A Holland Haul!
We’ve been having a terrific time in Amsterdam. We arrived Tuesday morning, and have been busy touring the city and nearby countryside for the past several days. We have friends in Manchester that met us here, and we had a jam-packed week trying to see everything there is to see in such a short time. Tomorrow we board the cruise ship for the river trip, but it already feels like we’ve had a great vacation! Here are some highlights:
Where Rembrandt slept (actually where the servant girl slept, but Rembrandt’s house!):
Butterflies at the Botanical Garden:
Friends eating and drinking:
Oh look! A yarn shop! What a surprise!*
A very creepy and crabby cherub:
Ceiling at the Maritime Museum:
Pirate ship at the same museum. It’s really not a pirate ship, but looked like one to me.
Knitting on the bus to Edam for a day tour out of the city:
Cheese shop at Edam:
More church photos, this time Edam:
“Wild” life of sorts. This was somebody’s back yard.
I wanted to barricade myself in this shop and never leave.
More wildlife. I took this as a good sign; where there are sheep, there must be wool.
Seashore at Marken village:
Another yarn shop:
The last yarn shop was Penelope’s. The owner has a bicycle in the front window with a knitted cover. If you’ve ever been to Amsterdam, you know how popular bikes are here:
Here’s the knitted version:
And here is the Holland Haul:
A better picture of the little snips I found:
And a better photo of that silk/wool blend:
Tomorrow we board the boat, though we don’t set sail until Monday evening, so you may see more Amsterdam photos!
*I’m pretty sure John has figured out that I don’t just “stumble in” to yarn shops without doing some research ahead of time. I think Humphrey was impressed though at my skill at sniffing them out. It’s the wool fumes, I suppose!