Bussum, Sat Dec 15 - Day 15

Trip Start Nov 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fiona's Comments:

We had a leisurely breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon and the Dutch bread which is white bread decorated with different sprinkles. Sof and Nik really loved this. Everyone just sat around eating and talking and we all felt very much at home. Joachim, Joel, Zed and Nik went to explore a nearby castle. I was going to go but then both Bella and Sof decided to stay and swim so I sat and watched them. Nik LOVED the castle and moat and was able to pick up swords, try on armour and was in 13 year old heaven. He was so excited about going to the castle.

When everyone returned and the girls had dried off, we sat down for cake and coffee. We tried a traditional cherry pie which Joachim and Mary-Anne wondered if our kids would like (as their kids didn't like cherry pie). The kids all still talk about that Dutch cherry pie - they LOVED it. The top had a pastry latticework and Nik really liked how the base was not too hard. My little pie connoisseurs. We then all loaded into cars and went to a neaby town where the kids went ice skating on an outdoor rink. They had a ball and Bella was really hitting it off with Emmalin as they tried Dutch and English words out on each other. Back home for dinner and I ended up having a relatively early night whilst Zed sat up talking with Mary-Anne and Joachim into the wee small hours.

Zoran's Comments:

The castle is called Muiden castle and it is absolutely awesome.  You don't have to be 13, you just have to be a bloke to appreciate a castle.  Here is the wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muiden check it out.

Nik and I got to examine all the means of defence and potential ways to attack the castle (not many ways to do that without heavy casualties.  It has a drawbridge and a moat, for real! Which bloke would not be excited by a place like this?

We got to wield swords, Nik got to feel how heavy armour was (pretty damned heavy) and chain mail (also very heavy).

What a day.  A castle, ice skating and then wine and food to the late hours discussing life, the universe and everything.  I hope to get the opportunity to have this wonderful family as our guests back in Australia.  We can't offer castles but we can provide beaches and wide open spaces. Actually we can provide beaches where there are no other people around, it will be all ours.
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