While based in Amsterdam for a week, took the trains to see Alkmaar (Cheese Market), Den Haag (cousin), Arnhem (aunt) and other sites in Holland. After that, capped off the trip with a few days in Brugge (Belgium) and a day in Brussels before heading home again. And for all the history there (Waterloo, Arnhem, Bastogne, etc), family just wasn't up to stepping through the various locales....guess I have to go back again soon. (But think I will avoid next year with the Olympics being "in town" as it were.)
Thanks for the birthday greetings - you are so thoughtful for posting. It is such a treat for me that you and Chad are always so welcoming. Sorry I had to cut our game of Through the Ages short but dinner and conversation were a highlight of the weekend. It really means a lot to have such fine people as friends. I look forward to seeing in Tempe next month!