Dordrecht feels like a harbor town

standing on the sea shore

or surrounded by a lagoon

Only the smell of fish is missing

Houses throw their shadows in the dark waters

and wide canals are bridged all over

home to many barges and boats of various sizes

Dordrecht is a city of sailor souls

who have traveled all around the world

and came back to enjoy for a moment the quietness of the land

When you stroll in the narrow streets along the canals

when you pass arches and bridges, you have an intimate feel

of already knowing this place, of being at home

safe and sheltered from the high winds of open seas