Sunday, October 21, 2012

Wijk bij Duurstede in Utrecht, Netherlands

 Wijk bij Durrstede

postmarked in 2012 with two Netherlands stamps

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Wijk bij Duurstede is a municipality and a city in Utrecht, the central Netherlands.

The name 'Wijk bij Duurstede' means 'neighbourhood near Duurstede'. Duurstede is the name of the nearby castle/ruin, where the bishop of Utrecht used to live.

Wijk bij Duurstede is located at the place where Dorestad used to be, an important trade settlement, that was pillaged around 850 by the Vikings.

Wijk bij Duurstede has the only drive-through wind mill in the world.

Wijk bij Duurstede received city rights in 1300.

Netherlands Stamps - 2012
Huis Verwolde 1

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Castle Verwolde (Huis Verwolde) in Laren, North Holland is a paradise for anyone who loves nature and culture. The classical nobleman’s residence dating back to 1776 is located in gorgeous surroundings in a large private country estate. Accompanied by a guide, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape architecture, the art treasures in the castle, and then savor a high-tea in the tearoom afterwards.

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