We had a lovely long weekend!
We spent a lovely day in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is only at a two hour drive from where I live which is still acceptable for a one-day-trip, at least according to Belgian standards. Just like many old cities, Amsterdam is a wonderful and beautiful place. Although I’ve been to Amsterdam before, I never get enough of it and I always leave with a feeling of still so many things to see. But that’s true for many old cities I guess and it’s a perfect excuse to come back.
You can find lots of nice and sweet little shops, like this shop with just tulip bulbs.
We did some of the classics of course, like a visit to the Anne Frank House. Unfortunately we hadn’t ordered entrance tickets in advance (not wise!) and so we waited during one hour and a half in the freezing wind to get in, but it was worth it. We all knew of Anne Frank’s story, but it’s still emotional to be in place where Anne and her family hid for more than two years during the Second World War until they were betrayed and deported to Auschwitz. Anne died in Auschwitz just one month before the liberation and only her father survived the camps. After the war he found her famous diary and did everything to get it published.
We also had a boat trip on the canals which is another absolute must I believe. I’ve done this boat trip before but this time we waited until dawn. That makes it even more beautiful and romantic because you sometimes you can catch a glimpse from the inside of all these beautiful houses and makes you dream away back in history. At least, that’s what it does to me. Traditionally, the Dutch don’t like to hide behind curtains.
Meanwhile autumn is totally setting in my the garden. What a beautiful season! From this time of the year on until early February, I will only see my garden at weekends, because it’ll be dark when I’m leaving for work and dark again when I come back. It’s always surprising to see how many leaves the trees have lost from one week to another.