Saturday, April 7

The Self-Portrait: A Work in Progress

The first attempt...
The second...
The final...success!!

An afternoon in Bilthoven

Joe sort of has a significant other (sorry to disappoint, Linus and Daisy!), nobody is sure if the chicken is a boy or a girl, but they sure are in love...
Dude! get a room!!We went to the forest, a 10 minute walk, here is the pleasant route:
And the forest:
Through the forest is a big open field:
Very good for running!!and running...
oop..and getting dirty too...while running...
When I looked at this picture in the camera I squealed:
Thus the subsequent bashfulness...
The Joe did it too!
This is my most favorite place in Holland, so much open space, so pleasant:

It is the image of Holland I will remember most:

Excursion Rotterdam

Right, so lots of days off for Easter, despite the undeniable fact that Holland is not a particularly religious country. We actually debated en route to Rotterdam whether the Czech Republic or Netherlands had a higher percentage of any excuse for a holiday...fine by me!

Having pretty solid roots in Boston, Jersey, and Seattle, I wanted to see the port. So we drove there, got out of the car, and took some pics. Everybody thought it was pretty funny that I took them to this very industrial, non-Dutch-like place: (from the left, Barbara from Woodstock NY, Sarah from Stuttgart, Kristina from Slovenia, (not sure which town), and Petr from Brno, Czech)
Even these guys on the ship thought we were funny, not the typical tourist destination I suppose:
Rotterdam's version of the Space Needle is called The Euromast:
Which we climbed (via an elevator):
Nice work with shadows...!A better view of the world's largest port than we could get from sea-level:I did not take this final elevator...
... to the highest on the Euromast because I had a meltdown right about here (an incapacitating fear of heights, yet I climb everything in Europe!):

Rotterdam was one of the few cities in Holland nearly totally destroyed in WWII, thus it is quite modern and not at all like Utrecht, Amsterdam, or any other place I'd been to in Holland:

A heron I tried to capture (on film, or digital, whatever!):