Skiing in Austria

This weekend, we returned from a week of skiing in Austria.

Together with friends (and their two children) we had an apartment in Aparthotel Sterngucker in Königsleiten.

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Monday, March 12th, 2012 Leisure, Personal No Comments


Last Saturday we went to the Circustheater in Scheveningen to see the musical Tarzan.

Just as last time we went to a musical, the show was very spectacular, with beautiful costumes and decors and of course the music by Phil Collins. And just as last time, I would advise you to go and see for yourself, but be quick, because you’ve got about four weeks left.

For more information, do not try the obvious tarzan.nl, you’ll find a different type of info there. Instead, check out wikipedia, for example. Tarzan.com seems to be related to the author of the book Tarzan of the Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and will also provide you with some more information.

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Monday, April 20th, 2009 Leisure No Comments

Winter scenes

It’s been pretty cold in the past weeks. When it’s been freezing for such a long time, the Dutch get a special type of disease: ice fever. Within days, ice skates were sold out everywhere, because for the first time in 12 years, it was possible to skate on natural ice in The Netherlands. There was even talk about a new Elfstedentocht, but the ice didn’t get strong enough for that.

So, we too wanted to go ice skating, but I too had to buy new skates first. We finally went this Saturday.

Apart from the fun of ice skating, the cold weather also provides some beautiful natural winter scenes, and the opportunity to try to make a few nice photos.

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Sunday, January 11th, 2009 Leisure, Personal, Photography No Comments


Yesterday, we returned from a short trip to England, to my brother and sister-in-law, and our little nephew Willem.

The ferry in Dunkerque

This time, we went by car and ferry: we drove to Dunkerque, took the ferry to Dover, and drove the last part, to their new house in Newbury. “What? Where? Didn’t they live in Bristol?” Yes, they did, but not anymore. They moved earlier this year. We hadn’t been there yet. In fact, we hadn’t seen them since December! Back then, Willem was 7 months and Marijn only 2 months old! So, it was very nice seeing each other again.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 Leisure, Personal No Comments


At the end of our holiday, last week, we had two nights with heavy rain and thunderstorms. Secretly, I had hoped for that to happen, because I wanted to try out my new camera (and toys)!

This is the result:


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Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 Leisure, Photography No Comments


We arrived home from our two-week holiday in Champoussin, Switzerland, yesterday evening.

Why are holidays always too short?

Champoussin is a little village near Val-d’Illiez within the skiing area of Portes du Soleil.

We didn’t do any skiing of course, but for walking the area is very nice as well. We made some beautiful tours of three to four hours, almost every day. The weather was perfect, except for the first two days, and sometimes even a bit too warm.

The two (and-a-half) of us stayed in a luxurious 6-person appartment with two bathrooms, three toilets and three bedrooms! We had a magnificent view on the Dents du Midi, which we enjoyed from our balcony during breakfast and dinner (and in-between):

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Sunday, July 22nd, 2007 Leisure, Personal No Comments

Sunset in Vlissingen

In the past months I have been doing a course in photography. It was very nice and I learnt a lot – and made a lot of pictures! A hundred to a hundred and fifty a week! And we could only show 3 or 4 of those!

Well, anyway, because I haven’t been using my weblog very much in the past year, I decided that I would start a photoblog. So, the first picture is coming up right now, and hopefully, I can give you regular updates with new (or old) pictures.

All pictures made by me, of course, and with my Canon Powershot A620 digital camera, unless otherwise stated.

Sunset in Vlissingen

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 Leisure, Personal, Photography No Comments

Summer holiday

Yesterday we returned from our summer holiday. We’ve been to France, camping most of the time. We started just south of Calais, where we stayed for two nights. My brother and sister-in-law were over from Bristol for a long weekend, so we met them there. After that, we drove on to a small village south of Clermont-Ferrand. We did some walking thereabouts, amongst others to the summit of the Puy de Dome.
Because the weather wasn’t great, we went further south after five days, to the Gorges du Tarn in the Cevennes. There we did a lot of walking (and climbing!) on the steep slopes of the gorges. But we also visited a castle (Chateau de Peyrelade), caves (Grotte d’Argilan), Le Chaos de Montpellier le Vieux and we went canoeing on the river Tarn one day. Oh, and of course we went to see the famous Viaduc de Millau.

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Sunday, August 27th, 2006 Leisure, Personal, Photography No Comments


Yesterday, a couple of friends and I went to the TT in Assen for the MotoGP. It was the first time for me, and WOW, what an event! Almost a hundred thousand people, and a lot of them on motorbike… I never saw so many motorcycles at one time.

TT parking lot

The weather was great, and the races were nice, with a spectacular ending of the MotoGP.

After the finish of the MotoGP, even before the last of the races, most people left, resulting in thousands and thousands of motorcyclists trying to leave at the same time. It took us about an hour – in the burning sun – just to get off the parking lot and onto the highway!

And then the thousands of people who stand along the highway. Some of them have even taken chairs with them, some barbecues, and even 100 kilometers from Assen, the highway overpasses are still filled with people watching and waving at the bikers – you’d almost feel like an Olympic champion!

Update: The official sponsor of the TT is A-Style, as can naturally be seen everywhere along the track, on the tickets, or on the poster, for example. Check out their logo! Who, in his right mind, would ever want to come up with a logo like that?!?

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Monday, June 26th, 2006 Leisure No Comments

The Lion King

Yesterday we went to the musical “The Lion King” in the Circustheater in Scheveningen.

Wow, what a spectacular show that is! It already starts with a fantastic opening scene. But also the live music is overwhelming, the costumes are amazing, and the decors are beautiful.

Well, I could tell you more, but you should really just go and see it. But you’ve got to be quick, because the show stops August 27.

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Sunday, April 30th, 2006 Leisure No Comments