The Highest Mailbox in the Land

No, I don’t mean the mailbox had too much wietsaus over the weekend …

Yesterday saw the opening of the highest mailbox in the Netherlands, located on the top of the Domtoren. Poor postal worker, having to climb all those stairs! That might make me want to go a bit postal, as well!

But seriously, from now until 5 May, anyone who takes a guided climb up the Domtoren will receive a special card that can be placed in this mailbox. However, the final recipients of the mail are limited to Queen Beatrix and soon-to-be King Willem-Alexander. People can have their personal messages delivered directly to the royal family.

Why? Well, don’t forget that Willem-Alexander will become king in just a few more days on 30 April. This allows well-wishers to send a nice message to the outgoing queen and the incoming king.


Caturday: The Postal Edition

Hanging Out
While out on one of our walks recently, we spotted this cat on our way home. Just sitting in the window isn’t enough for this kitty. Her owners crack the window for her to get out and properly sun herself (in theory, if it wasn’t constantly spritzing with rain). She’s got a great spot on top of the collected mailboxes for the building. I guess the people there can blame the cat if a certain piece of mail goes missing! I wonder if this cat has the same reputation as dogs when it comes to mail deliverers.

Mail Cat

You’ll notice the area on the wall that says “(b)rieven”. Brieven is the Dutch for letters/mail and that is the slot where the mail was originally delivered. Once the building was split up and the new boxes became available, the slot was closed up and now the mail is divided up among the individual boxes. Not as pretty, but most likely more efficient. Certainly more fun for the cat!
Cat Mail

Mail Owl

Brieven 23.365
I’m guessing some Harry Potter fans might like this mail box/slot I saw this morning. Some of the nicer houses in town do have these built-in, decorative slots for the mail, instead of the usual flap in the door. The only downside is figuring out where to put the ja/nee sticker. I suppose you could always get a custom decorative nee/ja to go underneath!