Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Holland

Three years ago this week, I used my passport for the very first time. My mom, 3 sisters, a sister-in-law, a niece and I went to Holland. It was just the girls; no boys allowed. Truthfully, the guys would have hated our trips through every flower garden and shop we passed. We spent 8 days traveling the countryside in a mini van taking any side trip that struck our fancy. My sister, Melanie, had made reservations at three unique places in one in Delft and two in Noord Holland. She had sent questionnaires to each of us. From there she learned our individual priorities and created an itinerary to best accomplish all of them. So, she was the navigator and I drove as we traveled from town to town. We often got lost, but every time we did something wonderful came of it. We traveled to the town my great-grandparents were from. We painted tiles at the Royal Delft Factory. We rode on a Stoomtram (steam train). We wandered around small town squares. We visited churches and the museums within. All in all we laughed and cried and grew closer to each other. We created memories that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives.

The first photo is the whole group at the Keukenof Gardens. Left to right: Melanie (sis), Donella (niece), Mom, Sheri (sis), Cheri (sis-in-law), Janelle (sis) and me. The second is the Museummolen (Windmill Museum) at Schermer. And the last is a picture of me at the North Sea.

11 comments:

Stevin said...

Sounds like an eternity of beautiful memories! And, some terrific ideas. If you don't mind, I'm going to borrow some of those ideas and spoil my wife.

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

I love Holland and the Dutch people but I guess it's because I'm half Dutch. They're very practical people. I hope they wake up and smell the coffee.

ABFreedom said...

Great images ... but your probably right about the men. I like the country side, but the shopping would drive me nuts ....

Mark said...

I like the change in your blog. I am hoping to change mine too, but am scared stiff of losing all my data in the process.

Today (4/28)is the one year anniversary of my blog. Be sure to visit on this special occassion.

Gayle said...

"a picture of 'me' an the North Sea." Ha! That sort of left something to be desired! ;)

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I'm a weird female, I guess. The shopping would drive me nuts, but the trips through the countryside I would have loved.

Great pictures. :)

Nettie said...

How cute, now I want to go see the scenery!

jgf said...

Stevin, it is. Do spoil your wife like this!

Patrick, me, too!

AB, thanks!

Mark, congratulations!

Gayle, a lot of the shopping was in outdoor markets and antique shops. Most shopping is no fun for me either.

Nettie, we all want to go back again.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

How awesome!! I want to travel so bad. Holland would be a really neat place to see. I'm glad you got to have such a neat trip with the girls.

Hick said...

Wowsers! I don't know if I'm more jealous about your trip or the flowers you have posted above.

Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

I have not been to Holland, but I hear it is awesome. When I first looked at your picture and started reading....it made me think though of England and the times I visited there....the tulips were HUGE!!! (smiling) I know you girls had fun....

Willem said...

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