Join me, as I show you some of the sites in Dordrecht, South Holland

A typical street in Dordrecht






chocolate shop

Here they sell delicious chocolate




and they offer classes in chocolate-making

City Park

I’m going to leave you, now, to enjoy the park!

Dordrecht Museum

This art museum features a collection of artist’s works, from the 16th century to the modern day.



Below are some of our favorite works from the museum.

Vase With Tea Roses (1897) Henri Fantin Latour

The Meuse of Dordrecht (1884) Eugene Boudin

Boudin, who was a frequent visitor to Dordrecht, used the Meuse, a river here in Dordrecht, as his inspiration.

Sailing Toy Boats

Bernardus Johannes Blommers

The Groothoofdspoort (1887) Frank Myers Boggs

The old city gate, with Dordrecht coat of arms

Here I am at the city gate.

I was particularly intrigued by the life of Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) who was a Dutch-French, romantic painter, and whose works were based on literature and religious subjects. He also painted portraits of the influential people throughout his life. He received much of his early education in art from his parents who were both portrait painters. At age 11 he attended the Amsterdam drawing academy, and in  1811, after the death of his father, he and his mother moved to Paris, where he attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He started exhibiting from 1812, on, at the Salon de Paris, and because of the recognition that he began to receive in 1817, he was asked to make a portrait of the Marquis de Lafayette, in 1819. Scheffer finished over 500 portraits in his lifetime, including that of the well-renowned composer, pianist, Frederic Chopin, which hangs in the Dordrecht museum. In 1862 a monument was erected to honor Ary Scheffer. It was designed by his daughter Cornelia, and the work was done by the sculptor Joseph Mezzara, who had been a student of Scheffer’s. The monument is located on Shefferplein, in Dordrecht.

The Haus Van Gijn is a historic home that we had the opportunity to visit on June 16th.

Simon Van Gijn was born in Vlaardingen in1836 and moved with his family to Dordrecht in 1842. He studied law in Leiden, then in 1863 established himself as a lawyer in Dordrecht. He followed his father into the banking business that same year. He and Cornelia Agatha Vriesendorp married in 1864 and bought the house at Nieuwe Haven. Van Gijn was a 19th-century collector whose interests ranged from historical prints, arms, and ships, to coins, silver, ceramics, and interiors. He gave his collections a prominent place in his home and welcomed visitors who shared the same interests. After the death of his wife, in1889, and his departure from the bank in 1892, he spent his time inventorying his grand collection of prints, sketches, and photographs. During his final years, his health had declined dramatically and he spent his days surrounded by his precious objects and prints. In 1922 Van Gijn died and as he requested, his home was opened to the public and became a museum in 1925.

Enjoy our video below, of the Haus Van Gijn

A  Day At Kinderdijk

When our daughter Sarah came to visit for a few days in June, we took a day trip to Kinderdijk on the 202 water bus. It cost us 12.00 Euro each, round trip, for the 40-minute ride. Kinderdijk is a village in the Netherlands known for its 19, 18th-century windmills, that in conjunction with 3 pumping stations, dikes, and reservoirs, work together as a water management system, to control flooding in the low lying areas. Kinderdijk became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997.

The name Kinderdijk, which means, “child dike” in Dutch, comes from the folktale, published in English, as “The Cat in The Cradle”. As the story was told, it was during the Saint Elizabeth Flood of 1421, when the Grote Hollandsewaard flooded, but the Alblasserwaard polder did not. After the storm subsided and a man went to the dike, between the two areas, to see what could be saved, he saw a wooden cradle floating on the water. When he got nearer, he could see a cat in the cradle trying to balance it by jumping back and forth, so water couldn’t get in. When the cradle came close to the dike, the man picked up the cradle, only to find a baby sleeping inside, nice and dry.

Kinderdijk is a beautiful place to walk or bike around. There are several museums to visit or you can take a boat ride. We chose to go to the Molens Museum. It was a windmill, where a family had lived in the 1700’s. It was interesting to see the home and the mechanics of how a real windmill worked.

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