The Nijmegen Centrum

Nijmegen is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, well over 2000 years old. The Nijmegen Centrum is a beautiful area with historic buildings, numerous places to shop for food, clothing, anything you want and restaurants. (http://www.centrumnijmegen.nl/)

There are many different shops in Nijmegen, but only a few larger stores. HEMA, has clothing, house goods, a small market, small restaurant, etc. It reminds me of a cross between Macy’s and Target. During my first week in the Netherlands, my husband and I went there several times to purchase basic household goods (towels, shampoo, cutting board, etc). Our favorite purchase so far has been the amazing Easter bread. It has raisins and other fruits within it.

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During my first two weeks in Nijmegen, I have visited Nijmegen Centrum at least 5 times. One of the most fascinating buildings has been Waag. I did some research online, the building dates back to 1612. In the building, goods were weighted and then sold by tradesmen.

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I took a few photographs and noticed that there was burn or ash marks on the buildings. There was a lot of damage to this city during the Second World War. There was a lot of damage to buildings and more importantly a lot of loss of life. The Waag itself is very beautiful and I am hoping to have a tour of it in the future.

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