Today a mere 20-minute train ride from the center of Amsterdam, and even less time by car from the international airport, is the small village of Abcoude. In times long gone by - think 9th to 15th C - it was a place where rich families from the big city had their second home, one with a small plot of land to grow their own flowers and vegetables. For me its importance lies in it being the home of a much-loved cousin and her two darling daughters.
This charming old Dutch village boasts three drawbridges: the Dorpsbrug over the Gein, and the Hulksbrug and Heinkuitenbrug over the Angstel. Here I post the two on the Angstel, but don't ask me which one is which... I didn't know when I took these photos that I would one day post for Louis la Vache's Sunday Bridges.
Abcoude, The Netherlands, 2008
View with the drawbridge going up:
This canoe can calmly be paddled under the lowered bridge:
A pleasant walk on that footpath along the Angstel gets us to the second, smaller drawbridge:
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