First went here:
and then we went here:
We've always known we'd visit the Netherlands (aka Holland) because all my lineage is Dutch (I'm pure breed, baby!). Pretty much the whole of my dad's extended family lives in Holland.
Our traveling thoughts became more serious about a year or two ago. My dad's mom, who immigrated to Canada from Holland in the '50's, invited us to go along with her. We excitedly accepted! And then I convinced my parents and my grandma to make a side-trip to London for three days to see such things as: The Globe, the Sherlock Holmes museum, Abbey Road, the Tintin Shop, Foyles Books, and regular sights like Big Ben and the Tower Bridge.
The remainder of our fortnight was spent in the Netherlands with relatives. We went to Amsterdam for a day... went to the Keukenhof ("Kitchen Garden" - basically a zoo for flowers, without the cages)... went biking... went to numerous small villages... saw windmills... saw forests... saw beaches... went to the farm where my grandma grew up (the land has been in the family since the 1600's!)... ate krokets... ate cheese... experience the culture... boated down canals...
It was an amazing trip! But I'm at a bit of a loss at how to blog about it. I really want to share our photos with you... but how? I think we took about 2000. Haha. I think that's probably more in two weeks than during the whole of East Coast trip! (Which was 5 weeks, I think).
There's three ways I could go about it: I could post day-to-day what we did (14 blog posts, spread over, probably, a month or two), or I could post in categories (Dutch churches, Dutch villages, Dutch roads, etc.), or I could do a mix of the two (14 blog posts, for each day we had, and special posts about things that I feel need their own posts - like Dutch churches).
What do you think? In which form would you like to know about my trip?
It's so wonderful to be home again!!!
Live long and prosper.
P.S. Sorry I couldn't tell you about the trip beforehand. We figured it would be safer not to post too much online while we were on our trip. Plus, blogging was one less thing to think about. Plus, internet was kind of iffy. I have, however, been reading most of your blog posts! Now to go back and comment on them.