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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