Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vreeswijk by Candlelight Dec. 16, 2009 ~ ~ ~ Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht Dec. 16, 2009

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I received several emails asking if I had seen the annual display of tea-lights (candle lights) in Vreeswijk again- and, if I did, could I show some photos here on the blog? Well, yes I did go to Vreeswijk and it was really cold this past Wednesday Dec. 16th ! No snow on that night, but cold! lol

photo copyright J. Nijholt-Strong
Temperature & Date board in Vreeswijk ... cold!
Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht 2009 - Utrecht, Netherlands
December 16th, 2009

So here you are, some of my photos of Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht 2009 (Vreeswijk by Candlelight).

photo copyright J. Nijholt-Strong
Boat in the Harbor with Candlelights
Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht 2009 - Utrecht, Netherlands
December

As it is every year, the atmosphere was enchanting...
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Front of House with Tea-lights and Candles in the Window
Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht, 2009 - Utrecht, Netherlands
December

All the shops on the front street were decked out with candles, tea-lights and torches.
photo copyright J. Nijholt-Strong
Shop with Tea-lights
Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht 2009 - Utrecht, Netherlands
December

A closer view of that window above...because I like it!

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Angel in a Window with Tea-lights
Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht 2009 - Utrecht, Netherlands
December

There was even a klompenmaker (clog maker) demonstrating in the window of the butcher's shop. This isn't the best picture in the world (mainly because of the crowd in front of this window...lol), I know, but I had to take it. :o) That really is a wood clog that he's carving...not some piece of meat. lol
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Klompenmaker in Vreeswijk
Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht 2009 - Utrecht, Netherlands
December

Another view of the harbor - different boat ...

photo copyright J. Nijholt-Strong
Sailboat in the Harbor with Candlelights
Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht 2009 - Utrecht, Netherlands
December

Even the alleyways were lined with tea-lights ...

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Tea-lights Line the Streets in Vreeswijk
Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht 2009 - Utrecht, Netherlands
December

The entire community of Vreeswijk get together to decorate the suburb (wijk) with candles. Streets, shops, private houses, restaurants, windows, sidewalks, bike paths, boats, bridge railings, roof ledges everywhere you look are the empty glass jars with the tea-lights glowing - simple and so beautiful. A testament to community spirit too!

There were choirs large and small, brass bands, trios & duets singing/playing all up and down the main street - adding to the happy spirit of Christmas. Hot chocolate or hot mulled wine to drink, also helped make spirits bright! :o)

The churches were open as well . It was good to have a warm place to get out of the cold and hear some organ music or a choir singing - or see a pretty nativity scene ...

photo copyright J. Nijholt-Strong
Nativity in the Barbarakerk (St. Barbara Church) - Vreeswijk
Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht 2009 - Utrecht,  Netherlands
December

The angel over the nativity ...

photo copyright J. Nijholt-Strong
Gloria in Excelsis Deo - Barbarakerk, Vreeswijk
Vreeswijk bij Kaarslicht 2009 - Utrecht, Netherlands
December

And this phrase, spelled out in tea-lights on the harbor wharf ...
photo copyright J. Nijholt-Strong
Vrede op Aarde - Peace on Earth  - in tea lights.
Vresswijk bij Kaarslicht 2009 - Utrecht, Netherlands
December

If you want to see my post and pictures from last year, follow this link:



tot ziens,
Judy
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3 comments:

raz said...

thanks for sharing, I feel like I was there! Merry Christmas, Judy!

Meisie said...

Wonderful pictures! Thank you so much! I remember the ones from last year too...

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

You're welcome Meisie & Robin.
My pleasure. :o)

Happy Holidays to both of you.

Judy

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