Thursday, July 12, 2018

Gorinchem's Memory Bricks

Remember when g'son Nicholas was with us in June and we tried to find the 27 Memory Bricks around our city's citadel center here in Gorinchem, NL?

You remember now, right?

The fun thing is that HE found most of them before we did.
What a fun memory.

Part of the fun was having a free guide provided by Gorinchem's tourist information center.
If you know the city, you can "picture" where these locations are.

On the back of the guide you get the descriptions of all 27 "bricks."
Except that there are really 30 bricks or more, truth be told....

and if you need further help, the dots on the citadel map might help?!
Also, there is a Facebook page called Memory Brick, helping with clues.

Okay.  This post is to document the bricks and get them "out there" for the record!

00.  ROLL of FILM

1.  CASSETTEBANDJE (cassette tape)

2.  TIEN GULDEN (10 guilders--before the euro)

3.  POTLOOD (pencil)

4.  TANDENBORSTEL (toothbrush)

5.  WASKNIJPERS (clothespins)

6.  MINISTECK (plastic mosaic)

7.  MOBIELE TELEFOON (mobile telephone)

8.  COMPUTERTOETSEN (computer keys)

9.  Vis (fish)


11.  POSTZEGELS (stamps)

12.  ASBAK (ashtray)

13.  VIJF GULDEN (5 guilders--before the euro)

14.  PAKJE SIGARETTEN (pack of cigarettes)

15.  PRINTPLAAT (motherboard)

16.  LUCIFERS (matches)

17.  GRAAFMACHINE (excavator)

18.  PIM PAM PET (letter/word game)

19.  MAB 1000 (amplifier?)

20.  GLOEILAMP (light bulb)

21.  KUNSTGEBIT (dentures with left and right eyes)

22a.  STOPCONTACT (electrical outlet)

22b.  STEKKERBLOK (outlet strip)

23a.  VISSPEL (fishing game)

23b.  HENGELS (fishing poles for the fishing game)


25.  BLOKHAAK (square tool)

26.  ?????????????????????????  No clues to help us.
(no one has found this brick yet!)
[ADDENDUM:  I found out on FB that this is near the ant/sand on the citadel map above,
but it's the only hint and no one has found it yet.]

27. DISKETTEBOX (box of diskettes)

????  This is NOT #26 but also is not on the list.  
(The Facebook man behind the bricks has not gotten back to us on it.)
[ADDENDUM:  I found out on FB that this originally had #21 on it by mistake,
so the number was removed, making it now a "bonus" brick.]
Someone else has found these Flippos and put it on the FB site.  Not on the list.
(I have no idea where it is...not my photo.)
[ADDENDUM:  I found out on FB that this was a fun prank made by a fan.]

Also, there is a #00, supposedly, of a film roll.
Someone else has found it, obviously (on the FB site).
No clue as to where it is.
[ADDENDUM:  I found out on FB that this brick is between #20 and the toy airplane,
outside the city walls.  When we find it, I will post it here.]

[ADDENDUM 2:  We found the roll of film on July 22, posted at the head of the list above.]

My/our goal is to find them all, of course.  
But without clues on the ones we don't have, it's really a wild goose chase, I'm afraid.
Just glad we have these...with the fun memory of Nicholas helping us!

BTW, this has become a famous thing for our city, 
bringing people from other cities to do the hunt.  It's become a huge family outing.


  1. OMG these are SO fascinating. Some with such depth. I would love to do this at the farm somehow. Do you know anything about the origin? Were they all done the same year, for instance? Different group sponsors? Etc.? I like so many, but I think the match box is my fave.

    1. They really ARE fun, Ruth, aren't they. They first started appearing in our citadel center maybe a year ago but with only 16, I believe. Later the others were added, probably because they became so popular. I assume no more will be added, but who knows? My understanding is that they were all done by the same man who is/was a street brick layer. He's kinda like the Banksy artist from one knows who he/she is! How fun is that!

  2. Fascinating and original! Love them!

    1. Totally fascinating and original, indeed, Marie. Our city is so proud of them and how other cities are coming to hunt for them, too.

  3. what a cool scavenger hunt type game!! i remember, back when i was in hs, me and bf used to follow a game, to find a stash of cash, much cash! and everyday in the newspaper there would be clues as to wear it was, around the city... on one, i walked RIGHT UP to it, and stuck my hand in, but still didn't get it!! grr lol... there was another one that i got near to, but didn't find... then i think i gave up lol

    1. When we pitched this to Nicholas, we told him it was like a scavenger hunt, indeed! That's part of what made it so fun. The day we get ALL of them will be the day of triumph! :)

  4. This is so FUN! Thanks for sharing the answers to Ruth's questions...I was wondering the same about the origin.

    1. Rats! I hate that I forget to come back and check comments, Robin, since I'm not getting notice in my emails. But thanks for stopping by again!

  5. This is so fun do find them all and we will go out again to try to find the missing ones. Great to share this experience with Nicholas. It is amazing to see how many there are after you put all the pictures in your post. Also voor Gorinchem it is great, a lot of visitors come and try to locate them all. IHVJ

    1. I'm so glad the city allowed "him" to do this, Astrid because it has brought so much interest into our community. I love stuff like this!!!