Day Trip to Nijmegen

Part Three:

The River Waal and its Bridge

Soon as I arrived by the river Waal I climbed the stairs up to this train, bike and footbridge to take a peek at the traffic bridge from this vantage point.  The bridge carrying trucks and cars from Nijmegen to Arnhem (of "A Bridge Too Far" movie fame, see first page in this series).  A lot of cargo also moves under this bridge, carrying trade between the Atlantic (at Rotterdam and other ports) and Germany.  

From under the bridge it was also possible to look west:

I have always been told that my father was born in one of the houses in this area below the bridge, on the "Waalkade" the river-front.  But it not one of the ones still standing, I have also been told.  Nevertheless, we'll take a few looks at the neighborhood:

From near these houses, the bridge, and one very old fashioned ship, were sights to see:

AS I sort of mentioned in page one of this series, this location was a crucial battle ground in the end of the Second World War:

For some reason the north shore always looked inviting to me as a kid.  Perhaps it was because there was a beach there!  My older brother and I were always looking for a place to swim, but the river was strictly forbidden by our parents who knew how hard it was to come back to shore in a rapidly flowing river, so we settled for the rather placid canal instead (see last page in this series).

Time to move up to some ruins on the highlands that form the oldest part of the city.

Go to Part Four: The Historical Valkenburg Park

Go to Part Five: Downtown Nijmegen

Go to Part Six: My (Our) Old Neighborhood

Go to Part Seven: The Jonkerbos woods

Go to Part Eight: The Maas-Waal Canal

Go Back to Part One: Explanation of Short Day Trip

Go Back to Part Two:  Arrival and the Kruidtoren in the Kronenburger Park

 Go to Leuven, Belgium, and see the Groot Begijnhof (Grand Beguinage)--same trip

 Go to Brussels and see the Christmas decor--same trip

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