Staying at the Clara Maria...
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WOW!! We had so much fun staying at the Clara Maria! http://www.claramaria.nl/?lang=en It's a charming cheese farm and clog factory southwest of Amsterdam that was just the perfect place for our family to stay and enjoy the delights of Holland. On this trip, it was my mom, dad, my husband, me and our 2 younger boys...our older son and daughter stayed in Germany because of football and homecoming events *grin*. Anyway, upward and onward...
The countryside was beautiful and I absolutely have a thing for windmills....there's just something so peaceful about them. I especially like to watch them when the sun is coming up or going down and the rays are shining through the blades.
The house was old and charming and the owner was friendly and entertaining. One very special thing was that he invited us into his personal area where we sat and talked with him about the area and different things. He told us all sorts of stuff that we found funny and useful. For me, I find it is a time such as this that makes a trip worthwhile more than anything else.
When it was time to eat, we ventured out and found ourselves in Amsterdam. OH! I forgot to mention that we were driving an 2004 Suburban in downtown Amsterdam!!!! Yeh, an oh so wrong move! *YIKES* There were bicycles EVERYWHERE! We were afraid we were going to hit someone because our car was SOOOO BIGGGG and the roads were sooooo smallllll and bicycles were e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e!!! The more we tried to get back out of the city, the more we seemed to get deeper in it...like a spider's web of bicycles! lololol Not to mention the one way streets! Man, it was tight and harrowing to say the least, but my man, being the excellent superhero of driving that he is, got us out of their without hitting anything or anybody!!! He soo rocked (and still does! ;-P)
We finally ended up back in Amstelveen at a restaurant called the Silversant http://www.