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Volendam, Wooden Shoes, Cheese and Windmills

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Since we were to be picked up at 10, I didn't leave a wake-up call. I waked up at about 7 and got dressed and organized before I waked up my granddaughter. She had fallen asleep with her ear buds in and I had to touch her before she waked up. She does sort of spring awake immediately. We went down to breakfast


and I decided to get down to the lobby 15 minutes early and the guide was already there. There was a lift for the scooter in the back of the van.
First we went to a little village called Monnickendam (founded by monks) and we got out and sat by on of the locks.
Then we went to Volendam but the lady I wanted to see was on vacation.
So I left the thumb drive anyway,
and also got my granddaughter to dress up in costume and have her photo taken. (People keep talking to her in Dutch and since she doesn't understand and maybe isn't paying much attention, she doesn't answer) They have people who dress you, down to the wooden shoes, but my granddaughter initially got two non-matching ones from two different pairs.
We had 15 minutes to kill before the photos would be ready, so we went and got fries with mayo. There was too much mayo for me but it was OK. Some ducks came to beg and we fed them some fries. One of them had mayo on his beak.
Then we picked up the photos.
Then we went to a wooden shoe factory
Granddaughter and Guide outside the shoe factory

Granddaughter and Guide outside the shoe factory

and they gave us a talk on making the cheese and showed us how they made the shoes.
We got to taste some of the cheeses - or I did. (All this was what we missed on the Tulip canal cruise Bob and I took in 2016.) I sent Bob a year old and a 2 year old cheese - one Gouda and one Edam, plus a jar of horseradish mustard.

The guide gave us some of the waffle cookies,
and then we went to a kind of windmill museum, sort of like Kinderdjik but these windmills were in use making chocolate, sawing wood etc. We didn't go in any of them.
We got back here about 3 and I tipped the guide and the driver. I went up to the room to pack, but fell asleep and didn't wake up until about 6. They are very late about getting to this room to clean and did not clean today. I have now packed.

I went to check in and get a boarding pass, but since I could not print it out I wanted it on my phone. However my phone has a problem getting aol mail so I forwarded the boarding passes to my granddaughter's phone. I asked the driver for tomorrow to come at 6:30 instead of 7:15 and set a
wake-up call for 5:30.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 10:07 Archived in Netherlands Tagged windmills costumes fries cheese volendam monnickendam wooden_shoes

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Looks like a good day out, and in sunny weather too :) The Dutch costume suits your granddaughter!

by ToonSarah

She does look Dutch doesn't she? Not sure where she gets that from as I am English and Bavarian and her father's family is also Bavarian and Alsace.

by greatgrandmaR

Did Bob get his cheese before you get home? I always send postcards to grandma and grandpa and sometimes I get to visit them before the card is there :)

by hennaonthetrek

Yes I think so - they were sent at the beginning of the trip. Although I have had the same result with postcards.

by greatgrandmaR

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