The Netherlands seen from the train
When I booked my trip I knew I had one day already filled with the family gathering; I then added a day with friends in Amsterdam, and a day with a friend who lives in Hoorn. The rest of the time would be for my mother. Sorted!
Getting to the Netherlands was a bit of a faff; there was some malfunction in Schiphol which made getting through customs a waiting game. But once I was through all was well!
The day in Amsterdam was rather quiet. Just some friends and some food and drink! Does one need more?
The family day went well too. The weather held, so we were quite happy sitting among the wildflowers, drinking coffee or wine, and occasionally engaging in games. We weren't complete as one cousin who tends to show up was ill, but we had a new addition to the family; my cousin Bart showed off his three months old daughter. She's the only one of the next generation with our family name!
Silly games at the family day; my uncle Karel bats a piece of wood away
Admiring Rivka, the youngest. Pic by Petra
Eating pancakes at the end of the day. Pic by the waiter on Petra's phone
The next day I went to Hoorn to see Monique. That was a quiet day too! You would almost say me and those I hang out with are all old and dull. Suits me! I regretted not bringing a camera when we walked the dog, as the area is one of those really Dutch ones with the canal above the fields, and reeds and cows everywhere. Nice! But no evidence.
With my mother I did the usual amount of drinking coffee and wine, and the usual trip to the cheese shop. It was lovely!
I went for a run too; I ran to the local Pinetum
I often take a picture of the Koppelpoort from the other side (like last time); this time I caught the inside (and my mother biking past)
Did anything Earth-shattering happen? No! But was it a good visit? Absolutely. When next? No idea!