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

I’m nearly famous

My PhD research is being sponsored by the NWO Council for the Astronomical, Mathematical and Computer Sciences (Exacte Wetenschappen), on the Computational Science programme.

A year ago, we had the Kick-off meeting for this programme, at the CWI in Amsterdam, and last week we had the second meeting, at the TU Eindhoven this time.

Someone was being very active with his digital camera, and a lot of pictures were taken during the day.

On the Computational Science site, a gallery has been set up with a small number of photographs from both of these meetings.

Among these 12 pictures, yours truly has found himself twice already!

Kick off meeting 2002Kick off meeting 2003

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Thursday, December 4th, 2003 Personal 2 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

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

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