Friday, March 4, 4:40 pm:
Dad and I left for the airport around 8 am this morning
Hoeve Meerzicht is adorable. The rooms are clean and quaint, and the B and B is where the haystack used to be. We met Paula right away and she is super friendly. Milking time is at 6 pm, so Dad will probably hang out with Piet, Paula's husband. This is his family farm, and their sons also help run it. They have had the B and B for eight years. Hoeve means "farm" and "Meerzicht" means "view of the lake."
Dad, Missy and I have had smooth arrivals here. I can't say the same for my brother, John. At 3:30 this morning I received a text that there was a big accident on I-94, so he was delayed on his airport shuttle by 90 minutes
I took a walk this afternoon and took some photos of the countryside. The land is flat and there are dykes all over the place to control the water and potential flooding. I enjoyed how quaint and quiet it is. Paula then showed my Dad the milking area when they started at 6 pm. It was very impressive! Their new shed was built in September, and now they can milk 90 cows in about an hour. Dad has heard of the swing-over milking system, but has never seen it. I guess he had to come to the Netherlands! :) She also said milk prices have gone down to 30 cents a liter, when it used to be around 43 cents a liter. Dad could definitely relate to that.
The three of us had a nice dinner in Monnickendam at Castello di Roma, Italian. The wild mushroom ravioli in cream sauce was delicious, as was the wine I had with it. Now, Dad and Missy went to sleep, and I am waiting up for John. It looks like his flight to Amsterdam was also a bit delayed, which is good in that he had enough time to make his connection, but bad in that it's another delay, and a very long travel day for him.
The plan tomorrow is to head into Amsterdam and do some sight seeing.
Thanks for following along!
Friday, March 04, 2016
Monnickendam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands