Good morning you all, everywhere (but mostly in The USA - nice to see you checking in!), A friend suggested that it would be fun to let you guess at our destination of the latest ramble. So...sure! Where were we? It didn't take us overly long to get to this destination. Especially for you lot over there in the good old US of A, or Canada, you are used to driving long distances, so for you this would be like a visit to your local supermarket. For us Dutchies though, this drive is...well, a proper drive, for which we have to steel ourselves and make sure we have enough provisions etcetera in the car. But one full tank would get us there and back from Rotterdam. (First clue)
This was our aim. It is a museum, and a very modern one at that. On the roof, the tenth floor, there is a Panorama, which gives you a wonderful view over this harbour city. (And there is your second clue!) This museum has amassed the collections of several old museums in this city. So we saw the most eclectic collection possible, with old paintings, historical earthenware and chamberpots, religion, chocolate tins (third clue),photographs, and a load of boats.
This, (your fourth clue) is a beautiful painting of the quay, with the city in the background. I loved it, the artist has captured the expressions of all those people so well. For instance the woman on the right, in the severe black dress, she gazes into your face with great suspicion! I know that look, it is the exact same look my old neighbour gives me when I'm rolling out of my car with my musician friends! And the young waiter (in the long white apron), he has the look of a hard working youngster who is used to being ignored unless the toffs need to order another beer. The guitar player is in the zone, and has captured the pretty lady's interest.
This was another exhibit which captured my heart. It is part of a pre-Colombian collection. We went to the roof, obviously, but it was so cold and grey, and the photo has not turned out very well. (Still. It is your fifth clue)
Now, I am giving you a massive, massive hint here: you are looking at the river Schelde. Well? Have you guessed already? No? Let's continue. This city used to be part of my country. In fact, it was more important and powerful than Amsterdam at one point. They still speak a form of the same language as we; let's say we understand each other's language, but we are very different temperamentally.
The city centre streets are crooked, and so are the shops and buildings. To me, that is quaint. The weather was dismal, so hardly any folk on the pavements to enjoy their beers (sixth clue). And there were many ancient buildings around, dating from the seventeenth century.
Like the one on the right, with the step gable. 1614, It said.
I like café staff with a sense of humour!(The beer brand is your seventh clue; oh, come on, you must know by now?!)
And here we are. The end of our ramble. This is on a market square. And no, I did not take a photograph of the world famous city hall with its many flags and gilt statues, as I thought it too garish. I prefer the other side, with the typical gables. Your last clue is staring you in the face, by the way. Hope you enjoyed this different take on my usual ramble. Leave a comment if you want to check with me whether you've guessed my destination.