First adventure! Woohoo!
Just so you know, most of the Netherlands is right at sea level and so they do not get much snow or any at all. Right now, middle of November, it stays pretty chilly and you can expect it to rain at least once a day (bring a good, warm rain coat). I am starting in the southern most province (there are 12 in the Netherlands), Limburg.
Bundled up and ready to go, I set out towards Brunssum not really knowing what I was going to get myself into. When most people think of the Netherlands they probably think of Amsterdam, Holland, tulips and windmills. The province of Limburg is going to be closer to the rolling hills and small cities, if you want to try to visualize that. Brunssum is a municipality (city) right on the border between the Netherlands and Germany. There are some lovely shops, restaurants and unexpected treasures.
On the outskirts of this town there are some beautiful farms like this one here:
Also, you may find yourself stuck or being followed my horses and equestrians, don’t be alarmed, this is normal. Walking and cycling are two very popular modes of transportation here. I would suggestion taking part in this side of the culture so you can see more than what you would if you were in a car. There is a lot of little artwork throughout this city and a beautiful park (Vijverpark) right near Brunssum Centrum. If you have dogs with you, like I do, Vijverpark has a small dog park behind some of the artwork. There is also an outdoor theater near the back of the park where there are local performances during the summer months by children’s theaters and local groups.
Their artwork can even have a goofy side sometimes. For example, this sign above a local bakery in the centrum.
I am not sure what is so funny about this- the guys tongue sticking out or the fact that the artist took time to make a little bird looking into the mouth as a nest. I will let you decide.
As I continue my adventure around town I stumbled across this bell tower which lead me down a side street. I am so thankful that I went down that street because it lead me to two amazing finds. The first being a small statue in memory of the Americans that liberated this country during WWII and a WWII cemetery.
Now I have seen a lot of memorials back in the States but this one definitely stopped me in my tracks. All of the signs are in Dutch and English so it is a must see if you find your self on this side of the World.
Most of the men and women who were laid to rest here are British soldiers, airmen and sailors. Walking up and down the aisles of the tombstones I began to tear up thinking of what an impact that War had on so many. This World would be completely different if it wasn’t for the bravery of the men and women of that time. Where many cultures bonded together to achieve a greater good. Stumbling upon this was more than I could have asked for on this walk. All I can take away from today is that we need to appreciate those who came before us more.
There was something just so haunting beautiful about this memorial. I actually learned the other day that different families that live out here take care of the grave sites and it is an extreme honor to do so.
Would you go by the memorial as a part of a day trip? Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Hope to travel again with you soon.
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