Hello lovely ladies! Happy New Year! Here we are again at the T-Party organised by Elisabeth and Bleubeard.
I'm still in the Netherlands, but I have prepared a few postcards for you. I received these obviously before I left.
The first one comes from Germany. It is a lovely lady, dressed in a yellow dress, and with a scarily thin waist. It is an oil painting by
Max Kurzweil (1867-1916) and is called: Dame in Gelb (1899).
The stamps are all three beautiful flowers. The stamps add up to 95 cents. In Spain we pay 1,35 postage for a postcard within Europe. That is quite a difference!
My second card comes from Malaysia it features the
"Famous Kapitan Kling Mosque" in Georgetown, Penang. According to the blurb it was constructed around the year 1800.
The stamp is beautiful too. Although I don't fancy the fried grasshoppers. No thank you. I have eaten some pretty weird things during my travels but I draw the line at grasshoppers.
I suppose in the future people will have to get used to eating insects to get protein, but hopefully not in my lifetime.
Last week hubby and I visited Utrecht for the day. We went by train (mum lives near the station).
The Dutch rail network is very convenient, with modern trains that run on time.
One can take the bike on the train of course.
The Dutch love bicycles. This is the bike park outside the station near my mum's:
And if you want to keep your bike dry, you can rent a 'box':
You can use them by finding an empty one and paying per hour, or actually rent one per week
The train journey was only 40 minutes. When we arrived at the station in Utrecht we walked straight into a modern shopping mall and a great photo opportunity.
Utrecht is similar to Amsterdam but without the tourists. We walked along the canals when we spotted this:
The rubbish collection by barge...only in Holland!
We walked to the cathedral square (Domplein) and booked a ticket to climb the tower. Waiting for our time slot we had coffee in this little cafe (on the right):
We sat inside as it was a cold day.
We decided to have chai latte (not coffee) with a piece of cake.
This is the cathedral tower in a photo from the internet:
But when we were there the tower was in scaffolding. They are checking (and repairing/renewing where necessary) every brick.
Which meant we could go right to the top.
The views were stunning.
It was a really great experience. I'm glad we are fit. There were 415 steps! And I found the descent worse than the climb I must say.
Well, that's it from me today.
Wishing all of you a very happy T-day!