|Subject: Netherlands Trip Report|
We had the best trip to the Netherlands and Belgium! The weather was
perfect and everything came together really well. Thanks to everyone for
their help and input. Here are a few highlights:
The Resistance Museum in Amsterdam - even though interrupted by a horde of
loud, unsupervised Dutch school children, this is a place we will always
remember. It is eye opening to see all the Dutch did and tried to do while
under Hitler's boot.
Kromhout Museum in Amsterdam - for all you mechanical folks out there -
this is a shipyard that survived by building diesel engines at the turn of
the century. A lot of those engines are still there and they work. There
is also a forge and workshop where they repair and refurbish parts and
machines. The gentleman who showed us everything -and I do mean everything
-had been a child during WWII and he was the one who sent us to the
Resistance Museum. He said that after what the Americans did for him and
his family, he was always willing to do as much for them as possible -
especially when they were interested. (So, Paul was REALLY interested, and
I learned a lot.)
Otterlo and De Hoge Veluwe National Park - This is number one on my
list. From the delightful hotel 't Witt Hoes, Euro 110 per night with
breakfast, an exquisite dinner, and park discount to the Park itself, the
experience was incredible. In the park, there are free bikes to ride
around, a world class art museum, a sculpture garden that defies
description, a visitors' center with information on the flora and fauna,
and a turn of the century hunting lodge plus acres of nature. We only
allowed one day and we will be going back.
Utrecht, National Museum Box and Barrel Organ Museum - The name does not
exactly describe all that is there. We were able to listen to a variety of
music boxes, player pianos, street organs, and dance hall organs being
played. Then we got to examine how they were made and the tools and
Farm stay in Zeeland - for Euro 96 total, we had a 3 night stay on a farm
with a lovely Dutch breakfast, and warm, wonderful hosts.
Delta Works - Our reason for going to Zeeland - We were able to walk
inside the flood barrier, learn all about how and why it was made, and
admire once again the Dutch ingenuity and care for the environment.
Zierikzee - a small town that looked like it had a great Saturday market
but we arrived just as it was closing
Veere - a small, delightful town and probably the only place open on
Easter Sunday. Middleburg where we intended to spend the day was
completely shut down.
I will send on a part 2 in a day or so. Cheers, Janet Riverview, FL