S: Europe Adventure 2011
BC: This adventure on April 21 through May 7, 2011 is brought to you by Bonnie, Kyle, Rod, Barb & Jason De Boer. It was lovingly tolerated by Harriet Kooiman.
FC: Europe Adventure 2011 | By Kyle & Bonnie
1: Where to start? people? places? memories?
2: Freddy & Gerda Visser, Kyle's SPICE family, with sister Lineke and brother Steven. | Kyle's small discussion group with Cor van den Berg.
3: Geze l l i g | caught in the rain!
4: H O L L A N D | watching soccer at Cor's | Canal Ride | Anne Frank house
5: We arrived in Amsterdam on Friday, April 22, 2011. Since we were told we could not sleep, we proceeded to tour the city. We went to the Anne Frank house, took a canal ride, and had dinner outside. We did walk through the red light district. Finally, we took the metro back at 8:30. | Rotterdam's Eramus Bridge | World's skinniest house in Amsterdam | Rotterdam's Erasmus Bridge | Bike parking | don't stop too long or you might fall asleep | Got a boat ride on the the canal from "sister" Elize in Amsterdam - what a memory ! | We called this the "skinny bridge (not quite sure) | We called it the "skinny bridge" (not quite sure) | Rod's next car
7: Keukenhof Gardens on April 23 was at it's prime. There were over 5 million bulbs planted. It is the "premiere spring garden in the world".
8: The Hotel New York was where many immigrants left for the United States. | ROTTERDAM | Took the train to Rotterdam in the pm of the 23rd. We went on a walking tour of the city and then took a water taxi about 1/2 way back. We (unfortunately) had bitter balls for supper. | Erasmus Bridge | Cube houses
9: Hattem, a city of 10,000 was our home from the 24th through April 29. Bonnie ran along the dikes in the morning. We saw the city gate that stood strong in WW II. It had a windmill and a canal that ran through the city. The streets were narrow and the hospitality was big. | H A T T E M
10: Giethoorn is a quaint community that still has many homes that can only be reached by boats through the canals. Most home have thatched roofs.
11: We continued on to Urk which is a harbor town and had kibbeling and then on to the Polder. This is an area that used to have a harbor and the land has been reclaimed since then. So now there is a harbor in the middle of a pasture.
12: Say "CHEESE" | The Hidden village was outside of Hattem in a forest and people in the resistance from WWII lived in these "dug outs" to hide from the Nazi's. | Flowers and national pride in Elburg. | April 27 (Grandma's b-day)
13: April 28 | The CorrieTen Boom house in Haarlem was a highlight! Can see the space where 4 people stood to stay safe. Went through the bottom panel of linen closet. | This sign was a signal all was safe.
14: Meet me at the train station. | "brother" Steven | The G.H. | Visser backyard | Farewell party at the G.H. with Gerda.
15: Morning coffee with Jeanettte & Gerda in Staphorst | Memories | Holland
16: France | chocolate anyone?
17: Paris | After leaving Holland on April 29 we took the train to Paris. We made it to the motel even though we almost lost Grandma in a train door. We spent a few days in Paris visiting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arch de Truimph, and much more.
18: F r a c e
19: c o n t i n u e d
20: Beaches of Normandy | April 30 we left for a day excursion from Paris. We visited a WWII Museum, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Juno Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Arromanches (Allied man-made harbor), and the Normandy American Cemetery.
21: Germany | Flew from Paris to Munich on May 3. Enjoyed lots of pastries and also went to 1972 Olympic Park, FC Bayern Stadium and Marienplatz Square.
22: Dachau | WWII Extermination Camp near Munich
23: Salzburg | Austria | Had a busy day trip on May 4, seeing a castle, Mozart's homes, places from the Sound of Music , and tasting the local delicacies. | Do, Re, Mi...
24: Did I forget anything?
25: Doei Holland! | gargoyles at Notre Dame | cemetery from Sound of Music