Corrie Ten Boom's House

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the breakfast feast

The day couldn't have started out better...the breakfast table was spread with several types of cheeses, fruits, breads, eggs...on and on...it was delicious and we absolutely enjoyed it! We tried all the cheeses, which I might add, if I thought I loved cheese before, I was in heaven now!! I wasn't crazy about the nutty cheese, but as for the spicy, the butter, the tomato/basil and the garlic cheese---BRING IT ON!!!

Having such a keen interest in the cheese, we made our way out to the cheese area of the farm where Chace and Gunnar got all gussied up and jumped right in and made their own cheese!! WAY TO GO BOYS! A really neat experience for them! After that, we all went to the clog factory and had a tour there. We saw how and where the clogs were made and loads of different types of clogs.

Chace is showing Gunnar how to dump the cheese out of the container...
They were all so pretty!

Right after lunch, it was time to drive to Haarlem. It was fairly close, so the ride was short. We quickly found the Ten Boom House and we were thrilled to realize that an English tour would be starting soon. For those that aren't familiar with Corrie Ten Boom, she and her family hid Jews and others from the Nazis. She, and her family eventually did end up in a concentration camp where her sister died, but she was released and continued to help people in need. Always, she gave praise to Jesus. She truly was an example of hope, kindness and love...a light in the darkness. There are books in the library and movies out about her life. Their house, with the watch repair shop in front, there in Haarlem is now a museum and definitely worth the visit!

Our guide through the museum was very passionate and brought the Ten Boom family alive through her retelling of events that took place so long ago.

My mom and me in Corrie's room outside of the 'hiding place'
We learned about the Ten Boom's themselves, the people that they helped, the signals that were used and the constant fear of discovery.  One of the really interesting parts was being able to go into Corrie's bedroom and see the hiding place in the wall where she hid Jews. The cover wall has been removed now so that you can see inside the hiding place. It was so small. It was awful to think people had to hide there, but also wonderful to know that they could, and did. It was a very moving experience.

After touring the house part, we went into the watch shop and it is currently still a watch/jewelry business. My dad bought my mom several different pieces and a lovely watch--to have a watch from the Ten Boom's Watch Shop...Wow! Outside on the street, the boys were being entertained by a street performer...he was quite good and full of himself--cheeky fellow! ;-)    We made it out and into Grote Markt and rambled around thru the various wares...I love doing that! Gorgeous view of the church there too! Lovely day spent with my parents!

Meanwhile, we head back to the farm and get ready for tomorrow...we're going to see horses be milked out at the Riga Ranch!!

jennjeff1 says:
Mackenzie, you gotta join the Cheeselovers TB Group and add this blog as a BIG link!!!! ;-) ~Jeff
Posted on: May 12, 2008
eddie8498 says:
Thanks, as I guested you are sharing great travel experiences :)
Posted on: May 08, 2008
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the breakfast feast
the breakfast feast
Chace is showing Gunnar how to dum…
Chace is showing Gunnar how to du…
My mom and me in Corries room out…
My mom and me in Corrie's room ou…
This is the vat where they strain …
This is the vat where they strain…
Gunnars having way to much fun wi…
Gunnar's having way to much fun w…
Chace pressing the kurds
Chace pressing the kurds
Now...what is that look saying to …
Now...what is that look saying to…
Chaces cheese
Chace's cheese
no words needed....lololololololol…
no words needed....lololololololo…
Gunnar pressing the kurds
Gunnar pressing the kurds
Gunnars cheese
Gunnar's cheese
Cheeese doing what it has to do
Cheeese doing what it has to do
cheese and more cheese
cheese and more cheese
drying the cheese
drying the cheese
Mooooo clogs!
Mooooo clogs!
My mom and Chace
My mom and Chace
Gunnar...
Gunnar...
Clog starters
Clog starters
Our guide showing us how the clogs…
Our guide showing us how the clog…
Clog factory
Clog factory
Marriage clogs!! Gorgeous!
Marriage clogs!! Gorgeous!
I believe this is a type of drawbr…
I believe this is a type of drawb…
lovely...
lovely...
I believe this is a Haarlemse Hof…
I believe this is a 'Haarlemse Ho…
The front of the Ten Booms home a…
The front of the Ten Boom's home …
closer shot of us and some locals …
closer shot of us and some locals…
my honey, my dad, and two of my th…
my honey, my dad, and two of my t…
in this window, in the side alley,…
in this window, in the side alley…
this is the Alpina sign that mea…
this is the 'Alpina' sign that me…
our guide...she did a wonderful job
our guide...she did a wonderful job
photos of the Ten Boom Family
photos of the Ten Boom Family
wow...
wow...
center photo is Casper and this wa…
center photo is Casper and this w…
this is Casper Ten Booms Bible...…
this is Casper Ten Boom's Bible..…
very true words!
very true words!
the yellow star the Jews had to we…
the yellow star the Jews had to w…
Corrie, after surviving the holoca…
Corrie, after surviving the holoc…
Corries English Bible
Corrie's English Bible
Contents used inside the hiding p…
Contents used inside the 'hiding …
the bottom photo is of Corrie
the bottom photo is of Corrie
street performer....cheeky fellow!…
street performer....cheeky fellow…
De Grote of St. Bavokerk te Haarle…
De Grote of St. Bavokerk te Haarl…
Markt Square or Grote Markt
Markt Square or Grote Markt
the square is very busy...
the square is very busy...
different view of Grote Markt
different view of Grote Markt
this side has plants and flowers
this side has plants and flowers
another view
another view
the shop at Clara Marias
the shop at Clara Maria's
Chace putting money into the cup!
Chace putting money into the cup!
Gunnar putting money into the cup!
Gunnar putting money into the cup!
Whatta show!!!
Whatta show!!!
Oh and he almost loses it, but he …
Oh and he almost loses it, but he…
Skill folks...talent in the making…
Skill folks...talent in the makin…
mom and dad in the Grote Markt
mom and dad in the Grote Markt
hustle and bustle of a Saturday mo…
hustle and bustle of a Saturday m…
Grote Markt
Grote Markt
Me and Wes in Grote Markt
Me and Wes in Grote Markt
the jewelry tent
the jewelry tent
Gunnar and Chace picking out the s…
Gunnar and Chace picking out the …
I just loved this shot!
I just loved this shot!
my windmill!!!
my windmill!!!
35 km (22 miles) traveled
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