Guided Walk, Historic Mile Breda

Guided Walk, Historic Mile Breda, 8th September 2016
By Brigitte T.

160908-breda-walk-8On Thursday September 8th, a group of 15 members met up on a soft sunny morning for a historical guided walk through Breda. We were in luck, our guide, provided by the VVV, was a charming retired army officer, whose second passion in life, next to the army, was history. He spoke excellent English, was interesting, and amusing.

We started our tour in the Valkenberg park next to the monument commerating the 1404 meeting of the German aristocrat, Engelbrecht van Nassau, with his future bride, the eleven year old Johanna van Polanen, the daughter of the then wealthiest and most important family in Breda. This couple were the founding parents of the Nassau dynasty, whose heirs went on to be the Kings of the Lowlands for many centuries.

Our guide retold the story of Breda, how it grew in power and importance as a trading hub in the centre of the then kingdom of Benelux, as well being as the domiclie of the royal court. He told how Breda was invaded first by the Spaniards and later by the French, and later why and how the royal court was moved from Breda to Den Haag.

We visited the castle of Breda, which has been used as a military training academeny for officers for the past two centuries. We also visited the Grote Kerk and finally the Begijnhof.

It was a really enjoyable walk. In two hours, I think most of us learnt more about the history of the City we call home, then in all the years that we have lived here. I always think of Breda as a very pleasant second ranking Dutch city, but now I know that for centuries, it was one of the most important cities of Europe.

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Farewell President Hope

July 2016
By Hope T.

After 5 years here in the Netherlands the time has come for me and my husband to return to the United States in August 2016.  Renée has graciously accepted the position of Interim president and I have every confidence that she will do an excellent job in her new role.

Thank you gift from Renée to Hope!

Hope receives Club’s thank you gift from Renée!

I really enjoyed being on the committee,first as the secretary and then as the president.  This experience has enriched my life by helping make the transition into a new country much easier through meeting so many wonderful women.   I hope that I was able to do the same and make a small difference in the experience for new members and provide some entertainment and friendship for the seasoned and new members alike.

I’ve met many extraordinary women, made some great friends, had lots of interesting adventures and even learned to speak a bit of Dutch all as a result of being part of the IWC.  Thank you and I will miss you.

Much love and success to each one of you.

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Annual Garden Tea Party

Annual Garden Tea Party, 30th June 2016
Hosted by Bep M.
Written by Renée O.

On a slightly wet Thursday noon time of 30th June, the ladies of the IWC came together for our annual Garden Tea Party!

20160630_125113This year’s venue was at Bep M.’s building’s gorgeous communal garden & mansion. Pity with the weather, we could not enjoy the outdoor garden this year. Lucky for us, there were tables and chairs inside the mansion to accommodate us all comfortably.

President Hope opened the event with a few welcome words. 20160630_125132
Presented gifts to helping members for their event organizing work throughout the club year:
– Seonad & Ingrid for evening meals
– Michele, for book club group
– Delia, for museum group
– Deborah, for handicraft group
– Katrina, for mom & tots group
– Rita, for potluck group

The traditional pot-luck style event had brought us sweet and savoury dishes of all kinds, some with other countries’ twists! As usual, happy noisy chats filled the rooms and the hours flew by when we ended the Club year saying goodbye and wishing one another a wonderful summer break!

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