Spring is in the air!

After a fairly cold and wet winter (even with snow, frost and ice skating) Spring has finally reached Holland. Although it's taking its time: mostly sunny but cold (under average temperatures) days and close to zero nights. This means that the park is also taking its time turning to green. However, you can be sure that in the next ten days it will look much dufferent, much much greener than it does todauy. So take a close look at the sights in the background, because so there won't be much more to see, until the end of November....

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Hilversum is a town with a population of 80.000, just 40 km Southeast of Amsterdam. The town is often called "media city", since it is the principal centre for radio and television broadcasting in The Netherland. The webcam above faces East side of the Zeverijn Park, which originates from the days when the Gooi region was still densely wooded. Centuries ago, it bordered on vast marshes, extending from the town of Loosdrecht through ’s-Graveland, all the way to Naarden. Later, properties were bought and cultivated by rich gentry (mostly from Amsterdam but also from as far away as Germany), who built large country estates on them. In those days, the Zeverijn Park was part of the Birkenheuvel estate. Today it is a public leisure park, including a children's playground, soccer field and (sadly enough) even a snackbar. All these are only visible in the winter when the trees have lost their leaves.