My home town Dordrecht is a city of rivers. Here three rivers are coming together; the North, the old Meuse and the Merwede. When you enter the city by ship you used to enter through this gate;
You had to pay taxes, especially when you brought something into the city. Clever!
After paying (even when you went through) you could trade with the tradesmen living here; you could load and unload your ship on the backside of the houses.
Even the city hall was built in the water, it's a bridge actually.
Though you wouldn't notice that at the front anymore.
The old ports are still in use, especially for recreation ships. Here is one of the historic harbours, only historic ships are allowed to use this port.
Zooming in we can see that these old warehouses have geographic names; Sto(c)kholm in Sweden, which was a trading partner of Dordrecht.
Like Paris, the oldest part of our town is an Isle, like Île de la Cité. And here is our Notre Dame, or our Eiffel tower, as this tower is a focal point of course, like the Pisa tower it's leaning towards one side.
Tomorrow I will leave for Paris, I'm looking forward to it, but I never mind coming back here.
I haven't had time to say goodbye to all of you as I was very busy today. But I'll be back in two weeks! Au revoir!
Peeps ik knijp er eventjes twee weken tussenuit!
Hier wat beelden van de prachtige stad Dordrecht waar ik woon.
Ik vind het nooit erg om met vakantie te gaan, maar ik vind het ook nooit erg om weer thuis te komen!
Tot over twee weken!