Utrecht castles, country estates and Mann

On Sunday December 21 the last event of 2014 will take place and it will be in the heart of the Netherlands. Not only will we be driving in the lovely province of Utrecht but also we’ll be able to enjoy a talk with images by our member Jan van der Schee. The topic will be the novelist Thomas Mann (1875-1955), who was one of the greatest German writers of the 20th century. Jan will be telling us about the interesting life of this writer, who may have been married with six (!) children, but in fact was more interested in members of his own sex.

Where will we start?

Start and finish are at restaurant de Engel, Burgemeester Wallerweg 2, 3991 DM Houten, tel.:  030 637 1554030 637 1554.  You are expected there between 11.30 and 12.00 h. for coffee and pastry. The ride will start around 12.30.

What is to be expected in Jan’s talk?

Jan is an entertaining story teller and one who has a large knowledge on history. His talk will be accompanied by music by Mendelssohn and Wagner. There will also be a short quiz at the end in which nice prizes can be won.

But before the talk there will be a ride from Houten through the heart of the province of Utrecht. We will drive past country estates and castles. One of the oldest cities of the Netherlands will be visited, Wijk bij Duurstede and the picturesque town of Cothen. There will be ample opportunity to have a break at some café of restaurant.  Eventually we’ll get back to the modern world and we can experience what is being said and shown about Thomas Mann.

And after ride and talk?

After Jan’s presentation we can enjoy a drink and also join in a three course dinner (for € 25.- p.p.) with a choice of several dishes:

Starter, choose from:

  • Celeriac-truffle soup (vegetarian)
  • Medium carpaccio

Main dish, choose from:

  • Steak with red wine sauce
  • Dorade with saffran sauce
  • Parmigianino with aubergine, courgette, mozzarella, Parmesan and tomato-basil sauce (vegetarian)


  • Petit grand dessert

What will all this cost?

Members pay € 5,- ; guests € 8,-. This includes coffee and pastry and a drink in the interval and, of course, Jan’s talk.

Can your dog come with you?

Yes, you can take your faithful dog, but you will have to keep it on a leash..

How to take part?

Sorry, Sunday December 14 was the final day to register for this event.

Please note: GCCC cannot be held responsible for any damage whatsoever.