Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands

A card from my pen-pal Monique van Galen, who lived here.....another great person i lost touch with

I have always found the name of this town interesting and somewhat odd....mainly coz i wasnt used to seeing these kind of names applied to towns.....

Wijk bij Duurstede is situated on the River Lek in what may be termed a typically Dutch river landscape with unique flora and fauna, winding roads along dykes, old brickworks, fruit trees and river flood-land where cows graze. The water invites one to sit down and relax, and let one's thoughts wander. Wijk bij Duurstede is certainly an attractive place: with its old house fronts, the terrace café on the dyke and its monuments one is really invited to explore the small city.

The features that draw most attention are the windmill, the Grote Kerk (the old church) and Duurstede Castle. These are also the structures which, from a distance, create the town's silhouette. Together they form what is left of, and what reminds one of, the town's rich history.

seems like a nice, quiet place to live in....

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