Hi Everybody! I made it to Europe and my Red Boots Tour has officially started! I have my red boots with me and I'm realizing my poor boots are getting tired from all the travelling they have been doing with me over the last 6 years (they may even need a band aid or two before this tour is over), but I'm having an amazing time seeing all my favorite sites here in the Netherlands. I have so much to tell you I hope I can fit it all in during the short time I have to write so here it goes, you might want to hold on to something, it's a whirlwind and I've just started....
A few things I have learned just in my first week of being back in the Netherlands.... Equipment rental means coffee and long chats about politics before deciding what equipment is best for your tour. There is just as much construction on the roads here as there is back home and that means my GPS and I are having a heck of a time navigating ourselves to and from. So far in my first week I only managed to make it one place without getting lost. I hope to get better with my directions.... Spring means tulips everywhere and the most amazing scarves! And now for a few photos....
All packed up and ready to roll, even got my last Seattle coffee in hand. Please notice it is iced because of the sunshine I was about to leave behind...
Officially in Holland and catching a fast glimpse of my first windmill for this tour. I've got serious butterflies already multiplying in my belly! Did I mention I couldn't get my rental car in reverse or the window down to ask for help?
The view from my keyboard at my first show of the tour at Paddy O'Ryans in Leeuwarden, NL.
Pay attention gentlemen!
My view of Cafe Briljant in Haarlem. I played the house piano, Betsy and got to see some familiar faces from the last couple tours (thank you Ronald!).
The fabulous audience at Jouke and Rudolf's house concert in Capelle aan den IJssel, NL. Thank you so much everyone!!! I had an amazing night!
Fish nibbling feet
Haarlem, just one of my Holland homes.
My first and only glimpse of Iceland. Next trip I need to stop and have more time to see this amazing country.
Beautiful tulips are everywhere!! This is what they look like when driving by at 120 km.
The first group of folks to buy my cd. Thank you Miria, Peter and friends!
The leaning clock tower in Leeuwarden.
This is the fabulous Eric Devries who hosts Ramble on Tuesdays, amazing shows in various cities in the Netherlands. We were performing in the Kargadoor in Utrecht. I wasn't able to take a photo of the audience because the Kargadoor is below ground and like a cave so it was too dark. I also learned that Utrecht is very difficult to drive around in. Even with my GPS (now named Edgar so I can curse at him when he gets me lost) I was turned around for a good hour. But the view of the city was amazing!
My Dutch Momma and Poppa took me to the Haarlem flower festival on my day off and it was amazing! All of these floats are made entirely of flowers. They smell and look beautiful!
A really really really big boat going through a very very small canal! The foot bridges rotate so the boats can go by which is crazy to watch.
Bike riding back "home" with my Dutch Momma and Poppa, Yvonne and Paul Bohme. Stay tuned for more in part twee (two)...