Adventures in Europe / Vol. II / Issue 02

If you missed out on Issue 01 of this year’s European Adventuring, make sure to check it out! (Come back to finish this post, though!) There was just a little too much excitement to cram into one blog post. So in the interest of keeping you from scrolling for years, I hope you enjoy this second installment of my adventures in Europe this Spring!

Pankoekenbakker / Thorn, Netherlands

Again, not pictured in any of these pictures from Thorn is the Pankoekenbakker (Pancake Bakery) or pancakes from said bakery, ’cause hungry. We had a wonderful time roaming the streets of this little white town.

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This is L’s reaction to the church bells ringing. Be still my heart.

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Clockwise from top: A precious picture with my sister. L is always up for showing off his climbing skills – and his muscles. The Pankoekenbakker has a small kid’s “store” where they can select a prize – L chose a rocket and tools with which to work on his rocket.

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The Wildpark

As an aunt, I have learned that if a place has a park, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Enter the Wildpark. All the local animals, all the awesome playgrounds. (If you’re from Nebraska, think the safari out by Ashland on a walkable scale.)

We saw otters, all different kinds of deer, bears, wild bore and things I can’t remember. Unfortunately, we never did find the frog was dying to see, so he decided he’d have to change his favorite animal to a bear. ????

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Happy Birthday, Sister!

With our family living all over the world, we rarely get to celebrate milestones together, but I got to be in Germany to celebrate my sister’s birthday this year! L and I snuck a trip off to the local Blumenperle (flower shop), and I was shocked when he asked for yellow flowers for his mama almost entirely in German! My auntie heart was so proud.

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Those. eyes.

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Found L hanging out here when things were just too quiet in the house.

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Auntie “Wola’s” bed was a favorite spot while I was there.

Market in the Morning

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ European market? We had been trying to go to a nearby market for a couple weeks, but being Western Germany/Eastern Netherlands, it rained and rained and rained a lot of the time I was there. We woke up on what was supposed to be rainy morning to find the sun shining, jumped in the car (Well, as much as you ‘jump’ with a 2.5 year old and a newborn), and headed to the Netherlands!

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I’ll take all the bread, please.

Trains in the Afternoon

The kid loves his trains, and I love being the aunt that used every single piece of track to make the most awesome setup ever. I may or may not have also been motivated by the fact that my sister told me our mom had tried to do it when she was there, and always ended up with one or two extra pieces. No, I’m not competitive at all, but I did manage to use every piece. Just sayin’. Also, I really, really, really love this picture.

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Keukenhof / Lisse, Netherlands

I’m not one to seek out super touristy things, but the tulip fields at Keukenhof are something everyone must see at least once. So amazing. We braved the crowds and had a splendid time roaming the paths and enjoying the sunshine. Not pictured is the one blowout and two epic spit-ups my dear sweet newborn nephew graced us with. My sister is amazing everyone.

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Mmmmm. Everything about this trip to Europe was just perfect, slow, relaxing – just right. The only reason I really wanted to come home by the end was to see my dear husband, but it was very hard to say goodbye to my sister. Always will be. Until next time, Europe!

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Too much European Adventuring to keep all the joy in one post! Colorado Documentary Photographer, Laura Glen, brings you a look at everyday life in Western Europe.