This piece of granite, during one of the ice-ages pushed to the moors surrounding Amersfoort from Scandinavia, was already mentioned in 1545 in an official state-document during Charles V’s reign. In 1661 it was dragged to Amersfoort’s Pig-market by 400 citizens and buried there in 1674. Excavated in 1903 it was placed on top of the present pedestal in 1954. The nickname for Amersfoort, Keistad (Boulder-city), originates in this boulder, ‘De Amersfoortse Kei’ (The Amersfoort Boulder). The boulder was, controlled by a notary, weighed in 1990. Result: 7,157 tonnes. Converted in stone (very appropriate indeed!): 1127 (and a negligible bit more - not all conversion-sites provide the same result!).
This statue is visible in the background of the boulder-picture. It is called ‘Op Schoot in Amersfoort’ (Sitting on someone’s lap in Amersfoort). To be honest we had passed both the boulder and the statue – and never noticed the boulder. Shame on us! One tends to think that this represents someone trying to lift the boulder. Not. Our (weak) excuse: we are always fully concentrated on entering a coffee-shop -yes, a real one!- called ‘Bagels & Beans’, partly visible in the background between the boulder and the statue on the first picture.
View to the north
The main topic for this time: Sinterklaas’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas) incoming on Saturday the 12th of November. We had to abandon our mooring space temporarily, together with 5 other ships – thus creating an open space for disembarking Sinterklaas and a load of Zwarte Pieten (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwarte_Piet).
View to the south
We found a space some 200 meters downstream, just inside the port, thus making the bridge open unnecessary. It’s still fairly quiet here. That will change within minutes.
Where’s the man?
Two picture, giving a good impression of the huge popularity of Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet in The Netherlands. Amersfoort Sinterklaasstad (stad = town). The protagonist himself...
...is visible in the centre of the right picture. The ship in the foreground is moored at ‘our’ space. We did, of course, not object. The kids are all very excited – see the opposite bank.
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Dankjewel, Tineke! Tot gauw 😍.
En dan nog even en Amersfoort in zicht
De laatste foto: ongelooflijk!!!!!
Dank je wel, Tineke! We zien mekaar hopelijk snel in A'foort.
Jaja, 't schiet op. Maar rustig aan, want de Nijkerkersluis is nog een paar dagen geblokkeerd. (En een 'Vollenhove' zal ik -als ik er aan toe kom- een n toevoegen...)