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MEETING POINT
The place we stayed at in the Netherlands is in a little dangly bit of the country that hangs below the rest of Holland like a pom-pom poodle tail. To the left is Belgium and to the right is Germany and about 3 kilometers up the road from the apartment is the place where the 3 countries come together.

It's called Drielandenpunt, or "3 Country Point" and it has its own website (though not in English), and is located at the top of the highest point in the Netherlands, Mount Vaals. The hill is just over 1000 feet high (322 meters) so even I could manage to climb it, though I admit to some huffing and puffing by the end. Hey, it was HOT out that day. What I didn't know, and I bet you didn't either, is that once upon a time FOUR countries actually met in this area.

Anyway, once you climb up the hill, you find a couple of towers that claim to be the highest points in the country, an older wooden one, and a new and much higher concrete one that is fenced about with barbed wire. The new one was closed for the day due to the windy conditions. The gate guard told Becky's husband, when we all boggled at him in disbelief (it was breezy, okay, but COME ON), that they had to close the tower because small children could get BLOWN OFF.

Um. Okay. You surround the bottom of the tower with fences and gates and barbed wire but it doesn't occur to you to put some kind of safety railing around the top viewing platform?! Think of the tourist dollars going to waste! Duh points for you.

Anyway. There is also a little post right where the borders of the 3 countries come together and the paved circle around it has the border lines marked in green. The post is marked with a B, a D and an NL for each country. Here is Martin in Belgium:



and here is Martin with one foot in Germany, his other foot and his rump in Belgium and his head and hand in the Netherlands:



Karin found a souvenir machine that flattened and imprinted a 50 euro-cent coin with an image of the Drielandenpunt for 1 euro (but which really leaves you out 1.50: actual example of evil genius, to my way of thinking), and then we ate lunch at the tavern by the point. After that we paid to enter the Drielandenpunt Labyrinth and got thoroughly lost and turned about for an enjoyable 40 minutes or so, walking down the twisty beech hedge paths, dodging water fountain barriers and climbing up yet another of the 3 wooden bridges (or the same one 3x, who knows), trying to reach the middle of the labyrinth.





Eventually we were forced to conclude that there actually IS no way to the center from the entrance and when we found the entrance again, by a stroke of luck, we cheated took a shortcut to the exit and went back in the labyrinth from that direction which lo and behold, led us directly to the central tower! Hrm.


Made it to the middle!
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mood: content
music: Missy Higgins—Steer


Comments
(Anonymous)
From Megsie

How cool to be in three countries at once! I have always been a little afraid of labyrinths. I always think I will be trapped in there forever. Glad you made it out!

that maze is AWESOME!!

that would have been so much fun.

oh, i also just noticed that you were listening to missy higgins..that's cool; i didn't realise her music had made it that far overseas. :)

Her song came up on Spotify Radio while I was writing the post...I liked it a lot and will be checking out more of her stuff :)

It was really a very well-done maze. It was in 3 sections (in honor of the 3 countries!) and it was HARD! They had little statues and gargoyles and things in some of the dead ends :)

Love the second picture of Martin. Silly goose.
Had no idea about the 4th country. Fun and useless trivia that.

Also: Drie... and not Drei... if you're writing 3 in dutch anyway.

DOH! I'll fix it :)

Cool! Your vacations always sound so good!

This one was particularly nice :)

(Anonymous)

I don't understand why you would get lost in the Labyrinth. As I understood Labyrinths, they are not suppose to be mazes but a path to the center and a path back, mirroring you journey to the center.

I first learned about Labyrinths about nine years ago when I heard about it on the radio and drove to a near-by city to walk it. I thought Labyrinths were suppose to be a mediation (meaning, thinking about life or whatever came to mind when you emptied your mind of day to day things) and contemplation.

Are there different kinds of Labyrinths? Hmmmm, now you have me thinking! LoL :)

Joy

(Anonymous)
P.S...

As I read other comments and re-read your post, obviously your Labyrinth is different than the ones I have walked. As I said earlier, the Labyrinth I am talking about, you enter the maze and walk in a circle really, around the center. Sometimes you double back or loop back and it seems you are heading away from the center but soon enough you are walking into the center. At that point, you sit or stand and take a break before you exit and walk back on the other side of the Labyrinth.

http://www.destinyanalyze.com/index.php?article_id=3&clang=0

Here is a web page that explains it a bit better and you can click on the very little Labyrinth picture to enlarge it. This shows the Labyrinth as a flat surface and all of the ones I have been to have been this way but I did find some garden Labyrinths on the web.

I like the Labyrinth because I think it mirrors life somewhat. At times it seems we are headed in a certain direction or for a certain thing and then we are not. But soon enough we are on our path again. A Labyrinth recently was created at a local high school and I need to check it out!

Sounds fun. I kinda sorta miss family vacations. We had a couple snips of one this last week while my son and his fiancée were here in Eugene, just seeing the sights around here, picnicking in Hendricks park together, etc.

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