December 31, 2014

December 30, 2014

Well Suited: Casablanca









December 27, 2014

Windmill








Let's just say that windmills are the jam and that I would never be good at stairs in an emergency situation.


December 23, 2014

Volendam







Volendam, North Holland. A touristy town known for its traditional Dutch clothing and fishing boats. Beautiful, quaint, and just adorable.

December 22, 2014

The Hiding Place







When I was 8, I read The Hiding Place for the first time and was introduced to a new world of 20th century history. Stepping into the place where much of the story took place was, in one word, thrilling. I almost cried when the door opened for my tour. I was in awe the whole hour, gripping onto every moment. The knowledge of what occurred there and the results of the hiding place will weigh heavily on my heart forever. I cannot wait to go back and walk through time again. 


December 11, 2014

The North Sea







While I was staying in Veslerbroek (near Haarlem), we headed out for a day near the ports and beaches. Our last stop of the day was the beach at the North Sea. It was unlike any other beach I have seen. I reminded me of pictures of the coast in Maine. The weather was freezing and windy, but the company was great. It was wonderful being outside of a city and smelling the salty air. The beach bum in me felt so refreshed after walking down the beach line to the pier. 

December 9, 2014

Anholt Castle, Germany





One afternoon when I was staying in Winterswijk, we drove about half an hour to Anholt Castle across the Germany border. The website said that it was a museum, but the garden surrounding the castle was free, so we quickly drove before they closed and made it in time! The GPS took us to the address, but it seemed to be a service entrance. Without knowing where the main entrance was, we decided to park there and walk through the open gate. We were quickly stopped by a man on a tractor and told that it was closed and we were not allowed to walk through that gate... also that walking in the garden was not free but we could give him the 10euros and we would be fine. HA! No. He eventually told us that we could go as far as the bridge but no further. 

We walked along the pathway he instructed us to and went through one of those revolving gates that, unbeknownst to us, only revolved one way. Essentially, we trespassed and got locked in. The views, however, were completely worth it! The air was clear with virtually no wind, so the water was like glass. It created the perfect reflection of the castle on the pond! 

In short, I trespassed, broke in, and got locked out all within one hour. Adventures!