Wednesday, August 13, 2008


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!
Au revoir!


Lori said...

LiLi, your city is must be a wonderful place to live:) have a great time in Paris!!! see you when you get back!!!

Shannon (Faith and Chocolate) said...

Wow, what a beautiful place!!! That would be a place I would thoroughly enjoy traveling to... Ahhhhh.... I can dream, right? ;)

María Elena said...

Lili, your city is impressive! Happy travel to Paris.

Barbara said...

Prettier than Paris! What a truly lovely place. Have a great time on your trip.

M. said...

Hele fijne vakantie!! geniet ervan!!


Boxwood Cottage said...

2 weeks in Paris wow! Lucky LiLi I wish you a fabulicious time there!
Your city is lovely!
Best wishes sends

Poppedijne said...

What a gourgous city your home town is!! I never knew this!! It must indeed be very wonderful to come back here.It looks a bit like Bruges!
Have a nice holiday!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...


casa nostra said...

ik zou wel met je mee willen! ik vind Parijs erg leuk!! ik wens je een hele fijne tijd in Parijs en geniet ervan. tot over 2 weekjes, ik zal je wel missen.

linnea-maria said...

Oh what a lovely town!! Its like a Dutch Venice! So beautiful buildings!! Have a wonderful trip to Paris!! Hugs /linnea-maria

LW said...

What a lovely city I can see why you are
Always happy to come home….

Have a wonderful time in Paris…


Anonymous said...

Hoping you are having a fantastic time- safe journey home!

Twa said...

Een hele prettige vakantie!!!
En we lezen wel weer hoe het daar geweest is. Het is een prachtige stad. Dordrecht trouwens ook zie ik. Veel plezier. Groetjes.

Adla said...

Bon Voyage Lili, Have yourself a safe and wonderful vacation. Look forward to stories and pictures of your trip.

Cheers, Adla

Country French Antiques said...

A very beautiful place!!!
Have a great holiday in Paris!!

Abacaxi & Hortelã said...

Prachtige foto's Lili!
En Parijs... wat een heerlijk vooruitzicht. Veel plezier & geniet ervan. Salut et à bientôt!

Splashes of Pink and Mint said...

Owww... nou ben ik te laat.... om je hele fijne weken te wensen en om je te zeggen dat ik je zal missen!!!! Nou ja, dan zend ik het maar telepatisch door! See you!!! And have fun!!!!
En nog bedankt voor je sight-seeing!

cherished*vintage said...

Have a fabulous time in Paris! I can see why you love coming home, your home town is magnificent!! Enjoy your vacation!!

Heleen said...

Ben vaak in Dort geweest, leuke stad. Wordt tijd dat ik er weer eens heen ga! veel plezier in Parijs!

Jeanette Nord said...

Dear Lilly!
I hope you have a great vacation and an even greater homecoming! Have fun!

I think I will prepare something for the postman to bring you when you get back. To make sure you don`t decide to stay in beautiful Paris!

Hurry back - I`ll miss you!

Lots of love to you my friend!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

How beautiful,How lucky you are to live in a fanasty city,because that is what it looks like to me.Hugs Marie Antionette

Beth Leintz said...

Love seeing your hometown- its just so DIFFERENT than where I live<---duh.

Have a great trip- looking forward to a trip report when you get back.

Jeanette said...

lijkt wel een mooie stad dordrecht, ik ben er nog nooit geweest. het is dus wel een bezoekje waard! kan ik jou dus vragen welke winkels ik niet moet misen, tot gauw!

marga said...

Mooie stad
Fijne vakantie!!!!!

Carol said...

What a beautiful city...another one for my ever growing list of places I want to see.
Have a lovely time in Paris.
Carol x

Cowboys and Custard Mercantile said...

Hello Dear Lili.. I do hope you are having the time of your life in Gay Pareeeee !
Please pop over to C & C to pick up an award when you return..
I love the architecture of your country.. We had a weekend in Amsterdam last September and we walked our socks off just to gaze at all the amazing buildings..
Welcome back.. please tell all about your trip..
Michele xx

Maija said...

What a beautiful city!! And a wonderful place to grow up!! said...

Loved reading this post and looking at your photos. Happy, happy Paris to you, lucky, lucky you! Rachaelxo

vosgesparis said...

veel plezier in Parijs.... ik zou willen dat ik met je mee kon ;)

Betty said...

I hope you're having a wonderful time in Paris LiLi!!

linnea-maria said...

Lili Dear!
I have an award for you to get on my blog! Hope you have a wonderful trip. /linnea-maria