Gorges du Verdon

Last week, we were on holiday in France, camping near the Gorges du Verdon. We were in a small village, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, just north of the Lac de Sainte Croix, on the camping St. Jean (which I can highly recommend).

We had a great time. We have walked le sentier Martel (14 kilometers, 6 hours), rented waterbikes, swum in the lake, visited Cannes. The last morning, we went canyoning! That is really very much fun to do (if you’re not afraid of heights!). It’s part walking and abseiling, and part swimming, wading through the river and jumping off waterfalls. Very spectacular!

On Provence Web there is some more info about the gorges, about the village of Moustiers and about the lake.
And take a look at this site, which has some nice pictures of the gorges and the lake.

Update (July 16): The photos are now available from, if you have the correct username and password, that is.

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Tuesday, July 13th, 2004 Leisure, Photography No Comments

Skiing trip

Last Saturday I returned from my skiing holiday. With a couple of friends I went to Oz-en-Oisans, near Alpe d’Huez, only a few kilometers from where my girlfriend and I stayed this summer.
It was great fun, and very nice to see what it looks like in winter. I’ve been to the same places and have taken photographs on the same spots as I did then.

Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been very good all the time, we had a couple of snow storms, but luckily also a few very beautiful days.

On Tuesday we celebrated my birthday with a very nice dinner in a restaurant in Les Deux Alpes.

Update: The photos are available on my photo gallery.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2004 Leisure, Photography 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

Back from France

We returned from France, yesterday.
We had a really perfect holiday, with magnificent surroundings, and beautiful weather!
My girlfriend and I stayed on a camping in Allemont, in the Vallée de l’Eau d’Olle, about 50 kilometers east of Grenoble.
From our tent we looked out upon Alpe d’Huez, and the mountain range of the Grandes Rousses with its glaciers.

We have done a lot of walking, up to 7 hours and 900 meters of climbing. We have swum in a small mountain lake at 2100 meters altitude. We have done something called Hydrospeed on the river Vénéon, and we threw snowballs on the glacier on Pic Blanc at 3330 meters altitude!

The weather was very good, 35 to 40 degrees mostly, except for the two times that we nearly washed down the mountain. Rain and thunder up in the mountains is not much fun when you still have to descend for an hour and a half to get back to the car… But we got home safe alright.

All in all, we had a wonderful holiday together. Only way too short…

Update: A selection of photographs is now available on my site (if you have the password, of course).

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Thursday, August 21st, 2003 Leisure, Photography 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

Back from holiday

If you were wondering why you haven’t heard from me last week…
I was on a skiing trip to Italy!
The weather was perfect, the countryside was magnificent, the pistes were beautiful… In one word: wow!
I had a great time, got a bit of a suntan, and I didn’t even break anything… 🙂
Unfortunately, it’s back to work now!

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Monday, March 3rd, 2003 Leisure No Comments

Ben’s gone skiing

I learned on New Year’s Eve that a couple of my friends, with whom I went skiing last year, had planned their skiing holiday for this year, independently of each other, to the same place, in the same week.

So, I decided I’d also arrange something there and then, and today, I got the confirmation from the hotel… I’m going to Selva Gardena, Italy in a few weeks! And I’m very much looking forward to it!

Update: If you have the correct username and password, you can check out the photos here.

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Tuesday, January 14th, 2003 Leisure, Photography No Comments