delden, a tiny village just a few kilometers away, was voted "the prettiest town in europe" about 10 years ago.
getting on the train to delden
the majority of residents in delden are fairly wealthy, the waiter even going so far as to use the english slang "old money." it goes back to the golden age of the netherlands, when there were colonies all around the world and the tea trade was a lucrative business. i think the count or duke or something of the region lived in this area, and so a lot of the people who also lived here were in his court or something. anyway, that's how the castle came to be. (yes, it's the same castle that adam and i visited when we had only been here about a week. it's called twickel kasteel, but i don't know if it's really the twickels that live there or if that word means something else.)
the day we visited delden there was some sort of festival going on. all the shops were open, a rarity for a sunday, and there were various bands (accordion, marching, and jazz primarily) playing on the street corners. we ate at a cafe at the edge of the village, very near the castle, and walked down there to enjoy the view for the rest of the afternoon. i think rae wants to sell everything she owns and move to delden. it seemed to be her favorite part of the whole visit out here.
one of the bands we listened to. they were right across the street from the cafe where we ate lunch.
the castle is built on the water and has a moat! this is a wing of the castle that i think served/serves as a carriage house.