Jory woke-up on New Year's Day at Safta's house. This was her first sleep-over without one of her parents present and Jory did great. When Liz arrived to pick her up she was happily scanning the NY Times.
Jory and Liz then went to celebrate Ruby and Ellie's first bday. What a great party for two great girls!
Then that evening Jory and Liz lit shabbat candles. We were sad to still be without Saul but happy that he would be returning on Sunday!
Today we adventured out on bikes. With the help of our new friends (Joraam and Rosaly) who hosted us for Friday night dinner, Saul planned a wonderful bike ride in the area north of Amsterdam. It began with a ferry ride with our bikes to the otherside of the river IJ. The ferry ride was about 5 minutes. Jory began the day in a bike seat in front of Saul that is up by the handle-bars. By the end of the day we had moved her into "the box", which is literally a box with a seat and seat belt that is placed between the front wheel and the handle-bar. These seem to be very popular around Amsterdam - good for carting your kids, dogs or groceries. Jory looked like a little princess eating her cheerios being driven around by Saul.
We explored the wetlands and saw some really unbelievable pastural scenes as well as beautiful old towns. We do not have so many photos from our adventure so you will have to trust us that it was beautiful! Check out our map - still working on remember the entire route - but this should give you a nice idea of our trip.
While Liz and Mark explored the world of den Haag - or at least some of the museums - Saul and Jory went to the recommended indoor fun center known as Ton Fun. Please note, that adults are not allowed in without being escorted by a child!
Mark and Liz took a day trip to den Haag today, while Jory and Saul explored Amsterdam a little more. If you want to check-out a little bit about Liz and Mark's adventure's you can follow this link to their google map.
Here is a photo that Liz took with her camera, of Mark taking a picture with his camera at the Escher Museum. If you look closely, in the sphere that Mark is holding you can see Liz relfected...this was as close to an Escher style affect that Liz could figure.
The whole family has arrived and we are loving our time here. We are staying in a truly special home. The house is in the neighborhood known as the Joordan. We are walking distance from lots of terrific places. The house comes with a lovely cat as well as two rabbits who live in the beautiful backyard. Needless to say between the cat and the rabbits, Jory would be happy to hang around the house all day! Here is a self-portrait of teamliz.
Please follow this link to an interactive map, courtesy of google, to check-out some of the places we have visited, and would like to visit during this vacation.