The last few weeks have been very busy what with me turning the big 3-0 on the 22nd, my last week at work and preparing for my parents visit.
Yes, it’s finally happening. After 4 1/2 years of living in Europe the first members of our family will be visiting us in Germany! We are very excited to share our home with family for the first time since we were married. We are also looking forward to hosting a couple of “bonus visitors.” My longtime friend Judy, her husband (and friend) Bryan and their toddler Katelyn will join us for our first leg of the trip. We are vey excited and I’m starting to think I may try a new career as a travel agent.
My parents will arrive later this week and after a couple of days to get over jetlag we will drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and stay that the Edelweiss Lodge for a week. Bryan and Judy will fly to Munich and meet us in Garmisch for 4 days. After spending a couple of days in Bavaria and Austria they will continue south stopping in Rome and on to Sicily where they will visit with the Imlah’s. Unfortunately the three girls (Judy, Viginia and I) will not reunite together in Europe but I am sure Jim and Gin are pretty excited to show Bryan and Judy their stomping grounds (I may try to hide in a piece of their luggage).
After spending a few more days in the German Alps the rest of us (Mom, Dad, Don and I) will drive home to Ramstein and will spend the next week taking day trips to sights in the surrounding area. Unfortunately Don will be at work during the week- so I will take over as chauffer. 🙂
For the last week we are traveling to the Netherlands and Belgium. I am especially excited about this trip. We will be vising the Dutch towns of Breukelen and Utrect, the hometown of the first Van Slyck (my Mom’s maiden name) to come to the Americas in the mid 1600’s. Thanks to my Aunt Cindy who has spent several years tracing the Van Slyck family history we know that Cornelius Antonissen Van Slyck traveled from Utrecht, Holland and settled in the Albany New York area. We will spend a night in Delft which is known for its blue and white pottery.
Don and I really enjoyed our time in Belgium this past summer and we want to share that experience with my parents. We will be staying 2 nights in the Belgian coastal town of Ostend and will make day trips to Brugge and Ghent. We may stop in Brussels on our way to Bonn, Germany before dropping my parents off at the airport in Dusseldorf.
I plan on updating this blog frequently with tales of our travels (trust me- with my Dad there will be stories :)).