Groningen – a weekend to remember

After our winter dreams adventure we still had a weekend away to go. After all we were up north to celebrate our 7th anniversary.

Our B&B was about a 40 minute drive from where we’d had our midweek away. It is just north of Groningen, in a village called Onderdendam. It does not have shops, but it does have a Michellin starred restaurant. We arrived at a reasonable time after having spent some more time in the pool. It was situated above the restaurant we’d picked “in de Molen” The rooms are spacious and we got to choose the one at the top or the lower (larger) one. We opted for the views and installed ourselves.

The first night we drove to Winsum for dinner in an old old Inn “de gouden Karper” (Golden Carp). The inn had been there since the middle ages, but had obviously been modified. Out table was in one of the old bedstedes. We had a very enjoyable evening there and then drove back through the pitch black night over a small road in the middle of winter. Clearly we are not used to this.

The next day we went into Groningen. We used the free bus from the Park and Ride to get into the city. SO needed a tie to go with my dress  and we wanted to go to the museum. The Groninger musuem itself is always worth a visit. It is a remarkable building with a good collection. Also incredibly easy to reach by public transport. just across the canal from the train station.  But what they also had was a exhibtion that I had wanted to see in the V&A but at the time I could not visit London and now it was here. Perfect timing. We had to wait for 2 hours to enter as we had not pre-booked tickets on purpose as we knew then weather forecast. So we saw the rest of the museum and were in line as soon as we could enter the David Bowie exhibition.

It was an amazing exhibition as was to be expected if the V&A is involved.. Granted the V&A has an easier flow for an exhibition this size but it was very nice to wander through. I loved the audio tour that moves with you. No buttons it noticed where we were and changed the comments accordingly. Of course there was a lot about his clothes and I lapped it up. We both liked a lot what we saw and again realised what a complete artist Bowie is. An afternoon well spent.

The evening was at the restaurant and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves We went to whole 9 yards. The restaurant does not have a set menu so we had a lot of surprises. The chef has a unique combination of using sweet and savoury and it was most impressive. After such a nice relaxing mid week and wonderful weekend we rolled into bed that evening.

The next morning after a hearty breakfast we were on our way home again. Once we reached the end of the black ice are we washed our windscreen and drove on clean and sunny road home. Once home we got the news that David Bowie had passed away. What a bittersweet feeling it was. We had been at the exhibition on his last day alive. We listened to his last album and loved it and all of a sudden no more Bowie. It made us grateful to have been in Groningen that weekend as let’s be honest after that day it was impossible to get into the exhibition even with the extended show times. It does give this specific anniversary weekend a special ring forever.


About Gilraen

My blog is simply about my life. I moved countries for the first time in 1993. I lived in the Netherlands, UK and NZ. The initial idea was to keep my overseas friends up-to-date with what was going on in my life. The blog, like me, is always changing and evolving.
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