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

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

Family visit

We went away for the weekend, to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Bristol, UK. It had been more than a year since we were there last time. Luckily they come to the Netherlands more often than we go there! 🙂

We had a lovely, relaxed couple of days. On Saturday, we visited Tintern Abbey and made a walk in the surrounding area. On Sunday, we just strolled around through town. Unfortunately, I was a bit sick both days, but that didn’t stop me from walking.

All in all, we had a nice weekend, some time to read a book, chat with each other, and relax.

On the “professional” level: my first month as a software engineer has come and gone. And I’m allowed to stay! I’m very pleased with the job, so far, it’s nice, it’s interesting, and it’s challenging. And with a bit of luck, before long, I will be able to do most of it from home!

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 Leisure, Personal No Comments


Yesterday evening we went to Madagascar. No, not the country. The movie!

My brother and sister-in-law from Bristol were here for the weekend, so the four of us went to the cinema in Vlissingen. It’s a very funny movie about 4 wacky animals who… well, just read the rest from Ari’s weblog. BTW, I do agree with Ari that it’s not as good as, for example, Shrek. But it’s nice.


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Sunday, July 3rd, 2005 Movies, Personal No Comments


We were away for a few days to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Bristol, again.
And again, we went flying with Easyjet. We were probably somewhat late booking the flights, because there ware quite some differences in prices from one day to the next. Of course, we wanted the cheapest flights, therefore we didn’t go from Friday to Monday, but from Saturday to Tuesday!

So, we arrived on Saturday evening. We were picked up at the airport by my brother and his wife! (Last year, they didn’t have a car yet – they got it about one week after we left – so we had to take the bus then.) They brougt us to their new house.

“Hey”, the observant reader will say, “didn’t they move last year?”
Yes, you’re right, they did. But they moved again. That’s why we went to visit them, to see their new house!

This time they bought a house, and a very nice one too. Brand new, 5 minutes walk from the station, 5 minutes walk from a large shopping centre.

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 Leisure, Personal No Comments

Happy New Year

A very happy New Year to all of you!

I know, I know, I’m a few days late, but I’ve hardly been online in the past two weeks!

My girlfriend and I went to Lyon for a few days, just before Christmas. She has worked there for almost a year, about 8 years ago, so it’s like a second home town to her.

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Monday, January 5th, 2004 Leisure, Movies No Comments

There and back again (twice)

The Hobbit

I’m off for the weekend, leaving for London on Friday morning.
I’m going to visit my brother and sister-in-law, whom I haven’t seen since their wedding. And I still haven’t seen the photos I made that day.
Furthermore, they have got a book for me, and I’ve still got half of their wedding present 🙂 And of course, a weekend in London is always nice, there’s lots to see…

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2003 Leisure 1 Comment

English wedding

I’ve been on holiday last week.
My brother got married last Saturday (May 3rd), so we combined that with a small vacation. My brother lives in London, but his parents-in-law live in Nursling, a small village near Southampton.
They decided to marry there, in a small church dedicated to St. Boniface, who went to monastic school there.

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Monday, May 5th, 2003 Leisure, Personal 1 Comment

The Two Towers

I’ve been to London between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Went to see the apartment of my brother and his fiancée. They’ve lived in that apartment for about a year or so, but I hadn’t even been there yet!

We went to see The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers. Great movie! Well, at least for my part!
However, my future sister-in-law would’ve walked away if it hadn’t been for us. She didn’t dare to watch the massive fight scenes with all the horrid creatures like Orcs and Uruk-hai. Afterwards she kept saying she couldn’t believe the movie was for 12 years and older…
But, as I said, I thought it was a great movie… Looking forward to part three!

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2002 Leisure, Movies No Comments