When it comes to history, Zeeland, due to its location on (or, if you will, in) the sea, and with one part only accessible by tunnel or by driving through Belgium, has had quite a bit of interaction with nations and peoples that the rest of the country has not had.

For instance, Veere; a gem of a village with a quiet rectangular square surrounded by ancient houses, and built around an old church (1348) that Napoleon’s soldiers used as a military hospital. Already in the 13th century, fishermen from Veere regularly ended up in the Scottish fishing villages, establishing ties with Scotland that would eventually lead to Veere’s appointment, by King Jacob V of Scotland, as the warehouse of Scotland in Europe; any goods going from Scotland to the European continent were stored in Veere, before further transportation. The town even had a ‘Scottish Quay’ with warehouses reserved solely for Scottish goods and a Conservator of Scottish Privileges in the Netherlands.

Yerseke (pronounced EER-suh-kuh) is where you want to go to eat, particularly seafood and more particularly, oysters – while, if a quiet day (or week, for that matter) on the beach in a cozy town is what you are looking for, then Domburg is the ideal destination. Zeeland has something for everyone, except perhaps a large, multicultural city. It lends itself perfectly for day trips, either from one central location or else traveling from town to town. You can spend a day on the beach, then a day in a park, then a day shopping, then a day cycling the countryside. Don’t forget the Delta Works, a nine-kilometer surge barrier (including an eight-kilometer bridge) across the Oosterschelde, and Neeltje Jans! Created at the time to facilitate the construction of the Delta Works, the latter is now an amusement park, including a water playground, hurricane simulator, sea lions and seal shows, an exhibition on the 1953 flood and a chance to see how the barrier was set up and how it works.


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Stephanie Dijkstra
2014 Autumn

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