Hotel-Restaurant De Beukenhof
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... important people in my life grew. Travel opens ones perspective, and with coming home, I wanted to grow the relationships I had… Or at least, the ones worth keeping. And this certainly was the case. Like I have said to those closest to me, leaving on a new adventure is all the more easier knowing that I have the love and support around me, wherever I may be, to back me on my own journey.
But… enough of this preamble, let’s get to what has ...
We started our amazing day with a visit to the largest flower auction in the world. It was overwhelming to enter a building that covers an area of 220 football fields. There are more than 34 million flowers traded there daily. There is a frenzy of carts moving constantly from one area to the next. Flowers come from all over the world including Kenya, Ethiopia, Israel, and ...
... it manages to be imposing and humble, stark and sumptuous, imposing and intimate-all at the same time. Benjamin Netanyahu called it the most beautiful synagogue in the world.
Lunch at a popular cafe called Winkle is unremarkable, except for the Dutch Apple Pie with whipped cream that our bench mates assure us is the best in the Netherlands. As we walk back to the hotel, we notice that the streets are becoming more crowded, shops are closing, people are walking around with ...
... Accompanying them was the talented Miroslav who played guitar and piano with electronic backup.
No Christmas celebration would be complete without a visit from Santa. He had presents for everyone. It was a wonderful evening.
That night we were instructed to put a shoe outside of our room. It was December 5th, the eve of ...
... gilded, intricate mosaics on the ceilings, floors and walls were spectacular, and the mostly modern-style stained glass windows that were installed in 1952 make a beautiful counterpoint to the much older mosaics.
After a very fun afternoon of touring, we headed back an hour or so north to the city of Ratingen where Eva and her family live. We were also joined by her sister Christine (another floor-mate from the dorm in Göttingen) and her husband Gerald. We has a ...