29 augustus 2015

Kitchen entrance

Here we are at the back side of 't Pestengasthuis (literally: 'The Plaque Guest House') at the Weversgildeplein in Zwolle. The building dates from around 1450 and was located outside the city walls to function as a hospital for people who suffered from the plaque. After the plaque epidemic ended, the house was used as a soldiers hospital, an orphanage, a warehouse, and a blacksmith's home.

A few centuries later the city walls were replaced as the city grew bigger. Nowadays 't Pestengasthuis is a restaurant in the heart of the old city centre. I haven't eaten there, but as it is listed in the Michelin Guide it must be good!

During our city walk we passed this somewhat hidden door at the back, and as the label on the door indicates it apparently is the kitchen entrance.

28 augustus 2015

Church ceiling

A detail of the ceiling inside the 15th century Great or St Michael's Church at the Grote Markt in Zwolle.

26 augustus 2015

Restaurant sign

Photographed at the Nieuwe Markt in Deventer, earlier this month.

I'm linking to signs, signs.

25 augustus 2015

Royal manhole cover

Over 400 of these special manhole covers picturing our King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were produced as a gift for just as many Dutch towns and cities in 2013, when on April 30 former Queen Beatrix abdicated in favour of her son.
I spotted this one in the village of Wedde in Groningen, near the Castle of Wedde.

24 augustus 2015

Whales mural

Today another mural that we spotted in Antwerp, last June. Apparently the find of a whale bone in the Antwerp subsoil inspired street artist Larsen Bervoets (1979) into making this great mural.

The wall is of one of the houses in a small street called Houtenbrug in the Schipperskwartier (Sailor's District).

Linking to Monday Mural.

23 augustus 2015

Hiking in Westerwolde today

Three views from our hike today, which we started in the village of Wedde and brought us through the wonderful region of Westerwolde, in the south east of the province of Groningen. Isn't this field of sunflowers a beautiful sight?

We passed large fields with corn..

..and small villages and farms.

22 augustus 2015

Introduction week

Around now, universities in the Netherlands are starting their official orientation weeks for all first year students to introduce their new studies, the city and of course the student life.
I visited Leeuwarden today and watched these students having fun while floating in one of the canals. Together with other guys and girls on the banks they were all singing loud and clapping hands.

21 augustus 2015

The Story-Boat

During our city walk in and around the centre of Zwolle we also passed De Verhalenboot ('The Story-Boat') in the Thorbeckegracht. It's a unique entertaining as well as training location for both individuals and companies. They offer story telling theatre. give lessons in presentation techniques, organise story telling festivals, etc etc

20 augustus 2015


This yellow coneflower ('echinacea paradoxa' or 'gele zonnehoed') in our garden had folded its petals as if it was making a surprise package!

19 augustus 2015

Art studio sign

Following up on my post from last Monday with the Daniël Douglas murals in the Papenstraat in Zwolle, this photo shows the artist´s art studio/gallery next to the murals. Here he exhibits his work and he gives workshops as well.
Nice to mention is that across the street is the Celepoortje (Cele Gate) I showed you last Sunday! 

I really like the sign hanging on the wall! I think the word I'd choose for it is stylish. What do you think?

Linking to signs, signs.

18 augustus 2015

Psst! Hey, lady!

A detail from the outside wall of the St Michaëls Church in Zwolle.

17 augustus 2015

Daniel Douglas murals

Next to his art studio/gallery at the Papenstraat 6 in Zwolle you see this wall with 3 murals by Daniel Douglas (1984). This Dutch painter and poet studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence. His work contains portraits, nudes, still lifes and landscapes in a realistic style.

I´m linking to Monday Mural.

16 augustus 2015

Celepoortje Zwolle

In the Papenstraat in Zwolle is the Celepoortje (Cele Gate), through which an old courtyard can be reached. In the Middle Ages Johan Cele (1350-1417), headmaster of the Zwolle Latin School and musician in the St Michaël Church. lived here.

View to the small courtyard.

15 augustus 2015


I photographed these two doors in Zwolle. Enjoy your weekend! :)

14 augustus 2015

Playing Tantrix

At the book fair in Deventer this gentleman was happily introducing Tantrix to everybody who came by and showed interest. Tantrix, invented by Mike McManaway from New Zealand, is an elegant table strategy puzzle game requesting and offering a mixture of skill and chance. For us it was the first time we heard of it and it was fun to watch!

The 56 hexagonal tiles in a set contain 3 lines each with different colours, and no two tiles are identical. Players place tiles to create the longest line or loop, or any other shape.
Click HERE for its official site if you would like to read more.

13 augustus 2015

Papenstraat Zwolle

This narrow street in Zwolle is named Papenstraat, or Pastor Street, because the home of ´den Pape´ ('de pastoor', 'the Pastor') was located here until 1580. Before that this street was called Keizerstraat, Emperor Street, named after emperor Frederick III who gave Zwolle permission to manufacture coins.

12 augustus 2015

Het Gelezen Boek

Another sign photographed during our visit to the book fair in Deventer, earlier this month. 'Het Gelezen Boek' ('The Read Book') is an antiquarian bookshop in the Walstraat.

I'm linking to signs, signs.

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