It’s Wednesday! Another day down and the weather today is beautiful here. I really hope that you are getting a taste of spring where you live. My aunt posted on Facebook that they had 5 inches of snow. In April. Bogus. Wake up, Mother Nature!!
I’m excited to tell you about the rest of my weekend! After the parade we stopped back at the hotel to say hi to Elle and hit refresh before dinner.
The poor thing got her haircut last week and they found a tick on her so they felt that they needed to shave her to make sure there weren’t more. I have long hair and I do tick checks all the time. It’s not necessary to shave my cranium every time. Sheesh.
On our way to the restaurant we passed a hyacinth field and couldn’t resist a quick stop to take in the sight and, most importantly, the fragrance.
Wouldn’t you know, I forgot my Nikon at the hotel. I went back in to get my sunglasses, but definitely left my camera sitting on the table. Dang. It was a really bad night to not have my camera. 🙁 I swear my brain is shrinking, what is with me these days?!
We had fun frolicking in the flowers. These girls are awesome — we had such a fun weekend, so much laughing and fun times. I can’t imagine life without them.
Dinner was a restaurant found on Trip Advisor called the Beachclub O located in the sand of the Dutch coast.
…Dutch coast…heh, that sounds funny.
If it hadn’t been so cold, I would have considered kicking off my shoes and playing in the sand. But there’s something about the north wind that sweeps up over the North Sea. It’s just a little bit chilly. Maybe in a few months we’ll come back to soak up some sun…
The restaurant was dazzling and filled with beautiful, well dressed people. A very classy place with all the charm a trendy restaurant on the beach could offer. The view from our table was to die for.
A salty sea breeze graced us as the pleasant sun sank into the heaving waves. We toasted with flutes of prosecco (water for me, I drove) to a wonderful night with friends and enjoyed the evening. I wasn’t in the mood for seafood that evening but the vegetarian risotto with mushrooms and spinach in a creamy sauce had my name all over it. I inhaled it.
We were stuffed but couldn’t resist sharing crème brûlée among the four of us before stepping outside to watch the sunset.
God is so good.
The next day was go-home day but not without one more stop. The Netherlands is not only known for their tulips, but also famous for its windmills. You can’t drive through the country without spotting at least one of the more than 1000 mills. Nowhere in the world will you find as many windmills in one place as the Dutch village of Kinderdijk. The 19 mills here were built in 1740 and are very well preserved.
Kinderdijk is also a UNESCO World Heritage site so I didn’t mind much when I had to pay 5 € to park my car — I would much rather support the heritage than a tourist trap. You could also pay to tour the mills but we opted for the free exterior views.
Elle, aka duck chaser, also enjoyed visiting the windmills. She wouldn’t make a very good hunting dog…
I know you’re probably thinking exactly what I was thinking and so I’ll answer that for you right now. The mills are used to move water throughout the dykes, which are situated below sea-level, and into a nearby river. And yes, people called millers used to live in windmills.
They are photogenic, majestic, and they serve a purpose. Cool.
And to make up for the lack of food photography on the blogeroo lately, here is a picture of my lunch from that day. A gouda cheese omelette and french fries. I couldn’t decide if I wanted breakfast or lunch so I made the adult decision and opted for both on the same plate. It was a wise choice.
It was as delicious as it looks. I will never be able to eat fries in the states ever again after living in Europe. Isn’t food incredible? I just love it.
When we got home, I found that my tulips were starting to think about blooming. Which I found very suiting considering I had just returned from the tulip festival. I’m so excited to get out there and photograph them.
Do you have tulips at your house or are they still covered in snow…?