Looking forward to clear skies in Paris. This is the poster of the conference we attended.
Sunday morning, October 30, surprise snow “storm” in Washington.
APOD on Halloween
Ugg boots for the suitcase
Rein waiting for the metro, on our way to the Eiffel Tower
we knew we were getting close when we saw this
it's huuuuuge (believe it or not,i've never seen it close up)
you can probably put a soccer field below the eiffel tower
bad symmetry, but i tried
the bike tour we signup up for , met at the south pilar at 11am
close up of one of the legs of the pilar. imagine, it was to be broken down after 20 years
the bikes waiting for us, they're called California Beach Cruiser,or something like it. One size fits all. Yeah right!
my conclusion is that whatever new you build in Paris, the locals hate it.
Pallais des Invalides
graffiti, even here
the place where they keep that little guy
overlooking the Seine
foto shoot, on the bridge, not mine :-)
that bridge from a bit further upstream
modern gadgets, anything with a camera
egyptian art, stolen of course
this city really reminds me a lot to Washington DC!!!
birds at rest
Our Manchester United spirited tourguide Joe, from the UK of course
The Louvre now in the background
Louvre, this Sunday we saw lots of these uniformed boys
Halloween in the Louvre?
the smaller version of the Arc de Triumph
ceiling of the mini Arc de Triumph
another piece of the Louvre. If you spend 30 second at each exhibit, it will take you 9 months to complete the museum, we've been told. so we didn't go inside.
ah, finally, we are in Paris
us and them
obligatory windy shot
too much parallax
the old swamp
the Meridian that never became
sigh, people just don't want to move
Observatoire de Paris, at night
The conference room (during a break)
Jean-Charles explaining glnemo2
excellent french coffee break, although as is common on all conferences, the offerings when downhill on later days
Klaus grabbing his coffee at a bad moment in time
observing the Notre Dame
the cathedral again
at night people throw these blue lights up in the air
Japanese Tourists, long exposure
front door of Notre Dame
another photo shoot
he was not 100% happy we took pictures
Marc in a scenic street
Disney is everywhere
food is just too much here....
nite bike ride
it was going to be a bumpy wet ride
my bike was called Beyonce, no end to the jokes on that one
that's Bruce on the left, and Alice inspecting the bikes
and then it started to rain
Love Bridge, locked for life (but a lot of combination locks were seen)
this musician sums up the mood for that moment
but we stopped for ice cream nonetheless (and they had rum raisin!!!)
Notre Dame, backside
shelter from the storm?
ah, that's a better symmetry
we still were wearing our 1 euro poncho's
with lots of japanese tourists
Rein taking on the Eiffel Tower
a Dutch boat in the Seine?
the Marie-Jeane,maybe they copied a Dutch design
boat under the bridge, the lamps mounted on the outside of the boat serve their purpose
eastern tip of the island on which Notre Dame is located
people find odd places (and times) to get away from the big city
passing the Eiffel Tower on the boat
with no lights: we can publish this picture
for 5 minutes the lights go blinking,but you can't make pictures of it,that's illegal
another day.... another lunch. Lined up Parisian Style
Dinner in Montparnasse
the cafe in montparnasse
the lonely tower in central Paris
ice cream again, but no rum raisin here
they stlll liked it
color places at night
Fantastic Spot to park if you have the right car!
some things just look more impressive when you see them
well deserved coffee after dinner
Gare du Nord, waiting for the train to Amsterdam
3 hours to Amsterdam baby!
poep gat! (anders gaan ze niet lachen)
showing off Swype ?
Fall in Haarlem/Bloemendaal
Kan niet mooier!
Mirjam and Gerard looking out over their new pond
In "Het Hemeltje"
but it's always better with dutch apple pie
their soon to be 'stamkroeg'
picking up kids from school can be done any way
Adele - make you feel my love, it's now 11-11-11
one of the many 11-11-11 weddings
St. Maarten ready
11-11-11 ready for the next wedding
clear what's going to happen here tonight
there's the set up for the party
rest stop eating some candy
taking over the lampion
St Maarten night walkers
the tv show was boring....and somebody just 'borrowed' the camera and actually knew how to focus
flat tire, but note that leaf collection on the back!
the leaf collection
old bread always finds a good cause
when they behave
The uggly surprise
voila! all the way from America
they were ready to sleep in them
testing out a new lens, shipped from Thailand to Netherlands
Gouden Zon, Sappemeer. Highy recommended
the classy dining room
one of the many walks I had with “Peer”
a faint shadow of the “Rommel Piet”?
but generously he left this behind
The “rommel Piet” had already been visiting
playing with the light
Luka en Peer
cappuchino flowing freely
preparing for breakfast
eggs with the uggs
after breakfast entertainment
showing off his latest art
beethoven had a rough life
I've seen these being stork nests revived throughout the country now
the bridge walk with Peer
Sam always comes with Pauline
those are not cigarettes
needs no words
frozen web, even at 11am in Drachten
Nieuwe Kerk in Groningen, my new daily bus stop for the next week and a bit
Fog, lots of fog. This was the best I could do. You could not see the top of the Martini Tower. This wasn't the worst day
main University Building
schiet je nou even op, ik sta hier helemaal voor aap!
Kapteyn Borg, taken from the new bridge accross the pond we used to skate
Groningen, end of this train, please don't forget to check out your OV kaart
Ot en Sien desert
the Wall, good food for good people
at the base of the Martini Tower
't is the time of the year
Grote Markt, during some days the fog disappeared during daytime
the fish is halfway the hand and the mouth, if you look closely. 1/60 sec is just too long, and he didn't want to do it again
R.I.P. Driek van Wissen,my teacher dutch in high school
finally , a clear day
amazing, near freezing temperatures but with sun, people flock to the terrases
ah, St Nikolaas arrived in town
is this a reference to the elephant fiasco from last year?
there he is, the good Sint
are there any naughty children here?
all but forgotten I once made this...
apparently the photographer was nearly laying on the pavement for this shot (1956 mind you)
i think i could kill for this
fog fog fog
dec 4,1987, found this in Begeman's photo album
arriving train in Groningen
Peerd van ome Loeks
makes for a great ”then and now“. they clearly changed the roof of the church part
the story continues.... my bus stop looks the same day after day
exciting data cubes in karma!
the only colorful part of town these days
there's a tower, really, i saw it
time for a promotie/PhD defense , here's the academie gebouw
main window as you walk up the steps to the aula
Wis- en Natuurkunde (as all faculteiten) have their own window
empty aula before the event
wall behind the defendant
“is er imand uit het publiek die met de promovendus van gedachten wil wisselen?”
“may I” ?
after the promotie
Another “Then and Now”: dec 1987 vs. nov 2011
Schiphol around 10am, flights were being cancelled, but not my star flight of course!
it's not too different back home, just slightly less foggy (i think each day in Holland I had fog)