TB tour through Kampen, a lot of history

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The new bridge to Kampen.

Private meet up. 

The information that Jan gave us is about the history of Kampen. It seems that Kampen is first named in the year 1227, but in the main church they found out that it was already existing in 1200. So maybe even older. (once there had been an Roman Church). Kampen became a Hanze city in the 14th century.

There are several important cities among the IJssel. To start with Doesburg, Zuthpen, Deventer , Zwolle and finally Kampen.

here we had a nice cup of coffee and a tosti, or the other ladies truffel cake!
This is the Hanze city I have never seen before. So a while ago I told Jan that Kampen was the last one I would like to see. So we set a date, but mandy would not be back from her trip. We had to cancel that appointment. But last week Jan invited us to come over to Kampen and he will show us his beautiful hometown. And what is very nice he is a good cook!!! I really like it when I can sit down and wait for dinner and having a wonderful glass of wine. Luxury to me!

In the morning I tried to leave home, and Keiko called., Her train was delayed. It has to be. I just closed my internet so I was not able to help her. Therefore I called Jan. But he did not answer the phone. During our trip to Zwolle, I think Keiko sms t several times and called me on my cell phone. In the meantime I had spoken to Jan, and he thought  she would make it to reach the connecting train to Kampen. But she did not. We were waiting also to travel together to Kampen.  Half an hour to late we arrived in Kampen. We walked out of the station and saw the sign from another village.

I bought this one! ha ha
Then we walked towards the bridge. But we did not see Jan and Patricia. We walked around the building and then we saw them standing on the platform!!! Ha ha  walking in a circle behind each other and not seeing each other.

Now our sightseeing tour could start. The first nice thing to see is the new bridge. With gold plated wheels. We were lucky because they lifted the bridge ( a part of it).  Sightseeing means to us having coffee and a tosti in a very nice restaurant. Relaxing and talking! Jan made a very nice tour for us which he had put on paper, all kinds of historical facts where mentioned in it. And a few very nice postcards from Kampen.  He really is a very good host.

We started to walk again I will try to remember the things I have seen, because there are a lot very nice and interesting buildings.

the dutch coat of arms
  First we walked among the Museum (exhibition of famous people from Kampen). Next to it is the very old renovated City hall.  Jan says this street is one of the longest in Holland. And yes it is long. 

He also told us in the weekend from 19 or 20 december they will have a dickens scenery on the street. Christmas decoration and Old costumes. This must be very nice to see. You imagine walking in a fairytale book ages ago. This is the feeling you get when you visit this special event. Walking further we have seen a lot of old houses and very small streets. Can you imagine they lived there? Behind those houses is a public path which will lead you among the small gardens behind the houses. There used to be cows in the back of the houses.

Now we went to the Harbor with very old ships.

the wonderful food Jan made for us!
(klipper)  There is a big event going on this weekend, a lot of very old ships are coming to Kampen. Unfortunately we left to early. In the meantime we left mandy behind in the pillory. Than walking towards a very big green beautiful designed park.  This park is located just outside the city gates. There are about 4 of them. And they really are amazing to see. There are also about 7 big churches in Kampen. Religious place. Also an Theological University which they still use.

In another small alley there is a hole in the wall. Some famous person from Kampen told us what it was. The dutch word for the whole with the drain is : Gootsteen! It is literally a stone which will lead the dirty water out of the house. There are not much of them left in Holland. Patricia left at about 2 ‘

O clock so she could not join us to walk among the city.

the train station in Zwolle.
(but she has been there already a several times).  For us everything was new.  And of course we saw a very nice shop which sold tea and CHOCOLATE! We had to go inside. Hmmm wonderful! Still walking feeling a bit tired we went to the car of Jan. First he told us we would have to walk, ok, how long??? Oh about 50 minutes!!!  Joking!!

After a short ride we arrived at the house of Jan. He gave me a very sweet glass of rose!! A special one!! Oh so sweet!! And we could sit and talk and Jan was preparing a very nice dinner for us.

Eventually it was time to sit at the table.  Rice with a very nice chicken, gorgonzola, creamy sauce!!!  For desert something not to sweet but very powerful creamy delicious food!! He did a great job!!!

It was time to leave, but first Coffee!! After this nice day, Jan brought us back to the train station.

the IJssel in Kampen
I did not take notice on the train track. So I asked him which track should we take. Seriously he said, you have to take the stairs under the station, than under the water and you arrive at the other side!! Ok, will do that.  I have been digging and digging and finally I have given up!!! 

Ha ha, no need to go there because the train cannot go any further, it has just one track!!!! Nice joke of Jan!!!! But it was a very nice day!

nathanphil says:
I'm a Van Kampen on my mother's side--so Kampen is a definitely a pilgrimage site for me...
Posted on: Jul 27, 2009
KeikoCreative says:
Is always nice to have a holiday from the kitchen:P My hubby commented on the "elegant" pic that u put up ha ha:D Yes I think u drink too much;)) Is really a great mini private meetup :P So when is the next one ha ha ha:D No more "elegant" pics next time ha ha:P
Posted on: May 15, 2009
gejah says:
ha ha ha ha, still a bit drunk!!!
Posted on: May 14, 2009
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The new bridge to Kampen.
The new bridge to Kampen.
here we had a nice cup of coffee a…
here we had a nice cup of coffee …
I bought this one! ha ha
I bought this one! ha ha
the dutch coat of arms
the dutch coat of arms
the wonderful food Jan made for us!
the wonderful food Jan made for us!
the train station in Zwolle.
the train station in Zwolle.
the IJssel in Kampen
the IJssel in Kampen
Patricia
Patricia
cold, cold, cold
cold, cold, cold
Museum in Kampen
Museum in Kampen
City Hall
City Hall
City Hall
City Hall
The Gootsteen!!
The Gootsteen!!
You can find the Gootsteen in the …
You can find the Gootsteen in the…
Enjoying the boats
Enjoying the boats
Latest hair fashion!
Latest hair fashion!
An old house. 1843
An old house. 1843
The houses bent over!
The houses bent over!
This is how it looked like in the …
This is how it looked like in the…
A public path to visit
A public path to visit
Finally, she was waiting to do thi…
Finally, she was waiting to do th…
Keiko either!
Keiko either!
Even Patricia is feeling young aga…
Even Patricia is feeling young ag…
The Kogge!
The Kogge!
House of Jan
House of Jan
The really big park in KampenT
The really big park in KampenT
The Broederpoort
The "Broederpoort"
I shall not laugh!!! Keep my mouth…
I shall not laugh!!! Keep my mout…
Adam and Eve????
Adam and Eve????
A very nice garden
A very nice garden
I like this plant so very much. To…
I like this plant so very much. T…
The cellebroederspoort Thomas Be…
The "cellebroederspoort" Thomas B…
hmmmm, must be very serious!!
hmmmm, must be very serious!!
Also an very old building bending …
Also an very old building bending…
These houses have a wall in their …
These houses have a wall in their…
keikos feet. Little girl! Ha ha
keiko's feet. Little girl! Ha ha
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