Saturday, May 31, 2014

Day 6: Corrie Ten Boom en de Keukenhof

We visited the Corrie Ten Boom house in Haarlem. It was really amazing. Corrie Ten Boom and her family hid Jews in their house during WWII, during Germany's occupation of Holland. They eventually were put into concentration camps for their resistance efforts, but through everything, they kept an amazing faith in God.
In Corrie's bed room, members of the resistance movement created a false wall, behind which Jews could hide if there was ever a raid.
Here is the actual Hiding Place:

It was incredible to stand in the actual room, and to crawl inside the actual hiding place.
Our tour guide was amazing also. She came to Christ through Corrie Ten Boom's story, and now works in the Corrie Ten Boom Museum. The story came alive through her lips. She was great.

The Beje, where the family lived. It was actually two houses smushed together - hence the uneveness of the windows!

It was connect to the Ten Boom watch shop. The shop isn't owned by the Ten Boom's anymore, but it is still a watch shop, and it keeps its name.
If you've never read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, I really recommend it! and you should go read it!

After that, we went to The Keukenhof, which means "Kitchen Garden." It is open for a few months every summer and is sort of a zoo for flowers... There are thousands upon thousands different varieties. Of course, the crowning glory is all the different types of tulips!

There were lots of vivid, vibrant oranges which were very beautiful!

Look, flowers planted in the shape of Dutch houses!

These next pictures come to you via Abbey hanging out of the car window to try take pictures as we sped along.

Tulip fields!

After that we drove to Gouda, where we walked around a bit.

It was in Gouda that I took the picture which is now my blog header. It's a beautiful city.

A meeting house. The little figures from the above video were on the side of this building.

Getting ready for Koningsdag!
Just walking through the Dutch towns was my favorite part of Holland. 

Live long and prosper!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful day. You've seen so much already.