Monday, August 6, 2007

Valkenburg Falcon

This week we'll leave the Wassenaar/The Hague area behind and visit a town in the southeastern part of the Netherlands. We stopped in Valkenburg on our way home as part of a trip to Aachen, Germany.

The weather was perfect for a walk around town and viewing the area from the castle ruins. This is said to be the only hillside fortress in The Netherlands (probably due to the fact that the province of Limburg is pretty much the only region in the country with real hills).

At the castle there was a "roofvogels" (birds of prey) exhibition. Due to the warm weather, this falcon had a mind of its own and wasn't interested in performing; after bringing this bird back into the roost the demonstration continued with the trainers educating the crowd about various birds of prey.

Check back all week for more from Valkenburg. If you're interested in the Aachen area, we'll write about it on our travel blog in two weeks.


Anonymous said...

I think it is really neat that this bird has a mind of its own and said, wait and I will get there when I want to get there. I like that attitude.

Nice post today.

Abraham Lincoln
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Per Stromsjo said...

I agree with Abe, this certainly looks like a bird with a bit of character!