Corrie Ten Boom's House
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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.
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.
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!!