17 and 18th of March 2004. Tuesday was spent just testing our wings (feet as we were walking) around Utrecht. It was a good day to do this as the weather was overcast and in the low 50’s (just like Seattle !!!). We had to watch ourselves as we walked the streets. Now don’t get me wrong, we did stay on the sidewalk but, with there being a bicycle lane, a car lane and a separate bus lane it made it rather interesting to cross the street. Another interesting action or should I say no action was the stopping at the “Stop Lights”. The general rule as I saw it was “SWSWSW” (some will, some wont, so what !!).It was the “so what’s” we had to watch out for….. I really like the town of Utrecht with the architecture of “old” and mostly townhouses style, the very narrow streets that just swing one way and then the other. All the waterways and all the little row boats some swamped and the others just like new. A retired man fishing from the banks and pulling this little fish up at his leisure. The GREAT bakeries that not only serve up wonderful pastries but the best coffee’s ever. I think I have found my next home !!!! After noon we called Donna to come and pick us up so we could finally meet “Goldie”.
Well, “Goldie” is a little rough right now but when Louise and I finish with her she will be ONE HELL OF A GOLDIE that we will all be proud of !!!! Wednesday was some more of the same of finding more neat little corners to round and another little shoppe to explore. The camera is clicking galore (I will be working at getting these on the site soon). Thursday we went down for breakfast, checked out of the Ouwi and walked pulling our one bag (we left all the others with Goldie) to town and through a street market and then on to the train station for our ride back to Amsterdam. The train ride was executed “Perfectly” this time. This morning we woke at 4am and headed off to catch our plane to Paris and then on to Cairo Egypt. The Paris airport is going through a major remodel and getting around was a challenge. The customs experience arriving in Cairo was easy enough but for some reason it took forever!!! We arrived without a hotel or B&B to go to and well, we are going to move in the morning…. This one is…well…. more to come…