Blogs from Netherlands, Europe - page 7


Europe » Netherlands June 16th 2014

All the excitement of Donald's hockey is now over, as well as the World Cup tournament for the Australian men and women in The Hague. Donald's team played a fantastic final against Netherlands, but unfortunately missed out on the gold, taking home the silver medal. The team had plenty of chances, but it did not happen for them this time. Anyway, every Australian Masters Team in The Hague and also in Rotterdam, won bronze, silver or gold. That included 8 men's teams, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 75, as well as 5 or 6 women's masters teams, also all winning a medal. A major feat- we imagine it will make the front pages of all major newspapers at home!!! We were discussing this feat the other night and all agreed that probably not ... read more
Donald and Barry with the Silver Place Trophy at the Team Dinner
The Orange crowd at the hockey on Saturday and Sunday
Carol with friends in our "silly" green hats on Sunday

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam June 16th 2014

Travel day -7 1/2 hours on the train and now we are in Amsterdam. Another home exchange. The owner of the apartment met us at the train station and walked with us to "our new home". Coby is very nice and knows this city well. She plans to take us on a boat ride in a few days around the canals of Amsterdam. We will be here for two weeks. Can't wait to start exploring tomorrow. ... read more
Coby and Jerry

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam June 16th 2014

PREPARED TO SHOP TILL I DROP! (when life gives you money, you spend it until you can spend no more!) DAY FIFTEEN: With another empty day, mum thought it was about time to do a little bit of shopping and of course where better to go than to Amsterdam itself. So we started with a small drive to Hoorn where dad dropped us off at the train, because we didn't have a hope in attempting to park in Amsterdam and seeing that the train station is so central anyways, it really wasn't a drama. So We caught the train, it was like a half an hour ride all the way to Amsterdam Central with only two stops on the way and the train is nearly luxurious. It's big and spacious, lots of seat room and ... read more
street view.
another shot
Frikandel small vs. Frikandel XXL

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Wieringerwerf June 14th 2014

a bit of history.. (we went to a museum today, that really got to the roots of Holland) DAY THIRTEEN AND FOURTEEN: With an empty day ahead of us, and mum refusing to spend it lounging around, so we jumped into the car for a road trip to Enkhuizen. Enkhuizen is on a big lake, so it's surrounded by water the village itself is quite pretty and very old fashioned. So it makes sense that Enhuizen itself has a museum. We went there with the initial plan to just look around and see all the canals and boats. The boats varied from row boats all the way to house boats, so the variety was insane and they were all so detailed and colourful it was gorgeous. The day was beautiful as well, so the atmosphere and ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Arnhem June 14th 2014

Imagine the scene – a beautiful morning, sun shining, little wind, birds singing and a delightful little enclosed harbour in a Hanseatic fortified town called Woudrichem (not that it matters where it was), we set sail for our first full day of travelling and round the corner and there is a bride and groom and photographers and all – how pretty – and then round the next bend another bride and groom. What a start to the morning. But I get ahead of myself – we travel back to Drimmelen on Wednesday, through the Shuttle and then around Antwerp – not as easy as it sounds because there seem to be road works on all sides. But with the help of the GPS and the old fashioned paper map and courage to go across country the ... read more
Wild Flowers
Very Big Lock
Ferry on Swinging Cable


Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Wieringerwerf June 13th 2014

KICKING BACK AND RELAXING!.. (we'd just come back from France the day before, so we all just intended on resting the legs today) DAY TWELVE: Today i woke up with the intention to do absolutely nothing, besides eating and lounging around. And that's exactly how my morning began to pan out. My cousins uncle and aunt left to go to an amusement park to celebrate a birthday which meant that we also had the house to ourselves. We said goodbye to them in the morning and wished them all luck on their mini holiday then went back to lounging around. At about 11:30 my uncle rang the home phone and mum answered. It was my uncle! he was planning on going to a race in Germany with the minibikes, but the owner of the track lost ... read more

Europe » Netherlands June 12th 2014

Tomorrow is the big day! Yes, Donald's team has reached the final, undefeated, and plays Netherlands for the gold medal. The team played England yesterday for the chance to play for gold. That game was a draw 1-1, so was decided by one on ones which ended up 3-2. Today was a rest day, so Donald took advantage of the time and rested and also had a pool session. His left knee has been sore, so he is doing all the right things as advised by the Team Physio. He tells me it is OK after he warms up, but I suspect it still hurts. I have convinced him, again with advice from the physio, to take an anti-inflammatory before his games at least for now, till we get home and hopefully he will go and ... read more
Donald and Carol in front of the Binnenhof, part of the political heart of the Netherlands
Donald and Carol at Madurodam
At Madurodam.  Maybe a few sizes smaller would be better?

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Wieringermeer June 8th 2014

LET THE CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE.. (..although not as hardcore as Friday, the partying just doesn't stop.) DAY SEVEN AND EIGHT: Today consisted of another celebrating but not quite to the extend of mums birthday, oma and opa where having a joint party to celebrate their upcoming birthdays. We were having a brunch at a small cafe with most of opa and opa's family, so it was a great time to catch up and see how everybody was doing. The cafe was pretty big, and i think during the weekends it doubled up as a bar, but seeing that it hosted functions.. we were there that afternoon. We arrived at the cafe, and mum warned us that this time instead of receiving all the 'congratulations' he's be congratulating all the other people. So you can imagine with ... read more
Pocket sized sprinkles for lunch,
The whole crew..
and some more gorgeous weather.

Europe » Netherlands » Zealand June 7th 2014

THE WINDMILL About 5km from our home (it is really Daphne's) is a village called Biggekerke. Population about 1000. It is a small village with a big history. In Biggekerke, on the island of Walcheren, a church already existed around 800AD and history declares that the 16th Century Reformation had a strong influence in the region. The brick church of today with spire reaching 30 metres and bells in the belfry could tell the history better than myself. The skyline of Biggekerke reaches high also because of the historic windmill. Its “sails” are 20 metres diameter, and while a church spire is strong and motionless the windmill sails are dynamic and strong and never fear to face the wind and swoop power from the air. It is more than likely that the tourist of 2014 will ... read more
The Lane to the Windmill
Wood Gears of the Windmill

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Hoorn June 7th 2014

GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE, SOLD! (we felt like today was a good day to blow some money and do some shopping.) DAY SIX:Today we had organised it so that we could go to the markets on Saturday in Hoorn and do lots of shopping and check out the markets. Hoorn has a very busy vibe about it, and because the markets are only once a week it gets pretty hectic. Oma had her own little shopping list that she took because she doesn't go out into town to often she wanted to take full advantage of being there. Mum was there just to have a look around and i was there for SHOPPING!.. We arrived and parked the car only a couple blocks from the market, so it was a small walk. We had to ... read more
my charming photography.
the market life..
another little bit of happiness..

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