Back to finish up Astrid's birthday weekend in the Huizen/Muiden neck of the woods, this is the castle she wanted me to see from her childhood. She could hardly wait to go back to see it herself, just 20 km away from Hilversum, where she was born and raised.
I, too, was excited when we first spotted it from afar.
That's a castle...considered the best-kept and most beautiful Medieval castle in the Netherlands!
It even has it's own weathervanes, of course (bottom 3 images).
Everything else we saw as we walked from our car, along the harbor.
And yes, we got to use our museum card for this.
Can you imagine having an inner courtyard like this for your humble abode?
Lucky for us, a half-hour tour came free with the ticket.
Do you think it'd be fun to live during that day and age?
The castle was built in 1285.
The tour was totally worth it. It's all in the details, you know.
Then we went off on our own to the tower and checked out the view from there.
That body of water is the IJsselmeer, Western Europe's largest lake (fresh water).
As we explored the castle, I started thinking about living there.
HA! And playing hide-n-seek.
Kids of all ages have so much to see and do there.
And this is just a smattering.
What would YOU be tempted to buy?
We bought a white stone bottle of the Tesseltje Likorette, since we collect stone bottles.
It's made on Texel Island and is sold only there...and at this castle!
Once we were done inside, we went out and walked around the castle to see all sides.
Remember my oculus? I couldn't resist.
Couldn't resist the plum trees outside the castle moat, either, with no Do Not Touch signs.
Astrid grabbed 2 each as a nice little appetizer for our walk into town for lunch.
Have I mentioned how much I love the Dutch harbor towns?!
Even on a rainy, overcast day!
Astrid had already picked out where would eat: the Ome Ko Café just outside the harbor lock.
It's a brown cafe that is part of her young-20's years growing up.
After the huge breakfast we had had at the Fletcher Hotel that morning (this post),
the panini-tosti lunch was exactly what the doctor ordered. We always share, you know.
It was the perfect way to say Good-Bye to a BIG 6-0 birthday celebration weekend.
Lots of memories for Astrid to share with me from her former neck of the woods.
It was as though it were my birthday!