Every country seems to have peculiarities in observing religious holidays. In the Philippines where I grew up, Good Friday is a holiday. Apart from church activities like the observance of the “Seven Last Words”, the country comes to a standstill. Basically all establishments from schools, offices, shops, etc. are closed for business on this day. Activities would resume to full speed comes Easter Sunday when everyone feels that as the right time because “Christ is risen after triumph over death”. The opposite is true here in Holland because for many establishments except schools and banks, Good Friday is a normal working day. Easter Sunday and the Monday after, on the other hand, are observed as religious holidays. Second Easter day is like Sunday with all establishments closed for business. It is on this chilly second Easter day that I will take you with me to a little known charming place here in Holland called Elburg.
After the Easter egg hunt and dropping over at the place of my friend Marie for Easter dinner, we went over to my parents-in-law’s place to spend the night and celebrate second Easter day together with a nice brunch. It was a beautiful day, the sun shining brightly that it was a pity to spend the day indoor. We opted to go out for a bit of fresh air and headed to the lovely Medieval town of Elburg, just some 11 kms. from my in-law’s place. Francesca was happy to stay with Opa and Oma.
This is just my second time here in Elburg despite the frequency of our visits to my in-laws and its close proximity to their place. What a big difference it was to be here on a very chilly day when my earlier memories were of a very nice warm summer day when flowers were blooming all over and it was such a joy to see this town filled with locals and tourists alike checking out not just the town’s attractions but also the many local produce on display. That first visit happened to be the town’s annual celebration of their market day.
With very few people out and the shops closed saved for restaurants and cafes that opened their doors, we had a rather quick exploration of the town. It was interesting to discover new places that we never saw the first time we were here such as the Jewish cemetery which was just a short distance from the huge Protestant Church.
I look forward to coming back when the weather warms up, when flowers start to bloom as this town will be even far alluring then.
The Mr. along the harbor in Elburg
The harbor of Elburg under blue skies and fair weather clouds.
The Mr. in Elburg
The Vischpoort — Elburg was a fortified town and this is one of the gates.
This canal is looking empty but in summer it is covered with blooming lotuses.
The Vischpoort from inside the fortified town of Elburg.
Portion of the main street which has a canal lined by trees in the middle.
Looking quite forlorn at the moment, these houses are amazingly picturesque in summer from all the blooming plants.
The Church and remnants of the old fortification.
Normally these buds will be exploding already at this time of the year. Had to still wait a while this time…
Another angle of the church
The Mr. at the Jewish cemetery which we discovered this time.
The marker at the entrance of the Jewish Cemetery says that the people buried here were together in life and also in death — victims of the cruelties of the WWII.
Croci on extended stay because of the chilly weather.
The Mr. in Elburg
The Dutch Reformed Church
Doorstep of the first Christian elementary school in Elburg. Building is from the end of the 17th century.
Picture taken from the dike surrounding Elburg.
The Mr. and me
Always a big fan of arched bridges — couldn’t resist taking this picture.
I love this type of building — old farmhouse style.
Finally it was time for some cappuccino…
We shared this cake — a very Dutch thing I guess. 😉
Candle and flowers always make the table cozy…typical Dutch concept of “gezelligheid”.