Piet Mondrian

June 1985

We went yesterday to Het Loo and found there is a very good slide show about the place. Rainy and very chilly but I enjoyed it very much – saw more than first time, of course. It will be even better next month!! We’ll go to the museum here today – and maybe to an exhibit of old Dutch and Flemish paintings on loan to Rotterdam (from the Hermitage yet!) tomorrow. Jeanette had such with us here on Wed.

Love, Va

Lugano, Switzerland

One week in Switzerland and I love it all. Got my first real look at the Alps today – we went up Mt Rigi and had a spectacular view. Pretty surreal. Went to the Van Gogh exhibit yesterday in Basel – so glad I had the chance. Great collection. We spent Monday in Lugano – looks like an ok place to high school :). Tomorrow we are exploring Zurich and hoping the rain stays away. Not sure what the weekend holds. I love trains!

Love, Bron

Amsterdam, Netherlands

July, 1985

Notice the June 17, New Yorker cover?

Tom and gang got back last nite after a wonderful trip – biking along the Vecht river in central Holland – had perfect weather. We are all going to Alicia’s for tacos tonight, then will be off Monday to the castle and other places in South Holland.

August, 1985

Thanks for your good letter and card. Bill and I are going thru things today making lists, etc. The packer is coming Tuesday to look things over for an estimate. We’re going to Alicia’s for supper tonite, a new couple are to be here for my usual “stew” tomorrow, we go to Haarlem for supper and organ on Tues. and we’ll take Dorothy to Keviet for dinner Wed. Wish you were here.

Love, Va

Den Haag, Netherlands

July 1985

Got your letter of the 12th – guess you are having real summer. We are having nice weather these days – Toms’ biked to Delft and explored it yesterday. They went to Gouda (by train) today. T & J went to the fish restaurant last nite – all dressed up – on their bikes (just like the Dutch). They have more energy than you can imagine – don’t want to miss a thing. Went swimming in our pool this aft. We’re having Alicia and Esther (the Colombian gal) for supper tomorrow. Bill goes to Damascus on Sat am til Tues.

Love, Va

Holland in Bloom

December 1981

Dear Fernie,

Bill and I are getting ready to go for a walk – it is cloudy and old. We went to a lovely snow-covered park about 2 hours east of here yesterday – it was really beautiful – also had a nice museum. We got stuck in parking lot – but otherwise was lovely day.

Happy New Year!
Love, Dede

Torun, Poland


This is a Polish postcard – I can’t believe I’m finally somewhere you haven’t been! Excitement plus. Well, we have been thru London, Dover, Calais, Brussels, Bonn, Linz, Vienna, Czech, Carowia, Warsaw and here. I’m exhausted. Of course we broke the drought and the heatwave – it has been cold or cool and we have been rained on several times. I can’t stand not being able to understand anyone, but otherwise I love it. Why did I never come before?

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