Den Haag

Gisteren zijn we naar Den Haag gegaan. Ik moest een paspoort vernieuwen en dat gaat op afspraak. Mijn afspraak was om 9 uur op maandag maar dat betekent wel een vroege trip vanuit Wapenveld. We zijn om 6.45 met de trein uit Zwolle vertrokken en waren om 8.30 in Den Haag. De afspraak in Den Haag was snel en efficiënt en we stonden om 9.30 alweer buiten. We zijn eerst bij het Binnenhof wezen kijken en zijn voorbij het Mauritshuis gelopen naar het Plein. Daar hebben we iets gegeten bij Café Luden want het ontbijt in Wapenveld was al voor 6 uur ‘s ochtends. We zijn toen via het Voorhout en het Malieveld weer terug gewandeld naar het Centraal Station. Het laatste stukje was met de bus uit Zwolle en we waren om 3 uur weer terug in Wapenveld.

Update: en het is maar goed dat mijn afspraak gisteren was en niet vandaag:

KL602 back to Amsterdam

A week has flown by… It feels like I picked up Jans and Mientje from LAX only yesterday but early this afternoon they already boarded KL602 back to Amsterdam. We did in total drive almost 1200 kilometers in the time they were here with the main trip going to Las Vegas last weekend. However we’ve also explored quite a bit of the local area. On Monday they went with Mascha to Huntington Beach and they bought the famous Strikland’s Icecream in Irvine. Yesterday we went to see a little town nearby called San Juan Capistrano. It is an old Spanish missionary town, founded in 1776.  Mission_San_Juan_Capistrano_02

San Juan Capistrano has a few notable attractions that we explored yesterday. First of all, it is home to a few wineries and we started out by tasting a flight of wines. We picked a full bottle of the favorite, a very buttery Chardonnay, and enjoyed that with some cheese and other small dishes. From here we went to visit one of the many antique stores in town. Jans regretted that his suitcase was so small, although prices here are very high so little can be sold with a profit. After walking off the buzz from the wine in the antique stores, we sat down in a nearby cocktail bar for another drink before going home. At night we had dinner with Roos and Alex at our favorite Japanese restaurant: Bistro Anju.

In the morning we had a quick breakfast and Bruegger’s Bagels. Here they bake bagels fresh every morning and make a great breakfast. After that we zipped up the suitcases and were off the LAX.


Frank Sinatra

Tonight we went to see a show and what better to do than a show about Frank Sinatra when you’re in Vegas. The show was in the Venetian Hotel.  Most of his famous songs came by and it was a very enjoyable experience. 


After dinner but before the show started we had some time to kill. We went to explore the various shops in the hotel. Jansie tried on some hats in the hat shop


Van Den Berg back in the USA

It’s been a long time since I have picked up someone from the airport instead of being picked up myself. However today was the day as I picked up my dad and Mientje for their family visit to LA. It’s probably been a long flight as they were delayed by almost 30 minutes. It will be a fast and furious time as we plan to go to Las Vegas already tomorrow. I hope Jansie brought enough cash. 

 The timing worked well because Roos and Alex have fall vacation and will be able to spend some time with Opa Jansie.