Kyla and Nick Around the World travel blog

A wonderful homemade dinner

After years of talking up the German Brötchen, Kyla is expectionally happy...

Church of the Holyland - Indra, Kyla and Jan - the beginning...

Indra was able to outfit us in her bike-gear. We felt so...

The Cape Breton Highland's military record from WWII - those of Grampy...

Memorial Hall at the Liberation Museum in Groesbeek

List of 405 Squadron who perished during the war. Papa served with...

The Memorial Hall - as Operation Market Garden involved paratroopers, the building...

In the midst of beautiful scenary, this marker noted that 300,000 British...

Indra and Nick pausing at the memorial during the middle of our...

Jan and some of the farm fields where Operation Market Garden paratroopers...

The Canadian War Cemetary in the Netherlands.

Canadian families were given the opportunity to add words to the bottom...

The entrance to the Canadian War Cemetary. There were thousands of grave...

To those that paid the ultimate price in serving the cause of...

Downtown Nijmegen in the rain - most of the buildings date from...

Indra and Jan at dinner ... Indra showing her choice of herbal...

At the Open Air Museum near Arnhem

Kyla, Indra and windmill

Looks easy doesn't it? The 40 km bike ride the day before...

Comin in from the rain for a Dutch childhood sweet treat -...

Bridge in Arnhem, over the Rhein and famous from the film a...

Quick photo outside the home of Indra and Jan - a wonderful...

The amount of bikes in Holland amazed us. This is just a...

At the train station

Silly goodbye from Jan and Indra


We have just arrived in Berg En Dal to spend some time with our Dutch friends, Indra and Jan, whom we met in Nepal at the Chitwan National Park.

Although we were late arriving at the train station in Njimegan (thanks German trains - I had promised Nick before our trip to Germany that the German trains ALWAYS ran on time!) they were waiting for us at the station with huge smiles and warm hugs and kisses.

We had a delightful dinner and before we knew it it was past midnight and our thoughts turned to what we should do tomorrow.

Now Nick and I knew that coming to visit Indra and Jan would mean a fair amount of activity. Indra is a triathlete - make that an IronWomen (I think she has done MANY full ironman competitions throughout Europe) and Jan also keeps up with her physical pace.

We thought that some biking would be nice - what a better way to play Dutch afterall? So now I write, rather tried and still a bit sweaty, after a day of biking throughout the countryside, over 40 km in total.

And the trip wasn't just any countryside journey. We visited the WWII areas that ultimately led to the liberation of Holland by the Canadians (and British, American and Polish) troops. We both have grown up with an exceptional pride in the activities of the Canadian troops in Holland during the WWII. Our pride, in particular on account of the fact that our Grandfathers participated directly (Grampy Lloyd with the Cape Breton Highlanders, and Papa with 405 Squadron).

We have also known that the Dutch have a warmth and gratitude for Canadians on account of the war years. It was something else to be able to explore the war sites, national museum on operation Market Garden, and the Canadian War Cemetary and Memorial in Holland - and with such well informed and appreciative Dutch friends.

Thanks Indra and Jan - we had a wonderful day with you. As much as you appreciated the opportunity to show us the sites, it was a wonderful way for us to learn more about the impact of our Grandfathers.



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