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Breda and Amsterdam

I was very fortunate to have a friend in The Netherlands. I met Trees (Trays) through our poetry sites. We corresponded by email and guestbook entries until one day she asked me to edit her English poems (not a difficult job), and we became good friends. Trees and her family made me feel right at home. During my four days there we visited Amsterdam, The Hague, Zundert, the birthplace of Vincent van Gogh, Zeeland (even took a boat tour), Rotterdam, and, of course, a tour of their hometown. My stay was much too short for an entire country, but we packed a lot of sightseeing into a short period.
My heartfelt thanks to Trees, John, George, my smoking buddy, Jozua and Alicia, tour guides, and Samuel, rapper supreme and Ronah for a wonderful stay in The Netherlands.

First I saw the home

Then I saw the fish

Then I saw

The spiders

I liked the fish better

John's Japanese Goldfish (Kioi)



We took some photos of everyone present, including John at the sink. Left to right are Jozua, Alicia, Trees and John.
Then we headed for Amsterdam. Of course, you haven't been to The Netherlands unless you see Amsterdam. And Jozua said, you haven't been to Amsterdam unless you've seen Vondel (Fondell) Park and the Red Light District. Vondel Park you will see here, but I found the Red Light District to be highly overrated. And John was the only one, who would take me there. I saw women too old and too heavy for the job. heheheheh


Amsterdam is a fascinating city. First stop was the U.S. Consulate office to change some money. Well, September 6th just happened to be Labor Day back in the States, so the Consulate's Office was closed.
We walked for about six hours to see all possible in one day. It was a day filled with laughter. Take a look.

Many great old buildings including churches and towers and spires like the ones above.

Amsterdam's skyline

An Amsterdam street

Cooling their feet in a public pool

Of course Irish Pubs are everywhere

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

Amsterdam"s Football (Soccer) Stadium

Hotel del Europe

And canals

I'm not sure, Town Hall perhaps

Memorial to Queen Wilhelmina
It's no wonder why this woman, who ruled The Netherlands for fifty-eight years and was Queen Mother for another fourteen is still loved by the people of The Netherlands even 42 years after her death. READ THIS.

There were flower shops

Really flower markets

And a flower park

Filled with iguanas (sculptures)

Step carefully now

Ducks in Vondel Park

And another

And one great Blue Heron

A fountain in Vondel Park

People enjoying Rembrandt Park

The Master himself

More buildings near another canal


Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet, was born at Cologne on the 17th of November, 1587 and died on the 5th of February 1679. He is the greatest poet the Netherlands have produced, one who is distinguished in every form and who occupies a place among the best poets of all time.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch baroque painter and engraver, was born in Leiden on July 15, 1606- his full name Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. The legacy of his lifetime of work to Dutch art, and to European art as a whole should not be underestimated. His willingness to explore beyond the visual to depict the psychological character of his subject displayed innovation. He died October 4, 1669, in Amsterdam in poverty and was buried in an unknown grave in the Westerkerk.

More of the skyline of Amsterdam taken at dusk.

Did I tell you The Netherlands are flat? There are a few hills near the Belgian border, but most of the country looks like this.

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