|Next we stayed in Marian's place in Zwolle because Ket and Hemmo had to go out. Marian took us to a castle which was fitted out as a museum. The modern art in there did not interest me too much but the old furniture and the building were marvellous. We had a pleasant day and dinner with Marian. Next back to Zalk. This was a long day. Amsterdam. Ket and Hemmo live in an old farmhouse which has been renovated. It is enormous. The living area is the old house and cow stables, beside there is a large shed used as a workshop storage all this on a large block of land.|
|Castle het nieuwenhuis Now a museum. One of the many canals|
|Shopping, sightseeing and dinner at Nick's place. Susan bought a pair of shoes after that sightseeing. You don't have to walk all that far to see the sights. The old atmosphere of multiculturalism, old city charm is still there although the Amsterdammers will deny this.|
|Susan enjoying a cup of coffee Typical canal scene|
|Maarten Susan Nick Ket Threes Hemmo and Ria It is obvious who the gamblers are.|
|Nick and Pim live in the
centre of Amsterdam in a very old house which is looking very modern now
on the inside. The roof is their terrace with views over the city. A
very pleasant time was had by all.
Next day we had to finish the the props for the skit we prepared for Marian 75th birthday.
After we stayed four days in Zalk off to Zwolle and Marian's place. Zwolle was the only place where we did not have to walk stairs. Most houses are either big blocks of flats or one similar as the one we stayed in Zalk. Living kitchen downstairs. Three bedrooms next level up and laundry and another bedroom next level. Some have very narrow stairs. We managed to get our suitcases up without breaking any bones.
We could borrow Marian's car which enabled us to explore the surrounds. Marian took us to Hattem where she has a small place where she can paint. Hattem is a very old town and it shows when you walk around.
|Typical street scene in Hattem Marians "koepeltje" where she does her painting|
|Marian's 75 birthday was a big occasion. A lot of faces I did not know but Susan has been in Holland regularly and knew|
|a lot of people. The
location was marvellous. An restaurant in a rural setting. The weather
was great for a change. Great food and atmosphere. The whole van
Blokland family put together a skit about Marian's interests. This was
Zwolle is a fairly big city with an old centre. Another warm day and we did a lot of walking here.
|The old city entrance in Zwolle. Groningen central station with peerd van Ome Loeks.|
|The whole holiday is drawing to a close. Eric and Anneke picked us up from Zwolle to go to Zuidhorn. Eric has done a lot of driving to pick us up and bring us to places. While we were in Zuidhorn we visited my youngest brother Onno. We had not seen his house yet. A older house renovated and stylish. It is difficult to park when you live in a big city.|
|The different views we had during a canal trip in Groningen|
|One day we had another stroll
around the Groningen city and a canal tour. We had never seen the city
from this angle. A lot of canals have been filled in but there is still
enough to circle the city. As you can see they do clean up every now and
then. A lot of stolen bikes end up here. More driving through the
country. It is very flat out here, very green and little churches can be
seen at the horizon. The ice age has dumped a lot of boulders here from
Norway and in ancient times the people used these to construct burial
We also visited Truus, the ex from Onno. Jesse and Leon were there as well and again another pleasant night.
|One of those rare occasions breakfast in the garden. A large hunebed. Ancient burial ground.|
|Luckily the weather held out.
Sunny days but you could see that the winter is coming. Every day more
yellow leaves and leaves on the ground. As it tuned out they had a few
more good days an autumn did really start.
Another day we drove to Lauwersoog. This is much north as you can go on the mainland. You can see small dikes which were build hundreds of years ago and as more land washed up outside the dike another was build. Years ago there was talk or building a dike around the islands and gaining more usable land.
|One of the many dikes shielding Holland from the sea. Lauwersoog harbour.|
|Lauwersoog is still a viable fishing village because it has access to the sea. But a lot of similar villages have died because the IJselmeer has shrunk to less than half it's original size. A lot of people don't visit the north of Holland but it is very pretty out here. As in a lot of other parts of Holland you might have difficulties understanding the local dialect.|
|Last night in Holland farewell dinner. The Schimmel family together for the first time in 35 years.|
|We got the same restaurant for our farewell dinner as we had when we started this trip. Ad could not be present but the rest was here. A few drinks and a marvellous meal topped a wonderful holiday.|
Schiphol airport. Anneke, Ab, Ket, Susan, Marian and Eric. Hemmo took the photo.
|Eric drove from Zuidhorn to schiphol to farewell us and Ket, Hemmo and Marian came later to see us out. We did not have much time together as it was time to board. 11 hours to Bangkok. 11 Hours wait in Bangkok. We did not go off the airport and it was a long wait. We put a few chairs together to make a bed. Sleeping is impossible but we had a good rest which we did not really need after sitting down for 11 hours. Another 10 hours to Brisbane. When we got to Brisbane they told us that one suitcase was misplaced. We only had to wait a few hours for the flight to Townsville. When we got to Townsville they told us that they had misplaced our other suitcase. Paul was waiting at the airport at least this worked out. The suitcase which was misplaced in Brisbane got delivered later that night. The other suitcase took two days to turn up. At least nothing was lost or disturbed.|