It was all so excited and worldly! While I was in Japan, Louisa and her family went to Amsterdam. They stayed in a cousin's house and had a true "local" experience. What fun...Griffin and Sophia on their first trip "abroad."
Of course, the Van Gogh Museum was high on the list of "Things That Must Be Seen." I have never been there myself, but now I want to see it. Even though I haven't been there, I have gifts from Van Gogh. I am afraid I did not do justice to the cute lunch box, but it is charming. I will fill it with some art stuff. I need that inspiration. When I got it, it was filled with fruit jellies from Brugge....now, what an exquisite lunch that is! To the right (the unfortunate blue blob) is the premier gift of all---a silk scarf printed with a Van Gogh painting. It is absolutely beautiful, but it was too much for me to even attempt. My try to paint it folded does give the impression of fabric, but I fell way short on the colors. They are, needless to say, very complex.
The other gifts are a very delicate lace handkerchief from Brugges---handmade Belgian lace! It is so lovely and sophisticated. It is hard to think of putting it to use....maybe weddings, child dedications, and funerals..or maybe just in a spot where I can admire it.
And---tastiest treat of all.--Belgian chocolates. This is something you hear about, but I think the ones sold here are not the good stuff. These were creamy, chocolate-y, hard to stop eating and fun, too. The guy on the box is (I think) Dominique Persoone, who is a "Shock-O-Latier." There is a brochure, but I can't read it. I think he is a made-up person, but his motto is "Chocolate Is rock 'n' roll. You know I love that. Best chocolate I have EVER had!
A card with this little painting has been sent to the Smiths.....Thank you...and thanks for thinking of me on your adventure.