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Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum

Jan 17, 14 Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum

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Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum (Dutch Railway museum) a must for all little boys who like trains ! 😀 We all had a great day at this wonderful museum… and of course we went by train which was even more enjoyable as the boys haven’t really been on a train before … een leuke dag!...

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Dutch Culture in all its’ varied forms

Jan 13, 14 Dutch Culture in all its’ varied forms

Posted by in Holland, Miscellaneous

I love Holland and the Dutch culture …. where else in the world would theme parks and national art museums be so chicly done: The Efteling : Inspired by the artist Anton Pieck The New Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (10 years in the...

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Story time with Annelies

Jan 12, 14 Story time with Annelies

Posted by in Holland

Story time with the boys is always a lot of fun...

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Nederlandse Artilleriemuseum

Jan 08, 14 Nederlandse Artilleriemuseum

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Back in Holland again and meeting up with Oma, Opa, Marielle, Sylvan and the boys … yay !!! River, Lukas and Seth are so cute and Uncle Rob is having a great time with them : Nerf Gun fights; Go-karting and a trip to the Dutch Artillery museum (so far) … made all the more interesting as Opa (Grandpa) served on the same base where the museum is for his national service during the 1960’s. We also got to climb all over a self-propelled gun...

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How to Destroy your Lawn in a Morning

Sep 27, 13 How to Destroy your Lawn in a Morning

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Autumn gardening tasks … scarifying the lawn … apparently it’s good for it...

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Mamma mia she’s a gonna fall …

Sep 19, 13 Mamma mia she’s a gonna fall …

Posted by in Italy 2013

Where else could we be with a blog title like that but … the leaning tower of pizza Pisa (sorry feeling a bit hungry as I write this) Our last stop on our Italian holiday. We have of course vistited the famous leaning tower and even if it didn’t have that 4 degree lean it would still be an impressive piece of architecture. We also took the oppourtunity to visit the statue and grave of one of Pisa’s famous sons (although still a little unknown to most people), that of the great mathematician Leonardo Pisano, or Fibonnacci as he’s more commonly known. He was responsible for the introduction of the indo-arabic number system into Europe in 1202 through his seminal book ‘Liber Abaci’ … which is pretty amazing when you think about it. I’ve recenly finished reading his life story in Keith Devlin’s excellent book “The Man of Numbers” so it was fantastic to visit his grave and walk the streets he would have walked in his lifetime 😀 Grave and statue to the Great Fibonacci Fibonacci + 1...

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Bella Toscana

Sep 18, 13 Bella Toscana

Posted by in Italy 2013

It may be something of a cliche I know, but … Tuscany IS beautiful.

Soft rolling hills, studded with lines of pencil thin Cypress trees, hillsides fat with vines and olive groves.

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More Antiqua Roma

Sep 11, 13 More Antiqua Roma

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We’ve packed in another full day of Ancient Roman sites. It makes up for the rather disappointing day we had yesterday when I was robbed on the Metro. I had my pocket picked and lost my iPhone {deep sob}. Spending a couple of hours in an Italian police station was ‘interesting’. It was like something out of the 1930s … weird. Via Appia First off the Appian way … a 16km stretch of Roman road leading into the city. The actual paved highway is still intact in many of the places. All along the road there are memorials, sepulchres and catacombs to the Roman dead. No-one was allowed to be buried in Ancient Rome. Hiring bikes we rode down this most ancient of roads. You can even see the wheel tracks of the roman wagons worn into the flagstones. I have to say that the Ancient Roman bottom must have been made of sterner stuff than ours. Whilst it might have been the cutting edge in road technology then it was still very rough. The Caracalla Baths Then we headed to the remains of the Caracalla Baths. This building was HUGE. It could accommodate 1,600 people at a time and was available to all of Rome’s citizens FREE. It had 2 gymnasiums, massage rooms, Turkish baths, a hot room to sweat the dirt out after a hard day, a tepid room to wash and finally a cold pool to cool off in. All this whilst our ancestors were still sitting in mud huts picking lice out of their armpits. Your average Roman pleb had access to clean water, baths, libraries, good roads, a legal system …. need I go on !! The Circus Maximus We then walked on to see the site of the Circus Maximus. Think ‘Ben Hur’ and chariot races and you’ll get the picture. Anyway as you’d expect it was huge. Roman engineers never did anything by halves. Sadly there’s not much left today but outlines of the arena and seating....

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