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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Holland, Michigan

Our last stop on our Lake Michigan trip with Grandma Nan was Holland, MI.  I had heard a lot about Holland and would love to see it in the spring when all the tulips are in full bloom!

See the purple circle for Holland's location on the Lake Michigan coast.

There are a number of Dutch tourists spots and some pretty city parks in Holland.  We spent time at one Dutch shop - Veldheer's.

They have imported Delft (pottery) from their shop in Holland (Europe), and they paint some of the pottery at the factory in Holland, MI.

I liked the nativity sets.

The boys tried on wooden shoes.

But what they were most interested in was a wooden duck that when you walk, it's tail feathers and wings flap.  They chose to pay for this duck with their own money and he quickly became they're new little brother.  They've named him Holland.  (We clearly need a pet)

Here a lady is wood burning Holland's name and the year onto the duck.

The boys were so, so, so happy.  They even strapped Holland into the seat belt between them on the way home.  Really, we need a dog.


Kendra said...

Ha! That it totally something my girls would do too! Speaking of which, I just realized something. We both have 3rd graders this year! Of course my L doesn't start for another week & a half, but still. Isn't that cool!? :-)

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

So fun! I grew up in Michigan and remember visiting Holland so many times. I think that's where the Tulip Festival is every year too? I think I remember that - it's been a long time.

Great pictures!


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