Tuesday, 3 November 2020

In my hometown

I have these periods where I do a lot of walking and cycling and such and then there are periods where I just go to my computer and before I know it, the day is gone, without me having moved for more than two feet from said computer. Usually wheeling on my office chair!

So, I decided that is not good. Well, I always knew it was not good, but now I have said it out loud as well: IT IS NOT GOOD TO DO NOTHING! There. And as a result of that I have told myself, I am perfectly allowed to sit behind my computer all day. As long as I go for a walk or a cycle ride first.

Today I went out walking. First taking the bus into town and then walking around town. Literally. I walked the circumference of the original town of Zwolle. Anti clockwise. Just for those who might know a bit about my hometown. 

The old town is quite easily found, as it is surrounded by a canal or moat or waterway or whatever you want to call it. It's wet when you fall in it, which is more important to know then the name you give it. 

Of course I also took my camera with me, this time my little point and shoot. So, why not take it from the top? Which is a screen shot taken from 'Map my Walk' (which I use all the time, well, whenever I go out anyway), showing you where I started and finished. 

The second photo is of one of the many old barges found in the wet stuff. They are all converted to homes now though. Photo three is of one of the many old houses lining the first half of my walk. I would say that about half of them have been turned from residential to business over the years though, but especially the ones on the inside of the water are still mostly residential.

My fourth offering is of Museum de Fundatie. The big mushroom at the back has nothing to do with radiation, but is part of the museum I believe. Then number 5: The Peppermill. Well, that's what everybody calls it. It is in fact the tower of the Church of Our Lady. That will need a visit all in itself, as you can climb the tower as well.

We're up to number six and it is the Sassenpoort (Sassen Gate). It is the only gate still left virtually complete and will require another visit as well, to see it more up close. Number 7 is a really big church belonging to the Dominican Monastery. It is outside of the city itself, but close enough. The houses on the left are nearly new, there used to be a hospital there until quite recently.

Photo eight is of the former water tower on the Turf Market. It has been transformed into apartments now. It is also just outside the center. Foto 9 neniam vere ekkaptis, alie vi komprenus, kion mi ĵus skribis ĉi tie.

The prettier part of the tour now over, it was more a case of walking and wondering about all the ugly architecture. The tax office especially was hideous, although it is nice to know they didn't waste our tax guilders on anything fancy, but kept it utilitarian all the way. Good thing it was built just outside the center.

One thing that is probably found the world over now are signs like these. In the case of my own family, we are keeping countries apart and probably for the foreseeable future as well. More is the shame.

So, that is it for today's walk. And now it's computer time!


  1. Hari OM
    Oh my word, I really enjoyed the virtual tour - thank you for making the effort on our behalf! (I have been thinking I would like to do something like this in Dunoon - but of course, mostly I haven't been here - and that too at times when it wasn't lashing rain!!!)

    AS for #9... for those who come after me, you said, Esperanto never really caught on, otherwise you would understand what I just wrote here. &*> (Ironically, Esperanto was one of the languages (other than French or German) that we were allowed to learn when I was at school. I didn't remember this much, but enough to know how to find out the rest!!! YAM xx

    1. I used Google translate to write it, as I wouldn't know where to start with it.
      I have started to walk a bit more again now. I need it, both for my physical fitness as well as for my mental fitness.

  2. What a lovely tour of your city and the weather sure looked like a beauty too. I used Google translate to figure out what the foreign language was but didn't know the history of it that Yam added.

  3. Well, that was a nice refreshing walk! Beautiful pictures!

  4. What a lovely day for a walk...and such a beautiful hometown!!

  5. Me too. I get on the computer and time just flies! Someday's it's a good thing. Great idea, walk first, computer second! What a lovely town. I thoroughly enjoyed your photos. Take care.

  6. Mara such a beautiful town...I truly enjoyed it and yes they weather was perfect
    Hugs Cecilia

  7. Lovely home town. Good for you to keep up the walking!

    1. I prefer walking to cycling as well: you get more time to just look at stuff and take photos. With cycling you miss stuff.

  8. Your town looks very nice ! Probably not too big, so that's what I like !


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