Outside the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam:
Loving the drain spouts!
The coat of arms
is everywhere in The Netherlands;
the three x's are to represent the three types of
disasters that had plagued the country
X - Floods (The majority of the country is under sea level)
X - Fires (Many buildings have thatched roofs - burn easily)
X - Disease (Rats and sewage could sicken a continent)
Also note that many of the city buildings
are tall and narrow;
making moving furniture up or down skinny steps difficult.
Note the support bar near the tops of many buildings -
some are still used for furniture moving!
A short walk from Novotel Amsterdam
to the corner bakery
Pumpkin soup on a cold blustery day.
I have a matching bumper sticker, too!
Tony in the tour bus:
On the way to...
Giving a brief description
well, I can't quite recall.
but it was a good lesson!
We stopped the tour bus at one
(with thatched roof and ducks in the pond),
climbed a nearby hill
and discovered some friendly sheep.
We and they... were amused.
The fishing village where
the Herring Incident
(from the bus window)
with cement goose
in the yard.
But they get the real ones, too.
For the rappin' cats in your life.
Indonesian restaurant De Poentjak,
I didn't even think I liked
Oh, and it was
David-the-Elder's birthday, too!
(he is 83!)
And in honor of meeting
She painted her shoes...
When I started this blog in May 2007, it was for the sole purpose of staying in touch with friends and family while we traveled to Europe for three months. I am still staying in touch. "Traveller's Joy" clematis vitalba: Wildflower found throughout southwest Europe/Africa. Used for medicinal purposes and found "climbing and covering" the roadsides of Europe.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman