When I visited my friend in Holland we went one afternoon to Veere.
Veere is a a cute little town in the southwestern Netherlands, on Walcheren in the province of Zeeland and has only 1661 inhabitants. Today it's a nice place for tourists with many things to see, but when I was there with my friend now in the middle of the winter everything was closed and only a few shops remained open. But during spring and summertime and even at Christmas there are a lot of historical activities going on.
In the past, between 1541 and 1799, Veere was the staple port for the Kingdom of Scotland and the warehouse of Scottish wool.. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Veere was a prosperous trading city.
I just take you for a little walk around the city
The port which once had been very important for the Scottish wool trading, is now a leisure port for sailing boats.
The Campveerse Tower, built as a part of the Town defense around 1500, from the sixteenth century the tower was used as inn and coastal light. It is now one of the oldest surviving taverns in the Netherlands.
These green doors to the basement were built to allow lorries on rails coming directly from the port to the house and to upload the wool directly into the basement. The rails have been taken out from the street recently.
These old houses belonged mainly to the Scotts, the one with the green white stores is a museum today.
From far you can see the tower of the Town Hall of Veere
Town hall of Veere has a beautiful façade, the tower with the bells dates from the late sixteenth century. The carillon in the tower is said to be one of the prettiest in the Netherlands.
a few shops were open for "Sale"
and also one Café
We visited a wool shop
the little sheeps could be used for cushions, foot warmers or other things.
the old fountain where wool was washed, is now covered and not in use anymore
The Grote Kerk Veere, is from 1348. In 1811, Napoleon's soldiers used it as a military hospital. The church was also used as a home for beggars and later as barracks. The building still bears clear traces of an eventful past. I found it quite ugly !
romantic little streets
and very old little houses, this one dates from 1616. I love this little window !
little street not really made for big people !
and when we returned to the car we took this picture of ourselves in the mirror of the woolshop !