In photos: Our Easter Weekend in Zutphen

"In the great cities we see so little of the world, we drift into our minority. 
In the little towns and villages there are no minorities; people are not numerous enough. 
You must see the world there, perforce."

- W.B. Yeats Here are some photos from a lovely Easter weekend spent in Gelderland in the east of the Netherlands. We stayed with a good friend's very kind and fun family in Warnsveld and we spent our days riding bikes to nearby towns including Zutphen, a famous old Dutch town that you can tour in a boat called a "Fluisterboot" which translates as "whisper boat", a nod to how quiet it is. 

This country may be flat, small and partly below sea level but it's incredibly rich in its 50-shades-of-green  landscapes and countless quaint, weloming villages. All best explored by bike... of course. If you ever find yourself in Zutphen, you have to go to Pelikaan , the oldest tea shop in the Netherlands and producers of my new favourite Earl Grey and green tea blends. Delicious!

Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before putting down some roots with her Australian partner and having a baby boy in July 2015. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her son around Amsterdam.
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