Morimoto

We had a lazy day. We walked along the beach to get breakfast this morning. Did some shopping in the early afternoon and wrote some postcards. We had an omakase dinner at Morimoto, a Japanese restaurant nearby. The restaurant has the A5 Kobe beef as part of that menu and only a limited amount is available outside Japan. The dinner and the view from our table was excellent. Tomorrow will be a more active day but for now it’s was wonderfully lazy.

Zip lining Ka’anapali

We had a great time zip lining through the canyons and valleys of Ka’anapali. We did a total of 8 separate zip lines including one where we could go side-by-side. The views were amazing across the Pacific and the ocean breeze made it even better. The ride up the mountain was as adventurous as taking the zip line down. After we finished up we took a car to nearby Lahaina for an excellent shave ice while we watched the sun set.

We got back to the hotel to take a shower and to dress up a little for our Christmas Eve dinner. We talked about what we want, respectively wanted, to do when we grow up.

Lahaina

Yesterday, despite using factor 70 sunscreen liberally, I still ended up with some sunburn. Today therefore we decided to go out to a nearby town rather than catch more waves and sun rays at the beach / pool. We took a car to Lahaina which has a very nice art district. Today there was outdoor art as well underneath the huge 150 year old Banyan tree; the largest one in the US.

We learned that Maui is the 3rd largest art market in the US; we even saw an art store that sold Rembrandt etches. We bought a few trinkets and gifts and had a nice lunch and a drink with an umbrella… one of the relaxing things about Hawaii.

Bumpy ride

Alexandra and I arrived in Hawaii today. We’re back in Maui, the place where we went to several years ago. The flight over was very bumpy due to some storm system but we landed safely after about a 6 hour flight. Tomorrow we’ll explore the hotel and especially the pools; there are supposed to be 10 in the hotel.

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.