Tuesday, August 11, 2009

We Are Home

We are home from our very fast trip to Amsterdam and Paris. We had a great time, well at least most of us did. My kids didn't choose this trip as I was reminded frequently especially when in a museum.

We went to Amsterdam to visit my lovely niece Elizabeth and her family. Liz is in Amsterdam for two years. Her husband is working there, what a fantastic experience for her and her family. She has three children, all of whom are amazing. Liz is a fantastic Mother. I marvel at how patient she is with her children. Can you imagine picking up and moving across the world with three kids, the youngest was two at the time?
I don't like to publish pictures without others consent so just imagine three beautiful children with beautiful young parents and you have an idea of what they look like. My oldest great-niece is almost 13. She loves it in Holland. What a fantastic experience for her to go to school in a foreign country and meet people from all over the world.
We went to a community where they had actual working windmills. Very beautiful. These make fine chalk that is turned into paint. We went to a really old castle that had an actual moat. My kids really liked this.
We went on a canal ride. The canals in Amsterdam are highways throughout the city. You can see so much of the different architecture from the water. Amusingly enough it was Gay Pride Parade Day on the canals so we got to see a lot more than architecture.
The church pictured here is the New Church built in the 1600's as opposed to the Old Church which was built in the 1400's. It was breathtakingly beautiful inside.
The Van Gogh museum was amazing. My children didn' t really "get" the museums but it was good for them to do. My husband and I to another museum where the Masters had their paintings.
The most sobering and insightful visit was to the Anne Frank Museum. Words can not say how sad and fascinating her journey was.
The best part of our trip was being with family we love.
More on Paris later.

Sorry the formatting is scrunching everything together. You know how blogging challenged I am, I can't seem to fix it.


tina said...

I'm very jealous----- what a wonderful trip you had! Of course the kids said that they didn't choose the destination but they will remember it for the rest of their lives! Now, get knittin! :)

Claudia said...

We're glad you're home safe and sound. Liz and Steve and the kids are fantastic and if anyone can manage that transition, they can! Now we have to work on a visit there ourselves.

Beth said...

Looks like you had a great trip. I love the windmill.
Hope your shawl was a hit!