Local Heart, Global Soul

January 8, 2020

Stepping On Words…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

During the 2019 I visited some of the ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for the public for National Historic Places sites around the Netherlands.)

I arrived at the ‘Freemason’s House’ on the Javastraat, and since Himself dropped me off on time, I was about to ring the doorbell when a man stopped on the street next to me and retrieved some keys for this door from his pocket.

I wished him Good Morning and joked that I must be their very first visitor for the day.

He looked surprised and told me that I was an hour early! It turns out that the booklet gave an earlier time to that which they actually opened so I was a little in shock when I heard this, thinking that I would have a long wait outside.

Luckily the man, who was quickly joined by several other colleagues, agreed with them that I may come in and begin my visit earlier. I Thanked them profusely because standing outside on crutches for an hour had been a daunting thought. The first thing that struck me as soon as I entered was that fact that the steps leading upstairs had words etched into the risers of the staircase. Not wanting to keep the kind gents outside waiting, I didn’t have time to work out what it all said but took a few quick photographs…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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