After 4+ years here in Dutchland, I found out there is an annual Museum Card that gets you into almost all Dutch museums for free, at the cost of only €55/card. Astrid and I found this out from our friends in Giessenburg. It's good for an entire year from when you buy it!
I guess you could say it was a no-brainer for us, after all our disclaimers about NOT liking museums but visiting churches instead. Bottom line: we didn't like the price we had to pay to get into the museums. But now that we have a year to see as many as possible on our €55, watch out. Here we come.
We started with one of the best possible ones: the Openluchtmuseum (Open-Air Museum) in Arnhem. Fasten your seatbelts!
Like all good open-air museums, there were lots of "period" reenactments.
But you know me. It was the architecture that grabbed me.
And the windmills, of course...all 5 of them.
It was hard to miss the wooden shoes everywhere we went.
And while walking from one place to the next, friendly faces greeted us.
Or not. I think there was a pecking order.
Remember the elusive, rascally heron we're always trying to capture?
This one was so still while fishing 6 feet away from us, I was sure it was a taxidermist's joke.
It must be tame from so many tourists day in and out. It hardly feels fair to show him!
It was a gorgeous spring day that April 11th. What can I say!
Sometimes it helps to know from where you've come, right? And from how far.
I could live like that, couldn't you?
How 'bout a nice cup of koffie or tea!
And for those of you so interested, you'd fit right in.
Men and women alike, of course. No stereotyping here.
Their train/tram system is to die for.
(America could learn a thing or two from the Dutch in this regard!)
I guess shipping/transport is as old as the hills in all countries?
But not drawbridges, which still fascinate me to no end.
Astrid grew up with them her entire life and says she's STILL fascinated by them.
How fun that they even have a functional little typical, old-fashioned town with green houses/stores.
This color of green paint is very Dutch!
In fact, that's where we had our koffie break, at a little café.
While sitting there, we watching all the kids having fun with the old-timey toys.
It didn't take much to convince Astrid that she, too, is a little kid at heart.
Have you ever ridden a penny-farthing? Neither have I.
(I'm still figuring out how long they last and when to re-charge them.)
In other words, we saw more, some of which Astrid captured, but you get the picture.
We walked for 5 hours and dropped. Next time we'll try taking the free tram ride!
Do I need to say we HIGHLY RECOMMEND this museum, if you're ever in the area.
And it's only 50 miles from where we live in Gorinchem.
We might just have to go back while we still have our museum cards!