The Christmas tree at Gubbio

Gubbio boasts to have the biggest Christmas tree in the WORLD ! Well, duh….. it is a tree made out of 500 lights, posted on the hill behind the old town. Still, it is a very nice sight when descending from the hill opposite Gubbio. We saw it last year…

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SOLD !

YESSSSSSS !! Against all odds (we think) we sold our little apartment in the French Alps. We had it for almost 17 years and we LOVED our times living there. And quite frankly, our last trip to the region to see the ‘notaire’ DID have some emotional moments. Like saying…

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We’re moving

Well, we have STARTED to move at least. Just had news from our friends and neighbors in Umbria that the gas/heating system has been fixed….. good news now that it is still a bit nippy! We’ve loaded the car with boxes, gardening tools and a lot of other ‘stuff’ and…

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FOR SALE !!

Our wonderful, cozy little apartment in the Trois Vallées area in France, smack in the middle of Europe’s largest skiing area, is for sale ! We have had wonderful times there, both skiing, hiking and as a base for our many motor trips, but now we are moving south to…

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A walk on the beach

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Nina and I decided it was high time for some exercise for a change. And since the sun was shining when we got up, we thought to drive west and walk on the beach. Unfortunately, after we finished baking the cake and preparing the bread it was almost noon…… When…

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Italian home !

A tutti i nostri (Facebook) amici italiani: siamo lieti di annunciare che siamo in procinto di acquistare una bella casa in Umbria, in un piccolo villaggio chiamato Pomonte. Siamo estremamente felici che possiamo fare e che saremo orgogliosi di essere parte della comunità amichevole di questa splendida regione! Or, in…

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Find us in the Alps now…..

Yup, that’s where we will be the next 4 weeks, riding our favorite mountain passes on the BMW, hiking to see the marmottes and eagles, sipping coffee on a village square, enjoying the views from our balcony. So if you don’t hear much from us for a while….. that’s why…

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Airshow Méribel !!!!!

  Reason why things are a bit ‘slow’ usually in summer is that we move our office to a ‘better’ place, i.e. a tiny room in a chalet in the French Alps. I spend as little time in that room as possible, and instead head out into the mountains as…

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You know you’re in France……

  ….. when you open the fridge and subsequently faint from the cheese smell jumping at you ! Nina and I DO have some different tastes ! 😉 You also know you’re in France when you cannot get any international NEWS on tv. Local ‘summer festivals’ in St. Quoi are…

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Winter is over !

Or it will be tomorrow when we leave the snowy white mountains to replace it for the usually drudgery that we call home……. or Holland. We had a great 2 weeks here with mostly gorgeous weather, some horrible headaches (what else), MAJOR muscle aches in the beginning and freezing cold…

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Spring!

Sorry for being absent for a while. Actually, I still am. Nina and I settled in our Eagles Nest for a few weeks, taking in the snow, the sunshine, the sweat……. we’ve been skiing for 5 afternoons, been walking, and been relaxing as far as work for Computer Pilot allowed…

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Navigating Brains……

Have you ever thought about this? How amazingly wonderful our brains are in terms of ‘navigating’ the world. Oh well, admittedly, some people cannot discern left from right, but in general we have some awesome computing power ‘up there’ and I think our brain deserves it to give it some…

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Life is good in Italy

And that, my friends may sound strange from an embattled Europe where one COUNTRY after another shows similar deficits as the US and threatens to collapse altogether. Italy is in fact one of the main ‘problems’ in the world today. But, staying with Dutch friends in Umbria, helping them to…

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Whereabouts and Plans

I left the last blog post up there for a while. On purpose. I still cannot get over the fact that Steve has died. But life goes on for those remaining behind. His family, his friends, his colleagues, and everybody else. So I’ll blog again. First of all, we’re still…

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We should NEVER let this ‘die’

  ‘This’ being our awesome mountain world. And it IS dying, melting, eroding, being polluted, being filled with ski lifts and snowboard ramps, parkings and ski run restaurants. But the again, who can stop ‘progress’ ? We’re now at 40 km’s from the mighty Mont Blanc and the ‘video’ below…

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Attention FSAddon Customers…….

Especially for our US customers who may not be aware…. European Summer Vacation Season encompasses some three months from June till September!! ‘We’ still think having 3 to 5 weeks off is a great way to enjoy some of your life, instead of just working and getting rich. 😉 Anyway,…

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Familiar sounds

  Just sitting here, trying not to sweat too much in this horrible heat, and thinking that it is funny how some sounds remain with you all your life and provide immediate association to places and/or events. The sound of the door in this house in Romania for instance. It…

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Anti-mosquito control

  Charlie. That’s what we called the old Antonov AN-2 sparaying the beach in Mamaia, Black Sea Coast, Romania, waaaaay back in 1974 when on holiday there with my fiancee and parents.   Well, guess what? There’s an old AN-2 flying out of Deva Aifrield that is doing exactly the…

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The world’s most oppressive flower shop

  Imagine this: an everyday street in Romania with the entrance to the local cemetery, an a few flower shops next to it. Ofcourse, the ideal place to sell flowers and flower arrangements to the grieving visitors. The arranged flowers even look good, especially for Romanian standards and in the…

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On the road again

  Just a heads-up for frequent visitors….. Nina and I will be heading east again for our yearly Romania Pilgrimage, visiting her brother and some other relatives. We’ll be crossing a large part of Europe in our little van and will be back after June 13th. Typically my Internet access…

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Travel Season Starts

Yup, it’s that time of year again, when everything starts itching… and even the sun comes out from time to time 🙂 We can’t complain, really, had a VERY warm end of April already. And Nina has done HER bit of fair travel already too…. with 10.000 miles under her…

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A Message From Africa

What, you will ask, does François have to do with Africa !!?? Not very much, I must agree. Yes, one of my star developers lives in South-Africa. But that’s about all. But no, wait! I happen to know another fellow who lives there. We know each other through our mutual…

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