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Groningen is the capital city of the province Groningen in the north of our country. The provincial slogan says it all: There is nothing above Groningen.

Nighthawk organised a VT meeting in Groningen on the 23rd of August 2003. This was a great excuse for us to book a hotel and stay a weekend up north. When we left home on saturday morning the weather was not looking very good. And during the two hour drive it rained, no it poored down. But as we reached Groningen province the sun came from behind the clowds and we enjoyed a very sunny weekend. The meeting started at the terrace of the Groninger museum. A building that some love and others hate. Either way it is a real eyecatcher. We enjoyed our drink in the sun and in the meantime everybody for the meeting arrived. Attending: igraine, martin_nl, iver, pieter_jan_v with wife and son, imaniac, nathalie_B, nighthawk and daughter, us. Nighthawk showed us some nice buildings many examples of the Amsterdam school, a movement in architecture. We arrived at the Grote Markt, the carnival in honor of Gronings ontzet was very loud.

Some of us climbed the Martini toren. This tower is 96.8 meters high.
In 1482 ,when it was built, the tower was 127 meters high. In 1577 a festive fire was lite in the tower to celebrate the end of war. The tower caught fire and burnt down to 69 meter. In 1627 it was restored and since then it measures 96,80 meter.

After a quick bite we walked another part of the city. We saw interesting buildings, statues and churches.

And ended up at this small harbour (ofcourse at the pub at the other side of the water.....)

The entire meeting story with pics can be found in our travelogues.

If you would like some info on Groningen on internet:
- tourist office: http://www.vvvgroningen.nl/
- history of Groningen: http://www.groningerarchieven.nl/
- city of Groningen: http://www.groningen.nl/
- internet newspaper Groningen (dutch only): http://www.gic.nl

Or see our tips which have nothing to do with the meeting except we took some of the picture during the meeting.

  • Last visit to Groningen: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated Mar 5, 2005
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  • nighthawk's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2004 at 1:48 PM

    tx 4 yr birthday wishes!! hope you had a good sinterklaas! sigh i miss meetings!

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2004 at 5:43 AM

    Nice site about the city where I used to live during my university years! Have seen many of those pubs :-)

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2004 at 2:23 PM

    Great page. Makes one consider coming here.

  • Djinn76's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2004 at 12:51 PM

    Very interesting page! The station is really awesomel!!

  • benidormone's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2003 at 11:56 AM

    Memories came back visiting your Groningen page.I've been there a lot in the mid eighties.See you Monday.

  • Nathalie_B's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2003 at 9:06 AM

    Great page Tompts!!! Now I realize that one afternoon in Groningen is not enough ;-) I'll definitely come back, it's a promise.

  • martin_nl's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2003 at 5:31 PM

    Great page T&G. I love the write up of the VT meeting and now I finally know why you were kicked out of the pub ;)

  • OlafS's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2003 at 11:13 AM

    Excellent page. Descriptions of architecture are very accurate. One minor error; architect of synagogue was Tjeerd Kuipers, with an s at the end.


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