Enschede is never going to be at the top of any awards list for architecture. The buildings are bland and functional, reminiscent of Scandinavia in their austerity. Visitors should not expect to find a city built in the grand Dutch architectural style of skinny, many-windowed facades, and stepped gables of Amsterdam and Utrecht. The reasons for this are many: Read More »
“It’s the most beautiful windmill in the Netherlands,” Frank tells me as I stand behind the structure, staring up at its gears and debating if I would get in trouble were I to climb the hill under the mill so as to get closer. Frank is the keeper of the Lonneker Molen, c. 1851, a type of beltmolen, or mountain windmill. Read More »
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” ~ Samuel Johnson.
London is a city I doubt I could ever grow tired of and continue to love it long past the screams of my wallet against the plundering it takes there*. With flights at less than 35 euros and 30 minutes between the Netherlands and Britain there is little reason not to go, so we chose the capitol of the United Kingdom as the perfect spot to celebrate the Frenchman’s birthday weekend.Read More »
Following our trip to Limoux, the next day we drove closer still to the Pyrenees together with the Frenchman’s parents to visit the Gallo-Roman villa of Montmaurin. Built between the 1st and 4th centuries, the villa had more than two hundred rooms, indoor plumbing, and heated floors. Today, all that remains are the foundational ruins and a few mosaics. Read More »
At 10th place in the top 53 things to see in Enschede is the Enschede Synagogue, which has supposedly earned the title of “The most beautiful synagogue in Western Europe.”
The synagogue is located but a block from us, so we thought it a great place to visit when we got a late start on the Netherlands’ cultural days last month. Similar to the <<Journées du patrimoine>> that we enjoyed last year while living in Montpellier, France, the “Open Monumentendag” is a day when otherwise closed or otherwise paid monuments and historical sites are open and free of charge. Read More »