Blogs from Eindhoven, North Brabant, Netherlands, Europe


Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Eindhoven August 3rd 2019

There was no post yesterday because we didn’t do anything special. Just hanging around Eindhoven and doing some shopping. Today was also spent around Eindhoven but we had two things in mind: walk to the Woensel Market and then to the annual fair called Park Hilaria. Brother-in-law Peter joined us for the walk and also to be our guide. The market was not as busy as usual, even several empty sales spots because of the vacation period in the southern Netherlands. Lots of cheap clothes, knick-knacks, vegetables, baked goods, fish and of course cheese. The smoked eel, a delicacy here, was quite expensive and looked greasy to me, so I did not try it this time around. After having stopped off at the train station for a coffee and quick snack, we headed to the fair ... read more
Bowling statue paid by Dutch emigrants to U.S.
Park Hilaria fairgrounds
Cheese merchant at Woensel Market

Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Eindhoven July 24th 2019

Two of my aunts are quite elderly, one is 96 and the other 93, and no trip here would be complete without a visit to these very spry ladies. Each live independently in retirement apartments and are a wealth of information for many stories, some quite funny, others less so. What was so satisfying was to see how positive they are, and how they present themselves. I’m loving having some of the same genes! After we got back to Eindhoven we had some quick dinner and a couple of cold ones, then walked over to the Philips Stadion to watch local professional voetbal (soccer) team, always a contender in The Netherlands (22 national titles), take on Basel from Switzerland in the Championship League. According to local “experts” the soccer was not all that good, but the ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Eindhoven July 17th 2019

We must still be somewhat jet lagged. I slept until 10am today. Today we went to market, on 18 Septemberplein, named after the day Eindhoven was liberated by the Canadians. By all accounts, this mid-week market is a small one. Usually the Saturday markets are larger. Yet we found many interesting things, like several cheese stands, fish stands, vegetable & fruit stands, and many textile stands. Also a McDonalds of course, who charge only €0.30 for a pee. Sellers scream out their wares to attract the attention of the many passersby. Not having had lunch and Marion needing her regular meals, we tried some of the Kibbeling, everyone’s favourite here by the looks of it. Kibbeling is chunks of cod tongues deep fried to perfection, with a side of tartar sauce. No fries, no veggies, just ... read more
Home of PSV
Store on 18 Septemberplein
Cheese, cheese and more cheese.

Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Eindhoven July 17th 2019

We had our breakfast in the backyard this morning, having a nice chat with Richte our host. He’s an independent green energy consultant, specializing in solar. He’s very knowledgeable and has some pretty rational ideas about the topic as well as politics. Then we headed off to the PSV fan day to take a tour of the stadium and museum. Lots of people and they’re quite fanatic about their team. PSV have won 22 national championships, a European Cup and a UEFA Cup. The stadium features electronic and lighting features supported by Philips, still its major sponsor. We ended the day with dinner at my sister Annemie’s place.... read more
Players’ seating area
Home team’s dressing room.
Activities take place all around the stadium.

Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Eindhoven July 15th 2019

One hour before we were supposed to leave to catch our bus to Montreal International Airport, we got an email from KLM that our flight was cancelled, no reason given. Say what? Luckily there appeared to be some options, so we ended up changing to Air France (same company), but the plane would leave an hour earlier, we’d have to fly through Paris, and would arrive in Amsterdam about 2 hours later. At least that was better than waiting until the following day. We could have been a bit pressed for time at Montreal but luckily we’re able to catch an earlier bus. As we got on the plane, I realized there are different kinds of people when it comes to personal hygiene. Person A practices good hygiene and will realize when others don’t. Person B ... read more
Sunset in Eindhoven
Garden in front of our house.
Circular stairway to our apartment.

Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Eindhoven June 28th 2016

Great minds think alike. In my research on Eindhoven I had flagged a visit to Piet Hein Eek, and one of Dorine's first suggestions after picking us up from the train in Eindhoven yesterday was that we eat there for lunch today. He is one of the pioneers of using reclaimed materials to build furniture and artwork and has been doing it since around 1990 when he graduated from design school. It's fitting that he has set up his studio and factory in one of the old Phillips buildings left vacant in Eindhoven since the company moved its headquarters to Amsterdam. The restaurant, shop and gallery are set up around the factory and offices and it's all terribly hip and cool but lovely and warm at the same time. Our lunch was fabulous - I ate ... read more
  Poster wall Piet Hein Eek
  Our first windmill in Holland
Our mate Vincent

Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Eindhoven July 2nd 2014

Arriving into Amsterdam compared to China was a complete breeze; so breezy that the lackadaisical stature of the immigration officer was a tad unnerving. He only asked me two questions, "What is your purpose?" and "How long will you be staying?". That was it. No, "Where are you staying?" or Who is your contact?". After my easy peasy immigration experience, I caught a train to Eindhoven for 20€ (one way...) and enjoyed a 70 minute train ride to Holland's southern province, Noord Brabant, home to many farms and some industry (i.e. ASML). Evan picked me up at the train station where we proceeded to act like we hadn't seen each other in a year.... I'm sure we've already offended the Dutch! 😝 Evan and I made our way back to the apartment (we only got lost ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Eindhoven January 18th 2014

Just a lokk from the city of Eindhoven... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Eindhoven December 8th 2013

Geo: 51.4366, 5.478 GÜN 04 PAZAR: Geleneksel, muazzam sabah kahvaltımızı attırdık… Bugün hepimizde bir rehavet var .. Öğlene doğru, aracı teslim etmek üzere Eindhoven havaalanına yollandık. aracı teslim ettikten sonra, Koray'cığım bizi oralardan topladı ve Turhan'la hastası olduğumuz Decathlon'u ziyaret etmeğe karar verdik. Çocuklar bizim yüzümüzden, ordan oraya atlayıp zıplayarak helak oldular.. Yaşlı ve huysuz iki akrabaya aynı anda tahammül etmek zor iş… Decathlon sonrası, ıvır zıvır eksiklerimizi temin etmek üzere bir süpermarkete uğradık .. Turhan peynirlere ben de hardallara donandım.. Eve dönüp biraz dinlendikten sonra, yemek yemeğe şehir merkezine yür... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Eindhoven December 7th 2013

Geo: 51.4366, 5.478 GÜN 03 GÜNLERDEN CUMARTESİ: Rahat bir yolculuktan sonra çocukların evine döndük.. Park yerimiz hep aynı şanslıyız.. Evde çocukların yakın arkadaşı Ozan'ı bulduk . İki gündür gripten yattığı için görüşememiştik. Kızım evde yiyelim dedi .. Çocuklara bakıyorum da Türkiye olarak, entellektüel birikimimizi Avrupa'ya kaptırmışız... Bu çocuklar, bu yüzyılda, kesinlikle kızlı-erkekli oturma muhabbetleri yaşanan, 8 yaşında kapanması gereken kız çocuklarının bulunduğu bir dünyada, hükümet tarafından dayatılan yaşam biçiminin olduğu bir ülkede yaşayamazlar... Ne kadar acı ... Her neyse, burada garipler, ama en azından özgürce kendi yaşamlarını inşa ediyorlar .. Çok neşeli bir yemek yedik sonra bir... read more

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