Markt 2


by Sanne on

Haaksbergen is a municipality and a town in the eastern Netherlands, in the province of Overijssel, in the Twente region. There are around 25.000 inhabitants. Haaksbergen covers 105.55 km² ground (of which water: 0.27 km²).
First signs of people living in the area of Haaksbergen were found at the Buursebeek and are from around 800 years before the year 0. This was of course before the town was founded. The first time Haaksbergen was mentioned is around the year 800.

So why this interest for Haaksbergen? It is the town where I was born, grew up and I am still living.
And although the town changed a lot over the years, I still love this town.
Most of the people who write here on this weblog have a close bound with Haaksbergen, but even Patricia (how lived and grew up in Noord Holland) and Mel (our friend from Greece) claims that the town has now a special spot in their heart now.

I can tell for a long time about how Haaksbergen is nowadays, but I would say come and have a look yourself. But I thought it would be nice to share some things from the past of Haaksbergen. And also on that matter there is so much to tell.
So I thought it would be even more nice to write something about (more or less) old places in Haaksbergen that has a special meaning to one of more of us


Hotel Assinkbos
Half way between Haaksbergen and Eibergen we find Hotel Assinkbos, at least that is what is used to be. Currently it is not in use any more and that is a pity.
But it has also been the home of Disco Silver Shadow. Marion, Jennifer, Miranda (although she was living in Eibergen at that time), Rob and I have been more than once to Silver Shadow. I knew Marion already at that time, but the others not. We may have been there at the same time. And now all of us are best friends.
Very good memories of Silver Shadow.


Markt 2

Markt 2, next to the town hall of Haaksbergen, have been the practice of a general practitioner and a dentist, who has been my dentist. More recently it was a very good restaurant known as “Eetcafe Markt 2”. Most of us have have very good memories of the Markt 2. But for Marion and Rob this was really a special place (you should ask themselves why :P).
It was a sad moment that the Markt 2 was closed. Now there is a new restaurant called “De Kornuiten”, which is not bad, but in no way to compare with the old Markt 2.


Zwembad Scholtehagen

Another place that doesn’t exist any more… “Openlucht Zwembad Scholtehagen”. I never understood why they closed it. I really miss the opportunity to swim outside. Especially now more and more at lakes and streams, it is not recommended (or even forbidden) to swim. Sure, we have now an indoor swim paradise, but it is just not the same.
Marion and I both learned (ourselves) to to swim in one of the brooks close to my parents farm. I would not be surprised if Jennifer and Rob learned to swim at Scholtehagen.


Oostendorper Watermolen

And here, all of us has been, including Mel and Patricia: The Oostendorper Watermolen.
The ones that grew up in Haaksbergen swum here, made walks through the surrounding forests.
I even can remember that Rob told me that when he was a young boy he once went fishing here, the first and the last time he did that.
The Oostendorper Watermolen with its 3 wheels, unique in The Netherlands. The watermill was build in 1548. After restoration in 1987 the watermill is fully functional again.


De Biester

And then there was restaurant De Biester. How many times have not been at De Biester, alone or as a group? I stopped already counting a long time ago. It was always good to be there.
Sadly begin 2017, De Biester had to close the doors. I think everyone of us felt that as a big loss. Another place we loved to go gone.
But end of last year, a new restaurant was opened in the building. I heard good things about “Bianca’s Eetcafé, but I haven’t been there yet. So my suggestion is to go there when we all are in Haaksbergen again. Would be nice.

Really have to say that I enjoy telling about our town. So I think I will do that again, maybe when I have found more photo’s or when I find something that worth to share. Keep an eye on it :-)



Photo view on Haaksbergen: Rob (Thank you :P).
Postcard Hotel Assinkbos: In possession of my parents.
Photo Markt 2: Legaat Mej. Wiedenbroek
Photo Scholtehagen: Openlucht Zwembad
Photo Restaurant De Biester: Bombardement rond Buurserstraat

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De Markt 2, Haaksbergen

by Marion on

Today Rob and I had lunch at Grand Café Central in the town of Haaksbergen. Their omelets and fried eggs are very good. We have there many times before.

We had a very nice chat, but I noticed that both our eyes drifted to the building were once was café “De Markt 2”, which had to close earlier this year over a renting and maintenance conflict.
“De Markt 2” was very dear to us, because it was on the terrace belonging to this café that Rob en I met.
I will never forget the man sitting in the sun reading a newspaper and enjoying a cup of coffee. He reacted very friendly when I asked him if he would mind if I had a cup of coffee at his table as all other tables were taken. We had a nice talk… and that was the beginning of everything, because that man was Rob.

How many times did we not have great evenings there. Alone with the two of us, or with the others like Sanne, Marissa and the rest of the group. I remember Sanne dancing on the table there *EVIL* .
And even years after Rob moved to Heemskerk, they still knew what beer and in what glass he wanted his beer… “Een fluitje Grolsch Premium Pilsner” *SMILE* .

So yes, we feel a bit bad about what happened to “De Markt 2” and specially when were so close to it. I heard stories that maybe someone else might re-open it again. Maybe stupid, but that would not be the same. We do miss it a lot…

The photo above I had still on my iPhone. That is “De Markt 2” as I want to remember it…

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An Autumn walk…

by Rob on

Yesterday, while Marion was at Sanne’s place, I made a nice long walk through Haaksbergen. The weather was windy, but the temperature was not uncomfortable at all.

Some people say that they have a favorite season. As I always claimed that I like spring the most, but then I realize the more that every season has its beauty. And the later really goes for autumn as well.
Autumn is the time when nature prepares for the winter and with that is gives a wonderful display of colors.

I know that for a lot of people autumn is a period that makes then more or less depressive. That is not for me the case. I see it an time of the years where you seek the warmth of the people around and share time with them.

Of course I had my camera along to shoot some pictures.

At the end of the afternoon I made my way to the center of Haaksbergen and had dinner at “De Markt 2”. I had “Fish and Chips” and the name is the same to the old English dish. I had the original “Fish and Chips once when I stayed years ago in the town of Beckbury, but I really have to say that I prefer this “Dutch interpretation” of it. Way less fat and very crispy.

Anyway I enjoyed this walk very much. It gave me a clear mind again.

On my way back home it started to rain softly, but to be honest I didn’t mind much about…. At times it feels good to walk in a soft rain when your mood is after it… and it of course always fun to see all those people run for shelter…

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Evening at the Markt 2 again

by Rob on

Yesterday my nephew Steven and his friend Marco were here. Together we visited my mother in the hospital. When returning to Haaksbergen we went to “De Markt 2” for something to eat. This time I tried the mixed-grill that my friend Patrick had last time I was there. And yes, it was delicious as always.

After dinner we stayed there some time and we did drink some more. Too bad there was no more bokbeer that I like so much. I hope they will get it again, but then the season for bokbeer is almost over. So well, maybe next autumn again

Fun moment was that we did sit at a table in the none smoking part, but Steven smokes… so every time he wanted to smoke he had to stay just outside the none smoking area… Now no one can complain about the service at “De Markt 2”, the waiter even did hold the ashtray for him…

Well, after all the bad things Marco said about our beloved Grolsch I got him finally drinking it… And no, not normal ones, but glasses of a half liter each…

It was a nice evening and I laughed a lot. It is fun to make jokes about the parts of the country where one lives (they come from the southern part of The Netherlands which is called “Limburg”). All was said in in a good sense of humor, so all was okay.
Later at home we talked for a long time (until around 4am) about many subjects that came to mind. This while enjoying a “kruidenbitter”.

(Credit photo’s: Rob)

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Markt 2

by Rob on

Yesterday I have been with my friend Patrick once again to my favorite place to be “De Markt 2”. We have been there before, but this time Patrick didn’t have to drive anymore. So he could enjoy some beers as well.

We first had there a good dinner. Delicious as always. Someone should remind that the next I eat there that I have to take a Mixed Grill :P.
After that enjoyed “some” bokbeers… Grolsch bokbeer is so good this year. It almost looks like it becomes better each year. We talked about many subjects. Laughed and joked around.
We enjoyed the view of the many young ladies there… sure, they are rather young compared to our ages. But there were some moments I wished I was 20 again and know what I know now :).
On a certain moment those bokbeers started to have their effect, so we switched around between coffee and cola… to end up with normal pilsener again (see picture above). When we asked for the bill we both had a “Ough”-reaction :P. But it was well worth is, it was a very nice evening.

Oh yes, this added to the things I will do soon:

26 januari: Concert The Golden Earing
2 februari: Concert The Nits

Yay :)

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