So this week we are in Holland and while emerged in a different culture we are also learning new stuff.

A mess up in our car hire has given rise to an ideal opportunity to teach the kids how to read train time tables.

We went to the Van Gogh Museum and saw the classic Sunflowers and The Bedroom pictures. Sulls favorite was his Skeleton with a cigarette in his mouth. Van Gogh lived from 1853 to 1890. He chopped off his ear and sent it to the woman he loved Sull told me. He died two days after he had shot himself in the chest twice.

I also was quite thrilled to see originals by Henri Toulouse Letrec.

Ann put her grid reading into practice by finding everywhere we wanted to go on our visit to Amsterdam on the tourist map.

Sullivan observed that there were a lot of things for 18 plus in Amsterdam – he doesn’t know the half of it.

We learnt when a Dutch Uncle says to a shop assistant  ‘you’re some prick’ he is actually asking for water  ‘sooner prick’ which means without gas.