Bizonbaai Things to Do
While you're in the neighbourhood of the Bisonbaai, have a look at the remnants of this brick kiln, it's an industrial monument. Making bricks was a traditional craft in this part of the country thanks to an abundant supply of materials. My ancestor Steven Arntz (c. 1647-1711) was the owner of a brick kiln in Bimmen across the German border. And a grandson of his brother - one Nicholaas Arntz - became the founding father of industrial brick manufacturing in the area in the 18th century.Related to:
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Monument to civilian victims of World War II (1940-1945), village of Ooij, next to St. Hubertus Church. The sculpture, a creation of well known Dutch sculptor Jac. Maris, portrays St George and the Dragon and dates to the year 1948. The thirty-two names on both sides were added in 1989. Listed among them is a distant relative on my father's side, the Wegh family, together with her husband.Related to:
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Monument on the dike opposite the Bizonbaai, to commemorate the evacuation of thousands of people in the 1990s. This was because of the high water in the region around Nijmegen (rivers Rhine and Waal) that might have caused the flooding of the towns and villages in the countryside if no emergency measures had been taken.
There's only one restaurant here, but it's a good one: Oortjeshekken.
We were there - not for the first time - on Sunday 30 March, 2003. After a while, my wife Jennie said she noticed "a high content of Nijmegen East" (locals will know what is implied by that ...). Indeed, as we crossed the outdoor cafe, I had caught a glimpse of the former head of my department , who is an excellent representative of ... well, the kind of people that inhabit the eastern part of town.
In the not to distant past, Oortjeshekken was visited (just once, mind you) by HRH Princess Juliana, our former Queen, who stepped down from the throne in favour of her daughter Beatrix in 1980. Ten years after the actual visit, in 2005, our local newspaper reported that the Princess had lunch at the restaurant Oortjeshekken in May 1995, adding that, on that occasion, HRH had insisted on selecting her own tea bag instead of letting one of the court dignitaries do the job for her ...