Photo tour of Leiden

Posted by Arthur in Leiden

Next week we’ll be moving from Leiden in the Netherlands to the USA. We’ve lived here in Leiden for the last 6 years and really enjoyed this old charming town. Here are some of our pictures of Leiden.

This is Oude Vest looking at the harbour, about 5 minutes walking from our house. We pass this every time we walk to the center of town. There are a lot of canals like this in Leiden, lined with boats.

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September 11th 2008 | 11:50 pm CET | No Comments »

Scottish/Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park

Posted by Arthur in Travel

Four years ago today, on 11 September 2004, we were in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado, and saw the annual parade of the The Long Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival. We saw the parade of Clans & Tartans as well as the Grand March of the Dogs of the British Isles. Here are some photos of that day:


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September 11th 2008 | 7:59 pm CET | No Comments »

Boxes shipped [2]

Posted by Arthur in Personal, The Big Move

After sending off our boxes yesterday we heard back from Worldwide Baggage Services today about the costs and schedule. The costs are pretty close to what we had already calculated on their website, which is great. This is the only company that we could find where you could just fill in details about your shipment and destination online and instantly get a quote. Good stuff. Our things will be transported on the ship on the photo below (this actual ship!). It will leave in about two weeks and then arrive in Chicago two weeks later:

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September 11th 2008 | 12:09 am CET | No Comments »

Boxes shipped

Posted by Arthur in Personal, The Big Move

Today we have finally shipped out our boxes for our move to the USA. Yippee! They will be shipped by boat and should arrive in Chicago in 6 to 8 weeks.

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September 9th 2008 | 9:46 pm CET | No Comments »

Deep into packing

Posted by Amy in The Big Move

We’re trying to get our stuff shipped out by next week. Arthur’s doing most of the packing. I’m mostly just freaking out, chanting these songs: Let it Go and Give It Away and this one from RHCP.

September 2nd 2008 | 8:32 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Breda Balloon Fiësta

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland

Five years ago, on 22 August 2003, we went up in a hot air balloon at the Breda Balloon Fiësta. Here are some pictures from our ride:


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August 22nd 2008 | 10:17 pm CET | No Comments »

The Loire Valley’s other gastronomical delight

Posted by Amy in Travel

On Tuesday we visited the Musee du Champignon outside Saumur, France. In the Saumur region there are many troglodyte buildings cut into the soft rock valley walls; the region produces more mushrooms than any other in France. We had a tour of the mushroom caves which included exotic specimens as well as the more common types of mushrooms grown and sold in France.

Mushroom Bed
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August 21st 2008 | 10:06 pm CET | No Comments »

Today’s French Delicacy

Posted by Amy in Food, Travel

French grocery stores are full of delicious single-serving desserts and puddings. The other day we picked up these lemon meringue desserts and they are so yummy! Each one is like a little single-serving pie.

Lemon Meringue Dessert Package

Lemon Meringue Dessert - It won't last long now!

I think we will bring home a cooler-full.

August 21st 2008 | 9:28 pm CET | No Comments »

The Gardens of Villandry

Posted by Arthur in Travel

Today we visited the Château de Villandry and its beautiful gardens, which are considered to be among the most beautiful gardens in France.


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August 18th 2008 | 8:09 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Amazon’s Universal Wish List

Posted by Amy in Shopping & Stuff, Websites & Tools

A few weeks ago Amazon added the Universal Wish List bookmarklet button as a new feature to their already pretty awesome Wish List. It’s great!

When you have this bookmarklet in your favorites, you can add any item from any website to your Amazon wish list! I tried it with a couple of my favorite online shops and it works like a charm.

The Amazon Universal Wish List popup on Scubadorable
The Amazon Universal Wish List popup on Scubadorable

When you see a product – on any website! – that you want to add to your Amazon Wish List, click on the bookmarklet to bring up the Wish List pop-up. When I did this on Birdorable, the product name and correct photo default in, and I was able to enter the price and a personal note. Then I clicked on Add to Wish List and – woo hoo! – there it is.

My Wish List now showing Scubadorable jacket
My Wish List now showing Scubadorable jacket

August 8th 2008 | 2:02 pm CET | No Comments »