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Memories of Two Hollands

When I write about Holland I have to write about two Hollands. Let me explain:

We probably wouldn’t have named our 6 lb. bundle of joy after the European country of Holland if we hadn’t been living in it. Born in The Hague, on a typical Dutch wet and windy day, in what seems to be only five years ago, this week Holland the daughter started her senior year of high school. Five years ago in real time we did return Holland to Holland for a visit. Her younger sister and her parents got to go along.

Keukenhof Gardens, about Holland

The tulips at Keukenhof Gardens were a good trade off to riding bikes

Holland (the daughter) broke her collarbone a few days before our trip, so we had to cancel the bike riding tour we had planned. We did get to visit the famous Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse.

Delft, about Holland

Goofing off in Delft

The above kind of behavior was probably safer on foot than on bikes anyway.

Dutch pannekoeken, a favorite thing about Holland

Dutch pannekoeken: Both a favorite thing about Holland and a favorite thing of Holland's

Dutch Pannekoeken are huge. Both girls took quite a liking to pannekoeken and were impressed that restaurants in Holland had their own extra large plates to serve them on.

Dutch pannekoeken

Plates completely cleared of giant Dutch Pannekoeken

Their parents were impressed by just how much pannekoeken two little girls could eat.

hot chocolate met slagroom in Amsterdam

For a little variety both daughters also enjoyed lots of hot chocolate

In addition to eating large Dutch pancakes, they drank copious amounts of hot chocolate met slagroom (with whipped cream). Quickly they learned to order pretty much everything met slagroom.

Five years later met slagroom and pannekoeken remain the indisputable favorite language acquisitions.

No surprises there.

Margo Millure currently lives on the South Carolina coast. She is a writer/editor/photographer and the founder of Travel Belles. Learn more about her at

This article has 9 comments

  1. Krista

    I LOVE this post, Margo!! Your daughters are gorgeous and have marvelously mischievous, twinkly eyes. πŸ™‚ Wonder where they got those from? πŸ˜‰

  2. Kerry Dexter

    lovely story and great photos, thank you.

  3. Debbie Ferm

    I didn’t know your daughter’s name was Holland! I love that:) Is she the car smasher? Ha Ha.

  4. Angela K. Nickerson

    Ooh! I love the name Holland! That’s fab! Such a beautiful young lady, too. Hope high school is a wonderful experience for her — and you. πŸ™‚

  5. Wanderluster

    Sweet photos! Beautiful girls! And really lovely tulips!

  6. josephine

    Not only is Holland a great name, but I’m so glad to see other people photographing their food while traveling, and I love the idea of seeing the world as a child – I wish I had!
    Great post!

  7. Margo Millure

    thanks! It was a great experience for us – our first big trip out of the country when both of them were able to both appreciate and remember.

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