Newsletter Number Thirteen - August, 2005
edition - without the sunshine
It is clear from the weather that Amsterdam
has been experiencing this summer that there is not enough for all of
Europe and this 2005 was the year that Holland allowed other to enjoy
good weather. Generally this year sucked.... however, despite the gloom
and grey I have been busy the last few months. All is revealed in this
|Washington and New York
During July I joined friends and headed to New York. The occasion was Frans' birthday and New York Pride. However
before spending a few days in the big apple, Mark and headed to Washington DC. We spent our time visiting the "must see" places on the 1st time to Washington tour. Unfortunately with heightened security, to enter most of the buildings you need tickets which need to be ordered on line or picked up in the morning between 0830 and 0930 before they all go. Needless to say we did not get tickets for most things.
The pics of Washington and New York are available from the gallery pages or clicking here.
One nice part of my job is that I
occasionally get to travel to interesting places. Recently I was asked
to work with one of our sales teams based on Moscow. I only had a day
to myself so spent it in and around Red Square. Whilst Russia has
really opened up, it can still take over an hour to clear immigration
even if you are at the front of the plane. Beware anyone who walks
around without their passport and visa or you will need to 'grease' the
palm of the local police. All that aside Moscow does have some charm
Lenin's Tomb at Red Square
The Historical Museum
St Basil's Cathedral
View looking into Red Square
Russia - the land of the Lada
Keeping the with Eastern European theme Tali and spent three days in Tallinn. The old city is a UNESCO listed site and absolutely lovely. As usual there a few pics in the gallery section. Since joining the EU the Estonia has invested heavily in attracting tourist to the city. We were both impressed with the cities cleanliness, the quality of restaurants, food, our hotel and service. In one restaurant we over heard the following exchange:
Guest: It is lovely to back.......
One of the more interesting museums we visited was the Occupation Museum, especially hearing about the war from the view of one of the German allies trying to avoid being occupied for a second time by Russia. The museum has an excellent set of movies (available on line) detailing the countries history under occupation until independence.
|Every five years tall ships gather in Amsterdam for Sail
This year Tali and I were lucky enough to be invited on to a friends
small boat for the afternoon to inspect the fleet. If you ever thought
that driving in Rome was the mad, peak hour in London chaotic or the
migration of the wilderbeast through the Serengeti mass movement,
nothing compares with the hundreds upon hundreds of boats making their
way through the narrow Amsterdam harbour.
Thanks to Henk and Thomas for letting us ride with them around the boats.
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