We went to Heerlen to see where Joe's wife Heather was born. We took several pictures to spark the memories of her family. You can see that they were expecting us as they had balloons out at the train station. (Don't forget to click on the pictures for a closer look.)
Her first house at Adenauerstraat 29 in the suburb of Brunssum was a 40 minute city bus ride back and forth from suburb to suburb starting at the station. It was easy to find the house just a couple of blocks from the stop at Kennedylaan and Europalaan.
We saw a castle on the way.
Back in Heerlen we walked through the main square to find the forest park where Heather played as a child and fed the animals.
We didn't know for sure on which side of the forest they lived when they moved to Heerlen so we took pictures of buildings on the three sides near the playground.
You can tell that the natives were happy to see us as they dressed up in their native costumes. The mayor even came out to greet us.
The many bands were often playing the same song. We couldn't make out the words but everyone was having a great time.
I'm eating French fries with mayonnaise, curry wurst with piles of onions, and a waffle coated with white chocolate, yum,yum!
Mom was happy to find lots of horses and geese. She counted over 100 horses from the train just in one section of the trip.
I was perfectly happy to look at the old buildings and canals.
(These carnival pictures were in nearby Maastricht, the carnival capital of the Netherlands. Everything in Heerlen was locked up and the streets empty as everyone had gone to join in the parades and partying in Maastricht. Judging by the confetti on the main square of Heerlen, they must have done their celebrating on Sunday. The Monday we were in Maastricht was family parade day. It was like Halloween on steroids. I told mom she needed to smear her lipstick on my nose and on her lips so that us chilly Florida tourists would fit in, but she didn't. You can read more about Dutch carnival here or here.)
Kate Caroly Carr
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