Although I didn't get a chance to try this out it certainly looks interesting. Basically what The Original Dr Fish offers is the chance to have the hard skin on your feet removed by little fishes.
The fish themselves are a Middle Eastern breed called Garra Rufa which are in fact toothless. What they do is secrete an enzyme which softens hard skin and cuticles which they then feed on.
By all accounts this is quite relaxing and the Dr Fish salons make it a holistic experience with snacks and drinks provided as well as more conventional cosmetic and therapeutic treatments. I'm not too sure whether they'd work on my feet though - with my work calluses I'd need Amazonian Pirhanas!
We could not leave Oosterbeek without a visit to the Cemetery so after our visit to the Hartensten Museum and lunch we crossed the road and started up the hill. It was a little further than the 250m. indicated on the sign post on the main road but an easy enough, slightly uphill walk.
We passed the train station as we approached the top of the hill and learned we would be able to take the "Arnhem Sprinter" back to the city to rejoin our ship in good time.
As with every official War Cemetery we have visited this one too is in a peaceful, semi-rural location with beautifully cared for grounds.
1754 Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen were laid to rest here after the bloody battle of Market Garden.
The memorial buildings and tributes near the entrance to the cemetery record in considerable detail the events of 17 -25 September 1944.
A simple small plaque records the annual visit of local children to the cemetery for a service of remembrance and their tributes of flowers.
A poignant and sobering visit.
Jits Bakker is one of the most famous living artists of Netherlands.
He was only 7 years old when he witnessed the horrors of battle and experienced being under siege and occupation.
His father was later to die in a concentration camp.
These childhood events were to profoundly effect his development and philosophy as an artist.
For him there would be none of the glorification of battle and of heroes typical of pre-WW1 artists, rather the "sorrow and the pity" of war and the everlasting hope for peace and reconciliation.
His work "We'll meet again in London" was done in honour of the veterans of the Airborne Operation Market Garden and as a reminder to future generations that freedom cannot be taken for granted.
The statue stands near the entrance to the Museum (note The Needle obelisk in the background).
It is Bakker's intention that the statue should eventually be placed in London when a suitable site is found and finance becomes available to move it.
The two smaller bronzes stand in front of the beautifully restored Hartenstein. The first seems to represent a parachutist whilst the second appears to be a Guardian angel .
As you enter the Park and take the path towards the Museum look to your right where you will see one of the first Monuments to be erected here in memory of the battle of Arnhem.
Called "The Needle" it stands many feet high and weathering of the stone and brick-work made it difficult to make out the figures at the base and particularly at the top of the column.
But the figures seem to represent collectively all the people involved in the conflict the miltary and the civilian, their suffering and attempts to survive and protect each other.
The Needle was created by the sculptor Jacob Maris and erected here in 1948.
Sabelspoort fortress. Many historical events are connected with this building. The fort was built in the end of the 15th century and for a long time it was used as a prison. Today only several towers remind of the gloomy past of this fortress. All halls have been turned into space for the National Heritage Museum.
Castle Doorwerth is close to Arnhem. It 's very old castle and many time was changed, but still very nice . In this castle you can see Dutch Artillery Museum. And in a yard you can find the nice restaurant. More about this old castle you can read here http://www.castles.nl/doorw/doorw.html
This is a smallish museum of modern art housed in a 19th century building. This allows for some surprising contrasts. There were several interesting exhibitions as well as a small shop and the attached cafe. It's just up the hill from ArtEZ.
The Kröller-Müller Museum, to the North of Arnhem, boasts the second largest collection of Van Gogh's as well as a sculpture garden, and is surrounded by- unexpectedly for Holland- a large area of inland sand dunes, traversed by a single cycle path. Looming out of the desert landscape, it makes for a surreal sight, and nothing like one would have imagined.
Bikes can be hired from the National Park entrance (we walked, but on a hot day, this makes no sense) and deposited at the Museum. As we were staying in Arnhem, we found a ride on a free park minibus which took us to a village outside the park, from where buses to Arnhem were regular.
As we did, this can easily be combined in a day with the Oorlogsmuseum, and will certainly make for a different kind of cultural experience to the stately art galleries and collections of the Dutch cities.
Though somewhat off the beaten track, this museum- the work of a collector, is a fascinating, intricately detailed insight into the events prior to, during and after the Market Garden campaign of 1944. Upon entering the building (a school house used by the Gestapo and Dutch Resistance during the events), there could be no preparation for the scale of the Tardis-like interior. Meticulously, the curator, whose knowledge and enthusiasm far exceeds expected, has compiled a collection of what must have been over 300 firearms, as well as uniforms, maps, furniture and other exhibits (my personal favourite being the motorbike inside a canister, as dropped by the British Army). Well worth the entrance fee, cannot be missed for anyone with any interest in, connection with, or knowledge of Market Garden. Children will be bewildered by the weapons even if the history doesn't sink in.
I spent over an hour walking around looking for internet access, and finally found "Gamewalker Arnhem" right downtown. Very easy to miss as it's just in a row of shops. Reasonably priced. Also has games.
I hadn't expected to get a castle visit in on a trip to the Netherlands but it turns out Holland has a rich heritage of fortified stately homes. One of the best for location and atmosphere is Kasteel Doorwerth, overlooking the Rhine West of Arnhem. Reconstructed after heavy damage in WW2, it resembles a quite bizarre fusion of Germanic grandeur and English cosiness. There is a museum on the top floor on the theme of ecological management.
The main memorial of polished granite has the Royal Engineers badge and the Royal Canadian Engineers badge and an image of the crossing of 25/26 September 1944.
It is a memorial to those who helped the men of the British 1st Airborne Division escape across the Rhine from thier precarious postion in Oosterbeek. They managed to rescue 2,400 airborne troops.
In Klein Park outside of Eusebius church is the Arnhem War Memorial which depicts a man defending himself against the might of the enemy. Entitled "Man Against Power" the bronze statue was unveiled in 1953.
It is here that wreaths are laid and a 2 minute silence is kept at 08:00 each yer on 4th May, Commemoration Day.
In the centre is a memorial to the British 1st Airborne Division in the form of a broken pillar, debris from the destroyed Palace of Justice.
It was unveiled on 17th September 1945 by the Governor of the Province of Gelderland in the presence f General Frost and 200 survivors of the Division
It is the focal point of the annual wreath laying commemoration in Arnhem during the anniversary weekend in September.
This bridge was the prize of Operation Market Garden in September 1944, the target of the British 1ts Airborne Division.
This is not the original bridge as it has been blown up a fee times during the years. It was initially opened in 1935 and then blown up in the early hours of 10th May 1940 by the Dutch army. It was rebuilt by the Germans in 1944 and was damaged by the USAAF bomber in October 1944. The Germans then themselves blew up the bridge at the end of October 1944. It was rebuilt as we see it today by the Dutch and was opened om 9th May 1950.
However, the bridge was rebuilt to its original plans and so it looks much the same as it did pre-war.
About 500 men of the 2nd Parachute Battalion under Lieutenant-Colonel John Frost reached the bridge about 20:00 on 17th September 1944. They occupied houses at the Northern end of the bridge and held on until 05:00 on Thursday 21st September.
We walked across the bridge on quiet Sunday morning trying to picture the scene of some 65 years ago.
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