St Martin the good of Tours

On Tuesday, November 11th it’s the day of St Martin the good of Tours in France. The stories of him and all his good deeds spread from France to the rest of Europe, where people today commemorate him in various ways. In Denmark we tell the story of St. Martin (Morten in Danish), who tried […]

How the Dutch speak

I realize that I’ve been rambling on about Amsterdam for more than 5 month now, so maybe it’s time to wrap it up and start writing about something else, but before I do that I would like to write just a tiny little bit about the Dutch language. Historically the name Nederlande (which means low […]

Dutch painters – Vincent Willem van Gogh

 Photo from January 1886 Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30th 1853 in Zundert in the Netherlands and died on July 29th 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise in France.   Van Goghs most famous early work: The potato eaters During his short life he moved many times between the Netherlands, Belgium, England and France and […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Willem van Aelst

Willem van Aelst was born inDelft in 1625 or 1626 and died in Amsterdam around 1683. He was a painter and painted still life. Willem van Aelst was the son of a lawyer from Delft. He was taught to paint by his uncle Evert van Aelst, who painted still life. From 1645 till 1649 Willem […]

Lavender ice cream

Have you ever watched the movie: ”It’s complicated” with Merryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin? It has become one of my all time favorite movies and that was unexpected really, because I’d tried to avoid anything with Merryl Streep since “The house of the spirits”, in which she gave me the creeps and which […]

How I went to Spain by accident, part 5 / My way home

Driving back to France was so much easier. The first 300 – 400 km we drove along the Mediterranean, and even so the area wasn’t as flat as I was used to, it was nothing compared to driving through the Pyrenees. So far we had spent a lot of time doing nothing but relaxing. It […]

How I went to Spain by accident, part 4

We stayed in Barcelona for quite a while. Looking back I must say that we were absolutely ignorant about the architectural treasures of the city. I don’t think we’d ever heard about Gaudi at that point. Never the less we enjoyed staying there. I remember the camping place being smaller than it is today, but […]

How I went to Spain by accident, part 3

We left Andorra early. Maybe the trip up the mountains had hardened me, but even so we still drove on the side of the road from where we could see all the way down several hundred meters, driving in the mountains didn’t feel as bad as the day before. By the time it got dark […]

How I went to Spain by accident, part 2

We kept on driving up. The road had only two lanes, one in each direction; no border on the outer side and the only markers were poles placed next to the road 50 meters apart. At first, while it was still light, we saw several car wrecks hanging on the slopes under us, and then […]

Do you like oysters?

Today I picked up a magazine with advice about food for two for New Years Eve. One of the things, the author of that article thought, should be part of a dinner for two, are oysters. It made me think of something that happened many years ago, while I travelled through France with my high […]