What do they say?When in Rome?....
Tuesday July 01st, 2008
I'm sitting on the beach in Zandvoort Holland, right now. Strand Tent 10 (Beach Club 10). Basking in the glorious hot sunshine, today is a beautiful day. We've had a lot of rain, storm and wind or a mix of all 3 with a little sun added here and there for good measure, since we arrived last Thursday.
Let me try to recall what we've done so far in this whirl wind European tour:
Last Thursday: Arrived in Amsterdam Schipol (AMS) early afternoon off of a Transat Holidays flight from YVR. Picked up a car through Hertz via Transat Holidays as well.... a Ford C Max
It was a bit squishy... but we were fast. (See above link for a real picture).
My cousin Astrid and her daughter Renske were at Schipol to greet us. It was great to see them again.
We ate salted herring, 'Patate met' from Frites d'Anvers(the best place to get french fries in all of Holland), and topped it off with Gelato from Giraudi .
We walked via the Dorp, to Oma's house. Picked up gebakjes(pastries) and bloomen(flowers) for Oma. Renske came along too... for the gezelligheid(sociability), I was told... not for the gebakjes.
Chocomel's motto says, "de enige echte", which means the one and only... and it certainly is the best chocolate milk, I have ever tasted.
René and I made diner for the family later in the afternoon.
Left early to go to Den Helder via Castricum.
Castricum was very wind that day... we walked a little on the beach... but didn't stay too long.
Here are a few pictures:
"Cool boat!" Kalina said.
"It's a ship." Rene replied.
It was a re-constructed ship called The Prince William from the year 1649. It was now a Museum. Cheap entrance fee(Parents would appreciate this) and a really cool ship(kids loved it).
Update on the Prince Willem : In the evening of Thursday July 30th, 2009 a fire broke out and the ship is no longer there... you can read more, through the above link.... sorry the link is in dutch... but you can look at the pictures?
Here's a few pictures of the ship from 2008(in english):)