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Den Helder, Harlingen and Franeker

Tuesday, April 22 The boat set sail at 7:00 am. We only had to be up early today if we wanted to catch the scenery on the trip north, so I slept in. More tulip fields were in store for today. The weather was not bright and clear, but the view was still very nice. read more…

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Alkmaar to Schagerburg

Monday, April 21 The day started out slowly for me. We didn’t have anywhere to go as the Salvinia was cruising north. It rained lightly, but it didn’t matter. Once we arrived in Alkmaar we met up with the local guides. The weather cleared up. It was overcast, but no rain. The groups that wanted read more…

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Amsterdam, Keukenhof, and Volendam

Sunday, April 20 – Easter We got up and going today. The bus took us into Amsterdam. Many people attended the English church service at the historic Begijnhof Presbyterian Church. I choose to walk around town on my own, as we were going to have very little time in Amsterdam. It was a lot of fun, read more…

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Arrival in Amsterdam

Saturday, April 19 We arrived in Amsterdam a little early. Getting off the plane and finding our way to baggage claim, passport control and customs was exciting. The whole process went very well, once I figured out what to do. Several passengers gathered together with Lynda and myself as we completed the entry into the country. read more…

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Day of Departure

Friday, April 18 The check-in at the Grand Rapids airport was smooth. Tracy from Witte was there to help everyone who needed it with the process. The flight to Detroit was very short. We arrived there with plenty of time to find the gate and stretch our legs. Some passengers met up with us there. read more…

Netherlands Waterway Cruise Pre-Departure Meeting

The trip is less than two weeks away. Henk held the pre-departure meetings in the Education Center at Witte on Saturday, April 5. Many people attended both meetings. The documents were covered in depth. Having helped create them, there wasn’t much new to me there. During the question and answer period though I learned a read more…