Arnhem at the end of the Intelligent Lockdown

By Ruben

THE NETHERLANDS – In the last few years, I put so much effort into processing all my photos that I ended up with a huge backlog. This means that I don’t feel like making new pictures which add to that pile very often. Better keep that for special occasions (such as my recent trip to New York). On every-day occasions, I thought I might as well make pictures with my phone, and post them as they are. This is a lot less work and is just as effective in showing you what the ordinary places I visit are like. Not every photo has to be a work of art.

At least that what I was thinking when I was in Arnhem (a city in the east of the Netherlands) to see a bookkeeper yesterday. It would be a pity if I didn’t show you this town just because I don’t feel like getting my camera out (in fact I didn’t even have it with me). Because Arnhem (population: +/- 160,000) is a very distinct city in the Netherlands. It feels more like a big town than some bigger Dutch towns, such as Breda, Enschede or Amersfoort. Being close to the German border, it also feels slightly foreign. It even has hillside neighbourhoods, which is very rare in the Netherlands. Some things remind me of Liège (where I lived from 2009 to 2017, and which is still one of my favourite towns). And being the first time I visited Arnhem since I came back from Germany (where I lived for 19 months) last summer, I can definitely say that it also reminds me a bit of the nicer places in Germany.

Anyway, now to the pictures of my short walk, which started behind the central station, in the upmarket neighbourhood on the hill to the north of the city center. I have to say that Arnhem was giving off good vibes on this warm day near the end of the intelligent lockdown. It was also the furthest I had traveled since the beginning of the corona crisis, which probably explains why I found it slightly exotic.

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3. Park Sonsbeek, which I should make pictures of another time, is visible in the distance
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19. It’s only since I lived in Germany that I can see it, but houses like these ones are ever so slightly more German-looking than they would be elsewhere in the Netherlands
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21. Crossing the ‘singel’, or former moat, which is now Arnhem’s main boulevard
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24. The cables are for Arnhem’s trolleybus system, the only one in the Netherlands
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27. As well as it’s (slightly) hilly setting, this boulevard is one of the things about Arnhem that reminds me of Liège. Singel specifically reminds of Boulevard d’Avroy, not only because of its size and shape, but also because the combination of apartment buildings and smaller houses
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29. Arnhem was badly damaged during the last years of WW2, and houses like these are typical of the style parts of it were rebuilt in afterwards
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31. Arnhem’s new central station, which was completed in 2014
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