Thursday, August 31, 2006
Heather, sand dunes and van Gogh
The Hoge Veluwe national park is a rare piece of largely undistrubed nature in the Nethlerlands which otherwise makes use of virtually every millimeter of land available. It was land purchased by the Kroller-Mueller family and later opened to the public.
While most visitors opt to cycle through the winding bike paths and roads, we toured by car. This sometimes got us some odd glances. We also had to share the roadways with the groups of bicyclists who have as much right it as we did.
It was a lovely and peaceful park. Fields of purple heather were edged by dense forests. The Hoge Veluwe is also home to the peculiar inland sand dunes of the region.
In the middle of the park is the Kroller-Mueller art museum. Again, a private collection by the K-M family which included virtually every major artist you could name - van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Serat and on and on. It was an amazing tour. Peanut quietly sat in her stroller while mama and papa took in some art. We unfortunately did not get to spend as much time as we wanted touring the outdoor sculpture gardens which contained as many treasures as the indoors.