From Hilversum to Niederrhein
27 December 2019. For today we had planned to visit Aachen, just over the border with the Netherlands.
The Gafor indicated 'Oscar' for at the time we were going to arrive, but when we neared Geilenkirchen, the weather became 'Marginal' at best with low overcast stratus and low clouds below that layer.
We turned around and diverted to our alternate; Niederrhein, where it was CAVOK.
Albeit we had visited Niederrhein once before in 2003, we had no pictures yet of Niederrhein.
So at least we could take some pictures of Niederrhein this trip.
Take-off runway 07 Hilversum
Marijke locks Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
Panel of the C172
Final runway 27 Niederrhein
From Niederrhein to Hilversum
Take-off runway 09 Niederrhein
Pyramid of Austerlitz
Final runway 07 Hilversum
On the Utrechtse Heuvelrug
we passed the Pyramid of Austerlitz, a 36-metre-high pyramid of earth, built in 1804 by Napoleon's soldiers on one of the highest points of the Utrecht hill ridge.
The French General Marmont had his soldiers build an earth and turf monument inspired by the Great Pyramid of Giza, which Marmont had seen in 1798 during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. Even the erosion-exposed stepped surface was imitated.
It was named "Mont Marmont" or "Marmontberg".
In the summer of 1805, Marmont departed with his army to southern Germany to fight in the War of the Third Coalition, which culminated in the Battle of Austerlitz, the battle in which Napoleon decisively defeated the Russians and Austrians.
Louis Bonaparte, the new king of Holland, renamed the hill the Pyramid of Austerlitz.
In view of its 200th anniversary in 2004, the highly dilapidated pyramid was restored between 2001 and 2004.
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