Monday, October 11, 2010

Day trip to Nijmegen

On Thursday I went to Nijmegen to visit Jaap’s sister Mieke. We had some lunch and Mieke gave me a nice historical walking tour of the city. It’s a very beautiful city and the weather has been warm and sunny this week, so it was perfect day to explore a new place outside. Nijmegen is considered one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands if not the oldest. (The city is over 2000 years old). Even Charlemagne lived there! There is a lot of debate between Nijmegen and Maastricht for who is the oldest city.

We walked around the Valkhof, which is a small park area with ruins and chapels from around the 11th century. It's so neat to see structures that are almost 1000 years old. Afterwards we had lunch downtown and walked around St. Stevenskerk. And just for fun we rode on a roller coaster at the 'traveling carnival'. Mieke was a great tour guide!

Ruins in the Valkhof

Where 'supposed' witches were weighed
St. Stevenskerk
Cheese shop. Yummy.
Valkhof Chapel (11th century)

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