Seal rehabilitation center in Pieterburen

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature

Map of Netherlands with Pieterburen and Amsterdam markedOn Saturday we visited Zeehondencrèche Lenie ‘t Hart in the town of Pieterburen in the north of the Netherlands. The seal rehabilitation and research center has been taking care of sick and injured seals since it was founded in 1971.

They do really great work and need every support they can get. You can donate money or adopt a seal. More »

July 31st 2007 | 8:05 pm CET | 6 Comments »

Aggressive sparrows attack apple pie

Posted by Arthur in Birds, Funny, Life in Holland, Nature

On our visit of the beautiful town of Marken in Noord Holland today we sat down outside at café ‘De Visscher’ and we each ordered a hot chocolate and a piece of apple pie. The weather was beautiful and we had a great view of the harbor. Here is Amy in her FBI shirt, still unaware of the invasion that would soon follow.

Sparrows in Marken

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July 21st 2007 | 8:43 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Our visit to Waverhoek and Botshol

Posted by Arthur in Birds, Life in Holland, Nature

On Saturday we visited Waverhoek and Botshol, north of Utrecht, for a ranger-led boat excursion by Natuurmonumenten. We arrived about an hour early for the boat excursion, which left from number 2 on the map below, so we drove on left a little bit and came across a new nature reserve of Natuurmonumenten that just opened to the public on 30 June 2007, Waverhoek at number 1 on the map below. Until recently this triangular area was just farmland, as you can still see on this map, but they flooded the area to make a wetlands for birds.

Map of Botshol

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July 16th 2007 | 6:44 pm CET | 2 Comments »

All Online Data Lost After Internet Crash

Posted by Arthur in Websites & Tools

ONN reports that the entire Internet has crashed:


July 11th 2007 | 8:12 pm CET | No Comments »

Arrow Rock Festival 2007

Posted by Amy in Life in Holland, Pop culture

Last Saturday we went to the Arrow Rock Festival in Biddinghuizen. The festival took place at the Walibi World amusement park, in a large field set up for festivals and events. The festival hosted a dozen artists and was headlined by Aerosmith. Here are some short clips of the event:

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July 2nd 2007 | 6:20 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Boeing 707 cockpit sunk for Dutch divers

Posted by Amy in Life in Holland, News, Scuba Diving

Last Sunday the cockpit of an Air France Boeing 707 was sunk in De Beldert lake in Zoelen, the Netherlands. The sinking took place over a year later than originally planned. By the end of the day nearly 20 divers had already visited the new wreck. More »

July 2nd 2007 | 2:30 pm CET | No Comments »

Peter Gabriel’s tour bus in flames on Dutch highway

Posted by Amy in Funny, Life in Holland, News, Pop culture

The legendary musician Peter Gabriel was stranded on the A27 highway in the Netherlands on Saturday when his bus broke down in flames. More »

July 2nd 2007 | 12:30 pm CET | No Comments »

Fast food still bad at Disneyland Paris

Posted by Amy in Disney, Food, Pop culture, Travel

Last month we visited Disneyland Resort Paris (DLP) for two days. The park is celebrating its 15-year anniversary with new shows, new attractions and new decorations. Unfortunately they did not take the opportunity to improve the dining experience at the parks, which remains dismal. More »

June 30th 2007 | 12:30 pm CET | No Comments »

Photos of our trip to Disneyland Paris and Paris

Posted by Arthur in Disney, Personal, Travel

From 21 to 24 June 2007 we went to France. We first spent two days at Disneyland Paris where we stayed at Santa Fe Hotel. Then we went to Paris on Saturday and Sunday where we stayed at Hotel de la Porte Doree and visited MusĂ©e d’Orsay and Bois de Vincennes. Here are a few photos of our trip.

To view larger photos visit our photo album.


June 29th 2007 | 8:49 am CET | No Comments »

Photos of our trip to Andalucia in May 2007

Posted by Arthur in Personal, Travel

From 17 to 27 May 2007 we visited Huelva province in Andalucia, Spain. We rented Villa Laura Paraje Puente near the small town of Beas, which was a wonderful place to stay. We did some nice birding in the area’s nature reserves and visited Sevilla, Huelva, Riotinto and Tavira in Portugal. More »

June 28th 2007 | 10:57 pm CET | No Comments »