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Europe 2014

Brussels

We said goodbye this morning to family and Holland…for now, and headed to Brussels, Belgium. It was just a quick 2 hour drive. We arrived at our hotel; The Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre. This post could take a while as the Wi-Fi is painfully slow. We had to wait a while for our room so we … Continue reading »

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A visit in Wijk en Aalburg

It’s fantastic being able to see a bunch of family again…even some for the first time. Today we went to Wijk en Aalburg to Henriette (second-cousin) & Bas’ home to visit some more cousins on my dads side of the family. My cousin John and his wife Luus plus my other cousin Trude and her husband … Continue reading »

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A day in Den Bosch

Well….to start out I have to say that it has been an extremely HOT HUMID day here in Holland. I don’t ever remember sweating so much in my whole life!! We went in to Den Bosch today with Ray’s cousins and a couple of the kids to do three things. Hit the town square market … Continue reading »

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Wind and Ocean

We headed to the coast today to check out the Delta Works with Ron today. These are the very impressive water control system where the large rivers of the Netherlands are dumped into the ocean. These are use for flood control. Things have changed some since I was here last. Wind turbines are everywhere and the Delta … Continue reading »

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The way to Hedel.

Well we waited for morning to do this post, but that’s OK….you’ll probably get 2 today. We left Aalsmeer and started heading down to see some of the van der Woning part of the family in Hedel, more southern in Holland. As we have the day, we took some back-roads to get a more scenic … Continue reading »

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Haarlem

We…and when I say “we” I mean “I” went and picked up the rental car today.  Fortunately, I got a ride to the airport with my cousin Ferlin on his way to work (after he made us breakfast). 🙂 We decided to go to Haarlem to go see the place where I was born…Uyt Den … Continue reading »

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History and Heineken

Today’s main feature was the Anne Frank House. (Unfortunately there is absolutely no photography, so we cannot show you more.) This is a must see if you ever go to Amsterdam, but expect to wait in line.  After our 2 hours, we finally got in. So worth it. We took the time to watch the … Continue reading »

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Beer, wine, and culture.

So after a great much needed 12 hour sleep session we got a late start to the third day. I think we are all caught up on the time change now….feeling rested. We began our day as many of the locals…catching the bus to downtown Amsterdam. We had a plan to spend the day people … Continue reading »

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A quick Amsterdam trip….7 hours later.

After Pamela fried my power converter with her flat iron, we decided to do a quick run to Amsterdam to Media Market to pick up a new one. (Technically it was my fault for not reading the wattage). Low and behold, it’s right beside Amsterdam ArenA, home of AFC Ajax. SWEET, time for me to do … Continue reading »

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Jet Lagged

We arrived yesterday…tired as can be. My cousin Ferlin picked us up at the airport in the “Ferlin FixIt” mobile and brought us back to his place where we will be staying for the next 5 days. We got to visit a few more of my cousins, Farah & Evelien with their daughters, over a few … Continue reading »

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