Herm Jan took us on a walk to an old windmill in their village, which Ben was enamored with, and then we stopped by Agnes’s friend’s 90th birthday party. There, we met Agnes’s mom (so Ben’s great-great aunt), who turns 100 next month. LET ME TELL YOU, the Dutch may be the healthiest, happiest people I’ve ever met. Great-great-aunt Djoe is about the spriteliest, most active, jolly lady ever. She kept grabbing my face and smiling and saying my name over and over.
The next day, Agnes and Herm Jan took us on a little family history tour, and we visited the farms where Ben’s Grandma Tena grew up. We did a lot of driving through Holland’s countryside; so many cows, horses, and sheep, and SO MANY CUTE HOUSES. Took way too many pictures of those. The thing I couldn’t believe was how every single house was adorned with the most beautiful flowers and gardens.
We visited Agnes’s cousin’s farm, too. Their house was really old, and they’ve changed almost nothing about it. Also they only speak Frisian, so that was interesting to listen to.
When we got home, Agnes and Herm Jan led us to drinks and crackers in their garden and then treated us to dinner at a nice restaurant in town. Can’t get any better than that.
If you’re still with me, here’s a small sampling of my Dutch houses/flowers photo collection.
brooke: saysJuly 10, 2014 at 11:29 pm
are you kidding me? this is a dream. i love it. sweet pics. also, didn't know you blogged. greetings from your newest stalker 🙂
dave sandberg saysJuly 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm
So did Ben's family relatives all speak English? Fluently? Or have you picked up some Dutch?
Natalie Taylor saysJuly 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Yes, yes, and yes. Mostly yes to the first two.
cindy sandberg saysJuly 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm
Desirée Gómez Hernández saysJuly 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm
Woow Natalie, keep telling us about your trip and show us more pics! have fuuun!
Victoria saysJuly 12, 2014 at 3:46 am
Loving these pictures!! Looks like so much fun