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Published: July 23rd 2010
Making a wheel
Around this little town outside of Arnhem, there were 60 farmers who made wagon wheels as a side business in 1910. By 1950, there was only one left.
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Today we went to the Open Air Museum which was close by in Arnhem. This was a little like the Dutch version of Pioneer village but way cooler. There were homes and farms and mills and churches and a working cheese factory all around the huge property. You could walk and/or get around on these street trams, some of which dated back to early 1900s and still work. You could hop on the tram at any of the 6 stations and hop off where you wanted.
We also stopped at the Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek but ended up only walking around the grounds. There was a Canadian Army tank on display in the front of the museum along with several cannons from the war. The cannons had fired their last shots a few yards from where we saw them in the Battle of Arnhem. One of the guns had it's plate metal shredded by a German artillery round
Milking a cow
The open air museum ('Openlucht Museum') had some hands on stuff too like this wooden cow that squirted water from udders as you milked it (or maybe it's 'watered it?')
which had killed half the Canadian crew. Really makes you stop and think.
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