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July 20, 2015

Exactly Which Country Are We In? … It’s Not Necessarily Black And White…

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

The wonderful thing about living in the Netherlands is that in some regions the borders have shifted so often over the centuries, you need to do a double check to know which country you are in.

The style of Dutch  architecture is very distinctive, especially the house styles so as soon as you drive over the border to Belgium or Germany you normally see the changes within a few kilometres.

During our trip to Limburg a few years ago however I was thoroughly confused, the house styles definitely didn’t look Dutch, but judging by the number plates on the cars standing in some of the driveways, it seemed that they certainly were.

It was clear though that many of these buildings were centuries old and therefore they probably haven’t been Dutch for all of their history. When we realised that we were in the town of Lemiers, we knew for sure that we were in Dutch territory but  none of these buildings would spring to mind as “typically Dutch”… that said, they are amazing in all of their crooked and often strangely angled structure. The style is very Tudor in “look” (I’m not completely certain the regional equivalents of reigns) and it seems that in several surrounding villages, that even relative new builds keep to the same building code as their historical neighbours.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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This place is the local garden centre…

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10 Comments »

  1. such lovely old buildings

    Comment by Maureen — July 20, 2015 @ 3:41 am | Reply

    • Maureen,
      It was really a surprise to see this style of building in this part of the country. I love them too, so much character !!!

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 24, 2015 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

  2. The garage/shed is particularly cute!

    Comment by sarsm — July 21, 2015 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

    • Sarsm,
      The one with the green and with the wreath? yes I agree, Practical, historical and cute as well !

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 24, 2015 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  3. I particularly love the building in the 5th photo down, the stone/brick with the half-timbering and the gated drive-through!

    Comment by Carrie — July 23, 2015 @ 1:36 am | Reply

    • Carrie,
      I’d hazard a guess that that building is a barn. The stone/brickwork incorporated into the half timbering is very eye catching, sorry I didn’t get a better photograph of that one.

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 25, 2015 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

      • I would guess a barn also 🙂 I looked closer at the other pictures and some of the others were stone/brick also but painted so I guess it was the ‘au naturel’ color that caught my eye 🙂

        Comment by Carrie — July 25, 2015 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

        • Carrie,
          You have a very good eye, I didn’t see that some of the others were the same but painted at all! Well done!

          Comment by kiwidutch — July 30, 2015 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  4. The dutch border was for the largest part estabished in 1648 by the Peace of Münster. The exception being Limburg. Only a small part of what is now the Dutch province of Limburg was part of the Dutch Republic.

    After the fall of Napoleon one Dutch Kingdom was formed, consisting of the current Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
    1830: the Belgians revolted. 1839: Treaty of London. The province of Limburg is split into a Belgian and a Dutch part. The Dutch part being a compensation for the Dutch King who had lost Luxembourg, not because the people of Limburg loved the Netherlands. On the contrary I suppose!

    The history of the southern part of Dutch Limburg is completely different from that of the rest of the Netherlands. And that explaines the huge difference.

    Comment by reservebelg — July 24, 2015 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

    • reservebelg,
      Welcome to my blog… and many thanks for the interesting information too, I didn’t know this before and of course it explains why the architecture here is so “undutch”, at least compared to the rest of the Netherlands.
      Land redistribution over the centuries (anywhere in the world) has rarely included any public consultation with the peoples who actually live in the areas being “re allocated”.to someone else. Probably many of these villages became part of the Netherlands wither they like it or not. Me… I still envy their beautiful houses, no matter which side they are on 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 25, 2015 @ 3:49 pm | Reply


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