De Hoge Veluwe

Last weekend I took a trip alone to Arnhem in the Netherlands. I originally wanted to go to Eindhoven because it is the city that the the 101st Airborne was supposed to capture during Operation Market Garden in World War II. Eindhoven was a little too expensive to get to, however, so I decided on Arnhem instead, which is where the British 1st Airborne dropped in during the same operation ( The film A Bridge Too Far is based on the struggle to capture the bridge in Arnhem.).

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Ironically though, the thing which drew me to Arnhem did not capture any of my attention once there. I read about a giant nature park north of Arnhem before I went and decided to make that my first destination upon arrival. Unfortunately since the park is so large and a bit out of town, by the time I returned to Arnhem proper it was time to leave--disappointing since I was looking forward to visiting the Airborne museum.

The park was nevertheless worth the time spent. Visitors can pick up a free bicycle at one of the gates and roam about the 40 km of trails to their heart's content. I chose to ride around the circumference of the park, probably a distance of about 25 km. Along the ride I was treated to misty forests with lush moss carpeting the ground, large fields where one could see for kilometers in each direction, and even a giant sand dune. All can be seen in this video. I think it does a pretty good job of capturing the mood I was in during the several hours of my ride, even if the video's a little shaky since I was taking it on the fly.

Enjoy.