life, the netherlands, travel

Remembering BFF’s visit to The Netherlands

Looking back at the photos my BFF took when she visited me while I lived in The Netherlands is making me excited for my visit back to my second home (and my husband’s original home) later this year. Again.

Amsterdam is such a great city.

the netherlands, travel

Amsterdam Again

Amsterdam 11/28/09

We’re going back to The Netherlands for a visit later this year and I’m really looking forward to it. Amsterdam is one of my favorite places, and I loved wandering around the city for hours while I lived nearby. There’s so much there to see and do and enjoy, plus it’s easy to get around.

I’ve missed being in a truly old city with so much history.

Amsterdam 11/28/09

Photos by my BFF from when she visited me. More here.

reading, the netherlands

America’s Memorial Day, Celebrated by Dutch

I came across this article first thing this morning, which means I accidentally made myself cry a little bit before I even brushed my teeth today. Oops, but… what a nice read and what great people.

They haven’t forgotten. For 70 years, the Dutch have come to a verdant U.S. cemetery…to care for the graves of Americans killed in World War II. On Sunday, they came again, bearing Memorial Day bouquets for men and women they never knew, but whose 8,300 headstones the people of the Netherlands have adopted as their own.

Seventy years later and they’re still tending to the graves of American soldiers who helped The Netherlands gain their freedom from Nazi Germany. Many families have passed down the responsibility through generations.

Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten. (The Washington Post)