Almost on our way home…

Alex and I decided to stretch our legs a little bit today. We had a big drive ahead of us to Frankfurt and tomorrow most of the day is going to be spent in the airplane. Since we were staying the last night at Dennenheuvel we went for a 7km walk this morning. The weather was really cooperative: sunny but not hot. 


At noon we had our last lunch in The Netherlands: McDonalds. Alex probably ordered the last happy meal in her life because she didn’t even unwrap the toy. The drive to Frankfurt was incredibly smooth. There was hardly any traffic and barely 4 hours later we arrived in Frankfurt at our hotel. Tonight we’ll try to catch some German food before we fly back stateside tomorrow am. 

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

I remember the Rijksmuseum from when I went there first on a school excursion. It was my first time seeing some of the famous art in real life. They were so different and so much more vibrant than what I had seen in books. Especially the Nachtwacht was very impressive. Our time in The Netherlands would have not been complete without taking Aled there as well. Opa Wapenveld and Mienie joined us as well. 

 We took the train from Zwolle and arrived in Amsterdam around noon. We had to take the tram to the Leidseplein and had lunch first before walking over to the museum. The Rijksmuseum has a gallery with several of the most famous paintings, so we started there. It has the “Melkmeisje” by Vermeer which is one of my personal favorites. 


 Alex really liked a painting of flowers by Hans Bollongier from the 17th Century. It shows some of the beautiful and rare tulips that were responsible for the “tulip mania” in the Netherlands around 1637.   


 In the afternoon we took the train back home and had dinner together in Hattem. Tomorrow Alex and I will start our trip towards Frankfurt as our more than 3 week stay in the Netherlands is slowly coming to an end. 

Ijhorst flea market

Alex and I got up early today to go to the Ijhorst flea market. It’s only once a month, every first Saturday, so it worked out with this trip. Opa Wapenveld was there as well selling some things from his garage. There were a lot of Donald Ducks and we bought a few for Roos-Marijn. They were 0.20 cents each. I used to buy them here as well, many years ago as I came here as a kid. 

 Alex also ate her first “Frikadel speciaal” here as a lunch snack. Despite the fact that it had raw onions, the Frikadel stood no change and was eaten in minutes. 

  Looking at the last photo, it looks like my dad is trying to sell one of the floaties we might have left at his house many years ago. 



Birthday girl

Today was an exciting day as Lexi turned 11. Sadly it is a schoolday and that meant only a quick bite of cake at breakfast before school. Of course she was serenaded as well by Roos and I. Mom also called to congratulate her. 

 In the afternoon the celebration continued with mom as dad had to fly to New Jersey. It’s been several years but it is an actual red-eye flight. Leave at 9pm from Los Angeles and land at 6am in New York. 

Lexi’s party with friends will be in a few days. 


Alex on stage 

Over the last few months, Alexandra has really taken up an interest in the stage. She was already recording music videos with her friend Juliette. She now also is participating in the school’s Idols competition with her group. On Saturday afternoon Alex also goes to OCHA ( Orange County Highschool of Arts ) to participate in a class on musical arts.  Looks like there is a stage talent in the family now as well besides Roos’ visual arts prowess.