So here is a snippet of some of the places we visited. We took over 7000 photos! There is no way to show them all. Arn't you lucky?? But here are just a few of my favourites.
We arrived in Holland. Frans promised his Mum he would kiss the ground. After all, he was returning to his roots. So at Amsterdam railway station, he went down on all fours and did what he'd promised!
There is a delightful street market in Amsterdam. We stumbled accross it whilst on a tram. There are food stalls, hat stalls, glove stalls and tacky suvenier stalls. I loved this Michelle Obama recycled bag. It was only one or two euro. I wish I'd bought it. But I didn't. I was thinking of our weight limits.
Our hotel was in the Museum district. We walked past the Rijks Museum quite a few times. We did go in on one of our 'museum' days. It was a beautiful place. We saw many famous paintings. Vermeer's "Girl with the pearl earring" was one of them.
I just loved this orange bike. It's SOOO Dutch. This one was chained onto the fence outside the Rijks Museum.
Yum yum! Chocolate coated apples. They are soooo pretty!
Delft = Dutch in my mind. And this shop window says it all for me.
There's a story to this hat... Frans has been lusting, yes LUSTING, after one of these 'loser' hats for ages! Finally he bought one. It wasn't cheap either. If you're going to make a statement with a 'loser hat', then you may as well do it properly. This number was lined with rabbit fur. Really toasty warm. And then..... he LOST it! The very next day! Duh!
The same street market in Amsterdam had some really funky ladies clothes. This bubuska skirt was devine. So cute!
There were at least six or eight fabric stores along the street. You could buy the most beautiful knitted fabrics. Make your own coat!
And then Amsterdam wouldn't be amsterdam without a little hoochie! No, we didn't buy any!
This is the view from Aunty Frances' window. A cold snowy morning in Maasluis!
Bicycles everywhere.... even parked in the snow.
This is how Aunty Frances takes her Advocaat! By the spoonful!
Very cold in Maasluis. Don't we look rediculous!
Frans promised Sara he'd make her a snow angel!
Frans and Aunty Frances
The pretty town of Maasluis
World of fashion and beautiful hand bags!
An early morning walk thru the snow took us to the Notre Dame Cathederal. We attended Mass here. Hearing the pipe organ blast out a little bit of Back was an incredible experience!
Louis Vuitton. Ahhh...... Please Santa.....!!
The Louvre. Such an icon of Paris.
This view of the plaza taken from inside the museum
Seeing little children drawing what they see is just so inspirational. They learn about art at a very young age!
Gorgeous brocade curtains and tie backs!
If you can master the Metro in Paris, you can go anywhere! Up and down countless stairs and down windy tunnels....
A beautiful evening at the top of Mont Matre. The Sacre Coure in the background.
The Sun King Louis the Fourteenth. At the gates to his 'summer house', the Palace of Versailles. No wander the French people rebelled and lopped off his decendents' heads!
I LOVE leopard print. But this is taking it a little far don't you think?
The Hall of Mirrors. Where the treaty of Versailles was signed after the first world war.
A night time shot. Nice.
Keep tuned.... we'll go to Rome and Bussi next!