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Bijbels Openlucht Museum
Saturday 10 May 2003

Our first group outing, at the invitation of CORBVLO, was to the Biblel Open air Museum in Nijmegen. In itself, this location is quite spectacular, as it can pass for a street somewhere in the Roman Empire. The houses are from several periods, and as the subject of the Museum is the Bible, an oriental flavour is not to be overlooked. But as the pictures show, despite the fact that we stood in front of the so-called 'Greek House', I think it could have been either Londinium, Ceasarea or Rome!

Corbvlo and Fectio in a group pose
Corbvlo and Fectio in a group pose. Left to right:
Monty, Hanneke, Noel, Wim, Gerard, Robert, Evelien and Andreas.

The weather was exactly right for re-enacting; dry, sunny, and with a cool wind (sometimes strong). The audience seemd to have thought so as well, for they arrived in numbers. Mostly German groups, but also Italians and Belgians, with the indigenous Dutch only arriving later in the day. We had a good share of the attention, especially from the kids (not just the boys!) who were very keen to handle the shields or the swords (just for the weight, mind you!), but mostly to try on the mail shirt! The very few occasions that we crossed blades or gave our shields a few dents seemed to have been very interesting as well.
On the whole, a very good start of the season, a indeed worth a return visit.

The setting: the Via Orientalis, which includes the Roman part of the open air museum.
The setting: the Via Orientalis, which includes the Roman part of the open air museum.
We were stationed in front of the so-called 'Greek House', which could pass for any Roman civic building.
We were stationed in front of the so-called 'Greek House', which could pass for any Roman civic building.
The Fectienses Seniores as we are today.
The Fectienses Seniores as we are today.
Entertainment all the way - flutes, pipes and other old instruments. Noel of Corbvlo playing his 'Tibetan highland reed'.
Entertainment all the way - flutes, pipes and other old instruments. Noel of Corbvlo playing his 'Tibetan highland reed'.
The sitting: a friendly chat with the guys and ladies of VCorbvlo at the open air latrine.
The sitting: a friendly chat with the guys and ladies of Corbvlo at the open air latrine.
A lot of explaining to do: - the kids were especially keen to know all the details.
A lot of explaining to do: - the kids were especially keen to know all the details.
Tiberius of Corbvlo.
Gerard/Tiberius of Corbvlo.
Wim of Corbvlo.
Wim of Corbvlo.
A very nice copy of a Mithraeum.
A very nice copy of a Mithraeum.
Our shields attracted a lot of attention.
Our shields attracted a lot of attention.
A good view of the street.
A good view of the street.
Knackered after a hard day re-enacting..
Knackered after a hard day re-enacting..
Resting after a long day on our feet.
Resting after a long day on our feet.
Chnodomarius of the Salian Franks.
Chariovalda of the Salian Franks.
Well, that's me, Valerius Vitalis.
Valerius Vitalis, born of the Chamavi.

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