. The gardens have been restored to their original 17th century state, gosh that would have been a lot of work as there as so many hedges everywhere. After 3 hours looking around we were brave enough to leave and go out into the cold once again. I think the temperature never rose above 10 degrees today but we soldiered on.
Next stop a place called Openluchtmuseum, what that really means is that it is a typical interpretation of how society lived and worked during the last 200 years. Typical Dutch they say but what does that really mean,surely much more than bicycles,clogs,windmills and tulips. This village shows you that there is more to the Dutch than that and also shows you how they have evolved in the last 200 years.Buildings have been restored and placed in working order. It is a vast area to visit and does take more than one day to see it all properly. To save you walking you can catch the tram, which takes you to all the various sections they have created.. A good way to spend some time. The musuem itself lies in a beautiful park on the outskirts of the city of Arnhem, it was a pleasure to drive there especially as all the trees have got new folage on them and look just great.
It was a very cold day but we enjoyed every little bit of it. On the road again tomorrow, Maastricht awaits us.
Lots to do and see today. We planned a visit to the Paleis Het Loo which is a palace that has been restored in the seventies and eighties. The palace reflects the historical ties between the House of Orange- Nassau ( Dutch Royal Family) and the Netherlands. After a 7 year restoration program the palace was opened to the public in 1984. The central part of the palace and the lateral pavillions show the public how the palace was inhabited by the House of Orange for three centuries starting with King Willem III up to and including the late Queen Wilhelmina. Her granddaughter the present queen only visits on official duties when warranted. The palace itself is large but not impressive, compered to Buck House it is almost plain and does not reek of opulance. However as plain and drab as some of the rooms seem, the furniture is fantastic in certain places. Very often furniture pieces are edged in gold which look at little out of place amongst all the plain stuff. Of course we could not take photo's once again, but it was almost too dark inside to see it anyway. The gardens are vast and beautifully laid out