Along the Nederrijn to Arnhem

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We separated into several parties this morning for explorations of various kinds. Our party of two set off along forest paths to the university city of Wageningen in chilly and damp conditions. We explored the old town centre and modern university campus.

A ferry took us across the Nederrijn (the Rhine as it flows through The Netherlands) on to a path on top of the dike so we followed this all the way to Arnhem. Coffee and pannenkoeken (pancakes) revived us before meeting up with some of the others at the cathedral. The outdoor market was in full swing so we bought up for dinner.

Arnhem has pink bikes everywhere at the moment – suspended from trees, on top of buildings, in shop windows – and pink shirts strung up like bunting. This is in anticipation of the 2nd stage of the Giro d’Italia which will begin there next week.

Our evening meal was an evolving event that partly resembled a re-enactment of La Grande Bouffe. It had several stages and numerous sittings. Courses included pasta, kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), fruit loaf, aspergers (asparagus cooked by Ian with the guidance of a Dutch man who advised him on the importance of peeling the stems thoroughly), more bread, vegetable frittata, and in amongst all that, a plate of mango flummery presented to us by a young fellow guest who was unable to consume it all himself. A well balanced meal that should set us up well for tomorrow’s departure for the next hostel in Oisterwijk.

Today’s route

One Response to “Along the Nederrijn to Arnhem”

  1. parksidestories Says:

    So glad to see Little Red Riding Hood came along too!

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