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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Weekend (and Windmills)

 This past weekend brought with it some typical Dutch weather (on again and off again showers).  That didn't stop us from venturing out to the small town of Kloosterburen for Jeremy's soccer game.  I think I have mentioned before how much I love windmills. And, along the journey to Kloosterburen, we drove through several small Dutch towns, and I was able to spot ALOT of windmills. There is something about them that I love to look at when they are standing alone in an open field...they are just so pretty.:)

Pretty Dutch house we passed by along the way.:)

Canal with houseboats..Very Dutch:)
 We also passed by several farms along the way and many farm houses.  Farm houses here are different from the ones in the U.S.  The Dutch farmers actually have their barns attached to their homes...
You can see the barn attached to the house in this picture.

Another farm house

Horses on a farm.

Yet another house with the barn attached to it.:)
Arriving in Kloosterburen
 When we got back to Groningen after the soccer game, there was a festival going on in de Vismarkt for Ascension Day, the day observed by Catholics as the day jesus ascended into Heaven body and spirit.  It is a national holiday here and you can read more about the celebration here.  (The kids are actually getting a week and half off from school starting the end of next week beginning on Ascension Day.  We will be heading off to the south of France at that time so stay tuned for some French blog posts!:))  I don't think Jeremy and Elizabeth really cared what the festival was for as long as they got to climb into some giant bouncy balls and spin around on them in water!:)

 And of course a day at the fair wouldn't be complete without a ride on the Ferris wheel overlooking the City Center.:)

It did rain on and off that day, but I think that even I am becoming Dutch...I was soaking wet, but it didn't bother me at all!:)

Tot zeins!:)

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