|Lovely Claire @ Rokerij on Elansgracht;|
does she want a kiss or a tip?
|Spring in bloom on my terrace|
...being wanted, he may be more wondered at
By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
Of vapours that did seem to strangle him.
If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work;
But when they seldom come, they wished-for come,
And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
—1 Henry IV, I.ii.173–195
|Touring with Brooke|
On bright spring days, party boats float down the sparkling canals, people flock to sidewalk cafes and everyone smiles about the end of the long, cold winter. Dutchies love to complain about the weather, but for a few days in March, they had nothing to complain about. My new HTC Android phone (which offers Internet access via a portable WiFi hotspot), tells me today will be partly sunny with a high of 14⁰C/57⁰F, dipping to 44⁰ by dusk, around 21:00.
We still have blustery days when the wind whips my patio lanterns against the windows overlooking Nassaukade Canal and the old merchant
|Keukenhof near Lisse|
Tulip season is now in full tilt, with gorgeous blooms spilling out of window boxes and flowers of all hues available for a few euros in shops around town. Although Brooke was early for the blooms, she vows to return to visit Keukenhof near Lisse, where seven million bulbs bloom in neon splendor each spring. For a native California who's never lived with seasons, it's magical to witness the reappearance of colors after months of gray.
|Sightseeing via canal boat|
|Victoria and Alfred Wharf|
|Gospel music tells stories about|
South Africa's troubled past
|Jackass penguins at Boulders Beach|
|Savannah Game Preserve|
|Savannah Game Preserve, home|
of some 27 species
I hope you all are enjoying spring as much as I am, wherever you are. Please stay in touch via email, Skype, Facebook and/or landline!
*Although the Dutch flag is red, white and blue like the American and French flags, orange is the color of the Dutch Royal Family, which hails from Huis van Oranje-Nassau, The House of Orange.