"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain."
~Psalm 127:1

May 5, 2011

Europe: Day 6

Finally, back to our Europe trip.

So now we are with Peter's family.  We had a nice sleep in their guest room in the attic.

Our bed

Then we had breakfast and went exploring Groningen with Peter, his mother, Petra, and his friend, Dean.  Before we picked Dean up we made a special stop.

We got wooden shoes!  Josiah got a traditional men's pair in black, and of course I chose the purple ones.  A little nontraditional, but I like purple.

Then we went to Groningen.  We took a walking tour of the city where we saw a few old churches that were used to shelter the sick, poor, and visitors.  We walked a lot and saw a lot of things.  It is a very nice city, there were a ton of bikes.  Peter told us that about once a year they drag the canals to get the bikes out that have fallen or been pushed into them.  He said some people will just grab a bike that is not locked and roll it into the canal for fun.

The train station

The supermarket

City Hall

Martini Tower and church
We also went to the museum in Groningen.  The main display was of Russian art, telling the story of "Russia's unknown orient."

Groninger Museum

One of my favorite pieces of artwork there was called On the Sea of Tiberias (Galilee) by Vasily Polenov.

This painting is really large in person.  And it looks like you could reach into the painting and touch the rocks or the water.  It just looks like such a peaceful place to be walking.

And after all that, we were tired of walking.

Then we went back to Peter's home and had supper with his family and slept very well that night.

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