Staying at the Clara Maria...

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The cheese farm and clog factory we stayed at in Almstelveen

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.

PAR!!!!!!!!!!!
..spectacular! Out at the farm, we unpacked and traipsed around the grounds just looking our fill & taking in the scenery. The boys had a blast running all over the grounds playing 'farmers golf' with wooden clogs on poles for clubs and big rubber balls. Later they visited the cows and drilled the young man working there for every drop of knowledge they could drain out of him! :)  We all played with the baby calves/goats and on the huge bales of hay...I don't think I've ever seen bales that big in my life!

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.

Amsterdam..
..strangers meeting, sharing and appreciating each other. This gentleman owed us nothing but took his time to tell us stories of his life, of his land and of his house. What a privilege that he would share that with us!!

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.

silversant.nl/  and had a delicious dinner in a very friendly atmosphere. A nice place to relax after the 'squeeze' in Amsterdam! lol After dinner, we headed back to the farm to tuck in for the night. The guest portion of the house is upstairs and consists of about 5 or 6 rooms, a commons area and a bathroom. The commons area was rich in old memorbilia--pictures, books, miscellaneous objects/antiques. Speaking of antiques, the bed in our room was what they called a 'dating bed'. It was like two twin beds fused together with the middle still having the rails. I'm not sure how correct my understanding is of this, but I think a partition went into the middle of the bed and the man and woman could lay there, one on each side separated by the partition and get to know each other but maintain propriety. Well, there was no partition that night for us, but the center railing slots were still there and that made it rather uncomfortable! 8-(      But, as I'm an optimist, it was worth the experience of saying that I've slept in an antique 'dating bed'! 8-))))  

 

 

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The cheese farm and clog factory …
PAR!!!!!!!!!!!
PAR!!!!!!!!!!!
Amsterdam..
Amsterdam..
good restaurant...great food...
good restaurant...great food...
ye olde date bed
ye olde 'date bed'
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My parents checking out the cows.…
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Two of my men...my husband and my…
Gunnar getting some pointers on ho…
Gunnar getting some pointers on h…
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...whisper whisper whisper..'come…
countryside
countryside
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GOTCHA!
Farmers golf clubs...note the clogs
Farmers golf clubs...note the clogs
awwwwww....
awwwwww....
back area of the farm
back area of the farm
boys golfing
boys golfing
*grin*...the windmill
*grin*...the windmill
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oK, anybody wanted give a guess h…
milking machines for the cows
milking machines for the cows
Chace and Gunnar on the hay bales.…
Chace and Gunnar on the hay bales…
me and my momz in the commons area
me and my momz in the commons area
my parents in the commons area
my parents in the commons area
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Oh yeh..Amsterdam
Oh yeh..Amsterdam
People in Amsterdam
People in Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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What????!!!! I know, right??!!! …
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I like the top of this...
Amsterdam...
Amsterdam...
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam...
Amsterdam...
Amsterdam...
Amsterdam...
Amsterdam...
Amsterdam...
Chace, me, Gunnar and Wes on the h…
Chace, me, Gunnar and Wes on the …
Chace and Gunnar playing on the sw…
Chace and Gunnar playing on the s…
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...now, how does this work?? lol
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***woooosh!!*** we are flying now…
lovebirds
lovebirds
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'what did you say? I know you di…
I got you now, and you better let …
I got you now, and you better let…
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