We are taking a leisurely evening cruise down the Rhine River toward Arnhem in the Netherlands.
Powerful lights illuminate the towers and castles along the way.
I think my favorite photo of the whole trip is this cathedral glowing from all the lights against the night sky.
We saw several of these bicycles. The passenger is guarded against the elements while the driver toils away in the open.
I never thought of leaves as being nature’s organic confetti. Maybe that thought will make them easier rake up – or not!
It’s pretty original the way they tie the limbs of the trees to suspended cables so they stretch out horizontally to the ground.
This is a Christmas time parade tradition in the Netherlands
They are white people in black-face and are known as Zwarte Piet (pronounced “zwart pit.)” Translated, it means “Black Peter.” (When you get through laughing, I’ll continue.) That’s better. Zwarte Piet is a jolly sidekick of St. Nicholas. He is black because he is a moor from Spain.
He is part of the annual Feast of St. Nicholas, which is celebrated of December 5.
According to Google, they appear only in the week before the Feast. But we were there the first week of November, and here they are. They are probably here now to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Market season.
They are there only to amuse the children and pass out candy. They are very kind to the children and the children love them very much.
Unfortunately, the Dutch police have arrested about 100 protesters demonstrating against Zwarte Piet who is accused of being a racist stereotype.
These horses will participate in the parade, which will usher in St. Nicholas.
This is the cart in which St. Nick will ride in the parade.
Next, we will take a bus tour of Arnhem and see some World War II locations.