Sunday, January 10, 2010
Sunday, December 06, 2009
This one was on my "Bucket List", had to go there as my ancestors have applied their skills in the Sint Jan Cathedral. If my information is correct, my great grandfather (mothers side) made the copper chandeliers. So on this very rainy and windy day the boys and I took a stroll into the freezing cold cathedral, took some pictures, lit two candles, and quickly found our way to an 'oliebollen kraam' with warm pastries. We'll certainly return when the big outside renovation has been completed.
Soestdijk, december 5th.
While most Dutch families celebrated Sinterklaas - a typical Dutch folklore - we took ourselves and my mother to the (former Royal) Palace Soestdijk where our former Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard resided permanently until the end of their life. It has been opened for public since three years now and small groups are allowed in for a guided tour. It does bring back memories of televised queen days (30 april) where all sorts of representatives merrily paraded past the royals on the stairs. Finally we could enjoy the view they must have had from the inside. It was a memorable tour and afterwards we enjoyed a nice cup of tea in the Orangerie.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Time to change cars after 5 years contract period was over. Our dutiful Toyota Avensis Wagon had taken us safe and sound to many places in Europe. A very comfortable car and sorry to see 'her' go. But, the new car, a Toyota Prius Executive with many gadgets and hot wheels is most welcome. Very high-tech and fuel economic. The green effect of production is debatable, but the exploitation side (one of my career hobbies) is superb. A big welcome!
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
First some shopping at BVH Homme, where we saw a shoplifter hide a shirt under his grandchild in a stroller. After lunch to the crowded Parc Luxembourg in the sunshine. A bric-a-brac market at Montparnasse with all sorts of collectibles. Walking through the interesting rue Faidherbe and sipping a coke watching people go by. Dinner at rue Mouffetard near the Pantheon, and finally watching the amazing traffic after midnight at the Champs Elysees. ;
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Perfect flight from Amsterdam to Paris CDG, wonderful crew, Mario took some pictures in the cockpit. Got a 5-day paris visite ticket for the public transportation service www.ratp.fr
After checkin at the Suitehotel we visited the cemetry Montparnasse where Sartre and Joris Ivens rest in peace. After a grande biere of a shocking 11 euro apiece, we walked quartier latin and saw st sulpice being renovated. At monmartre we had our diner at L'ete en pente douce. Walking around and in the sacre coeur to place du tetre, taking pictures of a brightly lit tour eiffel in the distance. Via notre dame back to the hotel. Wonderful day!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Monday, December 29, 2008
After agreement on the treatment between the cockpit crew and I, my communication with the de-ice units starts.
I switch on my orange flashing light, position my jeep in front of the aircraft and communicate to the four units approval to approach the aircraft, of which the engines are still running!
On this picture you can see the truck and the boom with cabin over the wing spraying de-icing fluid. Typically you can also see one at the rear section of the aircraft, however on this picture they have finished and are behind the red safety clearance line (not visible). Every unit is a two-man operation, one driving and one spraying.
Here I am in the nice warm Mercedes Jeep with the headset on to monitor and communicate with four separate frequencies (Cockpit, Units, Snowdesk, Tower). Sometimes I also get a call on my cellphone from the Shiftleader. At the same time I drive left-to-right in front of the aircraft like the figure 8 on its side. This to inspect what the units are doing and keep the process safe.
Note the focussed and serious expression ;-)
On the last picture the all clear signal has been given and I'm waiting for this 777 to taxi out of my area. The next one is already on taxiway A20 calling me for approval to enter P11.
It's pretty intense and the territory comes with a high responsibility. Also the radio communication can get busy at times and you really have to filter out the noise.
At the left side of the picture you can see the new one-man operated SafeAero.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
It has been a great vacation. The last time I blogged was last sunday, whereafter the following occurred:
Monday and Tuesday we went to Paris and travelled the city on a Paris Visitee metro ticket for 2 days. Mondaynight we slept in a wonderful room at the Suitehotel, which even had a sliding wall so the boys could sleep and we could drink our wine :) The Suitehotel was advised by my dear friend Nico, who even took care of making the reservation. Where did we go in Paris; Eifel Tower top floor, Trocadero, l'Arc de Triomph, Monmartre, Sacre Coer, Galeries Lafayette (presents, yes!), Pyramide at the Louvre, Pont Neuf, Jardins Luxembourg, severa; Cafe's, Bistro's and the highlight was breakfast at Mickey-D (8 euro's total for 4 pers.)
Wednesday = sunshine-day, relaxed at the pool, got a slight sunburn, played some pool, had a Margarita, perfect. Boys were somewhere around us playing with other Dutchboys and some LostBritishboys.
Thursday lets do our last Castle: Chenonceau, the drive was worthwile, wow! On the way back a stop at Blois for the last Espresso. At 5 order chicken for dinner at six, wrap up the clothes, and the last night on the bed of solid concrete.
Bon Journee, until the next visit.
Some practical websites:
Weather Wundergroud France Meteo
Traffic Sytadin Bison Fute Paris RATP Cofiroute, Sanef
Castles Chenonceau, Chambord, Cheverny (Kuifje)
Community Val de Loire
Wines Blanc Foussy, Christian Tessier
Sunday, July 06, 2008
The labyrinth was cut out in a maize-field and hosted 9 questions and two actors. Without any knowledge of French heritage and language the questions were hard to answer. The interaction with the fortuneteller and the fool was more interesting, as were the cheat exits, even real life is becoming more of a computer game. Next was 4 rounds on a mini quad for the boys on a barren piece of land with a caravan and a man who left the organization to his bunch of daughters not older than 11 years. After mickey-D, I was left to wander through a maxi E. Leclerc store, and yes, everybody is entitled to his strange exploits once in a while.
Along the Loire you will find many castles on the river banks. My theory was that these dwellings were situated there due to commerce routes which follow the river. However at Recourchebon in the caves of Blanc Fussy we were given another explanation. The stones/blocks used to build the castles came from the forementioned caves and were so heavy that they were rolled downhill and into boats. Another interesting fact was the growth of mushrooms (management style: keep 'm in the dark and feed 'm shit), the hiding of people during WW2 and most tantalizing the continuous year-round temperature of 12 degrees Celcius for the fermenting process of Cremant wine during one and a half year. They are not allowed to call it Champagne or they'll get their arse sued off, but the taste is all the same, hell, I even bought 18 bouteilles of the stuff to bring home.
Next was walkabout Tours with many bachelors parties on. We had some food there which was ok, interesting place, nothing special to report.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Mainstreet USA is where you enter the park, now this is the first spot where you see the Disney castle which is less impressive than the Orlando version. at the same time you see advertisements all over to upgrade your one day ticket into a year pass for 30 euro per person. Smart dealmakers. Anyway we squashed the urge to do so and went for a round of adventures. For half a day we joined the van Heijningen family who had set camp in one of the resort hotels, which was great fun to be together. Keegan got me into the Indiana Jones Temple of Peril, with a gruelling 360 degree looping, the first in my life. Had I known before I surely would have chickened out on my 11 year old son. Somewhere down the timeline I also got into Space Mountain with a same 360 and two corkscrews, I have shed the color yellow. And if you doubt my word, there is a picture to prove us being blasted into space. Talking about space, my alltime favourite together with Daryl is Buzz Lightyear Laserblast "to infinity and beyond" where we can blast away and show that we are crack shots. And so a day ended and the trip back wnet uneventful. We'll keep Studios for next year or beyond.
Next day R&R at the swimmingpool and pooltable.
Today we visited the ornately furbished Chateau Cheverny still in use by decendants of the original builders. To most of us known as the castle of Tintin/Kuifje and his friend Captain Haddock "joho en een fles rum". The property also housed a kennel with hunting dogs for sale - wooooff wooooff. After lunch we tasted a nice white wine at Chr. Tessier where the walls of his cave were crammed with awards, after which we could not leave without 12 bottles of his produce. Proost, hips!
Monday, June 30, 2008
The drive to France went fine, but for a hour traffic-jam around Paris. We arrived around 1700 just before the caravan hausse. Our location is great although the bed is small and made for permanent intimacy. The boys already love the place as there are abundant new friends to play with.
Yesterday we used the day to get used to the place and explored the village Mer, where we ate freshly baked croissants. Ofcourse we plunged into the pool after which we played some tennis. During the evening we watched the final EK2008 where we drank like Germans and cheered like Spanish.
Today we visited the impressive Chambord castle and tomorrow we will be in Disneyland Resort Paris.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Writing this blog from the backseat of a taxi. We are driving from the airport to the paraiso beach hotel where six pools are waiting for us. Temp is 26 degrees and the airco is blasting away. Anyway, after 20 hours travel we are "naar de kloten"
See ya later!
Monday, May 12, 2008
These are two examples of ULD’s, One is a horsestall and fits 3 horses. The other is an AKE and fits nicely in the belly of an aircraft.
Unit Load Device (ULD)
Term commonly used when referring to containers, pallets and pallet nets. The purpose of the ULD is to enable individual pieces of cargo to be assembled into standardized units to ease the rapid loading and unloading of airplanes and to facilitate the transfer of cargo between airplanes have compatible handling and restraint systems.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Twitter twitter twitter
Do you have a twitter account, I feel it's very cool, although not many friends have it yet, which makes the fun more pronounced. SO go to twitter.com , create an account, add me to your friends and start using it. AND don't forget to add your cell phone to it, so you can add messages through text/sms messaging. AND as you can see I have copy/pasted html code from twitter to my blogpage where it will show the 5 most recent messages.
My username surprisingly is kestermeijer
now go... get it done.... http://www.twitter.com/
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday November 10th, Leonard, Pieter and I had a day together celebrating Pieters' 40th b-day. About once or twice every year we get together somewhere and have a nice day of R&R. First I drove to Rotterdam Alexander train station to pick-up Leonard. 90 minutes later we arrived in Tervuren Belgium (near Brussels) and ate some fresh herrings I had bought at our local market. After this Dutch delicatesse we proceded to a rendez-vous point with the local Rotary Club (Pieter had just joined) for a walk, which turned into a museum visit hearing all about Henry van de Velde and other historical context to the Tervuren area. Next we were in dire need of a fine glass of beer Chouffe, Westmalle, Hoegaarden (tip: allways go for a pressurized beer, not the bottled ones). Saying goodbye to our new Rotarian friends , we moved on to the thermae-spa of Grimbergen where we sustained some heat waves and had a light dinner. Next was a visit to the local cafe of which the first was closed for a private party and we had to move to a retro-cafe involuntarily breathing the sixties all over including the constituents. Handing over a printed Westmalle coaster, made the barlady deliver a Leffe, which she attributed to not having her specs on. So we surrendered and returned home for a nightcap before turning off the lights. A wonderful day! Next stop: Cairo
Sunday, July 08, 2007
If you ever need a nice address for a short stay in the beautiful Friesland, have a look at Piaam State. It's an old farmhouse totally converted to a Bed and Breakfast facility. We had a team meeting there for 2 days which was wonderful. And I installed a wifi access point for them, sonext visitors can enjoy connectivity!
Saturday, May 05, 2007
And there is some sport activity in the morning so I'll need to bring running shoes too. Travel shoes, running shoes, beach slippers. No room for clothes. The other issue is my electronics ward. Laptop, iPod, phone, PDA. including the chargers. Next comes the paperwork approx one kilo size phonebook. Most of it will be ferried across and back, but you never know when a dull moment comes along so better be prepared and have some work on hand. Anyway, here I go. See you friday.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Today my father turned 80. We had a small garden party with family and friends. It was nice to see that he still enjoys life at this age. And the occasional glass of Whiskey. Good to have you around dad!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Yes I did it. Drilled a hole in my left index finger, right where the top and middle part come together. Got two nasty injections and some small surgery. As the surgeon could not find the artery he put on a tight bandage, which will come off wednesday for a first check.
I'm not allowed to drive and typing does not help recovery, so I am stuck at home doing nothing. pffft.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Keegan asked me if I had ever heard of Dr. Martin Luther King. Yes.
I wanted to show him a picture and came across this American rhetoric site with historic speeches and sounds! Impressive stuff here.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Today I turn page 41.
I put on my brilliant orange sweater so all at the office need to wear sunglasses.
And went to Amstelveen bakery Elzo Prenger to buy luxury birthday cakes.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Last friday I had the opportunity to drive one of these speed machines. WOW! A big thank you to my sunshine friend and a new dream which one day will come true, I am sure!
Monday, February 27, 2006
This is the logo I quickly made for isfbi.org with a spotlight on it. I like the effect and clean look.