Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Home, Sweet Home

We made it in yesterday afternoon, no hiccups in the travel plans, thank goodness. That's always a good thing. We left Brussels at 10:30 a.m. and arrived home around 3:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. Brussel's time). A long day but I think we all were glad to get home. Well, actually, the kid has completely fallen in love with Europe and plans on moving there one day now. I've told him he has plenty of time to plan on attending a university abroad. We'll see if he feels the same once that time rolls around. Anyway, it's really good to be home. You should have seen this island last night! ha. I cleaned it all up and sorted all my goodies; at least the ones that were down here! (I have yet to unpack my bag yet.)

What a whirlwind trip it was. So many wonderful memories were made. Again, I will have to have the hub download all my pics from his computer to mine so I can share the beginning of the trip with you. So much to tell and show you from Amsterdam, Bremen, and Zurich.

Here's a few more shots from Brussels. We were passing this studio and I glanced in (of course). There, hanging on the wall, was an oil of the teenager when he was a baby! I swear, it is HIM! We spoke with the lady who was sitting in for the day and she told us the artist, Benoit Vercammen, was coming in later that afternoon. We had to meet him! Why I didn't take any pictures of him and some of his work in this studio is beyond me, but i didn't. Oy. He was a very nice gentleman, young, very young. We told him that this looked just like our son when he was a baby. Look at the likeness! Yes, we purchased the painting and had Benoit take the canvas off it's stretcher and now have it here to have re-stretched. I can't wait to see it, probably hanging over our bed. We are the first in the United States to have one of his pieces; and he was very excited over this. He has one in Australia and several were being sent to Africa. The kid was a tad jealous. We may have to have commission Benoit to do one of the kid when he was a baby! Hmmmmm.

This is the only cat we saw the entire trip. He was inside a promenade, and we chose "his" cafe to eat breakfast. We ordered omelets (which later gave me quite a fit--I was in all night with the "trots" (to the bathroom!! Thank goodness it was the last night and I was finished traveling.). I did, however, enjoy a lovely show on the Royal Family photographers on the BBC.

I found this awesome miniature shop that was unfortunately closed. Grrrrr. I thought of Ulla, of course. Wish I could have made it in there. They had everything. I adored the little shop armoire filled with yarns and all the porcelain sets from Germany. I wrote the website down -- somewhere -- and can't seem to put my finger on it. If I find it, I will pass it on if anyone is interested. Didn't I tell you Brussels was amazing?

Some more window shops of an antique store and a picture of Van Gogh himself. I couldn't stop looking at this gentleman sitting at the table next to us enjoying lunch. Does he not look like a Van Gogh? Click on it, and you tell me.

These are buildings in the Grand Place. Truly remarkable architecture. Sigh.

I, like the kid, already miss Europe.


Tammy said...

Awww...so sorry to hear your trip is over...but glad you are home safe...I'm feeling some better after work although today was a pretty tough workout as they decided I needed to run my own machine...YIKES! I did alright though...Just Tard!!
My eyes kind of blured on your pictures so I think you'll be my last stop tonight...
Love & Hugs!!

PEA said...

Welcome home dear Rosa!!! Sounds like you had a simply FABULOUS time and oh boy, how I would have enjoyed all those little shops!! What a shame that one was closed! Oh wow, yes, the painting certainly does look like your son as a child...it really is uncanny isn't it and imagine having the first painting from this artist in the States!!! Awesome!! Dear Rosa, I received your Halloween Swap parcel yesterday and I simply LOVE everything!!! I did a post of it this morning:-) Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!! Hugs xox

Sue said...

Welcome back! Sounds like it was a fun trip!

cityfarmer said...

Can't wait to see and hear more....glad you're back just in time for exciting stuff in the states...worlds' series...stuch lovely photos.

Raphael, France. said...

Hi! I'm happy you had a safe trip!! You seem to be very happy of your trip!! Now you have to come in France and visit us!!

The kid is always welcome home if he wants to spend some times in france for studiing!

See ya!

miss*R said...

it is always hard to return home after a fun trip. I missed New York city for weeks.
did you get to meet up with Carol in Bremen?

Lisa (oceandreamer) said...

Welcome back! Your trip sounds so wonderful as I've been following along behind you, heehee. There never seems to be enough time to just keep going and exploring, especially the shops(teehee)...but wow, you did quite a bit. Thank you for sharing it all.
That painting is definitely a look-alike and how fantastic to own the actual piece.
I know what you mean about missing where you've been, we felt that way about England.

Mrs. Staggs said...

Welcome home! So sorry to hear your last evening was spent with an upset tummy. I would have loved that miniatures shop too. Too bad it was closed!
Slap a short beard on that fellow and he IS Van Gogh!

PG said...

It's always nice to be home! I have really enjoyed your pictures and looking forward to more..

Jungle Jane said...

I enjoyed your blog and the photos of your trip. Thanks for sharing them. I'm glad that you enjoyed the atcs and hope that we will trade many times.

Linda said...

Isn't Europe fabulous? Looks like you had a great time.

kansasrose said...

Welcome back Rosa! What beautiful pictures you have and memories...sure missed ya...



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