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High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

Middelburg. The Town in the Middle
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Middelburg. The Town in the Middle

(Derek Blyth) The Low Countries - 2018, № 26, pp. 148-155

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When I visited Middelburg for the first time, back in the early 1980s, the town was an old-fashioned, religious place. It was a Sunday and everything was closed, except for the churches, which were full. It felt twenty years behind Amsterdam.

When I returned to write this story in early 2017, it was clear that Middelburg had moved on, but not much, so it still feels a couple of decades out of date. Some shops are now open on a Sunday, but not too many. And the churches are still full.

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