Hello from Sneek, Nederland!
My family and I are on a European holiday. We’ve left our pets, house, and garden in good hands and taken just a little bit of work with us.
This past weekend was spent at the once-every-5-years (is there a word for that?) Fritzen family reunion (so amazing to see how people have changed — or not! — over the past 5 years!) and then this morning we started on a whirlwind tour that will take us through Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, and Switzerland.
We made it into Bremen very late in the morning and decided to check out the city for a short while. We found the town centre, parked, and just managed to arrive at the “Glockenspiel House” at noon. There is a carillon at the top of the building that plays a concert hourly. The girls found it enchanting.
After lunch, we walked around the old city, through some impossibly narrow streets and charming shops, and the girls delighted in spotting the Bremen Town Musicians in all the windows and street displays. (Of course, we told them the story of the Bremen Town Musicians as we neared the city.)
On our way again, the girls got to hear about the boy who saved Holland with his finger in the dyke. we made it to our intended destination of Sneek, Netherlands at around suppertime. It felt very strange not being able to read the signs. Sneek is a charming city (currently holding a sand sculpture contest!) and we hope to rent a boat tomorrow and do half a day of sailing before driving off again.
(Tomorrow we are heading for Belgium and, sadly, I don’t think I have any Belgian stories…)