It was a cold, blustery day here in the Netherlands. Overall, the weather had been pretty good. Several of our days in Paris were great, and the day at Omaha Beach was actually quite warm. Since then it has cooled off, but we have had no real rain to speak of.
When we arrived at the hotel last night, it was after dark, so we didn’t have any perspective of the surroundings.
It turns out we are right on the Lower Rhine. This is the view from Dan’s and my room window. It’s not that impressive a stream.
The hotel is quite nice – just about a mile out from the central downtown area of Arnhem.
We piled back on the bus and drove south to the Wings of Liberation Museum near Son, Netherlands.
This is a small museum, but they did a nice job, especially using mannequins in historical settings.
It also contained a bunch of guns, planes, etc.
From there, we went to the farm where the 506th PIR (Band of Brothers regiment) was dropped on September 17, 1944, and we took a group picture in front of the house.
The only person missing is Laura, the travel agent, who was manning the camera.
On the way back to the hotel, we stopped in central Arnhem for some of us to exchange money at the train station.
Here we saw very visual evidence of the Dutch’s love of bicycles. People ride them everywhere. Just look at this. This the main parking lot at the train station – no cars, but about a thousand bikes!
For some reason, the John Frost Bridge, actual “bridge too far” that was the point to the whole battle, was not on our itinerary.
We had time when we got back from our bus excursion, so Ron, Dan, Birdie and I took a hike down to the bridge and (most of us) walked to the other side.
We definitely got our exercise for the day, and we can use it.
Tomorrow, we visit two more museums in this area and then finish the day back down south in Maastrich.
It’s been a good trip, but I think everyone is feeling the fatigue. We have four more days of touring then a day of travel back to the US.