Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hi from Amsterdam!

Well, we all made it to the Hotel Keiserhof right on the canal in Amsterdam. It is so cute and was built in 1762! The only bad news is there are 4 flights of very steep spiral staircases to the top floor where Tammy and Eric are. Randy and Cheryl and we are on the third floor. They overlook the canal and we overlook the garden and it is a great one. We got here first after a very crazy night trying to find a hotel cuz we were a day early! We got lost alot again on our way here and some of our lostness was wonderful and others not so much! We went to Volendam and wonderful touristy village right on the coast and bought lots of souvenirs and had a great dinner. We also drove across the very long dike that connects northern Holland. It was very weird because you couldn't see land in any direction! We also passed some amazing tulip fields and they are unbelievable and every once in a while you pass a windmill - its great! We all went on a canal boat tour today and got off at Amsterdam Central Station - reminded me alot of Paddington on the top level. The neat thing was that I know my grandparents walked those same steps many years ago. Since we have no real knowledge of where they lived or worked that was a real connection for me. The weather continues to be wonderful but very cold when the wind comes up. Tomorrow we head to the Ann Frank House, Rijksmuseum, and Van Gogh museum. Everyone is very tired so we are all heading to bed early tonight if we can just climb the stairs.
Love you all,

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you two are able to follow your roots. I hope to follow in your foorsteps and get back there some day!!! You deserve this!!!