Monday, 20 December 2010

Expat Life: Dickens Festijn in Deventer

Deventer, 18 and 19th of December 2010

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Dickens Festijn

Since the last twenty years, Charles Dickens 19th century lives again in the picturesque Bergkwartier in Deventer.

We went there this Saturday to enjoy this gezellige sfeer...

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More than 900 figures from Dickens famous books crossed the streets of this old Dutch city of the Overijssel:

the beggars...

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the florists...

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the wealthy ladies and gentlemen with top hats...

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We were really living in the 19th century ... ;-)

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We even attended social happenings like... ;-)

a demonstration...

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and a funeral...

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The funniest moment of all?

When we met Scrooge, the main character in Charles Dickens's 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol,

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as well as the Ghost of the Christmas Yet to Come:

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We also visited the beautiful St. Nicholas Church :-)
There, surprise, surprise, we sang in DUTCH "Silent Night", as well as other Christmas songs. :-))
I will treasure this moment FOREVER! ;-)) Fantastic!! ;-)

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There, after singing in DUTCH, we attended a Scottish music group ;-) Very good!

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Was this a dream?

I know when I went to sleep,

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I was singing "Silent Night" in Dutch ;-))

"Stille nacht, Heilige nacht
Slaap gerust, sluimer zacht..."

"Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright..."

8 comments:

Aledys Ver said...

Beautiful! And very close to Zwolle. I've never been to this event bec. my husband always says it's too crowded, nowhere to park, etc. If I had know you were coming, I could've met you there. Next time.... :D

Presépio no Canal said...

Hi, Aledys :-)

Next time, for sure! It will be such a fun! :-)

I only realised that Deventer was close to Zwolle when we got there.
Don't worry about parking the car. We can leave it nearby the centrum and then we take a gratis bus to the city center.
We only arrived there about 16.30 (Saturday is always a busy day: shopping, etc).
Many people there, but we could walk easily, not good enough to take good pics, but it was ok.
I just heard about this Festijn in the end of the week.
Almost I didn't go...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH THIS IS DIVINE!!! GREETINGS DEAR SANDRA!!! Anita

Presépio no Canal said...

Greetings Dear Anita!!! Bisous!!! :-)

Anita said...

Nossa, tudo lindo mesmo. Especilamente para kids.
Olha Snadra, estou passando aqui pra te desejar um feliz Natal (vc vai para Portugal?) e um otimo 2011!

Presépio no Canal said...

Ola, Anita :-)

Obrigada :-) Para ti, tambem!
Os aeroportos estao caoticos desde ha uma semana, muita confusao e desconforto.
Ficaremos por aqui com amigos que sao como familia. Eles vem ca a casa fazer a consoada. :-)
Um doce Natal! :-) Bjs!!

ana said...

Feliz Natal, Sandra!

As fotografias e a sua história narrada com o final musical está muito bonito.
Beijinhos

Presépio no Canal said...

Obrigada, Ana :-) Foi um dia muito bonito!
O Dickens Festival vale mesmo a pena!
Estamos no seculo XIX num apice! ;-)
No proximo ano, se eu puder, vou novamente.
E gratuito e fica a uma hora de caminho. :-)
Sugiro a visita a quem venha aos Paises Baixos em Dezembro! Muito Bom! :-)
Bjs!! :-)