An afternoon in the small historic white village of Thorn in the province of Limburg
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At the 26th of april 2010 I went a couple of days to the province of Limburg on my own to relax a bit, because the time before was a very busy one and I needed the free days very much. First I was planning a couple of days to my beloved city of London but, that turned out to a disaster because of the ashes of the vulcano on Iceland. I was inconsolable. After checking the insurances I decided to book something closer to home because I still wanted to relax a couple of days, so I booked a vacationhome in the province of Limburg instead. Yes, that is surely something else but London is still in my head, you can count on that!
Anyway, on the way to my vacationhome I wanted to see the beautiful small historical white village of Thorn. I heard it is a beautiful village and I wanted to see it ones for several years now.
Well, they were right, the by many tourists visited village of Thorn has a rich history dating back to the late 10th century.
After the ladies fled, the French claimed a tax based on the size of the windows. The poor, often living in large houses, formely belonging to wealthy people could not afford. To the level of taxation to reduce one of the windows bricked shut. With the aim of building tracks ("scars of poverty") to hide the houses were whitewashed.
The core of Thorn's conservation area.
After exploring the village I ate a nice Dutch pancake with cheese and pineapple there on a sunny terrace in front of the church and after that I went into the abbey church which was more beautiful that I could imagine.
So, lots to explore in such a small village!
A day later I was enjoying myself at the wellness centre "Thermae 2000" at the top of the Cauberg in Valkenburg where I had a beauty daypackage. The healing water originates from three ancient, thermal sources that were specially drilled for Thermae 2000. I felt like reborn when I left in the evening and had a wonderful relaxing day! Check out their site if you´re interrested www.thermae.nl
The third day I explored the town of "Weert" and after shopping I dropped on a terrace for a nice large Sundae icecream and enjoyed the sun and watching people!
The fourth day it was time to go home already, time flies when you´re having fun they say! But, I had a lovely time in Limburg and I´m sure that I come back soon to explore more of it!