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A Weekend Trip To Eastern Holland

November 22nd, 2010 leave a comment


This weekend we had a lot on our “to do” list and most of it was happening in the far east of Holland, so we rented a car and headed out to see what fun we could get up to.

A lot, as it turns out!

First, we drove to Nijmegen and visited the Velorama bicycle museum in Nijmegen. We spent about an hour wandering past some 300 bicycles; everything from 200-year-old models to recent Americana kitsch bikes.

Next it was off to the Veluwe National Park. Before we got there though, we ran into Sinterklaas arriving in a small town.

Sinterklaas

All the kids were rushing to see him, and some were dressed up.

Going to see Sint

When we got to the Veluwe it was nearly dark, so we headed straight for a “Nature Campsite” (less developed camping spots, run by an organisation) and set up our tent. It was dark by 5pm, so we made an early supper and then did some “hibernating” (that is to say, we got 12 hours of sleep because that’s the joy of camping in the winter – you’re forced to sleep, a lot!!).

Andrew cooking dinner

The next day, we went to the gorgeous Veluwe National Park. They have a fleet of 1,700 white bicycles. Anyone can just grab a bike for free and go cycling over the moors, so we did.

cycling in the veluwe

cycling in the Veluwe

cycling in the veluwe

Next we went to the famous Kröller-Müller Museum. You’d never imagine it anywhere but in Holland: a museum in a national park, just full of Van Goghs, Picassos, Mondrians, Renoirs… it’s an amazing collection in a stunning setting.

Beautiful masterpieces
The Thames in London, as it was

Outside the museum is a sculpture garden, which is as impressive as the inside of the museum.

Sculpture Garden outside the Kroller Muller Museum

This quick visit to the east of Holland definitely has us planning more trips back!

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