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ECHO HILL STUDIOS
ARTIST: ANN KAHL
This is me
This is part of a letter from Theo, who showed me Holland, and to whom I will always be grateful:
"The walled up sections of houses on the canal you're talking about.
I can't remember hearing the tourguide say that it (sic) are boathouses on the bottom floors of the houses.
But many inhabitants had a little business and access to the Binnendieze because that was the best way to move stuff.
The roads then were mainly dirt-roads and in times of lots of rain hardly passable.
Later when the city-roads were paved and the Binnendieze became of less use, it little by little turned into an open sewer, which lasted until the early sixties in the last century.
The township than made plans to fill up the canals.
Lucky enough the people of Den Bosch revolted against these plans and the Binnendieze was put on the list of national treasures.
This started a great project of restoration." -Theo Donkers
I am seated at the stern of the boat, taking photos as we move away from the landing
Although I would like to have made the scenes consistent, I'm quite sure I won't be able to maintain that for the whole trip around the city
The visit to Holland was more than twenty years ago, and the photos weren't numbered
But I shall do the best I can to impart to you a sense of this lovely experience
The house on the left (as I have it pictured here) is the one Theo was referring to as being a private landing
The last photo is a view of the entrance to the boat trip as we say goodby to this lovely experience
With all my heart I wish Den Bosch everlasting well-being
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