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Europe » Netherlands » Limburg » Sittard October 14th 2019

Aaaaand we're almost off. I've been looking forward to this trip for what seems like forever! Now that it's finally here I feel surprisingly calm. 😊 Suitcases are almost packed, trains are booked, and lovely Chris is picking us up tomorrow morning to take us to Geilenkirchen station, for which we are forever grateful. Thought it might be nice to do a blog again, let's see how far we get. Now, how to add photo's.... 🤔... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Limburg » Klimmen July 31st 2019

Alles is gepakt en we zijn klaar voor onze vakantie. Morgenmiddag vliegen we eerst naar Nairobi waar dan vrijdag onze safari begint. Na een week safari vliegen we naar Zanzibar waar we een weekje gaan relaxen.... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Limburg » Maastricht July 29th 2019

After the heat of the past few days, today’s drizzle and lower temperature of 18C are very welcomed here. A perfect day to drive to Maastricht, check out some museums and walk around a bit. Maastricht is located in the province if Limburg at the very south of the Netherlands. It’s a beautiful old city, dating back to Roman times. There’s even Roman ruins although we did not visit those today. It’s location on the River Maas (Meuse in French) makes for a great setting including boat tours, commercial shipping and entertainment along its banks. Today there was a kadefeest (party on the river bank) going on with a live band, lots of beer, and everyone being out, young and old, in the rain! The band was from Belgium and they were pretty good. Don’t ask ... read more
From birth to devil and commercial products along the way
Oak altar setting
Early medieval statue

Europe » Netherlands » Limburg » Klimmen July 27th 2018

Vakantie! Ik heb tot 15 uur gewerkt, Tom komt mij ophalen van het werk. Omdat het in Nederland erg warm is, duik ik even in het zwembad en daarna omkleden en wachten op de taxi die ons naar het vliegveld brengt. Vanavond om 21.15 vliegen we naar Dubai waar we 2 dagen blijven. Dan 2 weken rondreis door Sri Lanka en als afsluiting een weekje relaxen op de Malediven. Vliegreis gaat snel en vroeg ‘s morgens arriveren wij in Dubai.... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Limburg » Venlo May 24th 2018

"I know it, I can feel it, we are doomed, this is not going to end well", wails the uncle with Parkinson's from the backseat of the Ford Fo-koos, rented in Kaldenkirchen just across the border from the southern city of Venlo, where Mr Henry's two uncles, after a lifetime of missionary globetrotting, have fetched up next door to each door in seniors living. It's late afternoon. Parkinson uncle can only manage brief shuffles, clutching indiscriminately at furniture, indoor plants, small souvenir wood carvings and electrical wiring, but earlier that day his objections to the "little outing" proposed by Other uncle were swept aside. The Ford Fo-koos's trip odometer has recorded over 450 kilometres that day and the outside of Burg Elst (medieval castle) has been admired and also the River Mosel (from whose banks the ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Limburg October 10th 2017

"When the universe is silent , we listen with great pleasure to a bird that suddenly sings" Hong Zicheng What a strange night. We went to bed to what might be the penultimate sleep in Europe in Suzy. We may not be making the beds in this way ever again. We slept well. We woke though listening to the birds singing. Leaving our night stop we hit the road and headed out of Germany into Holland. What was the first thing we noticed ? The hornets nest of German drivers were coming down the slip roads, weaving in the first lane, over to the second lane and finally into the fast lane. When we arrived in Holland the traffic became less frenetic, the drivers less manic and more polite. It was a pleasure to drive on ... read more
Lunch at the Bottega caffe
Iseo station
Piazza in Iseo

Europe » Netherlands » Limburg » Maastricht July 23rd 2017

Quite a change of scene ....from Alaska to Maastricht in the Netherlands 🇳🇱. I was only home 2 days and then packed the bags into the car and off on the ferry across the Channel. it was a bit of a crisis in those 2 days with me coming home to a power cut to my house , so guys digging holes in my driveway and me with torches and candles and not much sleep - in addition to jet lag . But it was fixed and I got away . It's not the best time to be driving round the Brussels Ring Road on a Friday afternoon in July but I made it to Maastricht and my house exchange family. They were to leave the next morning after showing me round the house and settling ... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » Limburg » Maastricht June 11th 2016

Our destination today was the city of Maastricht in the Netherlands cheesy Limburg region. But our route mostly followed the route taken by Allied forces beginning on September 17, 1944 in the heroic and disastrous Operation Market Garden. This actually consisted of two actions: the largest airborne drop ever used to capture multiple bridges along the route of advance (Operation Market) and a ground advance up the only road using the airborne troops as a carpet (Operation Garden). The airborne forces had to take 6 bridges nearly simultaneously. Although it would be best if all bridges were captured intact, a considerable amount of bridging material was made available. The airborne forces were to include the US 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions, the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade, and the British 1st Airborne Division (in order from ... read more
Bridge at Nijmegen - similar to one that stood there in 1944
Sand flats across which troops had to run while being fired on by machine guns on embankment where I stood to take this picture
Battle memorial at Arnhem - at foot of John Frost Bridge

Europe » Netherlands » Limburg » Heythuysen February 5th 2016

Hallo allemaal, Nog 2 dagen en dan zitten we alweer in het vliegtuig voor ons nieuwe avontuur; een week in de Finse sneeuw in Lapland. We verblijven in een plaatsje net onder de poolcirkel; Iso Syöte. Het ligt op een heuvel in het gelijknamige Nationale Park en kijkt uit over het prachtige landschap. De koffers en skispullen zijn bijna gepakt, we hebben er zin in.... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Limburg » Sittard November 19th 2015

Hello to all who want to see what I'm up to! This is my first ever blog, so I'm just testing how this shizzle works. Now, how to add photo's... hmmm... I think/hope that adding them puts them in the text automatically...? Let's check! Travelwise: I'm off to London for a super quick visit this weekend. Fingers crossed it will all work out, what with all the delays and security evacuations. And to top it all off the dutch railways are doing 'some work', so it will be a bit of trek to get to Schiphol. I'm going to London to attend the christening of my godchild, which I'm super excited about! And seeing everyone will be nice too, even if it is only a flying visit. When I'm back home after this weekend the packing ... read more




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