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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Dagtocht naar Amsterdam

Nov 01, 12 Dagtocht naar Amsterdam

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Dagtocht naar Amsterdam – “Day trip to Amsterdam” Yesterday we had a fantastic day trip to Amsterdam which took in a canal tour, a visit to the Rijksmuseum ending up with meal in Dam square.… lekker...

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Autumn in Holland

Oct 28, 12 Autumn in Holland

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We’re back in Holland again in time to see the gorgeous Autumn colours and landscapes … prachtig as they say here (beautiful) !! Also a chance for some of us (ie Annelies 😀 ) to partake of some good old traditional winter fayre … Pea Soup or “Snert” … so thick you literally can stand your spoon up in it...

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Provence au Printemps

May 12, 11 Provence au Printemps

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Some impressions and images of places we’ve experienced in Springtime Provence … Fontaine de Vaucluse [09/05] Source of the river ‘La Sorgue’. The river seems to spring from inside a huge cave within a sheer rock cliff face. The water is cool and crystal clear. Le Luberon [10/05] Despite the often heavy heat and dry air Provence is pregnant with lush growth and ripening fruit. Everywhere you go there are vines and fruit trees, mainly cherries hanging from rich green foliage. The Petit Luberon and Grand Luberon are two hilly areas to the east of where we’re staying. The plains and valleys between the peaks are full of springtime richness. Perched on the peaks between them are the sandstone villages and churches that make up the particular and distinctive look of Provence. Many of the communities date back to the middle ages when they were positioned here for defensive purposes during less than stable times following the fall of the Roman Empire. Aix-en-Provence [11/05] Aix-en-Provence birthplace of Paul Cezanne the 19th century Impressionist painter. We went simply for a look around. Les Beaux [12/05] Les Beaux is a hilltop village and castle. Set amongst the ‘Les Alpilles’ hills Les Beaux is a beautiful village accessible only via winding roads up the hillside and between the plains where vineyards, fruit trees and olive groves are laid out in proliferation. The village and castle look as though they’re hewn from the solid rock that they stand on. Everything in the village is stone, cobbled streets, alleyways, alcoves, houses and shops all look like they’re springing out of the ground and are all a part of one solid mass. Winding streets lead you up through the village and up to the castle at the pinnacle. It is totally charming. The village and castle dates back to about the year 900 A.D. The castle was decommissioned in 1631 but occupation of the village has continued on. Les Beaux was the former feudal home of the Grimaldi family (now...

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Tot Ziens Oldebroek … Bonjour Paris

May 03, 11 Tot Ziens Oldebroek … Bonjour Paris

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Goodbye Oldebroek and hello Paris. We took the train from Oldebroek in Holland to Roterdam, from which we took the high speed Thalys train and … bingo, 2.5 hours later we’re in “la belle Paris” … Amazing! An hour after that we were walking along the banks of the river Seine admiring the huge gothic cathedral of Notre...

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Terschelling

May 01, 11 Terschelling

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We’re in the lovely, but windswept, island of Terschelling for a couple of days with Ma en Pa. It’s a totally charming place, “heel gezellig” as the Dutch would say (“very cozy”). It’s about twice the size of Guernsey but only has a population of 4,000 … most of it though is sand dunes! A speciality of the island is cranberries, believe it or not. During the 19th century a cask of the berries was washed up on the island. One of the locals who opened the barrel and tried the strange berries inside was so disgusted by the taste, as well as being disappointed that it didn’t contain brandy or wine, salvaged the barrel and emptied the contents into the dunes. Over the years they quietly grew and expanded to the extent that they’re growing everywhere now, in the sand dunes, alongside all the cycle paths as well as being cultivated on various farms. Of course a plethora of modern cranberry products are also now available aimed at all the tourists: cranberry cookies, cranberry candles, cranberry soap, cranberry wine and even cranberry beer. In true Dutch style we hired bikes and proceed to cycle all over the place like mad things. The network of cycle paths, as you would expect in Holland, is truly remarkable. It’s a cyclists paradise. The weather’s been great apart from a consistent gale force north easterly. As you can imagine cycling into that across flat open countryside and amongst the sandy dunes is tiring and has proved to be an excellent exfoliant! We all have new bright & shiny grit blasted faces...

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Gefeliciteerd

Apr 28, 11 Gefeliciteerd

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Gefeliciteerd (congratulations) to Ma en Pa on their golden wedding anniversary. We had a reception for (nearly) all the family members in Wezep, unfortunately Mariëlle, Sylvan, River & little Lukas weren’t able to make it over from Norfolk Island, way down there in the South Pacific 🙁 In the evening just the 6 of us went out for a meal to the totally “gezellig”(cozy) little town of...

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Back in Holland

Apr 24, 11 Back in Holland

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Back in Holland again! We’re on a bit of a European extravaganza this time. We’ve come over to initially celebrate Ma en Pa van Emous’ golden wedding but we’re also planning a few days on the Dutch island of Terschelling, with Ma en Pa, before heading off to Paris and then on to Les Vignieres in Provence. Holland in Spring is as beautiful as ever. We flew in to Schipol airport over a patchwork of brightly coloured bulb fields. They looked so much like a child’s paint by numbers sketch pad with vivid blocks of crimson, mustard yellow and bright purple. Oldebroek, where we’re staying, is in the heart of the countryside and Spring is definitely in full force with newly born lambs, horses, calves and kids frolicking in the fields as we cycled passed...

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Haiku Holland

Jun 21, 10 Haiku Holland

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Not our usual holiday blog but whilst in Holland Annelies has been inspired to write some Haiku poetry… White wool fluffs the fields Peacefully they stand and dream Beneath clouded skies ~~ Black and white on green Shades of blue, grey, white above Holland’s colour scheme Tall and proud they stand Flanking quiet waterways Herons standing guard ~~ Green fields stretch away Majestic skies covering Peaceful grazing...

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