Sunday, March 29, 2009

Keukenhof and Haarlem

I am dying to show you all pictures of my new kitchen! It is gorgeous! However, I want it to be 100% complete and we still have one small section of backsplash that we need to hang since we had to order 1 more box!! It took 3 days to do, but this company was so meticulous. I purchased an antique chandelier when we first moved to Germany and I never hung it--until now! It is perfect. We went to France yesterday and bought lampshades that match perfectly! I promise, pictures to come shortly!

So my parents are arriving on Tuesday. They have been in Europe for 1 week already doing their own traveling and then they will drive up to our house. We then leave on Friday for the Netherlands. This will be our 3rd trip to Keukenhof and every time my breath is taken away by God's glory displayed throughout the fields. It is a 5 hour trip to Leiden, where we will stay at the Holiday Inn-it is quite beautiful for a chain hotel. The breakfast buffet is totally worth the trip.

Keukenhof is in the village of Lisse. Check out

Either before of after the gardens we are going to pop in to see the life size replica of Noah's Ark that Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers built as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.

for information on where the ark is being docked as they move it from place to place since it was built on a barge.

We are then going to spend some time in Haarlem, home to Corrie Ten Boom- "The Hiding Place"

During the Second World War, the Ten Boom home became a refuge, a hiding place, for fugitives and those hunted by the Nazis. By protecting these people, Casper and his daughters, Corrie and Betsie, risked their lives. This non-violent resistance against the Nazi-oppressors was the Ten Booms' way of living out their Christian faith. This faith led them to hide Jews, students who refused to cooperate with the Nazis, and members of the Dutch underground resistance movement.

Finally we will be stopping in the Clara Maria Cheese Factory and shoe makers.

They not only make their own cheese and wooden shoes, they have a wonderful farm with friendly animals for the kids to play with. They also have a large restaurant.

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Allison said...

So fun!! I hope the tulips are in full bloom for you guys!!

Tracey said...

Sounds so fantastically interesting!Hope you all have a great time.
Tracey x x x

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

You've been busy and it sounds like it's only going to get busier for you. Can't wait to see your kitchen and hear all about your continuing adventures.

The Schauble Family said...

Sounds like fun and it must be the season for parents to visit. Mine are coming in this Saturday and everyone I know seems to have theirs here or are coming. Can't wait for pictures of the kitchen.

DesignTies said...

I'm so envious of you -- popping over to the Netherlands, shopping in Germany and France.... you're so lucky!! :-)

Looking forward to seeing your completed kitchen....

Kelly @ DesignTies

Louisette passion retriever, cat, memory Katanga said...

Your blog is wonderfull, design , enz..
nice fotos tulips keukenhof , i have just visited sunday with groups friends uit Belgie.
Greeting from Belgium.

Bryn van Nuissenburg said...

You have a lovely blog! Always nice to read the posts!

Arno Kensen said...

I like your blog and as I live in Haarlem and near the Keukenhof, your words make me proud to be living there!