Friday, June 24, 2011

The co-drivers view: Nijmegen

Filmed late 2010 while driving through the Dutch city of Nijmegen on a cold afternoon. Turning onto the Sint Annastraat, which is one of the important routes into the city center while passing through a residential area that is typical for the early 20th century. As Nijmegen was damaged quite heavily during the second world war (aerial bombardment and heavy fighting in 1944) damaged buildings have been replaced by more modern structures.

This road ends at the "Keizer Karelplein" that is a big roundabout in the city center, functioning as a connection between the 6 main roads that end in this roundabout. It is not one of the most easiest roundabouts to drive, as no seperate lanes are available and one has to give priority to traffic that enters the roundabout while keeping an eye open for cars that might creep left or right of your car without noticing.

After leaving the roundabout we continue our advance towards the "Waalbrug" that serves as a major route for traffic towards Arnhem, the same route that the allied advance was taking during the 1944 "Operation Market Garden". Our trip ends after having past the bridge and driving into the direction of Arnhem, through the local village of "Lent".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I couldn't see any indication that the large roundabout, acted against the normal trend in the Netherlands, making the driver on the roundabout give way to those entering. No give way markings, no red lights from what I can see. - Is this normal practice on very large roundabouts, or is this one a speciality.

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