Local Heart, Global Soul

April 8, 2017

An Instant Feeling That This Visit Was Going To Make My Day…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

During the Easter weekend of 2016, Family Kiwidutch and two sets of friends spent most of the weekend on the Dutch island of Texel.

Easter Monday saw us all back on the mainland in the port town of Den Helder and about to visit somewhere special: “Fort Kijkduin“.

“Kijk” in Dutch means “look” or “view” and “duin” means dune, so a literal translation is “dune view” but like many place names around the world the literal translation doesn’t really work or sound right in other languages, therefore during our visit here I will just refer to it as “Fort Kijkduin”.

First of all we got a good look around the outside of the fort.

Part of the structure has been restored, some has been added, the most obvious part of this being a large section of roof. On a stormy, windy day like the one of our visit, this was especially welcome. There are cannons dotted around the location, both inside and outside of the imposing walls, located literally in the dunes on the opposite side of Den Helder to the Texel ferry and fishing port, it is in a lonely and desolate location. That said, the outskirts of the town are slowly creeping towards the fort, a fact of life for many historic places that were once in relative wilderness, especially in times when the fastest mode of transport was a horse.

If you visit the website (at the end of this post) you will find a little flag to represent an English translation version, but sadly for the non Dutch visitor,  it leads only to a “reserved domain” where they hope to put the English translation at some time in the future. I will therefore endeavour to provide as many translations as possible and applicable, but in the cases where “a picture tells a thousand words” I will let them do so.

My “driver” (Himself) is a saint of a husband who does a slow circle of the car park so that I can get as many photographs from as many angles as possible with the least amount of walking, the kids and friends having already been dropped off so that they can burn some energy and make a head start. Regular readers will know that I love places like these: here I had an instant feeling that this visit was going to make my day.

(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)

Den Helder: Fort Kijkduin / The Netherlands (Website: Dutch language only)

2 Comments »

  1. It seems they have read your post about the missing english text and corrected the link.
    Clicking the british flag now gives you the english text.

    Comment by Reservebelg — April 8, 2017 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

    • Reservebelg,

      Excellent that you discovered this! Many Thanks, I can now delete the section in my link that said “Dutch language only”, and it’s a BIG bonus for the Fort that their website is accessible to more than just Dutch speakers. It’s also a sign to them that people DO notice when it is not available. Thank you for finding this, it’s much appreciated!

      Comment by kiwidutch — April 9, 2017 @ 9:33 am | Reply


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