Sunday, September 24, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
After a ferry journey from England to The Netherlands we spent a day in Amsterdam. Dennis, Tazz and I walked around Amsterdam for awhile, killing time until we finally picked up Hob-b at the airport.
Amersterdam is an interesting city. It is so pretty and easy to walk around. The "coffee shops" are quite funny. Don't be confused, they don't sell coffee! While walking on one street, Tazz made a bee-line to a young girl sitting in the doorway at a coffee shop. She stroked him and said how cute he was. I mentioned that he probably thought she had food for him and she just laughed and pointed back to the coffee shop and said "no food, just weed"...not a comment you normally hear!
But watch out for the bikes! They are everywhere and can be so scarey! When you cross the street, you are watching for cars AND bikes. The bikes don't slow down for you either. In the background of this photo of me and Tazz notice the parking garage. It is multistory parking garage full of bicycles! There were hundreds, if not thousands!
We finally picked up Hob-b at Amsterdam Airport. We also said goodbye to Tazz who returned with Johanna to Denmark. Hopefully Tazz left behind a few babies with Zen! Here is a photo of Hob-b in her bag upon arrival into Amsterdam airport. Isn't she too cute! I cannot wait to get her home to England and let her settle in with the crew. She should do fine as she is so easy-going and friendly.
Dennis and I have just returned from our trip to Ireland. We had a great time, but I must admit I prefer England and Scotland. Nothing is signposted in Ireland! It was very hard to find walking trails and tourist landmarks. Yet they had signs for every B&B posted in every town!
We took the ferry over from Wales (note: I want to visit Wales again for a longer period). Pax and Hex came along with us. They are such great travellers and I think they enjoyed Ireland!
The beaches were lovely, the views along the Ring of Kerry were awesome and the hot scones every morning caused me to gain weight! We stayed in a beautiful old cottage and we enjoyed that more than anything. It felt like you were in your own home. Much nicer than staying in a hotel.
Pax and Hex loved the beaches but we had to make sure that Hex did not get swept away by the currents. She has no fear of water!