Well, there's method to the madness, of course, because through a series of very fortunate adventures, I'm posting today (Wednesday) at Vision and Verb instead of next Monday, my assigned date. And that's because we enjoyed the pleasure of Robin's company this past weekend...our second overnight guest here in the Netherlands in 3 years! She's flying home today, her day to post at V&V, so I swapped with her.
Read more about that at V&V...and tune in next week when I'll give the whole shootin' kaboodle.
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Today's post is about our Gorinchem city's 25th Botenbeurs (= Boat Auction) which happens every fall. This one happened on Saturday, 29 September, the weekend before Robin came.
It so happens that on this particular day, boats of all kinds are lined up along the canal for sale.
More boats than you can shake a stick at!
If you're into boats, there's plenty of eye candy.
If you squint, you might see TE KOOP = For Sale.
But there was plenty else to check out and buy if you wanted...like Poffertjes...DVDs...
...and bike bells. How fun is that!
As we followed the canal to Gorinchem's inside harbor,
we gave a nod to our Grote Kerk, always a bit tipsy while watching over us.
As harbors go, it doesn't get much better than this, as far as I'm concerned.
Of course, I'm prejudiced. I love where we live!
And that Saturday was a glorious day.
Then, after crossing over the locks that control this inside harbor from the outside Merwede River,
we saw it...what we had come to see...
... a replica of the 1703 Russian, 3-masted Shtandart frigate.
It was a big deal to have it visit us as part of the boat-auction festivities.
And all just a hop, skip, and a jump from our apartment!
See why I love this place?!
As if all that whetted her appetitie, on the way home we stopped at the open market
where Astrid indulged in one of her life's pleasures:
It's like an angel peeing on the tongue, or so she says.
Thanks, but no thanks for me. I just take great delight in her enjoying it all!
How is it possible to take 2-3 hours on a Saturday morning and find such goodies as these! Right here at our doorstep!
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Next week I'll show the goodies Robin shared with us just days later.
In the meantime, don't forget my post at Vision and Verb today.