Monday, July 9, 2007

i forgot to tell about Sat and our adventures. the rain stopped and we toured Haarlem which is only 10 min by bus. we ate breakfast at 9 which is when everything opens. we visited Corrie ten Boom's house which was wonderful...i've wanted to see it since i was a teenager...she and her family saved many Jews in WW II and were put in jail for it and Ravensbruck concentration camp. some members of her family died in jail or camp but she was let out and she has a marvelous story of God's love and forgiveness..we crawled into the hiding place in her bedroom...took lots of photos!
we visited St Bavo's church built in 1360 just around the corner from her house...there are over 1000 graves stones that you walk on all over in the church floor...gave me the shivers...saw the wonderful organ Mozart played on when he was 10...sang along in Dutch at a pretty concert...ate Belgium waffles for lunch...mmmm....just delicious...
a sign just popped up...only 5 mintutes left...it's hard to think under pressure....
i hope the rest of holland is just as lovely as this...i must be part dutch...i love the intelligent way that they think and they are soooo efficient...
hi again to everyone back home...i miss you all but i'm not homesick yet...i'm having too much fun..
yesterday when we went to the train station to go to Volendam we found out we needed our passports...we'd left them at the hotel safe so we had to go back...the trains are very speedy and efficient here...like everything else. we sit in 2nd class...we used our eurorail pass yesterday as we have extra days on it so decided to begin to use them up before we're off to Paris. today is sunny and warm but supposed to rain later. they are astonished by all the rain here, just like back home. we saw on the news last night that the weather is HOT and full of wild fires in the US ...hope everyone there is safe. we love you!

8 comments:

Linda said...

I am so glad you got there safe and sound!! And that you are having such a wonderful time and already found a doll!! It is "warm" here...not hot but not wet either, which is a bonus. Later this week it is supposed to be hot. Framing on the deck has started so that bbq may happen this year if all continues to go well with it! We leave for Harrison on Thursday and I am counting the minutes...keep having fun and take lots of pictures to share!
Hugs
Linda

Write 2 The Point said...

i can't wait to see all your pictures, loretta and I do hope that you are able to get back online when you travel to france. i hope you can find a beautiful french doll too! i am glad you are taking a long time for your trip because i think it will help with the jet lag---at least til you get home@ LOL our Wisconsin weather is hot hot hot--about 100 degrees and humid. it feels like Florida here. well, have a great day-I love you

donadol said...

I am so glad that you are having a wonderful time. I can't wait to see a picture of your doll. She sounds lovely. It is very hot here in New Jersey today. We are having a dangerous heat advisory for the next couple of days. I am so grateful for central air-condition. Well you be safe and have a great time. I am enjoying reading about your travels.
Blessings, Donna

Anonymous said...

from mom and the silent dad:

Enjoying your news - astounded that someone can enjoy themselves so much, especially so far away from home.

Anonymous said...

mon: Sun! Yes! K's barking at something. She's always barking. When she howls at night, mom won't talk to me anymore. She says 'who knows what's out there in the yard? I'm letting you go - it's giving me the creeps!' I'm glad you're having such a fun time, and changing my mind about europe, what a fantastic place it appears to be.

Anonymous said...

Hey Loretta,

This is Mark from Robert's Office. Tell Robert Nothing happening here (ha ha ha).
Oh, tell him that the seagulls have 3 chicks this year instead of 2. Thats news around here.
Tomorrow the temperature is supposed to hit 37C in the Valley (my house)

Anonymous said...

Hi, it's the Braun's here. Glad you are having so much fun. It is very hot here. Tried to do A's paper route this afternoon until A & J started to look like tomatoes. Will have to finish it tonight when it is cooler. Hope it's still sunny and warm next week when we are at the cottage. Remember Ash on her 13th birthday! Take care and stay safe!

Anonymous said...

We want blogs. More blogs. Where are the Houbens and what are they doing today? Tell!! Tell all! There was a hot wind yesterday, it felt like the desert. When the dog saw Ashley and James she quivered for 1/2 hour. Must go play Clue.