Saturday, July 5, 2014

Day 11: In retrospect, my favorite day.

We didn't have too much planned for today... Just walk around a couple of old towns. My other grandma (the one who didn't come along) said, "You're seeing the real Holland."
First we went to a little, old fishing village called Urk.

Tintin missed Captain Haddock. He was sure the Captain would love Urk.
It was so interesting to go walking down the empty streets, seeing what was in all the windows. There were lots of boats and lots of nice Dutch lace.

We walked along the ocean to a statue of a woman, looking out to sea, for her husband or son, waiting for them to return, and fearing that they wouldn't. There was a monument behind it to all the sailors from Urk who had died since 1717, with their names and ages.

It was raining, so we headed back to the car, taking alleyways and passages between houses.

 (Remnants of Koningsdag)
 (Little passageway between houses)
(A house behind another house. We took the tiny little alleyway between them)

After we left Urk, we drove to the city of Giethoorn, where we rented a little motorboat and sailed down the canals! It was glorious.

Then we went into the bay.

So what do you see on the canal other than water and trees and bridges?

LOTS of ducks!

Quite a few fowl.

Mmmmm. Pie.

Windmill with its top off.

Other boats.

And a yappy little dog.

It was so beautiful and so peaceful. It was wonderful. Someday, when I'm old and retired, I will buy a house on a canal, or on the ocean, and I will just sit there and read and write all day. Maybe own a boat and go out on the water every so often. That would be so nice. I love water.

For dinner we went to my grandma's sister's house and she gave us a 5-star meal, complete with a soup course. Oh, it was delicious - very filling. 

Live long and prosper!

P.S. Check out the 'Meet the Dolls' page! I just added new pictures!


  1. I checked out the "Meet the Dolls Page. Great photography; nice pictures. I like how you found flowers that match the girls outfits.

  2. Love seeing these beautiful pics from your trip! By the way, I'm into part 3 of your novel and am really enjoying it. Not sure if it was supposed to be funny, but I laughed outloud at the "Muppet Treasure Island" reference when Jaimi was concerned about Antony and Dogberry having cabin fever. The song has been running through my head all day. :)

    1. Haha, yes!! Someone understood the reference!!