What a happy morning! I was browsing through some blogs and saw a post about Marken Island on Annemiek's blog, Carpe Quiltem. (Love that blog name!) She showed a place where you can get your photo taken in traditional Dutch dress.
Annemiek leaves that sort of thing to the tourists, but many years ago my family visited Marken Island and got our photo taken there. My dad was stationed in Germany in the early fifties and my family traveled around Europe with our pup tents. We took the ferry to Marken Island in 1953 (nowadays you can drive there on a road they put in) and had this photo taken. I was 2 years old -- that's me sitting in my father's lap. In the 1970's my brother worked in the Netherlands for several years and went with my sister-in-law and nieces to Marken Island, where they also dressed up and had their photos taken at the same place.
Even though I don't remember that trip to the Netherlands, I grew up looking at this picture. It made my morning to read about Marken Island on another quilter's blog.