I know....you're thinking, "Didn't she take that Italian vacation in September 2010?"
Yep, that's right...and I have finally gotten around to going through the trouble of actually processing some of the 2000 pictures I took. That's right...2000! I am not mistakenly adding a zero there. This is what happens when you give a girl a digital camera. No discipline.
So, we started out with a 24-hour visit to Holland. We got such a deal on the airfare IF we stayed overnight in Holland...and so, my lovely cousin, Rosemary, agreed to put us up overnight.
We visited some cousins of my mother's. They were so welcoming and told me some things I didn't know about my dad's dad...Cousin Bets was a friend of his and would visit with him whenever he went on visits back to the Netherlands
Rosemary and her sister (my cousin, Mariette) took us to an interesting outdoor art show.
Then, we wandered around the beach at Noordwijk, near her home in Noordwijkerhout. The weather was sunny and warm. We saw this interesting McMansion...lovely, and with a thatched roof but in Holland? We are seriously infecting the world with our need for these big houses!
There was an interesting Sand Sculpture event going on...one example is shown here:
We didn't do much more in Holland besides go out for dinner and then CRASH...Rosemary even got up with us at 4:30 in the morning to make us breakfast! Then we headed to the airport for our flights to Rome/Venice.
This mini-trip to Holland reminded me of how much I like this country...we seriously need to go back and do a proper vacation. Having my incredible cousins there makes it even a bigger treat.
Tomorrow: Venice recapped