Keukenhof Gardens and Scandinavia travel blog

Basilica Notre Damme

Inside the many columned original Bank of Montreal 1821

Our commemorative glass

RVH Nurses Reunion Attendees ...and mot all are retired

Red and white tulips

Azaelias and some tulips

Pink and dusky purple tulips

A large purple tulip

Desiger tulip gardens

After being home only 3 weeks, repacking, and visiting, we left May 12th to fly to Montreal for my 50th nurses' reunion. Gord and I stayed at Hotel Nelligan in Old Montreal on St. Paul Street. For 2 days we walked around the area seeing the Basilica Notre Damme..1800's...the original site of the Bank of Montreal...1821...chinatown for lunch after a walk to Rene Leveque Street and the old port refurbished with 2 size and circus tents for Le Cirque de Soleil. With the afternoon waning we walked a couple of doors past our hotel to Tommy's for drinks and dinner in a Polish Restaurant.

The next day, fortified with a savory crepe we went to the plaza where an obelisk stands to commemorate the founding of Montreal. It became a registered settlement in 1641. In 1644, Marguerite Bourgeois had Notre Damme de Suplice (Bonsecours) built. We visited and spent most of the afternoon in the small museum dedicated to Marguerite Bourgeois.

That evening I spent at dinner with my classmates celebrating our 50th nurses' reunion. It was fun reminiscing with former classmates and friends.

Lynne Nowlan and Julie Wrong had collaborated to have an etched glass made which they presented to everyone. A toast to departed classmates was drank. A birthday cake was presented to Joanne Harnish the head organizer of our reunion. Good-byes were said, see you in 5 years and we were off.

I found Gord waiting for me.

The next day, we caught the 747 bus to the airport to await our delayed flight to Zurich. In Zurich we awaited a second delayed flight and arrived in Amsterdam at 4.3op instead of 9a. We forfeited our day's car rental and a hotel near the Keukenhof Gardens. We booked into an Ibis by the airport and went for a drink. After a day of snacks and junk food, we opted to have 2 traditional appies...potato croquets with sausage in the center and deep-fried and sausage pieces deep-fried for dinner. We had a fun time with lots of kibitzing with others. Many Canadians had been delayed. Amsterdam Schipol Airport is installing new computer systems so flights are being delayed all over Europe. Some holidaying locals were there too.

This a.m. we picked up Clio our little Renault lease. She has grown bigger and acquired a sunroof.

We went to the Keukenhof Gardens. Yes they are only open a few more days and the fields of tulips have been harvested. But the gardens themselves are still spectacular with reds, purples, pinks, yellows and oranges as well as white tulips. Azaelias and some rhododendrons are sprinkled in. Little and high fountains and a small waterfall surprise. A windmill and sculptures peek out amoung tulip beds. We had lunch here.

With the help of Clio's GPS we headed back the N207 to go northwest on A4 E30. We skirted Amsterdam zuid and turned east to cross the Netherlands. Tonight we are in a roadside motel having finished dinner at Rheine a town on the way to Osnabruck. We are now on E30. I am thinking tomorrow will see us take E37 to Brennen and on to Hamburg where we will head north to Copenhagen and Stockholm Sweden.

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