With all their travelling abroad, the Dutch sometimes forget how much their own country has to offer. The historic harbours of Dordrecht are definitely among those gems.
The combination of waterways and old buildings is captivating, I think. It is probably what draws so many people to the Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht, Delft and Dordrecht.
Be sure to look up every now and then: the facade of the old buildings often has beautiful decorations.
This warehouse on the Kuipershaven (Cooper’s Harbour), dating from 1658, is (still) looking magnificent.
Kuipershaven (Cooper’s Harbour).
Wijnhaven (Wine Harbour).
Some nautical details.
Venice is said to be an enchanting town. And I think it is, if you know where to look.
In my opinion, one should avoid the overcrowded Piazza San Marco, where hoards of tourists queue to get into the Basilica di San Marco or the Palazzo Ducale. I’d say the same for Ponte di Rialto, though the bridge itself it is a pretty sight.
What I love about Venice are the quiet waterways, the narrow back alleys, the deserted piazzas.
The pretty, little port of Dunbar is worth a visit. On the North Sea coast of Scotland, some 30 miles east of Edinburgh, its ruined castle stands guard over the harbour. Sailing boats and small ships can only enter and exit at high tide.