Saturday, June 01, 2013

Weekend walks and pancakes at Estate Heerlijkheid Mariënwaerdt

Dutchman and I love taking long walks in the forest or in countryside estates during the weekends. Unfortunately, the weather in this country isn’t always convenient so we don’t get to do this activity on a regular basis.

Sunday walk in Estate Heerlijkheid Mariënwaerdt

One of the recent walks we had was in Estate Heerlijkheid Mariënwaerdt. We’ve been here many times. They are located in Beesd which is quite near to Utrecht. The estate has 40 national heritage monuments.

Website: Estate Heerlijkheid Marienwaerdt

The walking trails here are relatively easy, passing through plains, afforested areas and of course monuments. My favourite here is their organic country shop selling food fares that were tilled and produced by the estate. As well as the two dining options, the brasserie and the pancake house. After the walk, we always look forward to relaxing and rewarding ourselves with afternoon tea or dinner.

For this Sunday stroll, Dutchman and I walked for 1.5 hours.

Entrance to the estate is lined with chestnut trees. I remember coming here with the Dutch family and picking chestnuts.

We cannot help but notice that all the cows have the same mark on their bodies. How is that possible? Genetic manipulation perhaps? Dutchman scoffed at my hypothesis and said that if we just come closer we will probably see that it is all but paint. Ah I get it, just a propaganda, lol.

A lovely bird hotel near the abbey.

The estate even has its own windmill.

Old carving marks on the tree, in short vandalism. One from 1944 and the other from 1993. Notice that the 1944 etching has expanded sideways which shows how the tree grew.... crosswise than lengthwise.

Pancakes at De Stappelbakker

After the 1.5 hours walk it is time for some pancakes!

I have had enough of pancakes with something in it so nowadays I normally order the natural pancake with butter. I like it much better. Dutchman decided to order the same thing. Not sure why he was not in the mood to order his usual pancake with ham or bacon and apples and raisins.

It was almost 7 in the evening and it is getting chilly so everyone was indoors.

This is how I eat my pancake. Smeared with butter, then sprinkled with powdered sugar and a little bit of syrup. I gave 1/4 to the Dutchman.

Closing our pancake dinner with an espresso and lifestyle magazine reading. Frankrijk means France.

We need Sundays like this from time to time.

Visit Period: May 2013
Destination: Beesd (Geldermalsen - Gelderland), The Netherlands

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