Saturday, December 20, 2008

Vreeswijk by Candlelight 2008 ~ ~ ~ Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht 2008

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"Vreeswijk Harbour by Candlelight 1, December 2008"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong

On Wednesday, 17th of December, we went over to the neighborhood of Vreeswijk in Nieuwegein (Utrecht) to see the community's display of tea-light candles and torches lighting up the entire old village center for a special Christmas time evening - including the boats in the harbours and canals, the streets and sidewalks, and the private houses.

More photos of the evening - not quite the same as being there, but enjoy!

"House with Tea-lghts in the Window - Vreeswijk 2008"
copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong


"Tea Lights Along the Harbour Steps - Vreeswijk, 2008"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong


"Vreeswijk Harbour by Candlelight 2, December 2008"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong


"Vreeswijk Harbour by Candlelight 3, December 2008"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong


"Vreeswijk Harbour by Candlelight 4, December 2008"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong


"Vreeswijk Harbour by Candlelight 5, December 2008"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong


"Tea-lights and Garden Windmill, Vreeswijk 2008"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong


"Houses Along the Canal, December 17th 2008, Vreeswijk"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong


"Shopping Street, Vreeswijk by Candlelight, Dec. 2008"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong

There were many bands and choirs on the streets, singing or playing Christmas carols and popular Christmas songs.

"Christmas Choir, Vreeswijk by Candlelight, Dec. 2008"
photo copyright Juidth Nijholt-Strong

Everyone gets involved - a real demonstration of "community spirit"; simply marvelous, imo!This is a photo taken through the picture window of a private home - every year this living room is completely decorated with a Christmas scene...the entire living room.
A-ma-zing!!

"Christmas Living Room Window - Vreeswijk, Dec. 2008"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong

There were also booths where you could buy hot chocolate, mulled wine (gluwein), doughnuts or the Dutch treat this time of year - the "Oliebollen"

Another window of a home in Vreeswijk. I loved this one in particular; so warm & inviting - "gezellig".

"Santa with Tea Lights - Vreeswijk, 2008"
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong

We had a wonderful evening in Vreeswijk.
It was magical! Tot volgende jaar (until next year).
:o)



Tot ziens,
Judy

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is amazing Judy! I love the look of it! Did they keep track of how many candles were used? LOL
i cannot say often enough how much i enjoy visiting this blog...always something interesting to see and read. Thank you for this continuing 'treat' for us to enjoy...will you consider having the blog printed in book form with 'Blurp' or some such company? It would be a treasure for sure!

Geseënde Kersfees en 'n Voorspoedige Nuwe Jaar!!!

Charne

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Hi Charne!

Hmm...interesting idea about a book. Something to think about "in de toekomst!" *wink*

I don't know how many candles were used in Vreeswijk!!! LOL many! many! many!

:)

Judy

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