Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
As our youngest is crazy about horses he left early this morning with his dad and a friend to visit the Achterhoekse Horsedays not far from where we live.
For me it is a nice and quiet day supposed to be spend studying most of the time. However this morning I decided to watch the Da Vinci Code movie on TV. We had the film at home but so far I didn't find any time to watch it. It was a good film and I did enjoy it but I still prefer the book to the film. A book is able to describe so much more and therefore adds more suspence to the story. I read the book a year ago so the film was a kind of reminder of the book. In my opinion you will understand the film much better if you have read the book first. The film reminded me of our visit to the Louvre museum in Paris over a month ago. In fact I should have seen the film before so that I would have looked for the places you see in the film.
Yesterday morning our daughter returned from a daytrip to Paris with school. All Form III students of their school left early Saturday morning for Paris. They arrived in Paris at around 10.00 am and left Paris at 10.00 pm. So they had a nice long day in Paris. They visited the Dôme des Invalides with Napoleon's grave and made a boat trip on the Seine. Besides that they went to see the Notre Dame and Montmartre and climbed the Eiffel tower. They returned home early yesterday morning and had terrific fun but were dead tired. Most of them will have spend the day in bed yesterday. As for me well I was very glad that she returned home safe and sound. For though we wish our kids to do such things it always leaves me at home hoping everything will go well.
Now I am off to do some housework before getting back to my studies. Have a nice day!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Here in town you can walk distances of 5 or 10 km. All primary schools in town join the fun and the kids walk in groups with their own schoolclass. If you walk four evenings on the last evening you will be welcomed back with loads of flowers and for the kids toooooooooooo many sweets!! Well everybody really has fun walking and singing very loud when on their way. Not just singing all kinds of songs but typical walking songs!! I can't sing so I can't let you hear the sound.
Though it is fun. It is also a very stressful week for many people as you have to eat very early every evening so that those walking will be in time for takeoff.
For us it is not stressful anymore as our son can go and come on his own now. So after many stressful years we are now enjoying the fun by watching and waving some places on the route. This year we have been lucky so far for the weather has been really lovely and that makes it even more fun to walk.
I keep my fingers crossed for the days to come as they are forecasting rain and thunder for Friday evening. Hopefully the walkers will be back home by the time that comes down.
The pictures I placed here were taken in previous years to give you an impression of this typical Dutch event (as far as I know).
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Traditionally we should have gotten up very early this morning to go for a walk or bikeride in the countryside. There are still people in this part of the country that get up early to do so. But not us as we prefer to wake up a little later and spend the day doing whatever we feel like.
Looking at the weather forecast that is promising us even more rain we won't be spending much time outside today!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Indeed it looked as if the rain that didn't fall in April is now coming down all at once. The past one and a half week we have had really lousy weather and it doesn't look as if it is going to end. We were lucky we made these little corner's in our garden when the weather was still good.
Well the soil and the plants must be feeling happy with all this rain but I must say that it is getting at me already even though I am inside most of the time studying.
Today even hailstones fell down so that's why I was glad to be able to use the car as a taxi to take our daughter first to the doctor and then on to hospital to give some blood to check it for anaemia. While she had to go I thought I might as well let them check my cholesterol as that is a hot item over here. Nowadays you can even let them check your cholesterol in a supermarket every now and then but that's not for me as I prefer to do it in the normal way.
After getting home I grabbed a cup of coffee before having to drive her to school as it was pouring outside. In between I managed to do some shopping as tomorrow supermarkets are closed.
In the afternoon I had to take one of our other kids to the orthodontist to see if he needs braces. Luckily for him and for us (as we have to pay the bills) it didn't look as if he would be needing braces but they want to check him again in over a year, after he has changed all his milk teeth.
From there I rushed over to school again to pick up our daughter. So indeed I felt like a taxi driver and unfortunately the day is nearly over now as I have to start preparing dinner.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Besides that I always have a little gift for my own mum at home just in case I see her that special day. Well I didn't see her so the present is still lying here waiting to be given to her!
Who is a mother?
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
And from there to the Museum Island. Here is the Altes Museum and on the right hand side is the Berliner Dom.
From there we walked on to the Gendarmenmarkt, a famous square in Berlin.
By then our feet were even worse than the day before so we walked to Unter den Linden where we took a bus to the Potsdamer Platz as we had not seen the Sony Center the day before. And my it was worth going there. What a construction! Lovely to see. On the first picture we are inside the Center looking outside and the second picture is taken looking up to the "ceiling" of the Sony Center.
Well we found a nice place to eat in the Sony Center so we spend some time there before taking the U-bahn to Charlottenburg Palace.
As especially our youngest son wanted to see the Olympia Stadium that was our last stop in Berlin before taking U-bahn, S-bahn and train back to our hotel in Potsdam.
Monday, May 07, 2007
From te Potsdamer Platz we walked to Checkpoint Charlie.
Here you see a replica of the cabin as the original cabin has been placed in a museum.
By then our feet were killing us so we took the U-bahn to the KaDeWe a big warehouse near the Gedächtniskirche. The church is located on the Kurfürstendamm, one of the most famous avenues in Berlin.
Before taking the train back to our hotel we walked along the Kurfürstendamm. We didn't buy a thing as prices here are much too high for us.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Before returning our bikes we cycled through the Hollandisches Viertel with typical Dutch houses. Like our daughter remarked: "typical" for a certain part in Holland for we don't live in such a house or such a street.