Hotel De Wereld

imageSo sitting here in vaguely accessible places and with a very dodgy wifi, there is not much one can do with a blog. In the circumstances I thought to reminisce a bit.

Recent travel took me deeper into non-urban territory in Europe and I landed up at the Hotel De Wereld. A quaint old town, Wageningen (the pronunciation escapes me still), slightly backwater, rustic territory. Farms, greenery and a university which was closed for the summer.

This was a Sunday and not much was open. Bicycles were to be seen, but cars were few and far between. The receptionist was shocked when asked if a shop for general goods might be open. “What at 9 pm” he exclaimed.

Nevertheless, quite unexpectedly, I had landed a gem. On closer inspection and research one found one of the historic places of Europe. The very hotel at which I was residing. Hotel De Wereld. Situated in the middle of cobbled streets and with greenery around the place, this quaint hotel turned out to be the very spot at which the German Armies surrendered to the Allies, on May 5th, 1945.

On reflection, I thought a blog with some photographs might make a refreshing change to all the verbose stuff I put down normally. So enough of writing, I shall now submit the visuals. But just to add, as in any historical site, it was quite overwhelming to touch history for just some moments.

image The plaque claiming history!image The Germans signing the surrender image Post surrender photographimage The Hotel as in bygone daysimageThe green, quaint road where the hotel is located

Definitely worth a visit, if you happen to be in the Netherlands.

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About sarfarazar
I have been lucky! A long career with large scale organisations and some acclaim. Also, took time off to write, mentor and do some education and social development projects. I continue to mentor and help younger people in life. Inshallah, hope to write on various subjects in my blog.

8 Responses to Hotel De Wereld

  1. Naiyer Fatmi says:

    I read your blog, you are genius and hope InshaAllah you will continue. May Allah bless you and your family, aameen.

  2. Faraz says:

    Interesting place and a poetic description.

  3. Cydra says:

    So in Netherlands, in a remote location… hmm :S
    Nice to see the addition of pictures in your blog… as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words! 🙂

  4. If you ever plan to visit the UK, we would be happy to recommend a few places off the beaten track 🙂

    • sarfarazar says:

      Thanks Usman. I spent six years in the UK…audited in the most rustic of places..so have generally spent a lot of time in rural places…:)…but always happy to see new things

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