Who: Dottie Thompson, of Lodi, her son Cary Hall and daughter-in-law Terri of South Pasadena, and granddaughter Leslie Hall. They were joined in the Netherlands by granddaughter Sarah Hall.
Occupation: Dottie Thompson is a medical transcriber for Lodi Physical Therapy, Cary and Terri Hall are retired educators, Leslie is a traveling nurse now working in Boston, and Sarah is a physical therapist working for Kaiser in Baldwin Park.
The trip: Europe with stops in Libson, Portugal, Normandy, France, Dover, England and Bruges, Belgium, ending in Amsterdam for a 12-day stay in Den Haag, Netherlands.
Why did you go? To travel with family and see Europe. They spent time in , as Cary spent many summers there with his dad while in high school, college and later with his own family.
Highlights: While in , they visited a different city each day, seeing Haarlem, Delft, Volendam, Alsmeer and Kinderdijk, where 19 windmills line a canal in the countryside. In Amsterdam, they saw many churches and museums, as well as the Anne Frank House which contains so much history of her life.
They also took a stroll through the Red Light District. They took in the flower auction in Lisse where, under warehouse space the size of 220 football fields, Dutch growers and buyers from around the world take part in the world’s largest flower market.
They also visited the beautiful gardens of the Keukenhof. In Gouda, the medieval St. John’s Church has the most amazing stained glass windows which depict scenes from Biblical and national history. These windows were removed during World War II and put in safety until after the war.
On their way home, Dottie flew and met her sister from Boise, Idaho, for a road trip to Indiana before returning by way of Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone, and then spending a week in Boise visiting friends and family.
Would you go again? Certainly, it is always great spending time with family. However, if they get the opportunity to travel again it would be great to see other places, as there is always so much to see.