While we ate our meal that evening, we sat on the patio, with just the perfect temperature air, and the late summer light. This far North, the sun didn't set until nearly 10pm, and the 3/4 full moon rose over the trees. This is a very rural area and birds chirped and sang in to the dusk. We watched a grandmother water her perfect front yard
flowers with a gardening can. We saw a family come home across the street, grandparents arriving in a separate car... likely there for a
school graduation party. Earlier that day we'd learned the significance of something we'd seen on that house (and others since our entry in to the Netherlands). The house had a flagpole, bearing
the national flag of course, and there were bags hanging from the pole as well. It turns out it's a tradition to hang school bags from the pole when you've graduated from school Fabulous!
One last thought: I always heard that people like to ride bicycles in the Netherlands, but we were surprised by how many people we saw ride
by yesterday. The intersection by our hotel must see 1000 riders every day, and this is a small, rural town. Women, children, men, grandparents.... everyone. Many of the patrons of the restaurant arrived and left by bicycle.
Open air Museum Eynderhoof is located in Nederweert-Eind.
Its a village itself this museum, were skills from + 1900 are still practized by volunteers and a beautifull garden can be visited as well.
More info at their website
one of the artists was Willy de Ville
but more important Dynamo Open Air was held at this area for 1 day
So we checked in to our room at the B&B and the owner asked us if we'd like to dine with them that evening. Yes, we're exhausted and this town feels like it's in the middle of nowhere. Sure, we'll dine here. Oh my GOD. OMG, what a
surprise we were in for! They had a special tasting menu for the
month of June, to celebrate 5 years in business. 40 euros pp. Okay,
sure. OMG... Our meal was 4-1/2 HOURS LONG. The courses were:
* D'amuse bouche of: Some kind an alcoholic whipped cream, a pate of
cream and smoked salmon and prosciutto wrapped honeydew.
* Spring vegetables wrapped in a "canoli" of thinly sliced tuna carpaccio.
* Spring vegetable soup
* White asparagus with smoked salmon and bechamel sauce
* Lemony-yogurty liquid pallet cleanser
* Some kind of orange skinned fish baked with white asparagus
* Lamb tenderloin and spinach tower with garlic sauce and potatoes dauphinoise
* Sweet cream ice cream with cardamom scented whipped cream and tiny,
allspice flavored jelly cubes.
* Strawberries with rhubarb sauce topped with a whipped mixture of
cream and plain yogurt, topped with a crisp cookie.
Holy moses! But over 4 hours? We weren't bursting at the belts. Full, yes. Uncomfortable? Well only from the jet lag, because it was
midnight by then.
Favorite Dish: Either the white asparagus with smoked salmon and bechamel sauce and the sweet cream ice cream with cardamom scented whipped cream.