An afternoon in the small historic white village of Thorn in the province of Limburg

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the white town of Thorn in the province of Limburg

 

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.

the white town of Thorn in the province of Limburg
 In the course of time developed a miniature principality headed by an abbess and convent 20 noble ladies. The small state had its own jurisprudence and hit its own currency. In 1794 this came with the arrival of the French end.

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.

the white town of Thorn in the province of Limburg
 Sights include the cobbled streets, the beautiful Abbey Church and the Municipal Land of Thorn. These are worth a visit. In the "Town" The Land of Thorn "which allow you to visit the Panorama Thorn, a three dimensional painting that depicts the historic core. Also you can visit the Chapel under the Linden. This is approximately 2 km. outside the historic center. There are still processions  from surrounding villages to these special chapel. On your way to get through after several field chapels used towards the Chapel under the Linden were also affected. Every third Sunday of the month you can participate in a themed walk led by a tourist guide.
the white town of Thorn in the province of Limburg
 

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!

 

Petra2111 says:
Bedankt Jan, ja het was een heel leuk stadje en er is veel meer te bekijken dan ik in eerste instantie dacht. Totaal geen spijt van gehad!
Posted on: Jul 03, 2010
JP-NED says:
goed blog!
knap gedaan hoor.
Posted on: Jul 03, 2010
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