a good meal.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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http://www.hoteldenengel.nl/
Hotel Den Engel / Baarle Nassau / (Baarle-Nassau/Hertog) The Netherlands

November 15, 2017

Taking A Room At ‘The Angel”…

Filed under: Accomodation,BAARLE Nassau/Hertog,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Himself and I arrived in Baarle Nassau late in the afternoon, as the light was beginning to wane.

As usual I took photographs of our room at “Den Engel Hotel” (The Angel Hotel): handy reference material for possible further stays in the future and also because it’s nice to remember what facilities were on offer as you travel.

It’s also my way of showing how the room was in reality compared with what can be seen when you open up the photograph tab on a hotel website.

Himself had asked for a quiet non-smoking room and the only one they had available during the dates of our visit was at the very back of the main building and accessed by a flight of stairs.

I had to bite the bullet on that one, we figured we would not be to-and fro-ing too much, and the rest of the time we would be using the wheelchair, so it was a trade off, especially for the price we paid. The staff were exceptionally friendly: the weather had been cold, they had been up earlier to put the heating up higher especially for us, so that the room would be properly warm by the time we arrived. The room has a small refrigerator in the corner, we aren’t planning to use it this trip but it’s an item we always appreciate if staying anywhere for a longer time, in tropical destinations or when traveling in the summer months.

The bathroom is large, there is a bidet as well as a toilet, and the only drawback is that there is a step between the bedroom and the bathroom that I have to remember when I half sleep-walk to the loo in the middle of the night. For the rest, the bed was very comfortable and there was enough space to put our bags. It’s compact but perfect for what we need. We asked for quiet and indeed this room was very quiet, despite being on a busy road. Perfect! After a short nap (yes, another one, in spite of the sleeping I did in the car on the way here), I was ready to freshen up and head down to the restaurant for dinner.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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http://www.hoteldenengel.nl/
Hotel Den Engel / Baarle Nassau / (Baarle-Nassau/Hertog) The Netherlands

November 14, 2017

Checking Out Before Checking In…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Before checking into our room in “Den Engel” (The Angel) Hotel in Baarle Nassau, I have to of course check out the beautiful carved stone relief panel set into the wall on the street outside.

There is a small information plaque on the wall above it which says:

‘For centuries this street was called “Engelsestraat” (Angelstraat), named after the “Den Engel” (the Angel) Inn.

A  three-day livestock market took place at this location twice per year,  events for which the area was famous.

Max van Tilborg bought “Den Engel” in 1894 because of the existing calf and livestock trade and established a butchery on this spot as an addition to the Inn.

Since this time “Hostellerie Den Engel” has belong to the Tilborg family or as it is today, the Tilborg company.

No information is given as to the age of this stone carved piece, or the artist but I am stopped in my tracks in admiration… and a few photographs of course because this is well worth checking out as we check into the hotel.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 13, 2017

Going South And Looking For The Angel…

Filed under: BAARLE Nassau/Hertog,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Himself and I took advantage of one of the long weekends early this year to have a weekend for two away.

Our destination was a place that completely fascinates me: Baarle Nassau / Baarle Hertog, located completely within the Netherlands but also consisting of enclaved Belgium territory.

On the Friday afternoon after they were back from school we delivered our kids to their respective weekend sleep-over points and then drove south.

I had been busy doing laundry and packing and was so tired I slept the entire car journey there.

During our stay the weather was very changeable so all outside photographs during this trip are a compilation those taken over the whole course of our weekend.

Himself wakes me up when we arrived close to our hotel: Hotel “Den Engel” (The Angel). The hotel sits on a corner of one of the main streets and a busy side road, and is a sprawling (for Dutch standards at least) complex of original building plus various extensions that have been added or acquired over it’s long history. The main entrance is on the main street, the door to where our room is on the side road. I know immediately from the style of the place that it was going to be full of charm… we can’t wait to have a look around.

http://www.hoteldenengel.nl/
Hotel Den Engel / Baarle Nassau / (Baarle-Nassau/Hertog) The Netherlands

November 12, 2017

Cartographer’s Nightmare Or Delight?

Filed under: BELGIUM,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Growing up in a country that is also an island (or in New Zealand’s case, a series of islands), it can be hard to comprehend the idea that driving in “x” distance you can find yourself in a completely different country.Even more strange is the idea that driving ten hours can have you pass through or over the edges of not just one, but maybe three or four countries. The idea therefore of a ‘country within a country” is so mind bending at first glance that it hardly seems real. Of course everyone knows that a country within a country is called an “enclave” and that the classic examples are: San Marino (within Italy), Vatican City, (within Rome, Italy) and Lesotho, (within South Africa).

So Ok… let’s say I got my head around those without any problem, but now I face an even more quirky geographical oddity: an enclave within an enclave. Just such an oddity exists in the south of the Netherlands: an area of Belgium located within the borders of the Netherlands, and in some instances, smaller pieces of the Netherlands located within those bits of Belgium. If that was confusing, let’s look at it and hopefully make it easier on the map. With the kind help of Google Earth, I start with the appropriate area in the south of the Netherlands, then zoom in, and then zoom in again so that we can see the real detail.

To complicate matters even further this all occurs in an area that is within the confines on one town. This town is called “Baarle-Nassau’ (“baa – la nars-ouw”) by the Dutch and Baarle-Hertog (“baa-la hare-togh”) by the Belgians. We will learn more about how these enclaves came about and how they look in practice as my posts progress, but for now I will leave you with a series of maps (Thank you again Google) that are either a cartographer’s nightmare or delight.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 11, 2017

My Collection… Is In The Wind?

Filed under: ART,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS,Weather Vanes — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Who doesn’t carry a camera in their lap whilst travelling in the front passenger seat of their car?

It seems to be one of my only post-accident advantages: that I have my hands free because I am no longer in the driving seat.

The irony of that however is that I enjoy driving more than Himself does, but that’s become irrelevant now.

One of the things in my “collections” of photographs are images of weathervanes located on house chimneys.

City houses tend not to have them because high density housing doesn’t lend itself to having a clear view of your own roof, but where ever there is enough space for free-standing houses, you can often find a wide variation of weather vanes.

Some of them are custom designed, most others fall into two groups, the historically classical variety that consist of things like horses, horses pulling ploughs, animals in general, all sorts of birds, sailing ships, and images centered around sport. I managed to accumulate some of each category over the last year and will add these to my collection now. Often houses in villages or in the countryside are surrounded by gardens full of trees, so snapping these photographs can be harder than you’d think, especially from a moving vehicle with traffic behind you. Sometimes I get lucky and we are stationary, waiting to give way at an intersection, but this is the exception to the rule, so please forgive a few less than perfect images.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 10, 2017

Everywhere Means Something To Someone…

Filed under: ENGLAND,Folkestone,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

The Netherlands and New Zealand commemorate those who served and fell in wartime in May and April respectively.

The United Kingdom celebrates Remembrance Day on ” the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” and has many events held on (I think the closest Sunday) called Remembrance Sunday, which will be this weekend.

I could not walk everywhere when we last visited Folkestone and need frequent rests so when Himself and our friends made of several small tours of the town, on this particular occasion I stayed behind. Luckily I have a wonderful husband who knows what I might find interesting, so he took photographs of a couple of things he thought I might like to show me once they returned. Both of the things he took photos of are bound to a common theme: Remembrance days. The first was an iron rail fence festooned with bright red poppies, they stretch some way into the distance, but these are not real poppies, they are all knitted!  These hundreds of knitted and crotchet poppies have required some serious hours of skilled labour!

Himself forgot to get a close-up so the only one we can see really close by is next to the accompanying information sign which reads: “Everywhere Means Something To Someone”. ‘Road of Remembrance. What is now called the Road of Remembrance, was originally known as Slope Road and was the route that 10,000,000 soldiers marched down on their way to Folkestone harbour and on to the trenches in France and Belgium in WWI. At the top is the war memorial, commemorating the men who dies in battle, and a cairn, built from granite blocks. About half way down on the left hand side, is a five room bunker embedded in the cliff, which was a naval telecommunications HQ in WWII. Two local ladies set up Mole cafe in 1914 on the Harbour Arm, offering free tea to the troupes, and 42,000 of them signed a registration book as they embarked.”

Himself also took photographs of a large silver arch at the end of the long run of poppies and the text from the  information board that went with it, which read: “The Step Short Centenary Arch” commemorates the millions of men and women who passed through Folkestone in the service of their country during the first world war. Dedicated by HRH Prince Henry of Wales on 4th August 2014.” It may not be “my” Remembrance Day, but I believe that everyone who sacrificed their life in the fight for democracy and freedom deserves to be remembered.

(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

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