Sunday, May 20, 2007

It's Been Quite a Week!

Ed has always teased me that the week between Mother's Day and my birthday has always been a week long celebration, but I do have to agree with him this year! He really spoiled me this year! We went away on Mother's Day weekend and stayed in Maastricht Saturday night after seeing Luxembourg and drove around Belgium. We saw Bastogne where the Battle of the Bulge took place and the American cemetery in Luxembourg city. It was nice to see that the cemetery is so beautifully kept but sad to see so many young lives cut short. We also saw the German cemetery and was reminded that they too lost sons and fathers.

We stayed in Maastricht that night on the river and had a wonderful dinner.
The next morning we headed to Tongeren for my favorite thing to do - checking out flea markets!!! Ed found a great painted trunk and lamp made out of an old surveyors tool. I picked up some wooden bowls and some white stoneware potties (yes, I know that's weird.)

Thursday we headed to Amsterdam by train and checked in to our hotel. Kelly, our daughter had arrived in Amsterdam the day before with a group from her church. We met up for lunch and then took a tour of the Van Gogh museum. I think he was my favorite artist. The museum did a great job of displaying how his style progressed over the years of his life. We then went out to dinner with Kelly and then Ed and I headed down to the Red Light District. It was kind of sad actually. I couldn't look the young woman in the eye's. It sickened me to hear men making obscene remarks at them and laughing at them, but most of all I think I'm not happy with my self for going down there.

Friday was totally a fun, fun day!!!! Coffee with one of my daughters, two quilt shops, a bead shop, a canal boat tour, apple pancakes, and two English book shops, need I say more!!!!!!
This is a picture of Den Haan & Wagenmakers in Amsterdam. It is such a beautiful store! It is not a traditional quilt store, but sells mainly the traditional reproduction Dutch fabric that I just adore!!! I learned that the fabric is actually made not to far from Enschede, it would be great to go see it made, hopefully I can figure out how to make that happen.

We got back home Friday night and then Saturday morning, the day of my birthday we headed to Munster, Germany for the first big flea market of their Summer season. It's a great flea market and huge! Needless to say, I took a long nap that afternoon! Saturday night Ed took me out for dinner and boy was I surprised when several people we knew were there waiting to surprise me! I felt very honored and loved this week!!! Thank you honey!


Pam said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday week. Happy Birthday!

When I visited Holland - it was before I was doing much quilting - so I did not get into any fabric shops. Now of course I would absolutely love to spend the day and Den Haan and Wagenmakers. I spend hours just dreaming on their website! I guess I will have to go back.

We didn't go to the Van Gogh museum ( we did see the Red light district) but we went instead to the Riijksmuseum -- boy the work that Rembrandt did was just amazing and beautiful.

Sorry to hear about the closing of your husbands company's factory. That will be hard for everyone involved.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

How nice to visit that store - I often look at their fabric on the web site. I hope the job change isnt too disruptive for you.

jovaliquilts said...

Thanks so much for the quilt shop info in the Netherlands -- I get to spend 4 days there this summer and now I know some quilt shops!
Sorry to hear about your husband's company. What a tough thing to go through.

Judy H. said...

I just happened by (checking out the Quilting 4 Pleasure blogring) and realized your birthday is May 19th--mine is too! Had to say happy birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

jovaliquilts said...

Just wanted to say that I did make it to Amsterdam and went to those quiltshops! Thanks so much for posting this. The one that specializes in Dutch fabrics was, alas, closed in July, but I visited the other one.