Monday, 12 September 2011

dutch harbour town & pumpkin market


Yesterday, hubby took us to the Netherlands, to a harbour town called Breskens on the Westerschelde (Western Scheldt), in the municipality of Sluis (province of Zeeland). It's marked A on the Google map and it's where the Scheldt river flows into the North Sea. (Antwerp is the largest city on the banks of the Scheldt. I think it's my duty as a citizen of
Antwerp to point that out!) Breskens was rebuilt after the World War II, when it was heavily bombed, and it thrived on fishery. Fishing is no longer the stronghold of its economy, but the town is a popular tourist attraction. The marina is full of sailing boats and yachts and there is a fish market, which was open yesterday. Across the Scheldt is the city of Vlissingen, which we visited in July; its skyline is in the top photo.

So, hubby didn't exactly take us to Paris. However, at the café/restaurant we went to I got a very good latte macchiato and there was a Paris sign on that hanger (see photo below). I guess that counts for something. wink
 

On our way to Breskens we spotted a pumpkin market and decided to stop there on our way back home so I could take photos. It's called De Heidebloem and is located in a small Dutch town called IJzendijke, south of Breskens, close to the Belgium borders. It was such a charming and lovely place.

All these pumpkins helped me feeling the autumn beat. I even woke up very early this morning and made spice bread (loaf) for the children to bring to school. And I put on my fingerless gloves before bicycling with the children. A pretty autumnal start of the day, eh?

Have a fine day!


photo credit: Lisa Hjalt

18 comments:

  1. Such beautiful pictures, looks like a great place - and I love the doggie! :-)

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  2. Lisa this is just marvelous! all these wonderful colors! - very autumn fashion too ; )

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  3. You are definitely in Autumn mood now - love the orange-coloured labels. I think I prefer them to red. :)
    The photos are gorgeous, you are so good at it!
    x

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  4. Oh my gosh Lisa! What beautiful photos! It makes me want to hop on a plane/ferry and be there right now! The pumpkin farm photos completely got me in the mood for autumn!

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  5. Is there anything better than pumpkin? I have a dinner party in a month and in addition to your biscotti (to be served with coffee post dinner), I plan to make something with pumpkin. Any suggestions?

    What a wonderful day out with your family!

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  6. What a place and all those pumpkins - did you bring some home to make pumpkin soup - got one once on a restaurant (haven't made it myself) and it tasted sooooo good ;o)
    Yes - stay tuned - more posts about Stockholm is waiting for you - maybe you should send the link to hubby- maybe to inspire him for your next trip ;o) ha ha ;o)

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  7. yay for being in the autumn mood. i'm not there myself, still warm here.

    beautiful photos and a lovely place. those squashes look sooo good, we don't get them here.

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  8. You are making me long for Holland with your pretty pictures. I was there last year around this time and it was GREAT! Love autumn in Holland :)

    Hugs,
    Signe

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  9. Oooo, pumpkin pie it is the best of! really, I made the first one last year and did not expect such a good taste. The picture are lovely, a beautiful autumn there ;)

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  10. This is what I was waiting for to feel that autumn is finally here and that I'm ready for it: the pumpkins. Besides the rusty and golden fallen leaves, a pumpkin market describes perfectly this season, one of its beauties. Beautiful photos, Lisa! I love these journeys you take all of us on. xoxo
    PS: I got mail, reply tomorrow. ;)

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  11. I love Holland! They have the most beautiful pumpkins! hughs Anja

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  12. What gorgeous photos! Glad you had such a wonderful time. And you've really got me craving fall now. I know it's coming but I haven't quite tasted it yet :)

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  13. there is something so special in the way you describe places... i simply can t resist :)

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  14. Oh my gosh ! Look at all the shapes and colors of those squashes!!! Amazing.

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  15. Oh wow, what fun, I've never heard of a pumpkin market before! Love that brick wall with the white images painted on it!x

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  16. Lisa, Thank you for sharing your own city guide. Your experience give us other vision of the place and let us discover things that most of us never would have find before. Pics of pumpkins market are incredible. A beautiful inspiration for the new season

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  17. Wow Lisa, I'm more and more impressed by your "taking us to..." posts. Gorgeous photos and collages, so colorful too! And that dog;) I've never been to Breskens, even though I'm Dutch;) I also never saw a pumpkin market here in Holland before, how cool you came across one! Love the orange, yellows and greens.

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  18. wow, great pics. looks like you had a fabulous weekend :)

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