0707 – Nijmegen

“I see it as my duty to cherish this house”

In the series The most beautiful house in Nijmegen this time a look at Jurriaan Gerritz, resident of Sint Annastraat 175.

,,This house, from 1910, is of incredible beauty, with a mix of styles. All original elements have been preserved and beautifully restored by the previous occupant. Even the garden is original. If you cycle past this building, you will hardly notice it. The façade, with blue natural stone and sober ornamentation, is understated: Dutch Jugendstil. The tower at the top seems low, but inside it is twice as high. Inside you enter the spacious hall with the beautiful staircase. A bit of English country house style. The hall serves as a living space there. We also use it as such. Sometimes we eat here with a lot of people. And beautiful, that skylight with stained glass on the roof. Also special.”

,,During the Four Days Marches, a lady suddenly stood at the door. She was the granddaughter of the man who built this house for himself, one of the Haspels brothers. These were leading designers and builders who left a big mark on the Nijmegen canals. We took a picture of her on the stairs. She will tell us more about the house one day.”

,,In the interior you can see the Arts and Crafts movement, which connects art and craftsmanship. Painting of walls and ceilings. Stained glass windows with details of flowers, bees … I still keep discovering things. For example, I found a wood paneling behind a panel. With this technique, a more expensive type of wood was painted on a cheap plate. And I discovered a place where a fireplace had been.”

,,It’s a family home. We would move here after the sale, three years ago, when my father-in-law fell. We have adapted the house so that he could live here on the ground floor. We are a few doors down, but we also use this property. It is wonderful to be here with friends, or alone, without the hectic pace of family life. Or to come together with people for dinners or parties.”

“Some friends live upstairs and there is a practice room. My father, a painter, uses the house as an exhibition space. The intention is that we will withdraw here in a while. I see it as my task to cherish this house and make good use of it.”

0690 – Walk of the World

R E G I S T R A T I O N

The marches start next Tuesday. Prior to the start there are two days for the registration; showing your email confirmation for  participation you get a plastic wristband, with QR-codes on it (picture below); the QR-codes contain: subscriptionnumber, distance you walk every day, and a start code. The start codes are a walking shoe and a gladiolus. The gladiolus indicates early starts (6.45am) on Tuesday and Thursday, and late starts (7.30am) at Wednesday and Friday. Pierre and I have -as walking shoe- the opposite schedule. The term “30km/20M per day” is also rather relevant: day 1 33.2KM/22.13M, day 2 33.6Km/22.4M, day 3 30.5Km/20.33M and day 4 30Km/20M. Plus each day  home-start and finish-home = 6.32Km/4.21M. In total we walk the total of the daily marches plus 4 times the return trips home-start/finish = 152.6Km/101.73M. The average distance per day (home-start-march-finish-home) is 38.15Km/25.43M.

0681 – Nijmegen

On duty as a volunteer in the St Stephan Church: a musical intermezzo bu the organ player Ton den den Hout, Emeritus Professor at the Radboud University, Nijmegen.

0677 – Graafseweg 219

Backyard Graafseweg 219, Nijmegen,

Wednesday 26 June 2016:

 

0637 – Walk of the World

Walk of the World edition #103

Training #4

Itinerary:

  • Leg 1: Home – Polder of Ooij – Ooij [coffee break]
  • Leg 2: Ooij – Kekerdom [sanitary stop & drinks}
  • Leg 3: Kekerdom – Millingen [lunch]
  • Leg 4: Millingen to bus stop
  • Leg 5: Millingen to Nimwegen by bus 80
  • Leg 6: bus stop at Emperor Charles Sq. to home

The app on my smartphone reports as follows:

  • 5h34 minutes non-stop walking
  • 26.33 Km  (17.56M)
  • 34,283 steps
  • 2,555 kCal.

0606 – Walk of the World

Walk of the World edition #103

Training #2

Subscription for the 103rd edition of the Walk of the World started 4th of February. Not without problems. Because there are 47,000 start permits to get. The server was open for on-line subscription from midnight, but hundreds of participants were eager to be the first to log in. So, within 30 minutes the server was out of order. Also because the organising committee had introduced a new phenomenon: your subscrip-tion is complete when we have received your payment (€84 / £74 / CA$126). But at night the servers of the financial institutions are busy anyway, and now there came on-line payments troubling the systems. So, when you were lucky your payment (and so your subscription) came through, but e.g. Pierre’s payment was a problem. But after a while, in the evening of that Monday, we both had our subscriptions. And, because we finished both the last edition of the Walk of the World, we are sure to get the start permit.

Today was the first training day in 2019. With a fresh 4 Celsius, but a blue sky and a lot of sun, we took an easy itinerary:

  • Leg 1: Home – via the center to Nijmegen East
  • Leg 2: South bound to Berg en Dal [drinks]
  • Leg 3: the Seven Hills way to Groesbeek drinks]
  • Leg 4: North bound to Nijmegen South – home.

The app on my smartphone reports as follows:

  • 290 minutes non-stop walking
  • 24.2 Km  (16.1M)
  • 31,152 steps
  • 1,968 kCal.

 

0594 – Nijmegen

A fresh dive in the river Waal to celebrate the New Year 2019.

0589 – Nijmegen

Prayerbook of Mary of Gelre

The exhibition revisited: the first time with my sister on 23 December, the second time with our friend Bart de Boer from Amsterdam.

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TODAY IS LOURENS VELLINGA RESPONSIBLE FOR IRREGULARITY 🙂

We follow the track of the water supply for the Roman Legions in Nimwegen (Latin: Noviomagus). The itinerary starts at the water sources in Berg en Dal, follows the track of the former aquaduct to the camp of the famous 10th Legion, which had served under Julius Caesar. The video shows the pictures that I took, with some relevant nformation between the images.