Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Holland


I know it's been a while since posting, and I know I said I'd do better-and I haven't I'm sorry. My excuse: We found out we could be coming back to the states much quicker than anticipated and so I've been house hunting. If you're interested, I'll give you more details to follow. For now I'll tell you a little more about our oh so fabulous and relaxing vacation to Holland.

Holland was probably the most relaxing vacation we'd been on thus far. I was surprised by the beautiful countrysides, picturesque ponies (grazing just a stones throw from fields of flowers ) and kindness of the locals (upon almost hitting a woman and her child -on their bike, she smiled, laughed and then waved very kindly to Paul and I). To say the least this was a wonderful vacation. This first installment (yes there's more) covers the beautiful flowers of Keukenhoff. Keukenhoff (for those of you out there who haven't heard of it) is the most spectacular collection of tulips and others seasonal beauties in an 80 acre park. For those of you who love flowers, make this trip a priority-you must go in your lifetime. After going you'll know why Holland is the flower capital of the world!



Paul being sassy in the park.


The day was filled with beautiful flowers and delicious food. Paul and I enjoyed Benelux waffles more than once that day (and yes we've renamed the famously delicious Belgian waffle-since you can get the warm sugary dessert in almost all of the Benelux region). This time we enjoyed it with fresh cream and strawberries-ooh delicious!


Tristan rode in style in his brand new Deuter pack. He loved riding in it almost all day long and then was so comfortable that he slept in it afterwards.








Another sassy picture of Paul and Tristan (even though you can't see his face, I'm sure he's being just as sassy)



Paul and Tristan enjoying some yummy french fries (sans the fatty yet hugely popular mayonnaise).












How could you not smell the flowers? With thousands- no millions of flowers there the place smelled amazing. Paul was sure to smell more than a few varieties.








Being in Dutch country I couldn't leave without a picture of me wearing a huge pair of clogs.





























More Benelux waffles (this time covered in deep dark rich chocolate)-oh so delicious!


I hope you enjoyed the flowers and if you're interested in more Holland, stay tuned for more. About our recent news: Paul got accepted into the Solar Space Science/applied physics masters program at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio. He was accepted into the program starting October (tentatively). We are still awaiting details but as of now we should be in the states by this fall.

13 comments:

April said...

Those pictures are phenomenal! So glad you're coming back and will be (relatively) close!

Jenn and Mike said...

I love it! Wish I could have come too..

Chris said...

I really wish I could have gone with you guys. I would love one or two of those pictures blown up and put on my wall. I would also like to add that Solar Space makes Paul sound like a nerd--but I really like nerds who love flowers and sweet treats. See you soon!

Stephanie said...

How awesome! Congratulations!

Leslie said...

I love love the tulips that are red with the frayed yellow edges. I didn't see those last year. I just love them!

Amy said...

Congratulations to Paul. And wow, I love these pictures. I live vicariously through your posts of European adventures.

Sara said...

Wow, those flowers puts our little Tulip festival here in Utah to shame!

Deborah said...

This place has made it to my must see list. Gorgeous pictures. Congratulations on the move. I'm a little sad that you are leaving Europe. I will miss seeing the sites vicariously through your blog.

Angie and Jerome said...

Wow beautiful!!!! We didn't make it there this year. (cry) It's probably a good thing though, with Jerome's allergies acting up like they are. That place would be his worst nightmare! LOL Glad you had a lovely time. Loves!

Alison said...

Such great news! Happy house hunting. Also, that trip to Holland must have been amazing! I just love all your pictures.

lisa said...

ah! these are amazing pictures...How fun! And Ohio...what? that is awesome! hope you are excited. we will have go and visit before you leave. ah..

ckcclan said...

Holy Tulips!! We have a tulip festival in Albany, much like the lilac festival in Rochester. But it is nothing compared to that. WOW! Gorgeous.

blogofsteele said...

WHEN ARE YOU MOVING BACK TO THE STATES?!?!?! And are you going to live in upstate NY? Can I please see you?! You should REALLY buy a house in Canandaigua Ward! PLEEEEEEASE! CALL ME!! Man I wish I could talk to you right away!