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Sunny Blues in Nuenen

Sunny Blues

In 2018, we cycled from Belgium to Granada in Andalucia, Spain. During the first half of this trip, we met Marja and Benni, also with Santos bikes and on their way to Girona. We ended up in the same restaurant watching a football match of the world cup. The day after and 80 km's further, we bumped again in to each other, and yes, we had made reservations in the same restaurant.  A few months later, we were cycling the 2nd part of this trip and guess what, the week that we arrived in Malaga, Marja and Benni were on a city trip also in Malaga.

We planned to come and visit each other  the next year.

Benni's musical passion is the blues and with some friends, they are organising about 8 times a year a Blues Sunday afternoon with a live band in Cafe Schafrath in Nuenen.

Whenever we have time, we take this as an opportunity to enjoy a nice blues performance and to meet up with our friends.

Once a year, they are also organising an open air Blues festival with several live performances in the Nuenen city park.

Entrance for the festival and the Sunday blues afternoons is always free. Just don't forget to make a small contribution when Berry passes by with his cap.

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Nuenen is a stop on the Van Gogh cycle route to Paris. Vincent lived in Nuenen for a few years and this is also where he made the famous Potato eaters oil painting.  The Vincent Van Gogh museum in Nuenen is certainly worth visiting.


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More info at


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Have a look at their website

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