7.06.2008

Vacation's All I Ever Wanted - Pt. 2

As promised, here is the second installement of our vacation: day 2! Thursday was filled with a mishmash of relaxing and touring. We started our day with our first delicious breakfast cooked by the owner of the B&B, Bob. After eating, we set out for Holland, MI, a dutch town about thirty minutes north of South Haven. We have some friends who grew up and went to college there, so we figured we stop in on their hometown (even though they now live in Wheaton) and look around.

The downtown was so cute! We walked from storefront to storefront. Monica picked out an awesome necklace, and I found a violin-crafter's shop - apparantly a rather well known violin maker from the Netherlands. Henning was kind enough to let me fiddle around a bit and we chatted with he and his wife for awhile. After grabbing a cup of coffee, we set out for "Windmill Island", the home of the only operating Dutch windmill in America (i.e., the only windmill that still grinds wheat, complete with the only Holland [the country] certified master miller!). The whole thing was kinda touristy, but for 7 bucks, it was a lot of fun and pretty interesting as we even got a tour of the windmill. All in all, Holland is a beautiful city with a good deal of fun things to see and do!

After grabbing a quick lunch, we went back to South Haven and laid out for several hours at the beach. We even managed to avoid getting burnt! After a pizza dinner, we headed out to the lighthouse at the end of the pier where I couldn't help but take some pictures of my be-a-utiful wife! Finally, we ended our day back where we ended it the day before - at Sherman's. I was a lot wiser this time and only ordered a single scoop!

So that was day two! Here are the photos...

The Violin Shop

Henning and Me with a Viola He Made in 1957 Monica's Super Cute Necklace!

Downtown Holland

Monica and Yet Another Friend...I Knew He Was A Mischievious Fellow!
Hand-Carved Wooden Horses from a Dutch Carousel at Windmill Island
At Windmill Island...

Ah Yes, the Clogs...Thank Goodness These Never Caught On!
This Pic Speaks For Itself!
An Old Dutch Traveling Organ
The Windmill

...With an Underwhelming "Authentic" Dutch Dance
They All Look Like They're Loving Being There...
A Cool Shadow...
Inside the Windmill...





Us at the End of the Pier



And, Of Course, My Hottie Wife!




At Sunset...


1 comment:

Kirra Sue said...

I love these pictures! It looks like you guys had an amazing trip! I'm so thankful the Lord made that possible for you guys! Monica, red is your "signature color!" An Brian, that was A LOT of ice cream! :)