It was raining in Wormerveer!

Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2012

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Monday, July 9, 2012

Off to central station again to catch a train this time to Wormerveer, about 20 minutes away, to spend some time with some of Aaron's relatives. Simon & Nella met us at the station and we went to their house for coffee first. Simon and Aaron's Dad are first cousins and we have heard lots about them from when Mads & Aaron spent time with them on there visit years ago. Their son David had spent a night at our place a couple of years ago so it was good to meet them and their extremely beautiful daughter Sophia. Later they took us to a place nearby called Zaanse Schans where windmills are still in use for different purposes and even though it was raining quite heavily we really enjoyed it. Having such knowledgable guides was great as they gave us the info on what we were seeing. From the 1960s onwards, windmills and historic houses have been restored or moved to the Zaanse Schans area to preserve them. Currently, there are eight windmills as well as several mostly seventeenth and eighteenth-century dark-green wooden buildings that house museums and traditional workshops.Although bearing most of the hallmarks of a European open-air museum, Zaanse Schans is not formally a museum. The area is laid out like a typical nineteenth-century village with free access to public spaces at all hours.Zaanse Schans is on the bank of the Zaan River – during the nineteenth century, around 400 mills worked on the banks of the Zaan and in total over a thousand were built since the construction of the first one in 1597. We went into the oil windmill and climbed the ladder to enjoy lovely views of the surrounding area. After we went in the shop to have a cheese tasting and I got a pair of little slipper clogs to take home!
Then we went for lunch together and enjoyed bitterballen which is a small croquette for which Holland is famous. They are delicious! It was very generous of them to show us around and good to put names to faces.
Then they drove us back into Amsterdam and we had a little time before we had to meet our tour group so we took the opportunity for a rest and to watch the final of Wimledon at a civilized hour which we may not be able to do again....who knows! Looking at the notice board the tour schedule looks grueling with very early starts, hope we can keep the pace.
The tour group seems to be a nice bunch, mostly Aussies, Canadians and a couple of NZ. Very friendly and only 27 of us which is a bonus, should be plenty of room on the bus. Spent a bit of time in bar after with two other Aus couples who seem good fun. Looking forward to coming adventures!
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Jude on

Loving all your reports....the memories of our trip are flooding back. The windmills, canals... It's just so picturesque....a lot like home really. My school reunion at Pt Broughton over the weekend really doesn't rate.Especially the fact that the students all all now 50!!!! What the....
Love the photos......keep them coming.
Local footy was pretty dismal.... Enough said,,
You WILL enjoy the way to see the highlights on a short leave pass. It will be full on but you will be able to start planning your next trip with this wee snapshot of what's on offer..
Enjoy it all...hope you're both getting on top of those rotten colds- they are everywhere home here too, but it one thing to be sick at home...NOT on holiday.

vicki & david on

Just caught up on all your latest are lucky to have the contacts to visit as it makes it much more meaningful to get a local perspective.....loving the photos & your great commentary Beth. Waiting for rain, could be later today we hope. Justin due home from Alice Springs today...I know one person who will be waiting around to see the kids!!!! You are doing an amazing job keeping us well informed & we do really enjoy reading it....keep well & cold free !!!!

Diane & Stuart on

The commentary and photos are great Beth! This is better than reading a book each night!!I think you are both doing well navigating around each city working out the local transport, well done!!! Your time in Amsterdam also brought back memories for me (Diane) from many years ago when I travelled there with Mum and Teresa. One night our meal consisted of Edam cheese on biscuits and glasses of Bols chocolate liqueur!!!Did you go to Van Gogh museum? I also was moved by visiting Anne Frank's house.
Last weekend had an enjoyable meal at new restaurant in Adelaide with family for my birthday. Tried the tasting plates and found the different foods most interesting. Keep well and pace yourself for the next stage of your journey. Time will go so fast and there are so many different places to be enjoyed!!xx

Hannah on

Beth your entries & photos so far are brilliant! I'm really enjoying following your trip. Makes me feel so slack because every few days you are reporting all these amazing things, and we're in the same old routine back here.
It's pretty cool you've had so many friends to see along the way, to give your trip the local touch. Hope the upcoming tour is enjoyable and not too grueling.
Has anyone mistaken Kevin as someone from Yorkeshire yet?
Looking forward to more updates xo

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