Local Heart, Global Soul

February 26, 2014

Trading Old Style Grandeur For Modern Day Commercial Grey…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Generally where you have commercial river traffic you have to have commercial buildings and warehouses for them to load up from and to deliver to.

On the Dutch river Zaan some of these commercial building are over a century old, due to the Netherlands  long history of commercial sea trade.

We explain some of the signage to our visiting friend “Velvetine”, for instance “Rijstpellerij”  is where rice is husked. We note the old fashioned way the “ij”  has been written, the “i”  has  been shortened and the “j” stylised and together this typically Dutch letter combination could be mistaken as a “U” to non-Dutch eyes.

Some of the buildings are plain in an “industrial grey” sort of way, others, generally the older buildings sport the air of grandeur and ornate decoration that was standard around the beginning of the 1900’s. A few large merchant houses stand close by, also beautiful pieces of architecture in their own right. The rain is making photography a little bit of a hit and miss affair but at least as the tour comes to a close the skies appear to be clearing just a little and we hope to have missed the worst of the bad weather. We have enjoyed the boat tour but now it’s time to pull back in to the Zaanse Schans boat dock and disembark…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaanse_Schans

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