A so needed break
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Because of the sad family circumstances we had to cancel our Germany trip. But we needed to set our mind to something else, and we felt the children were entitled to at least a little break.
So after the busy but sad week we start to carefully look forward again.
Groningen was on both me and my sister's wish list so we booked a night in a hotel, did the necessary laundry before we could pack these clothes; the next day we took the train to the far north of our little country.
The Groningen station is at the edge of the old town; our hotel was also located in the old towncenter, but before we set of to it we had to take a picture of the "howrse of uncle Lukes", a quite modern statue in front of the station, of the horse and its owner, made in 1959 by artist Jan de Baat.
When we arrived at our hotel, we checked in and left our luggage, so we could explore the old town.
It was market day and the Vismarkt and Grote Markt were full of marketstalls; we were amazed by the prices of strawberries, about half of what we had to pay for it in our area. The Netherlands is a small country indeed.
There were several stalls with cloth, I hardly see it anymore in the west part of our country, while sewing your own clothes can be so rewarding, especially if you design your own fashion.
That Grote Markt was an eyecatcher for us, because of the dutch version of the Monopoly board game. Groningen is one of the places in that game, with the streets A-kerkhof, Grote Markt and Herestraat (if you pass Start you receive your reward).
While we searched for the streetnames we sniffed up the friendly atmosphere of this versatile town; many little shops selling all kinds of things, many people on bicycles (even we thought it were many, and believe me: we are used to people on bikes), many young people, because Groningen is university town, it has the second oldest university of the Netherlands, which is third in size. Also Groningen is capital of the province with the same name.
We also passed the "Museum of the Noordelijke Scheepvaart" (museum of shipping for the northern region), we might visit this the next day.
We wanted to have an early dinner, our daily pattern was a bit broken by the journey, as well as by the past weeks.
After looking at several restaurants and taverns we were lured into Brasserie Maas for a nice steak. Because we were so early (it was not even 6 PM) we could choose where we want to sit down, and gave our feet and mind some rest.
After dinner we walked back to our hotel with a little detour along the beautiful canals surrounding the old town center.
We had a relaxed evening with playing some trivia game with the children before we went to sleep.