Hello – my friend Heleen from the Netherlands sent me her photos, here are a few, enjoy!
Hi everyone! I hope you have enjoyed the photos. It was a wonderful trip and I enjoyed it very much. It’s always fun to visit new places and see how things operate in other countries. Below are just a few observations:
You have to pay to use the toilet, about 50 to 75 cents in some countries. The only place you don’t pay is in a restaurant were you are eating.
The traffic lights in the UK, the cycle is green, yellow, red for stopping and then red, yellow, green to go.
Bathroom stalls, all stalls are completely private, the walls go from ceiling to floor and the handle to lock the door, on the other side provides a green/red symbol to let you know it is occupied. How nice, I loved that. No bending down to look for feet.
In the Netherlands, the clerks in store are not accustomed to customers saying “Hello, how are you?” 🙂
Tights for pants is totally in, as are the black pantyhose with shorts for the younger girls.
Hope you enjoy the pictures below from Switzerland and England.
Here are some of the yummy dishes I enjoyed while overseas. In addition, lots of sweets and chocolate was consumed, so that probably accounts for the weight gain. 🙂 Check out the shopping cart, it is 4 wheel drive, all 4 wheels spin 360 degrees! How smart, makes navigating the aisles so much easier. I loved all the RVs over there, perfect size. The mayo and mustard comes in tubes, love it. The tea cakes from Scotland were my favorite, wish I had brought back a lot more! The pizza below is from Pizza Express, a chain, I hope we get them here in the states, it was so good.
I love Scotland. Upon arriving to Edinburgh from the airport by bus, I had to take another bus to my B&B. I quickly learned it pays to ask if you are about to board the correct bus. 🙂 Everyone was very nice and helpful. My first day I took a day tour to St. Andrews and the fishing villages in Fife, day two I took a day tour to the Highlands (my favorite) & Loch Ness, day three met up with Jen (from Gill’s wedding) and saw the sights in Edinburgh and day four toured the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the National Gallery of Scotland and then met up with Jen for an awesome vegetarian dinner! I look forward to a return trip one day to do some hiking in the Highlands. Join me!
Finally over the jet lag, I feel normal again! 7 flights in 30 days, luggage made it each time and every flight was on time except one and that was due to weather – that’s impressive. I was patted down in Zurich and Amsterdam, and only Edinburgh caught the liquids in my purse (I always forget about them). The Netherlands, where is that? Most people, myself included, think Holland is the name of the country, Holland is actually a province in the Netherlands. When you think of this country, you might think of tulips, wooden clogs, cheese and windmills, but many things here in America have their roots in Dutch. Cookie comes from the Dutch word koekje and dollar comes from the Dutch word daler. That’s all I remember. Oh yes, and Heineken beer is Dutch, I thought it was German. As with all of Europe, everything is much smaller than here in the states, roads, cars, refrigerators, spoons, coffee cups, etc… Here are some more pictures from my time in the Netherlands, enjoy!
What a journey! I had such a wonderful time in the UK and Europe. Each place I visited holds its own special memories for me, but when asked what was my favorite, it was Scotland, the Highlands in particular. You know me, I love it out West in the US, mountains, blue skies, not a lot of people, and that was the Highlands. I still can’t believe I was gone for a month, the time really did fly by so quickly. Towards the end, I was running out of steam, that is why this post is so late, I just didn’t have the energy in the evening to post anything. I am going to post a recap of each area over the next few days, I have over 1,300 photos, so it will take awhile to select the ones to post, hope you enjoy them.
England – visited Gill and Jon for their wedding on April 5th. I have known Gill since 1995, we met the first time I traveled overseas for a tour of Europe and we have kept in touch ever since. This was the first time I met Jon, he is absolutely wonderful. Did I mention that this was the longest and I think coldest winter the UK has had in 100 Years!!? See my earlier post for the details on my first week. Below are the pictures from that week that I was unable to post while I was there. Enjoy!
Jon drove Gill and I around Surrey on my first day. It is a very beautiful area, I saw many wonderful places, Windsor, Shere, Boxhill and lots of roundabouts. The village of Shere was my favorite, a quaint, quiet village. I loved it! I am told it gets very crowded during the summer, so I was happy to be there during the winter (allegedly it was spring).
Hampton Court is just incredible. Unfortunately you could not take photos inside the various rooms. Marcus and Bridgette are in the photo with Gill and Jon. They are from New Zealand, they met Jon back in 1994 while traveling and have stayed in touch. Super nice couple. I must say, King Henry was very intimidating and Ann Bolelyn was not putting up with his demands. 🙂 And yes, it was freezing on this day. I do not miss wearing layers, a coat, scarf and gloves.
WEDDING DAY!!! Yes, that is snow on the ground. Again, it was freezing on this day, about 40 degrees and very windy. Gill and her wedding party made the best of it. They took the group photos outside, I don’t know how they did it. As I said in my earlier post, the wedding was right out of Sense and Sensibility, it was amazing. Gill had an afternoon tea for all the guests (160), then a dinner reception for about 60 guests. The afternoon tea was delicious, sweets, sandwiches and of course tea! The dinner reception was so nice, wonderful meal and really enjoyed meeting everyone. Jen is Gill’s longtime friend, she lives in Edinburgh, so you will see her again later. Marty is also a longtime friend of Gill’s from Australia, they met while traveling. So glad I met them, they were both delightful! Wish I had better pictures of the inside of the church, it is so pretty!
Hello all, back in the UK and hanging out with Sharon Nolan! For those of you that know Sharon, she says Hello! It has been great being with her again. I am staying at the home of her daughter Kim and son-in-law Chris, they have a beautiful home. Her grandson Zac just turned 3 and is a cutie pie. I love hearing his little voice say “Rebecca” with his accent, so sweet. Heading off to Scotland tomorrow, looking forward to seeing all the sites. 3 more flights and I will be home. It has been wonderful trip and I have enjoyed each day, but I am looking forward to being home. Hope all is well for everyone reading this. Enjoy the pictures!
Hello everyone! Again sorry for the delay in posting. I had a wonderful time in Switzerland and arrived in Holland on Saturday April 12. Even though the weather is more like winter than spring, I’m having a great time. The friends I am staying in Holland, the Stelmas, are absolutely wonderful. We spent the first day in their village, Sassenheim, shopping and relaxing. Paula’s husband Jan (J is pronounced like a Y), is a preacher, he did the church service in both Dutch and English, that was very interesting. I was able to follow along enjoyed his messages very much. Monday we took the train into Amsterdam, a big busy city. Enjoyed the day walking around, had lunch, coffee and seeing the sights. Very interesting city. Tuesday we rode bicycles to the beach! Thankfully these are electric bicycles because it is very windy here. You still have to peddle but the little electric motor helps greatly. Beautiful beaches, wonderful lunch, and no accidents! Today we are going to look at the windmills. Oh, the flowers! Unfortunately because of the extended cold weather they’re not in full bloom as they would normally be at this time, but they are still very pretty. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Sorry for the delay in posting, but the home I was staying at Jenaz Switzerland had no WiFi, and her computer was broke. Some quick observations about Switzerland: skinny jeans/pants are in, lots of children ride razor scooters, the desserts and pastries are perfectly sweet, the people are very nice and it is so EXPENSIVE. I paid $25 for a bottle of cough syrup. So here’s what I have so far, I hope you enjoy it. I’m having a great time but I must say I do miss some things from home.