DAY 4 – Spinning around!
It was our last day in Holland and it was time to pack up and leave the very comfortable Aan Zee hotel. We all agreed that we had a fabulous week and our final trip to The Windmill Village wasn’t a disappointment. We braved the steepest stairs known to man to experience the view from an old, wonderful windmill. With sails swooshing, birds tweeting and boats hooting along the canal it surely was the perfect way to end the perfect week.
Up with the local cockerel this morning at 7 am. After our pit stop at the breakfast buffet we boarded the coach for our journey to the miniature village. There’s so much to see and do at the miniature village ‘it’s like Legoland but more high spec’ a quote from one of the children. After a picnic lunch in the sunshine and a play in the park we headed north east to Volendam for a shopping bonanza. With tummies full of Dutch pancakes and chocolate covered cheeks we spent all our hard earned pocket money in the souvenir shops.
Cheese, Culture and Clogs
After a good night’s sleep everyone was eager to get going this morning. We made our way into Amsterdam to visit the Rijks Museum. The children were left speechless when viewing some of Holland’s finest art. Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’ and Van Gogh’s ‘Self Portrait’ were only a few of the most amazing pieces of art we have ever seen. After lunch in the park, we boarded the coach to visit Clara Maria cheese and clog factory where we were educated in clog making from poplar trees and cheese making with the farmer’s wife. We had a little cheese tasting and refreshments before stocking up on souvenirs; then making our way back to the hotel for a power nap before tonight’s activities.
What a brilliant day!
After tea we took a stroll along the sea front to the local ice-cream parlour to get a well deserved ice-cream; some of us got a McFlurry from McDonalds.
And then off to the beach for a chill out with our friends…
Wow!! What an amazing start to our Holland trip. We’ve had a very smooth flight with two children winning a ‘Guess the fuel on the flight’ competition leading to upgraded seats in business class and a visit to the cockpit. Once we arrived, we visited Anne Frank’s house where we were blown away. To top off the afternoon, we took a cruise down the canals in central Amsterdam then made our way to our hotel. We ended the evening with a trip to the beach to watch the sunset and are now all tucked up in bed. Night night. Tune in tomorrow for more…