Our first stop was Delft, but along the way we stopped or at least drove by some very old windmills.
Delft was a sweet little city famous for its blue and white ceramic wares. And Hello sunshine...Finally felt like Spring!
|Souvenir shop selling the famous blue & white wares|
|Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) Protestant Church in Delft Market Square|
|Decorative and colorful wooden tulips (for sale everywhere) with Delft wares in the background|
|A view from behind City Hall with bikes parked everywhere|
|Flower beds of green awaiting us|
|Crocus making it feel like Spring|
|Some early tulips|
|One of my favorites|
|Colorful blooms abound....inside|
|The colors are so amazing!|
|Tulips, outside, in a bowl of course|
|Souvenir wooden clogs|
|My windmill shot (like the popular ones you can imagine) not so colorful|
|View from hotel room, overlooking the harbor|
|Eerie & empty, the beach had about a dozen restaurants lining the dune|
|A lonely empty beach in the off season|
|Beach parking for bikes - love this!|
|The Anne Frank House Museum (very busy)|
|One of my favorite restaurants, Greenwoods, great food and energy|
|Condom Shop in the Red Light District|
|Looking toward the Central Railway Station|
After a few hours in Amsterdam we all met back up and headed to the home of Edam cheese, Volendam about a half hour away. This is a cute little seaside gem of a tourist trap. Here one can walk along the water and a smattering of tourist shops. I highly recommend making your way past the tourist shops and stopping into the antique/second hand clothing store, BLIJ! aan de dijk located at Zuideinde 9. The town itself is quaint and small with a great seaside view.
|Seaside (makes me long for Lake Michigan)|
|Alley way with the sound of chickens clucking|
|Tons of restaurants mixed in along the stores|
|Boats galore of all shapes and sizes|
A really great trip, well deserved and much needed vacation for this mom. So much to see and do as the time continues to fly by....