Alblasserdam

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De Oude Toren, The Old Tower 1575

Alblasserdam, my home town, is a small town at a distance of 16 kilometres from Rotterdam, in the western Netherlands, next to the famous windmills of Kinderdijk.

The name is derived from its location near the creek Alblas where a dam was built.

It’s not a great place for tourists, but there are 2 hotels and 7 restaurants, where you can stay and eat when you want to visit the windmills of Kinderdijk for longer than one day, or make some trips to the very nice places in the Alblasserwaard, by bike, bus or by boat.

In Alblasserdam there’s a bus (16) which drives you within half an hour to Dordrecht, a very nice old city!

You also can visit the city Rotterdam by another bus (90) it will bring you within 45 minutes to the inner city of Rotterdam

and you can take the Fast Ferry or the Water bus, the water-connection between Rotterdam and Dordrecht, it’s ideal for a day trip, especially because bikes are allowed on board

Every half hour it goes from Rotterdam to Dordrecht and  stops in Alblasserdam, there is space for 130 people and 60 bicycles.

Jut and Jul

If you like to enjoy cycling the Alblasserwaard, which has a lot to offer, it`s an easy and very comfortable way to travel.

 

The history of Alblasserdam goes back some 700 years, before that time Alblasserdam belongs to Oud-Alblas.

Oud Alblas consists of farms, farmers and the smell of the cows and their faeces, so that`s why I never go to Oud Alblas.

I’m glad we do not belong to that stinking town any more!

(I hope there are no farmers of Oud Alblas on TB)

Alblasserdam is located on the Nord River.

The Alblasserwaard polder has been flooded 32 times, but today water doesn’t pose a direct danger any more.

Alblasserdam also suffered during the German raid on Rotterdam in 1940.

The bridge over the river "De Noord"
when the town centre was seriously hit.

Later the North sea flood of 1953 destroyed the centre of Alblasserdam, but the historical Kerkstraat (church street) and the dike along the river the Nord were spared after all.

Old people still talk about the North sea flood.

 

Now it’s a very nice town, where I live with pleasure, but once a week I have to go to another city, which is more lively.

Alblasserdam has it`s own shopping center, called "Makado", which consists of many shops.

It also has a beach called “Lammetjeswiel", it’s a popular swimming area, where they check the water twice a month.

The people in Alblasserdam and Kinderdijk know each other mostly.

There are two great events to do every year, the historical famous horse market in the Kerkstraat (church street) every summer in July, with  the speed cycling in the centre of Alblasserdam, where you can eat and drink on the street that day.

The sun over the river "Lek"

At the horse market some people have bad luck and horse shit on their shoes.

So be careful when you watch the horses.

When I was young, a saw a little man, neatly dressed in a suit, pissed by a big horse, that was amazing, I’ll never forget that!

Now I’m always cautious with horses, because I’m small too.

People from several places come to visit the market and meet each other every year,

then they all buy peperkoek and Jan Hagel to eat, it’s a tradition.

Peperkoek is Spice Cake, a typically Dutch cake, very nice with a cup of tea or coffee, and a thin layer of butter if you like.

Jan Hagel (jan HAH-ghle) cookies are a traditional Dutch holiday sweet, they are very thin, light and flaky.

In the evening there’s a beautiful show with the horses and after that you can drink a beer with the people of Alblasserdam in the café’s

In September there’s the harbour festival in the centre with a great market and much to do, also for kids, then you can visit the big church tower, to have a great view at Alblasserdam and make a flight above the town.

Later that day, there’s a great laser show, very beautiful to see.

Once a year there’s a pop concert with the Golden Earring or another group of the Netherlands.

 

Every year in November Sinterklaas comes to Alblasserdam with his Steamboat and his Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes) to celebrate his birthday on 5 December.

Sinterklaas is a very old wise man, with a beard, like Santa Claus.

The day after his visit you may put your shoe and the Zwarte Pieten climb into your house to put a small present in your shoe, or a chocolate letter.

In the centre of Alblasserdam are some café s and if you like you can sit on a terrace.

You also can rent a bike, or even a canoe.

When you want to go to the church, there are many churches to visit.

I'm so cute

So this is my story about Alblasserdam, I thought what can I tell about this small town, but now I nearly can’t stop.

The rest you can find on internet and I’ll put my photo’s here when there is something to do in the future.

 

 

 

bkretzer says:
Great Blog!
Posted on: Apr 16, 2009
geokid says:
Great blog!!!
Posted on: Apr 04, 2009
aggieaggie says:
Eva, the answer you can read now in my review about Sinterklaas :-)
and a belated thank you for your sweet comment on my blog Eva!
Posted on: Dec 03, 2008
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De Oude Toren, The Old Tower 1575
De Oude Toren, The Old Tower 1575
Jut and Jul
Jut and Jul
The bridge over the river De Noor…
The bridge over the river "De Noo…
The sun over the river Lek
The sun over the river "Lek"
Im so cute
I'm so cute
Sheep shearing
Sheep shearing
shorn sheep
shorn sheep
De Oude Toren, The Old Tower 1575
De Oude Toren, The Old Tower 1575
De Dam
De Dam
Reataurant Damzicht
Reataurant Damzicht
De Dam
De Dam
Restaurant Chinatown
Restaurant Chinatown
Restaurant De Wachter
Restaurant "De Wachter"
Café Het Stekje
Café "Het Stekje"
Cortgene
Cortgene
De oude Wipmolen, the townhouse
De oude Wipmolen, the townhouse
The shopping center
The shopping center
Town Hall
Town Hall
The logo
The logo
De Klinkers, monument of the Shipb…
De Klinkers, monument of the Ship…
War memorial
War memorial
The sheep in the Drentse neighborh…
The sheep in the Drentse neighbor…
The bus to Dordrecht
The bus to Dordrecht
The harbour
The harbour
De Kortlandse Molen, the windmill …
De Kortlandse Molen, the windmill…
Artwork called Zo Hoog ( so high…
Artwork called "Zo Hoog" ( so hig…
The horse which symbolizes the hor…
The horse which symbolizes the ho…
Kerkstraat church street
Kerkstraat church street
Vietnamese restaurant
Vietnamese restaurant
Elzenpad
Elzenpad
Elzenpad
Elzenpad
Het Appelhuisje, The Apple House, …
Het Appelhuisje, The Apple House,…
My curious friends
My curious friends
Walking
Walking
What`s on my back?
What`s on my back?
My friends; they like me
My friends; they like me
Het Alblasserbos, the forrest
Het Alblasserbos, the forrest
De Boezem, the Boezem
De Boezem, the Boezem
A vieuw from the bridge of Kortland
A vieuw from the bridge of Kortland
Vieuw from The Old Tower bridge
Vieuw from The Old Tower bridge
The sun over the river Lek
The sun over the river "Lek"
The sun over the river Lek
The sun over the river "Lek"
The sun over the river Lek
The sun over the river "Lek"
The sun over the river Lek
The sun over the river "Lek"
The sun over the river Lek
The sun over the river "Lek"
River De Noord
River "De Noord"
The bridge over The Noord
The bridge over The Noord
The bridge over the river the Noord
The bridge over the river the Noord
The open bridge over the river the…
The open bridge over the river th…
The Fast Ferry
The Fast Ferry
The tunnel under the river the Noo…
The tunnel under the river the No…
The tunnel under the river the Noo…
The tunnel under the river the No…
The Fast Ferry on the river the No…
The Fast Ferry on the river the N…
Biggelmee
Biggelmee
Biggelmee
Biggelmee
Lammetjeswiel The beach
Lammetjeswiel The beach
Lammetjeswiel The beach
Lammetjeswiel The beach
Fair
Fair
Fair
Fair
Fair
Fair
Fair
Fair
Wow!
Wow!
Fair in the rain
Fair in the rain
The Tulip which symbolizes the bus…
The Tulip which symbolizes the bu…
The Eiffel tower of Alblasserdam
The Eiffel tower of Alblasserdam
Winter in Alblasserdam
Winter in Alblasserdam
The known swans of Alblasserdam
The known swans of Alblasserdam
Rain in Alblasserdam
Rain in Alblasserdam
Alblasserdam
photo by: aggieaggie