Wednesday 26 July - Tuesday 5 September

(Photos by friends and us)

Black dots - where we stayed.

Red dots - where we visited friends and relatives

It is not possible to show all the people we visited, we just posted a few photos only.

Carolien was at the airport, we enjoyed Amsterdam with her and so much more.

Amsterdam from the "Skylounge"

Wester Toren

The Dockworker: In commemoration of the 25 February 1941 strike against the "arrest" of Jews

Rita & Irfaan

Families Geus

With Carolien

With Liesjettie

The refurbished Rijks and Maritime Museums

Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael (1628-1682)

The windmill dominates the church and the castle with the impressive Dutch low country - water and skies and the river Lek in the foreground

Carolien with "The bench" and family De Jongh

Modern Amsterdam - The Eye Film

Museum and the "Pride Parade"

Hoorn, we could not have asked for a better welcome

We met up with Marieke and Bert who did so much on the De Jong family history

Leidschendam, the view from the top

window of our Air B&B

Christiane in The Hague

Morning mist

Lily, Heemstede

Flip, Haarlem

VOK 100 year reunion

In the wrong city on board the wrong ship

Class of '61

The beach in Wassenaar with Arne,

Rieneke, Mare, Daan and Bart

Walked around

De Vliet

Leidschendam - centre


New ideas for Carla

In Anneke and Paul's backyard in Zoelen

and at Heleen's birthday dinner in Vught

Walk along the Essche

Lunch in Leerdam

The Essche

Epe with Rob & Lou

and Joshua & Zacharie

Elburg, harbour where Carla put her knee out

and she found out her brother was a fish monger

Herman & Corry in Almere

Marieke & Jan in Nunspeet

Kampen, the only day

that rain affected us

The "De Jong" family reunion in Krimpen aan de Lek with 67 participants

The whale on top the local church, whaling was a major source of income in years gone by.

The house on the dyke of one of the ancestors.

In the afternoon we walked along the Kinderdijk

and finished the day with dinner in Alblasserdam

Utrecht: Sander, Myrthe, Joost and Lily & Faya

Celebrate our anniversary on the "Hoge Veluwe"

St Hubertus by Berlage

Eleonore, Maarten & Heleen visit us

View from Ton & Ing's place on the Pothoofd in Deventer

Above the jail in Deventer

To the right: the Deventer Townhall

Balkbrug, we stayed in the cottage on the right,

Here is where Klaas de Jong spent some time

which was constructed with timber "nails"

Views from

our "bakhuisje"

Martini Tower, Groningen

Berend Botje (nursery rhyme) in Zuid Laren

Simon & Elsbeth from Zuid Laren

took us on a family history tour for Chris

"The bridge" in the Sterrenbos

Here is where the house of the family used to be

Ton & Ing were with us in Australia when Zachary was born in London

and again, this time in Balkbrug, when the stork had landed with Casper

That day we walked some of the Rees Valley, border between Overijssel and Drenthe

Carel with some of his treasured cars in Nijeveen (D)

"MORE Museum" in Gorssel with Carolien

The museum only

opened recently

Giethoorn, a lovely way

to close our stay in Balkbrug

Tess, Elske, Taeke, Ewoud and Cathelijne in Nijmegen

Dinner at the Waal with Maarten, Sietske en Eleonore

Margriet from Prins George in Canada- on a surprise visit to her family in NL-caught up with us in Aalsmeer on our last afternoon in The Netherlands

A "family tree" above the farmers front door, for each child there was a branch added


Herinnering aan Holland

Denkend aan Holland zie ik brede rivieren

traag door oneindig laagland gaan;

rijen ondenkbaar ijle populieren

als hoge pluimen aan den einder staan;

en in de geweldige ruimte verzonken

de boerderijen verspreid door het land,

boomgroepen, dorpen. geknotte torens,

kerken en olmen in een groots verband.

De lucht hangt er laag en de zon wordt er langzaam

in grijze veelkleurige dampen gesmoord,

en in alle gewesten wordt de stem van het water

met zijn eeuwige rampen gevreesd en gehoord

(Hendrik Marsman 1899 - 1940)