Volendam & Utrecht

Trip Start Oct 19, 2007
Trip End Oct 28, 2007

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Utrecht, a original Roman fort, is where is we are today. We arrived last night after leaving Amsterdam and Volendam behind us. We took the bus up to Volendam yesterday afternoon, after almost getting on the wrong bus....and arrived in about 20min. Although chillier because its right on the water, the sun shone brightly and YES we got our pictures (Fotos) taken in the Dutch traditional clothing. We bought the large package, so there will be a few of these glorious photos to go around! Then we had some lunch and did some shopping. Matt also bought a box of Dutch cigars and on a less exciting note, I got Dutch oven mits....lol.
We then took the train to Utrecht from Amsterdam and arrived at our hotel for the night....so thankful to have a hot shower and warm bed. We slept long and hard.....and now we are heading into Germany this afternoon from Utrecht. Our first stop will be Cologne, which we visited briefly last year but we will be staying the night this time and will have more time to explore that HUGE cathedral.
Right now we are sitting in an Internet cafe in Utrecht under the streets right beside the canal....its so cool!!! There are little shops and businesses operating below street level...!!!
What a beautfiul city, and The Dom was very impressive.....learned lots about it on a little tour inside the main church. A lot of the churches in Netherlands, and I assume in Germany, went through a lot during the Reformation so many aspects of the original churches were destroyed or reconstructed in a Protestant fashion.
In general, though, the city is beautiful and relaxing with another day sunshine here, we are crossing our fingers that it stays with us as we head into Germany.
(This computer won't let me put pics on either, so maybe tonight from Cologne, I will get some on finally....)

~Talk soon, Kaylea & Matt
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