Monday, May 26, 2014

Day 4: Wij komt aan Holland

We were up bright(ish) and somewhat early to get to the airport for our afternoon flight to Holland.
We don't normally fly Airbus (Boeing is where it's at) but this was a nice flight. Lots of room between seats... and nice coat hooks...

Huh? I don't recall seeing those before! Or, at least, not for a long, long time.
There was quite a lineup on the runway, so our plane was about an hour late departing.

We're airborne!

(Look, Grama and Grandpa from the Midwest! Wind generators in the ocean!)

The Dutch coastline!

After picking up our rental car and GPS system, we drove out of Amsterdam, where we had landed, and headed towards our first stop.

This is the farmhouse where my great-grandpa (on my mom's side) was born way back in the early 1898! Later, along with his family, he immigrated to the United States and one thing led to another and eventually my mother was born out of the bloodline!
No, the house isn't in an area of prime real estate... Many, if not most, of the houses in Holland's countryside are surrounded by water. 
Here is a picture of the house from 1915!

Dutch drawbridge. There were a lot of these around.

We stopped in Woerden for dinner because by this time, we were all starving. After dinner, we walked around the town for a bit and got our first taste of Dutch culture and architecture.

Woerden's water tower, with the church steeple in the background.

De 'kerk' up close!

(Those ice cream sculptures were in nearly every city - wherever there was an ice cream shop)

(Bikes and a typical Dutch storefront building)

Our first windmill!


An advertisement for Koningsdag... What is Koningsdag, you may ask? You'll just have to stay tuned!


  1. Holland is so pretty!!! Did you try swarama?

    1. No, unfortunately. We just walked passed it. And a somewhat angry-looking man stood in the doorway and watched us walk passed...

  2. ahhh yes looks so familiar. Very neat to see the before and after of ggp's home. Who are those good looking people dressed in strange combat gear?

    1. Do you mean The Avengers, from the Marvel film? (It's a good movie.)

  3. Abbey, your story is interesting and entertaining. I was surprised to see the windmills (or called ...wind generators) in the water in Holland.I didn't realize you found the old Vis residence. Quite something how it is still standing since before 1898! Grama