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Het Loo-Handicapped Accessible Palace - 23 April

Royal Palace of the Dutch


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Last night, I downloaded photos and then I went to sleep with the TV on, and my glasses on too. Bob got up and turned off the TV. But this morning, I couldn't find my glasses. I tore everything apart looking for them (and missed many idyllic photos as we were
Coming into Arnhem)

Coming into Arnhem)


but did not find them until Bob looked under the bed (where I had looked several times previously, but you really can't see to find your glasses if you need glasses). After Bob found my glasses, we had to get to breakfast ASAP as our tour was leaving at 9:00, and it was now almost 8. I was afraid to order something so Bob just got me a selection from the buffet.
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Our table companions were a widow from Costa Rica and a widower from Austria who were traveling together and a lady from Canada. After we ate, I put on my sweater (and Bob put on one too) and we got our safety cards (cards which you take with you when you leave the ship) and our color card for the tour (ours was yellow). We put on our communication devices set to yellow, and went out and got on the bus.
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We were about the first ones on. Our guide this time had his microphone on the whole time and did not know it so I heard a lot of stuff that I probably was not meant to hear. But a lot of it was in Dutch so I didn't understand it.
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We had two choices of tours today - one to Arnhem Bridge & Arnhem Airborne Museum and the other to Het Loo Palace. I decided on the palace, which was the residence of the Dutch Royal Family until quite recently and was said to have been restored to be 'cozy' as if the family could still live there. I was thinking something like Queluz. It was a little more like Peterhof I think. Our guide was a sort of doddery old man, but at one point he said that when the Nazi's told everyone in Arnheim to leave in 1944, he was two years old - so that made him two years younger than my sister and about five years younger than I am. The day was mostly sunny, but windy.
house in Arnhem

house in Arnhem


Road to Het Loo

Road to Het Loo


We drove past a big pink bicycle and some pink bicycles on lamp posts - that is apparently for a bike race ending in Italy which is sponsored by what the guide said was a pink newspaper - whatever that is.
Pink Bikes

Pink Bikes


We got to the palace about 10,
Welcome sign at the gate

Welcome sign at the gate


along with another bus from our boat, a couple of Viking buses, a couple from AmaStella and at least two other buses. The roads and paths around the palace were paved with brick which made the going very bumpy, but not as bad a gravel or actual cobblestones.
Path to the Palace

Path to the Palace


Diagram - we walked from the lower left to the red area

Diagram - we walked from the lower left to the red area


We got our tickets from the guide
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Ticket

From the entrance building to the courtyard

From the entrance building to the courtyard

Queen Julianna statue

Queen Julianna statue


and also a booklet explaining the palace, and he tried to explain the various monarchs - Kings and Stadhouders which were apparently place-holders for Lords or Princes. I didn't understand it until I looked it up later.

As we exited the Entrance building we entered the Stables Square (with peacocks on the lawns).

Royal Stables

Royal Stables


The stables were built between 1907 and 1909 at the orders of Queen Wilhelmina (1880-1962). The stable had room for 88 horses. Most of the horses are gone but there are two retired horses still in the stables.
Royal Stables

Royal Stables

Royal Stables

Royal Stables


A section of the stables is still used by the Royal Stables in The Hague. In the middle are two large coach houses. Royal carriages and sleighs as well as liveries (uniforms of the coachmen) are on display here. We didn't visit here because by the time I got back to this area my back was too painful for me to continue
Royal Garage

Royal Garage


Opposite the Royal Stables was the Prins Hendrik Garage. In the 1920s when horses and carriages were replaced by cars, Prince Hendrik, the husband of Queen Wilhelmina had this addition built for the cars. Highlight of the collection is the Cadillac Convertible Sedan. The car was bought in 1949 and used by Princess Wilhelmina. Near the Prins Hendrik Garage there is a playground for children.
Diagram of the site - Entrance lower left

Diagram of the site - Entrance lower left


The palace has two restaurants and a Kiosk. We didn't see the Kiosk which is at the back of the gardens behind the Colonnades.
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We didn't go out into the gardens because it was cold and the pathways were gravel which might have been difficult with a scooter.
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The first restaurant we saw was the Grand Cafe of Paleis Het Loo at the Prins Hendrik Garage. It is a self-service restaurant. This restaurant is outside the gate where they take your ticket. You do not have to pay for admission to go to the stables, this restaurant or the playground.

Tickets are punched at the palace gate. First we went to a building which houses the second restaurant - Restaurant de Balzaal which is located in the west wing of the palace and overlooks the croquet court. That restaurant was not open when we were there - it is the one which is in the former palace kitchens and can be set up as a ballroom. The walls are covered with hunting tableaux painted on gold leather from the Rubens estate.
Restaurant/Ballroom

Restaurant/Ballroom


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Model of the Groene Draeck

Dinner services

Dinner services

Display case and stairway

Display case and stairway


Before and after we entered at the gate, we took some photos of the palace itself. The guide explained that when Napoleon's brother lived here, he had the palace plastered in white. When the decision was made to make the palace into a museum, it was restored to the original 17th century appearance outside (i.e. they removed the plaster) We did not go to the West Wing which has temporary exhibits.
West wing

West wing


Palace through the trees

Palace through the trees


Blue Entrance booths

Blue Entrance booths


Outside the fence of the palace

Outside the fence of the palace


Lawn area with tree before we entered the East Wing

Lawn area with tree before we entered the East Wing


The guy at the gate who punched our tickets said that the elevator was on the left.
East wing from outside the palace gates

East wing from outside the palace gates

Fountain in the middle of the palace entrance

Fountain in the middle of the palace entrance


Flag on the palace

Flag on the palace


Eventually our guide pointed us to the left and said to go in that way instead of going down the steps with the dangerous step at the bottom. We rang the intercom bell and someone came and unlocked the door and we went in - there was an elevator there to take us up to the first floor.
Disabled Access To Het Loo Palace

Disabled Access To Het Loo Palace


We did not do the tour in order - we started out at Prins Hendrik's Staircase #29 and then went to #31 the Hunting Room of Prince Henrick which had a wall covered with hunting trophies (antlers), and also a cuckoo clock. At the end of the first floor and we went up the elevator to the second floor. But for the purposes of this narrative, I am putting the photos in the order in which one would normally encounter them.

The Het Loo Palace was the former residence of the Royal Family of the Netherlands. It was open to the public after the restoration of 1984. In 1684, stadtholder Willem III (1650-1702) purchased the medieval hunting lodge ‘Het Oude Loo’ together with the surrounding buildings, woods, estates and water courses. He wanted to build a new hunting lodge on this site, one which would compete with the country estates of other European royalty. There are more than thirty rooms in the Palace which are numbered and organized more or less in chronological order.
Fireplace in the Vestibule (Room #1)

Fireplace in the Vestibule (Room #1)


The first place most visitors see is the Vestibule or Entrance Hall which is hung with tapestries.
Het Loo Palace #1

Het Loo Palace #1


Het Loo Palace #1

Het Loo Palace #1


The sign in the room tells us about the portrait of Willem III when he was King of England,
Willem III

Willem III


and also Queen Mary II his wife.
Het Loo Palace #1

Het Loo Palace #1


After you exit the Vestibule, you go into room #2, the Bentinck Room (behind the audio tour counter)

#2 Bentinck Room

#2 Bentinck Room


which is named for Hans Willem Bentinck, the Duke of Portland. He was an advisor for Willem III. The ceiling with painted clouds and a frame of imitation marble is from the 17th century. The rest of the room is of the 19th century as it was later used by Sophie (sister of King Willem III) You can look into this room from the Vestibule, but you can't go into it.

From the Vestibule, you pass through the Old Dining Room #3 . This was the dining room of Stadtholder Willem III before he became King of England. A dining room was something new in the 17th century. People just ate wherever they were - if the Stadtholder said he wanted to eat, a table would be brought to him wherever he was.
Floor boards (and the edge of the carpet) Room #3 -Old Dining Room

Floor boards (and the edge of the carpet) Room #3 -Old Dining Room

Ceiling detail in the Old Dining Room (Room #3) - Old Dining Room

Ceiling detail in the Old Dining Room (Room #3) - Old Dining Room


A characteristic of all the apartments of Willem and Mary are the wood carved door frames with oak and acanthus leaves.

Next was the New Dining Room. Because we were going around on our own (and I just took photos without stopping to read the signs), I did not appreciate the NEW Dining Room.
Het Loo Palace- The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace- The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room


Willem III had Daniel Marot design this room in 1692. Daniel worked for King Louis XIV, but when Louis XIV made it a punishable offense to be Protestant, Daniel fled to Holland, and became the head decorator of Willem III. This room remained the royal dining room for many generations. Commoners were allowed to watch the King eat, and during important dinners there would be musicians. What I thought was most interesting were the dishes in the shape of birds with tail feathers - one with a peacock tail feathers, and one with pheasant feathers.
Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace- The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace- The New Dining Room


The chandelier is a copy that Queen Wilhelmina had made of a 17th century Andre-Charles Boulle gilded bronze chandelier so it would make the room reflect the era of Willem III.
Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room


the tapestries were based on a design by Marot and symbolize the power of William and Mary
Marble topped table with flowers

Marble topped table with flowers


The Portrait Gallery (Room 5). In the booklet about the palace, this is called White Hall or Stone Room. Most of the time in the 17th century, there were no halls - the rooms just connected with each other.
Portrait Gallery in Room #5

Portrait Gallery in Room #5


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Bob's picture of me in the Portrait Gallery

Bob's picture of me in the Portrait Gallery


The walls of this area are hung with portraits of the Frisian Nassaus. They were the branch of the family of a brother of Willem of Orange. When Willem III died childless, Willem IV came from this branch of the family. I wondered about the equestrian portrait which reminded me of one I saw in the Prado.
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It turns out that it is a portrait of Prins Frederik Hendrik van Oranje Nassau (1584-1647) attributed to Jacob Fransz van der Merck, date unknown. My photo is a little skewed because it was taken from a lower point since I was on a scooter and not standing.

Room #6 is the chapel - we do not seem to have any photos of the chapel which was originally Anglican, built for King Willem III and his wife Mary. After her death in 1962, Queen Wilhelmina lay in state here.

We apparently skipped room #7 (Cabinet of Stadtholder Willem IV) and room #8 the Frisian Cabinet. After Willem III's death, it was 45 years before an Orange was named Stadtholder of the whole Republic. Eventually William IV (who was married to Anne - the daughter of the English King George II) became the new Stadtholder. After room #7 and #8, most people walked up stairs. We took the elevator up
elevator

elevator


to Room #9 the Cabinet of Stadtholder Willem V. We are now into the 18th century, Willem V (1748-1806) was fond of luxurious furniture and loved things from the Far East.
Room #9

Room #9


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Room #9

Room #9

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Room #10, the Library is once again back in the 17th century -
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this was a room used by King Stadtholder Willem III. Incidentally, Willem III was both a King of England and a Stadtholder of the Netherlands. I wondered why the library was called a Bibliotheek which was so close to the French word for library. I guess maybe both words come from the Latin.
Bibliotheek - Room 10

Bibliotheek - Room 10


The ceiling (stucco with mirrors c 1692) was made by traveling Italian plasterers .
Mirrored ceiling of Room 10 - Library

Mirrored ceiling of Room 10 - Library

The Gallery (#11 Called Royal Showpieces) was under construction so the next thing I have photos of is Room #14 the Bedchamber of Queen Mary II (17th century).

Mary would receive guests here after she made them wait in the antechamber. She had a marvelous bed here that she could show off.
Bed of Queen Mary II

Bed of Queen Mary II


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Ceiling painting and chandelier


I also thought the ceiling was interesting. At first I thought it was copper. There was an chamber screen c 1685 which was embroidered (wool and silk) in cross stitch. You also have a good view of the garden from here (and from many of the upstairs rooms), but there was scaffolding outside the windows when we were there.
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The next room (#15 the Dressing Room, Private Closet and Bookroom of Queen Mary II), was very pretty, with a fireplace and tea table. It was hung with tapestries.
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Tea table and fireplace

Tea table and fireplace

Bob's photo of the tapestries with me on the scooter

Bob's photo of the tapestries with me on the scooter


The description said that Mary could read or drink tea from her Chinese porcelain and be undisturbed. There is a painting of her in this room (which I don't think I took a photo of) when she was 15 - the age at which she married Stadtholder Willem III, There is a Gueridon in the shape of a Moorish woman (Antwerp c 1675) by the fireplace
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Around in the back of Queen Mary II's Private Closet was a very strange room which had wallpaper depicting plates on the bottom and on the top there were actual plates hung on the wall. In the 17th century it was fashionable to decorate small rooms from top to bottom with porcelain.
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This set was made in the period of the Chinese emperor Kangxi for export. After that we went past #16 the Main Staircase.
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I only have one photo of this, but this area was designed by Daniel Marot as a square temple in the middle of nature with wall paintings of Eastern princes leaning over the balustrades. During the reign of King Louis Napoleon the 17th century wall paintings were in poor condition and he had them plastered over. In 1902, Queen Wilhemina had them restored.
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Next was the Audience Room -The floor rug is the one that Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard stood on at their wedding in the Hague. When King Willem I was at Het Loo he would hold an audience every Wednesday. Originally the Audience Room (Room #17) was the largest reception hall, so it would be held here.
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King-Stadtholder Willem III would receive guests standing before his walnut armchair in front of the fireplace. Over the fireplace, the chimney breast (c1680) features the crowned cypher of King-Stadtholder Willem III and Queen Mary II.
Room 17 - Audience Chamber

Room 17 - Audience Chamber


The original wall paintings and hanging have been preserved.
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The ceiling has been painted in such a way as to make the room seem even more imposing.

Then we went into Room #18 which was the first room in the apartments of King-Stadtholder Willem III. This room has leather wall paper which the sign says is practical because leather neutralizes unpleasant odors
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Next were the rooms (19-20) of King-Stadtholder Willem III. He worked in his bedroom because he was very busy and often was ill. He suffered with fainting spells, severe colds and shortness of breath. But even when he was in good health, he would receive counselors in the bed chamber.
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The bed, wall and chairs are covered with red damask which was the fashion of the time. I thought it looked a little like a bordello.
Red damask bed hangings

Red damask bed hangings

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After the Bedchamber of Willem III, we entered the 19th century Drawing Room of King Willem II (Room #21) He was the second Orange King of the Netherlands. He is famous due to his part in the success at the Battle of Waterloo. His state portrait hangs on the rear wall. There is a small painting next to it of his wife Queen Anna Pavlova. She was the sister of two Russian tsars. Typical Russian touches in this room are the desk items of green malachite.
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The Queen's Bathroom puts us firmly in the 20th century. Queen Wilhelmina had her bathroom (Room 24) remodeled with marble walls in 1904 - with modern touches such as heated towel racks and a shower.
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Het Loo Palace #12 - The Queens Bathroom -Room #24

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The fixtures were redone for her daughter Juliana in 1948. Even though this is a royal bathroom, it is still small so taking photos is a little more difficult
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Room 25 - the Bedroom of King Wilem III. When Stadholder Willem III became King of England, he decided to sleep in this room from then on. Since then all the Stadtholders and Kings of the House of Orange-Nassau have slept here when they were staying at Het Loo.
Side of King Willem III bedroom

Side of King Willem III bedroom

Nubian cherub lamp

Nubian cherub lamp


He was the first king to have his photograph taken. Photos of him and Queen Emma are on either side of the bed.
King Willem III bedroom

King Willem III bedroom


The furnishings date from the time of King Willem III. In 1890, he died here. Next to the toilet table is his poo chair. At the time the palace did not have running water or sewers.
Majolica vase in the king's bedroom

Majolica vase in the king's bedroom


The Prince Hendrik Staircase-Rm #29 was actually the first place we saw when we entered the palace. Prince Hendrik was the first prince married to a Queen. He was the consort of Queen Wilhelmina. In the time of the Kings Willem (I, II and III) this was the entrance to the apartment of their wives on the ground floor.
Portrait of Fredrich Wilhelm

Portrait of Fredrich Wilhelm


We did not see room #30 the Boudoir of Queen Sophie because this was down the stairs from Room 29. So the next place we went was the Hunting Room of Prince Hendrik (Room#31)
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Many antlers


We were immediately struck by the plethora of tiny little antlers on the wall. The description of this room says "Prince Hendrik, the husband of Queen Wilhelmina did much for the game population on the Veluwe. He had woods planted on the expansive Royal Estate. Like most of the inhabitants of Het Loo, he was also a hunting enthusiast. The trophies on the walls are from the Netherlands and Mecklenburg, the area of Germany from which he came
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Desk in the Hunting Room

Desk in the Hunting Room


Room 32 was Queen Emma's Drawing Room. She was the second wife of King Willem III, Het Loo Palace, 1888. This room was reconstructed in 1983 with original furniture, although it had originally been in another room of the palace. Emma took the embroidered and printed silk wall coverings to a palace in The Hague when she vacated Het Loo to make room for the next queen
Fireplace

Fireplace

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Reflected in the mirror

Fancy chandelier

Fancy chandelier

Another photo of the chandelier

Another photo of the chandelier


Right after Queen Emma's drawing room was Room 33, Prince Hendrik's Drawing room. Heinrich Vladimir was the third son of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg. When he married Queen Wilhelmina, his name was officially changed to the Dutch and was known for the rest of his life as Hendrik, Prince of the Netherlands. Prior to his marriage he made a long journey to India and his drawing room contains souvenirs of that trip including a wall lamp made from an elephant's trunk
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Bear rug on the floor

Bear rug on the floor

Between Prince Hendrik's Drawing Room and Queen Wilhelmina's Study was the music room (Room 34) The Queen's study (room 35) is where Wilhelmina painted and wrote her memoirs after she abdicated in September 1948. There is a model boat, and a brooding statue which I presume is Shakespeare.
Shakespeare and a model boat

Shakespeare and a model boat


Chandelier

Chandelier

Study desk

Study desk

Bookshelves

Bookshelves


Book Rack in the study

Book Rack in the study


Chair either in the Prince or the Queen's drawing room

Chair either in the Prince or the Queen's drawing room


Princess Juliana's Bedroom was Room 36. This has always been the room for the prince and princesses - near to their mother's rooms. When Princess Juliana reached age 18, she decorated the room with contemporary 20's furniture. When she moved to Soestdijk Palace she took a lot of the furnishings with her. After her death they were returned to Het Loo. Also here are the photos of the music room where she took her violin lessons next to the grand piano.
Princess Juliana's Bedroom

Princess Juliana's Bedroom

Piano in the music room (Room #34)

Piano in the music room (Room #34)

Chandelier (music room) and pictures

Chandelier (music room) and pictures

Pictures in the music room (Room #34)

Pictures in the music room (Room #34)

Desk in the music room

Desk in the music room


This is the final room in the Het Loo Palace

We got back to the original elevator
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and went back down to the ground floor where we had to wait for some time for the man to come and unlock the door to let us out. Givng me plenty of time to take photo of the area.
Koning Willem

Koning Willem

Tile picture of Willem III

Tile picture of Willem III

Queen

Queen


stairs to the rest of the palace

stairs to the rest of the palace


Door that has to be unlocked

Door that has to be unlocked


Then we went back to the ticket office place, used the bathrooms and got back on the bus. My back was really hurting so I went back to the back of the bus and lay down on the seats for awhile - that helped.
Lying on the back seat of the bus looking at the sky

Lying on the back seat of the bus looking at the sky


Bob was talking to some people who had moved to Belize.
Road from the bus on the way back to the boat

Road from the bus on the way back to the boat


Bicycle Car

Bicycle Car


Canal on the way back to the boat

Canal on the way back to the boat


Don't Drive Your Car into the Canal sign

Don't Drive Your Car into the Canal sign


When we got back to the docks, they were busy setting up for King's Day.
Following another bus

Following another bus

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River front restaurant

River front restaurant


Following the bus around the waterfront

Following the bus around the waterfront


AmaViola from the bus in Arnherm

AmaViola from the bus in Arnherm


We had a towel rabbit on our bed.
Towel Rabbit

Towel Rabbit


We went to lunch and I didn't bother with the buffet - had the ravioli soup, and the Fisherman's pot which had swordfish, shrimp, calamari and mussels - kind of a Dutch bouillabaisse.
Fisherman's Pot

Fisherman's Pot


Then the boat set sail for Nijmegen. This was a great afternoon - we were able to relax in our room and watch the scenery and life on the river as our boat passed.
Small boat and red marker

Small boat and red marker


Ferry

Ferry

House on the bank

House on the bank

Ducks on shore

Ducks on shore

Signs on shore

Signs on shore

Coal barge

Coal barge

Tug with bikes

Tug with bikes


Tree branch pattern against the sky

Tree branch pattern against the sky

Riprap

Riprap

Beach

Beach

Shoreline

Shoreline

Clouds

Clouds

Stern of a tug with cars

Stern of a tug with cars

Tug with a car on deck

Tug with a car on deck


Clump of trees on shore

Clump of trees on shore


cows in the water

cows in the water

Cows playing by the river

Cows playing by the river


Building on shore

Building on shore


Biker on shore keeping pace with us

Biker on shore keeping pace with us


Bike rider by the river

Bike rider by the river


Shore and hills

Shore and hills


Walkers on shore

Walkers on shore

green shore and green channel markers

green shore and green channel markers


and then when we got to Nijmegan
shore near Nijmegen

shore near Nijmegen

Strange building

Strange building

Red and white striped aid to navigation

Red and white striped aid to navigation

Boats moored

Boats moored


local barge boats

local barge boats


Nijmegen boat - blue

Nijmegen boat - blue


Pedestrian bridge

Pedestrian bridge


Pedestrian and road bridge

Pedestrian and road bridge


We went under a big bridge
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bridge


Bridge end

Bridge end


Looking under the bridge

Looking under the bridge

Green channel marker

Green channel marker


Radar under the bridge

Radar under the bridge


Nijmegen Bridge

Nijmegen Bridge


Bridge with green channel marker

Bridge with green channel marker


Nijmegen Bridge

Nijmegen Bridge


Nijmegen Bridges

Nijmegen Bridges


Viking docking point - Nijmegen

Viking docking point - Nijmegen


Nijmegen waterfront

Nijmegen waterfront


Ice Cream cones - restaurant on shore

Ice Cream cones - restaurant on shore


Crewman hanging off the side of the boat to help docking

Crewman hanging off the side of the boat to help docking


tour boats

tour boats


Bow of a moored river boat

Bow of a moored river boat


Our boat reflected in another river boat

Our boat reflected in another river boat


Tauck boat moored at the Nijmegen docks

Tauck boat moored at the Nijmegen docks


Tauck boat central logo

Tauck boat central logo


Stern of a Swiss river boat

Stern of a Swiss river boat


Man and his children watching us dock

Man and his children watching us dock


When we got to Nijmegen, I did not get off the boat to walk up the hill to town
Steeple

Steeple


Chimney pots

Chimney pots


and those people that did said it was a very steep hill and very cold and windy. I just wrote up the 22nd and edited photos. Today photos were easier than yesterday because I had the time synced on the cameras and yesterday Bob's was 6 hours ahead of mine. At dinner we ate with three people from Idaho. I had a shrimp appetizer,
Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa

Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa


Poultry broth soup

Poultry broth soup


and
Beef Rib eye, baked potato and white asparagus

Beef Rib eye, baked potato and white asparagus


Bob had the same. then I had Ice Coupe for dessert.
Church in the landscape from out cabin

Church in the landscape from out cabin


We will be in Antwerp tomorrow.

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