Last sunday we did a trip through the province Zuid-Holland to visit the five remaining municipalities that will merge in january. Four of them will merge into one municipality Goeree-Overflakkee. I also promised to visit the current town hall of Liesveld, as I only visited (by accident) a former town hall, and that of course does not count towards the total of 415 town halls. If you didn’t see the picture, check out the previous trip log.
The weather said it was going to rain, and for once they were right. We drove about an hour through pouring rain, and as we entered the province Zuid-Holland, the sky cleared up. My navigation system was also back from being serviced, so we had a nice ride.
The town hall is positioned at the bottom of the dike. It is unfortunately by no means as adorable as the former town hall in Nieuwpoort.
Municipality: Liesveld (fuses into Molenwaard 1 january 2013)
Location of town hall: Groot-Ammers
Goedereede used to be an important city, especially the fisheries and the harbour were very prosporous. The reede in Goedereede refers to Rede, a roadstead. Goede means as much as good. You can now figure out the meaning of Goedereede 😉 However, because of the silting, the standing of the industry declined. To prevent the damage of the many floods that scourged the city, dikes were built. This caused a change from an active mercantile centre to a rural region.
To get to the town hall, we drove through big cities such as Rotterdam. Although I’ve been there numerous times, we entered from the south-east. It is always interesting to see that cities can have many faces: I’ve never seen this residential area of Rotterdam.
We followed the water and drove over the Dammenweg, a large dam. On both sides the water was totally flat, and the sky was clear.
By the time we did the last town hall for today, we already forgot we visited Dirksland earlier. Maybe that says enough about how interesting this town hall is.
I parked my bike in front of the town hall, and my father parked it a bit further down the street. A guy went up to him and began telling that when he had a new bike, he would also make pictures in the weirdest places. He actually thought my bike was new. Even I can see from 100m that the dirt has formed a crust on the bike :). As you can see my rear wheel is really shiny. It took me over 3 hours to get it a bit cleaner. It drained all my motivation to clean the rest as well.
If you ever have to spend some time around Dirksland, I can recommend you to visit the church. I have not been inside, but the location of the church is just magnificent. The moat around the church is unfenced, so do be careful.
Middelharnis is the third municipality from the west on the island Goeree-Overflakkee. The name of the island is also the name of the new municipality. Last month there were elections for the town council, and the orthodox protestant party got over halve of the votes. Another clear indicator that we are in the Dutch bible belt, as it is called.
Currently, since september to be precise, they are extending the town hall, as it will house the new town council, and it will function as the town hall for the new municipality.
Oude-Tonge was one of the places I wanted to visit for quite some while now. My uncle was born there, and my father lived there when he was just an infant. The surroundings are mainly polders. The villages are really wide-spread, and the only thing you encounter when going from one town to another is yet another plenitude of pastures. It has its charmes though. It feels stereotypically Dutch, with the mills, and free sight until the horizon.
Some of the houses in the street where my uncle was born were still intact. Wooden cottages, which is nice to see for a change, since most houses are made of bricks. However, the parental home was taken down. But it is interesting, that they built the new houses in a similar style, from wood. It gives the street a special character. When we were looking around a bit, the church emptied, as the Mass ended. Other than the church-goers here, they were all dressed in black, another sign we are in the Bible belt.
As I said earlier, at this time we forgot that we visited Dirksland, and had a really hard time figuring out which municipality we skipped. We even drove to another town just to see whether we would encounter a new municipality sign, but to no avail. We went home, as the sun was setting already, thinking about how we would have to do another trip to this island. Luckily, everything went better than expected.
km total: 1605
done: 5 (34)
to to: 381