Today I decided to go into the centre of Nijmegen to get a feel for the city. I always love exploring on a Saturday because that is when you get to feel the real hustle and bustle of a place. My gosh was there a hustle and bustle on the streets of Nijmegen today!
Saturday must be market day. As I walked the 20 minutes from my apartment to the city centre
(remembering that here the safe cross code is right, left, right!), I passed a square filled with fresh fruit and veg stands, bakery trucks, cheese trucks, fish trucks and amazing charcuterie trucks. The backdrop of this market is the river Waal, and a bridge that looks very like the bridge from A Bridge too Far. I will need to investigate whether or not it is the same bridge. I know the film was shot around here and Arnhem.
As I continued down towards the grote markt I noticed that the pedestrianised shopping street was heaving with stalls too. There were stalls for everything! A pet accessories stall, clothes, curious handbags and fragrances. It honestly was delightful. The smells were unbelievable too. There were so many people walking around with cones of chips and mayonnaise, pastries, burgers (which I found unusual!). I loved every moment of it!
The city centre is full of bars, cafe and restaurants that spill out on to the street. Today they were all so full. There is something delightful about walking around a city and hearing lots of people laughing, glasses clinking and just folk having a great time together. I can't wait until I have Stuart here so I can share it all with him. That man loves a beer garden and a drink in the sunshine!
Bedankt en tot ziens!