March 9, 2012

Day 9, Feb. 4th A super Saturday!

Today would be one of the funnest of our trip. We really did do a lot things the dutch are known for. We encounterd this young family on the ice, the first for the skating season.
Our tour guides for the day Alex and Yvonne first took us to the old village in Markem.
We stopped at the wooden shoe factory. What a neat, neat place. I was so excited because this is something I wanted to see right from the get go! I love shoes! Alex and I had to try on the pair outside. Not our size!
The shoes were hanging everywhere. They are hung to dry out before they can paint them.
Some have very intricate designs carved into them. Aren't these a pretty pair?

And then me and Yvonne had to give the shoes a try. Still to big!
We strolled through the village and "just" had to stop for apple pie and hot chocolate!
And there it is again, slograam! I shared mine with Alex of course.
The morning was beautiful. Here we are all standing in front of the fishing boats at the pier. This is just like I pictured Holland to be. Something right out of a history book.

After our stop in Markem we drove over to Volendam, another quaint little village by the sea. We browsed a bit and of course we couldn't leave until we had had our authentic dutch picture taken. Aren't these the cutest little dutch girl's you've ever seen? We laughed and laughed about this, it was so much fun. Even Stuart got in on the action and dressed up. I didn't even recognize him when he came out all decked.
We stopped at a cafe for french fries, mayo and a little drink called Diet Coke! The fries there were so good and crispy. You could eat til your sick! Wonderful food in the Netherlands, have I mentioned that before.
Great company, good food. What else does one need?
The seagulls at the pier in Volendam.
Our next car ride would bring us to this neat site of the old working windmills in De Zaansche Molen.

We got to take a tour of one of them. They were making flour and colored dye for paint.
Just like the dutch people do. A kiss, kiss, kiss!
While we were there we visited a cheese factory. They have the best cheese in the Netherlands. Let's just say a few blocks made it in the suitcase headed for home.
We were going to be having dinner at Rennie and Renae' home on Sunday, a tradition they share with each other over there is taking flowers to the host of the party or get together. So after we returned back to Katwijk from a great day of sightseeing, we shopped for flowers at the nursery right by Alex and Yvonne's home.
They had the most gorgeous flowers. I wanted to bring them all home with me. If this place was next to my house, I would have fresh flowers all of the time! I can still smell the aroma of the flowers as I type. Heavenly!

We visited awhile and made dinner reservations for the evening. Yvonne and Alex surprised us with all of these going away gifts. They really did to much. We are very spoiled by them. But we love every minute of it!

Candy, candy dish, a beautiful picture frame and the cutest little dutch couple salt and pepper shakers, and guess what? They're kissing!
For dinner that night we went to a very nice steak house called the "Orion". We thought the shrimp cocktail would be a good starter. Not quite what we expected and not the prettiest picture I know, but it was so yummy. These tiny baby shrimp were all peeled and piled on top of a bed of cabbage. The sauce reminded me of pink sauce like we have here in the states for our french fries. And the steaks, well they were yummy too!
Once again, great company, great food. It seems all we did on this trip was eat! But hey, isn't that what vacations all about!

So much shopping today and guess what? We didn't even hit a quilt shop! What's up with that! How in the world are we going to get all of this in our suitcases?
And my favorite find today, my new slippers. They look just like the real things huh? Oh they felt good after being on my feet all day. And very warm too.
One more day to go and then to start packing. Do I have to?


Yvonne said...

What a great picture show you have made of that fun day we had! I am thinking now how it looks when you are all walking around with your Dutch "klomp" slippers in Utah!
You are almost through, just one more day to go!

Rennie said...

Thanks for your nice pictures. Since your departure you are in my mind and I'll never forget the moments we spent together. I know for sure we'll meet again.

Else said...

Hi Shannon, oh another great day! Love the pictures. I also have a pair of those dutch slippers (lol) have a nice day, hugs from Else

carina said...

Hi shannon what a nice trip you had. I love the pictures again. Nice day carina