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2019/06/27 Luminosity Beach Festival at Bloemendaal an Zee
π 2019-06-27 01:01 in Clubbing
I had known about Luminosity for a little while, technically if I had gotten my shit together, I could have gone last year, but it was a bit too late then, so I made sure this year happened. Sadly, this year was not nearly as much as the previous years: it used to be 4 days with 12H a day, but the city council responsible for that part of the beach actually decided that it was too loud and put a reverse curfew on the festival. This was apparently not to inconvenience a few people on the beach who could literally have walked 2mn away in either direction if they didn't like the sound. Sigh...
As a result of this BS, the event was only allowed to start at 15:00, but it gets worse, even then they were not allowed to use any sound until 17:00. Sadly, that meant the first 2 hours were literally sound you could barely hear and a mostly a waste for the DJs that were playing. It kind of broke my heart to see Thrillseekers do a 3H set from 14:00 to 17:00 one day where you couldn't hear the sound :(
This is obviously not Luminosity's fault, but it effectively removed around 5H per day, or 20H total. Hopefully they get to handle that for next year, or the event is going to be much lesser than it used to be
I talked to some DJs who got sets cancelled or were forced to play with virtually no sound, and they were not happy either

the sound booth guy was tired of everyone asking why you could barely hear any music
the sound booth guy was tired of everyone asking why you could barely hear any music

That said, there were plenty of DJs still. I couldn't help myself and take a few pictures. It actually took a while before I got a clue, I could have gotten many more pictures if I had tried harder, but I had been wanting to talk to PvD and get a picture with him for so long since I've been listening to his music for over 20 years and that this alone was awesome. Sadly I missed Ferry Corsten due to a time conflict. Oh well, maybe another time:

Cold Blue
Cold Blue

Craig Connelly, I'm a big fan of his tracks
Craig Connelly, I'm a big fan of his tracks

Paul Van Dyk, after so many years!
Paul Van Dyk, after so many years!

Matt Darey, that brings me way back. He also did a great classics set
Matt Darey, that brings me way back. He also did a great classics set

Thrillseekers
Thrillseekers

Cosmic Gate
Cosmic Gate

That being said, despite the 20H that were effectively missing, it would have still been a stellar event, but sadly they were 3 big problems in my book:

  • As I just learned the day after getting home, the city council, on top of putting heavy schedule and sound restrictions on the event, also apparently put heavy security restrictions, to the point that they went overboard with security and denied me use of my led outfit during the last 3 days of the event "for security reasons"
  • the security was not correctly prioritizing their threats (to be fair, that's actually hard to do, and even with proper training, not everyone does a great job making the right calls), and convinced themselves that the wires in my outfit could be used to injure others, when shoe laces would honestly do the same.
  • the "you must buy our overpriced bottled water, which we'll sell you without bottle caps". This is so petty... Just charge what you need to charge on the tickets and let people hydrate as they need to. If only one person ends up in the hospital or worse due to dehydration, that is not worth it. Insomniac got the clue, Lumi not yet.
  • The security company they used freaked out on day #2 when a different guy at the entrance saw my light outfit and the wires that it needs to run. In his head wires = bad = terrorist = fear. He actually said he worried about ISIS. OMG... It was downhill from there, people trying to justify the decision all the way where they agreed that I wasn't a risk, but someone could rip out the wires from my outfit and use them to strangle someone else, or something. This is the saddest I've ever heard, especially because the event security was so sad to start with. For their own sake, I'm not going to reveal the huge security holes I found when I got annoyed at this (I have security training) but generally the perimeter was a joke. You could literally smuggle anything you wanted in, including weapons. The thing is that people didn't do it because they were happy to pay for the event, like I was, and honestly trance events is not really where you find weapons or fights to start with. Good thing that no one tried to use their shoe laces to strangle others or we'd have to get in without shoelaces or shoes next time... (and in case you were wondering, I spent non trivial effort to make sure my outfit would not injure others even if they banged into me while dancing).

    there were so many fences you could smuggle anything through. Thankfully it was only water and ice cream
    there were so many fences you could smuggle anything through. Thankfully it was only water and ice cream

    The only thing that kept us safe was that people came to have a good time, not to cause trouble (except maybe a handful of people who got a bit too drunk and became mean drunks), and honestly they should focus on that.

    Thankfully, and that's their biggest failure, their biggest external "threat" was really people trying to smuggle water in, or would you believe it, bottle caps (yes, bottle caps were actually forbidden, because they could be used to refill and close a bottle of water they were trying to force you to buy inside. I really saw a guy being detained by security at the entrance until he threw away both his empty bottle and then the bottle cap he was trying to keep). That's very petty.

    this did his best to beat the system and brought his own resealable bottle cap
    this did his best to beat the system and brought his own resealable bottle cap

    While I expect any festival to screen for weapons, even if this one had such a porous perimeter, the empty bottle and bottle cap stuff was just sad (food was of course also forbidden, but that's a bit more typical). The food options inside were pretty poor, but on the plus side, they allowed you to leave the event to buy food outside if you wanted to:

    people stood in line for 30 to 60mn on the first day to buy fake money
    people stood in line for 30 to 60mn on the first day to buy fake money

    which actually got devalued and of course becomes worthless at the end of the event
    which actually got devalued and of course becomes worthless at the end of the event

    and then you can spend it on limited food options
    and then you can spend it on limited food options

    Can't say I was a fan of this. They should allow contactless payment (phone or credit card) which is almost as fast and bypasses this silly token system, at least in addition to tokens. Inside they had 30-60mn lines at the token counters and no lines at the food/drink boths.

    Usually I don't rant like this, but between forcing people to pay almost $5 per 0.5L of water (make money on the ticket, not on water that creates so much plastic waste and kills our oceans), and banning my outfit on day 2 after all the trouble I went through to bring it in across the world, I was not a happy camper. That said, I had a few pictures from day #1 before I was considered such a risk, along with some of my friends from the San Francisco area (who were then all very disappointed to learn that luminosity banned my outfit on the next days):



    Ok, now that it's off my chest, back to the event. Despite the serious neutering that happened due to the city sound curfew, Lumi is still an event that's one of a kind. The sheer amount of DJs and producers that attended, was beyond impressive. To their credit, they also allow you to stand almost next to the DJ playing or behind him/her while he's playing and take great shots of the crowd. This is not something you can expect just about anywhere else. And on top of that, many DJs were more than happy to talk with their fans and pose for pictures (some were understandably harder to approach than others).

    also I saw people just climbing speakers and dancing on top when at the average festival, they'd be taken out within less than 1mn. I can actually found that refreshing :)
    also I saw people just climbing speakers and dancing on top when at the average festival, they'd be taken out within less than 1mn. I can actually found that refreshing :)

    no backstage pass required, I was just able to walk here
    no backstage pass required, I was just able to walk here

    Sadly, I'm still bitter about what they did to me, let's get back to the event, which was otherwise quite good despite the effective 20H+ missing compared to previous years.
    For starters, we were lucky with the weather, it was unseasonably warm, even borderline too warm on saturday (some other years, they had rain and most of the event is uncovered).

    you may notice the big dune that you'll find all the way around the Netherlands as a shield for the country that mostly under sea level
    you may notice the big dune that you'll find all the way around the Netherlands as a shield for the country that mostly under sea level

    the event was by the beach, and there was a fair amount of wind most days
    the event was by the beach, and there was a fair amount of wind most days

    They had 4 stages, 2 big one outdoors and 2 smaller ones indoors. Some days only had 3 stages running, other days, 4. Interestingly while the schedule changed quite a bit during the event, saturday and sunday had an extra unannounced stage, and when Solarstone was playing allegedly until midnight on friday, he didn't stop and no one kicked him out either :)

    Anyway, here are pictures from Day 1:




    my first time seeing Will Atkinson. Some DJs don't travel to the US
    my first time seeing Will Atkinson. Some DJs don't travel to the US

    4 Strings
    4 Strings





    haha, climb on top of speakers, no one cares :)
    haha, climb on top of speakers, no one cares :)

    sun took forever to set, it was only dark for 15mn before the 'day' was over
    sun took forever to set, it was only dark for 15mn before the 'day' was over

    sucks to be the laser guy when you can only use the lasers for such a short portion of the event
    sucks to be the laser guy when you can only use the lasers for such a short portion of the event

    Video of Day #1:

    This brings us to Day #2. That day John Askew played a 9H OTC set. I was joking that he was wearing a "weekend at bernie's" shirt just in case they had to prop him up, but he didn't need that, he just kept on going, awesome stamina:


    Markus Schultz
    Markus Schultz


    Jennifer came on day #2 and enjoyed some shade by the beach, where you could still hear the music
    Jennifer came on day #2 and enjoyed some shade by the beach, where you could still hear the music

    Gareth Emery
    Gareth Emery

    finally some darkness
    finally some darkness

    Solarstone finished the evening
    Solarstone finished the evening

    He finished past the event closing time, and no one complained :)
    He finished past the event closing time, and no one complained :)

    well said
    well said

    Video of Day #2:

    Saturday was Day #3, the warmest day of the festival:

    they added some big fans, as indoors was unbearably hot
    they added some big fans, as indoors was unbearably hot







    they had water cannons to make the temperature easier to bear
    they had water cannons to make the temperature easier to bear

    next was PvD
    next was PvD


    Video of Day #3:

    Sunday was Day #4 and the last day:

    I ran into Matt Darey, awesome. I thanked him for his stellar Gamemaster mix
    I ran into Matt Darey, awesome. I thanked him for his stellar Gamemaster mix

    Got to chat with goldenscan before their classics set, which was quite enjoyable
    Got to chat with goldenscan before their classics set, which was quite enjoyable

    thrillseekers did another set, he sure worked a lot and I sure didn't mind :)
    thrillseekers did another set, he sure worked a lot and I sure didn't mind :)

    Matt Darey took the classics deck and did a very enjoyable set too
    Matt Darey took the classics deck and did a very enjoyable set too


    Judge Jules
    Judge Jules

    Cosmic Gate
    Cosmic Gate

    Ferry Corsten was next
    Ferry Corsten was next



    Video of Day #4:

    And that was it for Luminosity, it ended at 23:00 on the 4th day (probably another city curfew).

    A few extra pictures. One plus of the festival is that you get sunsets. Day #2:



    Day #3:





    Jennifer came back to the beach to come watch the sunset on Day #4 with me:


    sadly it went to hide behind the clouds
    sadly it went to hide behind the clouds

    although it unexpected came back out a bit later when I tried to get a picture with Ferry (and failed)
    although it unexpected came back out a bit later when I tried to get a picture with Ferry (and failed)

    As for outfits, well, they weren't many. Outside of how I was treated, and the fact that most of the festival is during daylight hours (sunset was at 22:30), looks like Europeans aren't into fancy outfits as much in the US. Never mind totem poles, not seen a single one (although to be fair I have mixed feelings about totem poles as they totally block the view of the stage). That said there were at least some fun T-shirts:




    So that was that, with the security stuff that happened, sadly it was a bittersweet experience, but outside of these unnecessary actions, it was enjoyable and definitely interesting to experience. Now, if they can just stop the bottled water BS, reconsider their real security threats (if any), and fix the very damaging curfew from the city, hopefully next year will be better again.
    Lumi is definitely a event on its own: for the trance fans by the trance fans. The access you get to DJs, I have found nowhere else and I can only say thank you for that alone. Thanks to all the DJs/artists who came, and everyone who supported them and made the event happen.

    2019/06/27 A Few Days Around Zandvoort and Haarlem
    π 2019-06-27 01:01 in Trips

    After a bit of time in Amsterdam, we went to Zandvoort, which is definitely not a place you'd fly across the world to go visit, but it's close to where Luminosity was, so that's why we slept a few days there. Because Luminosity started later than planned, we had time in the mornings and early afternoon to go around the nearby towns:



    The 2nd day we biked to Harleem which is not too close but we had electric bikes, so that made things easier:


    We went to the Corrie ten Boom house/museum, but unfortunately someone screwed up and our tour guide was never able to get in with us, so he gave his tour from the outside. It's a house that hosted a few jews during the war in a secret hiding place, until they were eventually turned in:

    We went to the Corrie ten Boom
    We went to the Corrie ten Boom

    The Haarlem big church is magestic, even if the protestants gutted most fo the catholic stuff that used to be inside:



    Mozart played on this organ
    Mozart played on this organ





    The catholics ended up rebuilding a new church slightly out of town:

    interesting that they put a walkeay on top, nice for tourists
    interesting that they put a walkeay on top, nice for tourists






    we took the stairs to the top
    we took the stairs to the top




    Nice views of town:




    Haarlem had multiple museums. We didn't have time for all, but the Frans Hals Museum was the main one, so we checked that one out:







    We then went to see the Adriaan Windmill which had nice guided tours:

    the bridge closed as we were arriving, but it was pretty fast
    the bridge closed as we were arriving, but it was pretty fast





    the blades have sails you can retract when you have too much wind
    the blades have sails you can retract when you have too much wind



    The next day, we stayed locally in Zaandvoort and looked at its 2 small museums:






    The last day, we went to a local park that houses a wild deer population:







    From there, we went to a nearby town with a science museum that houses the biggest steam engine ever built and that was used to dry out a huge lake:


    normally they used windmills for the job, but this area was too big
    normally they used windmills for the job, but this area was too big


    a big portion of holland was reclaimed from the sea
    a big portion of holland was reclaimed from the sea



    this was the lake which was emptied in 3 years of pumping
    this was the lake which was emptied in 3 years of pumping


    And that it for the Zandvoort/Haarlem area, after Luminosity, it was time to go back to Amsterdam

    2019/06/26 Google Amsterdam Office
    π 2019-06-26 01:01 in Google
    While in Amsterdam, we had a quick visit of the Google building. Very nice decors and logos on each floor:






    typical looking guest
    typical looking guest

    but it's a desk on wheels you can bike around (ok, not really)
    but it's a desk on wheels you can bike around (ok, not really)











    nice patio by the cafetaria, on a beautiful day
    nice patio by the cafetaria, on a beautiful day

    little garden
    little garden


    new floor being built
    new floor being built


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    2019/06/24 De Poezenboot, Cat Boat, in Amsterdam
    π 2019-06-24 01:01 in Cats
    That was not quite a cat café, but a no kill shelter in Amsterdam that happens to be on a house boat. To help pay for their bills, they allow visitors a few hours every week, and it's pretty popular with long waits outside:










    2019/06/24 4 Days in Amsterdam
    π 2019-06-24 01:01 in Trips
    We took a morning train to Amsterdam, which was supposed to be 3h30


    when the train could, it went at good pace
    when the train could, it went at good pace

    During the train ride, I played the Anne Frank ticket game, you have to connect before 09:00 and get out of the virtual line as soon after 09:00 as you can. I took 6 browsers and was able to time it ok on one of them and got tickets for that afternoon after other museums were closed. To be honest, I don't think the visit is worth it but Jennifer read what she wrote and was happy to see it:


    The train arrived late, but we still had a few hours to spend in Amsterdam that afternoon.

    Day 1: Half day around Amsterdam

    As soon as we arrived, we went to see the cat boat across from our hotel (on its own page)


    we took basic Dutch bikes, which were a bit too tall for Jennifer
    we took basic Dutch bikes, which were a bit too tall for Jennifer

    Next, was the Amsterdam Museum:






    After that, we went to the New Church, which was gutted because it was catholic and looked too nice. Now, it's used as a museum to show pictures:





    We then had to leave to get to Anne Frank House for our timed tour which sure was hard to get. That was one no pictures place, likely mostly to keep things moving. Again, Jennifer was happy to see it, but I'd say it's fine to skip if you can't get tickets, honestly you're mostly just looking at an empty house with a few plaques you can read on the internet:


    locations of jews
    locations of jews

    secret door to the other building that hid Anne Frank and her peers
    secret door to the other building that hid Anne Frank and her peers




    The days being long, we had more time to go around:





    We then went to the Hemp an Hash museum, which was quite informative:



    Hemp can be used to create materials in more sustainable ways than plastic
    Hemp can be used to create materials in more sustainable ways than plastic




    it's actually illegal to grow pot in Holland but the museum has a special allowance
    it's actually illegal to grow pot in Holland but the museum has a special allowance

    well said
    well said

    OMG, pretty sad misinformation, well done federal government
    OMG, pretty sad misinformation, well done federal government

    By then, the day was finally ending past 22:00:



    Day 2: Museums, canal cruise

    We went to the museum district, and started with the Van Gogh Museum for our timed tour at 09:00





    nice way for a teacher to share knowledge with her class
    nice way for a teacher to share knowledge with her class

    Van Gogh wrote many letters to his bother Teo
    Van Gogh wrote many letters to his bother Teo







    Next, was the excellent Rijks Museum that we should have spent more than 3H at:








    Napoleon was the King of Holland for a while
    Napoleon was the King of Holland for a while
















    We then left the Rijks Museum, we did the modern art Stedelijk Museum, which honestly wasn't worth as much time in comparison. We should have allocated more time at the Rijks Museum, sadly Rick Steve's book which missed a lot of newer attractions, also failed to recommend time for each of those museums:













    We still had some time for the nearby Banksy Museum, which was actually better than Stedelijk for us:










    Again, long days, so after dinner, we had time for a canal cruise 20:30 with plenty of daylight left:










    Day 3: Naval/Science Museums and more

    after a nice breakfast at our B&B
    after a nice breakfast at our B&B

    a few bikes around the train station :)
    a few bikes around the train station :)

    We biked to the naval museum:







    royal parade boat
    royal parade boat

    pretty
    pretty





    The Dutch were the top map makers at that time in history:





    Next was the science museum next door, great views from its patio:













    We spent quite a bit of time at the science museum, and then biked to the rembrandt house:






    We then had to run out just in case to get to the Google Amsterdam Office south of the city before they closed at 18:00:


    we took the fast subway there
    we took the fast subway there



    nice views from the top
    nice views from the top

    We then came back to town to have dinner with two of our cousins:



    But the super long days still weren't over, so more museums:






    Day 4: Half Day in Amsterdam

    We started with the museum of the canals, a very good museum that shows how Amsterdam grew:







    the entire city is on top of piloti to reach the stable layer below
    the entire city is on top of piloti to reach the stable layer below

    Next door was Cromhout House which I went to by mistake as the 2 buildings were too close:








    it was then time to go to Amsterdam station to get to Zandvoort for Luminosity. We got to visit the Zaandvoort/Haarlem area

    Day 5: North Amsterdam and more museums

    We came back 4 days later from Zandvoort for 2 more half days before flying home. We took our same rental bikes and went to north amsterdam via the free ferry:



    we went to the film institute, an interesting building, but probably a so-so attraction
    we went to the film institute, an interesting building, but probably a so-so attraction



    The 'this is holland' show next door was pretty good




    And then we went to the observation tower


    nice view from the top
    nice view from the top


    a few more bikes
    a few more bikes


    After those 3 attractions, Jennifer went to rest, and I went to bike across town to the Heineken Museum, which was a fun visit, even for me who don't like beer:


    cannabis condom? Why not? :)
    cannabis condom? Why not? :)







    After the museum, another bike trip across town:




    I then went to check out 2 more churches, the old church (church of our lady) and the catholic church hidden in a house when they were forbidden:









    Red light district museum was an interesting stop:




    A bit more biking through Amsterdam to get to our dinner at the Silveren Spiegel







    Our 2nd hotel was very nice and close to the main station, very nice decors:








    Day 6: Hermitage Museum

    Day 6 was our 4th half day (we really had 4 days total in Amsterdam), and we went to check out the Hermitage Museum for our last hours before going to the airport:

    the winning shot of the trip
    the winning shot of the trip

    Hermitage museum is quite big and worth a good 3H if you have time
    Hermitage museum is quite big and worth a good 3H if you have time









    It was then time to go to the Amsterdam airport for a flight home:





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    2019/06/22 Quick Visit of my Mom While in Paris
    π 2019-06-22 01:01 in Family
    We went to say hi for a few hours in her retirement home:



    the staff does their best to keep the guests entertained
    the staff does their best to keep the guests entertained

    2019/06/20 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget
    π 2019-06-20 01:01 in Flying
    By sheer luck, I was in Paris a few days at the same time that the Bourget Air Show. This also happened in 2005, and I went there for a day then.

    This time, I went during professional days, which meant fewer crowds (good), but a much lesser airshow (not as great, but oh well):


    the line to get in was thankfully fast as everyone was pre-paid
    the line to get in was thankfully fast as everyone was pre-paid

    I then went to see expo halls:



    chinese jet
    chinese jet



    cool aircraft using helium for lift and hydrogen for propulsion
    cool aircraft using helium for lift and hydrogen for propulsion












    NGF concept
    NGF concept


    VTOL aircraft:

    quadplane (multirotor for takeoff and conversion to plane in flight)
    quadplane (multirotor for takeoff and conversion to plane in flight)

    another concept
    another concept



    Drones:

    tethered drone with unlimited runtime
    tethered drone with unlimited runtime


    It was air and space:





    A fair amount of planes outside too:










    next generation fighter
    next generation fighter













    I went back to see the old planes that are there all year:


    747 2nd floor
    747 2nd floor









    So, there was a small airshow, I only watched part of it given limited time and that it was a bit weak. I heard it was better during the weekend when the general public was allowed. I somehow made a few wrong turns and ended up at the Airbus private viewing lounge:












    And that was it for the Bourget expo. I didn't quite have the time to see everything in one day, but saw most of it, worth the visit given that I was already there :)

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    2019/06/20 75th Anniversary Dinner with my Dad at Hélène Darroze in Paris
    π 2019-06-20 01:01 in Dining
    This was our 4th time there. The first time was best as she was not too well known yet. That was mid 2000's. By the 2nd time, the prices had more or less doubled and by the 3rth time in 2014, her prices had stayed quite high, but the service had gone way down, to embarassing levels.

    Thankfully for this 4th time, the service was back to where it should have been. The base menu price stayed in the expensive range, they finally stopped forcing you to buy pointless bottled water for prices higher than good wines by offering filtered water if you asked enough, but they sure upsold you a lot on drinks with no price at all. They didn't even publish the price of the wine pairing...

    The nice surprise is that we got the chef's table by the kitchen and were greeted by Hélène who was working there that day, and took a few pictures with us).
    The meal itself was great and my dad was very happy to get pictures with Hélène, so that worked out great as a 75th BD dinner :)
























    they didn't have 1944, for my dad's birth year, but they had 1941
    they didn't have 1944, for my dad's birth year, but they had 1941




    2019/06/19 My Dad's 75th Birthday
    π 2019-06-19 01:01 in Family
    Thankfully, we were able to attend this birthday. It wasn't the exact date, but it was a bit later, matching other travels and offering better weather in June:





    hard at work :)
    hard at work :)


    I found this as an appropriate gift :)
    I found this as an appropriate gift :)





    foie gras soup, yum
    foie gras soup, yum







    Happy BD!

    2019/06/18 A Handful of Days in Paris in June
    π 2019-06-18 01:01 in Trips
    Since we were going for my Dad's birthday during a nicer season than the usual Xmas, we got to enjoy Paris with nicer weather.

    We got to enjoy the SFO Polaris Lounge and its sit down restaurant, which turns out to be fancier looking than it actually was, and had a good 45mn wait to get in. Still, we went to check it out for fun :)


    after a long wait, we got seated and eventually served
    after a long wait, we got seated and eventually served

    I got the Polaris Burger
    I got the Polaris Burger

    Here's a quick overview of where we went:

    Once in Paris, we went to check out Atelier des Lumières, which used an old warehouse to project nice stories. One was about Japan:









    The longest display was Van Gogh:










    Not too far was cimetary Père Lachaise, the most famous cimetary in France:



    Jim Morison
    Jim Morison


    Racine
    Racine

    La fontaine
    La fontaine


    Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde


    crematorium
    crematorium


    Then, we went to the Buttes Chaumont Park, where I went a few times as a small kid:





    the lime scooters were not cheap but made getting around a lot easier
    the lime scooters were not cheap but made getting around a lot easier

    nice views
    nice views


    Next, we went up the river to La Vilette:




    The next day, I went to the Paris Air Show at le Bourget, which was unexpected (on its own page)


    Saturday, was Fête de la Musique, so we went to enjoy another pretty day in Paris:



    We had been to Le Panthéon somewhat briefly some years back, but spent a longer time there this time:









    Marie Curie discovered radio activity
    Marie Curie discovered radio activity

    we then took a guided tour to the top
    we then took a guided tour to the top


    great view from there
    great view from there




    the damaged Notre Dame
    the damaged Notre Dame






    We then resumed our visit of Paris:





    And we headed towards le Jardin des Plantes, which looks much nicer during the summer:






    The nearby zoo was better than I expected:


    red pandas are so cute :)
    red pandas are so cute :)




    the park had some nicely sized uninvited city rats
    the park had some nicely sized uninvited city rats







    We then went to walk in Paris some more to see people performing music in the streets:


    quick ice cream stop at Bertillon
    quick ice cream stop at Bertillon

    Notre Dame will be repaired for several years:















    the bird in our yard are not as hungry :)
    the bird in our yard are not as hungry :)




    And after nice sunny time in Paris and my Dad's Birthday Party, it was time to leave Paris for Amsterdam:




    2019/06/14 A Day at the Beach on Hwy 1
    π 2019-06-14 01:01 in Public
    While most people go to Santa Cruz (hwy 17) or Half Moon Bay (hwy 92), I figured it would be fun to spend a day at the beach for Jennifer who loves looking at tidepool, and me who doesn't a fun curvy road to get there :)

    We got to skyline towards Alice's Restaurant, and then 84/pescadero to Hwy 1, a fun road. We ended up by the best BBQ restaurant on Hwy1, which is to say that it was ok and had no competition :)



    Then we went to the beach for a few trails and looked for tide pools:





    oister catcher
    oister catcher





    We then drove up the coast in look for other beaches:






    interesting rocks
    interesting rocks



    After around 5H at the beach, it was time to drive home. pescadero, skyline, pagemill. Nice roads. Jennifer was a good sport given that she doesn't much enjoy twisty road driving :)

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    2019/06/10 Skyline to the Sea Loop
    π 2019-06-10 01:01 in Cars
    It has been so long since our last drive, I really needed that. It was fun despite my being a bit tired.











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    2019/06/08 Simon Patterson vs John Askew at Mezzanine
    π 2019-06-08 01:01 in Clubbing
    Another night in the city, more tunes, more dancing :)







    Quick summary:

    2019/06/07 Hike from Hidden Villa Towards Black Mountain with Johannes
    π 2019-06-07 01:01 in Hiking
    Johannes nicely invited me for a hike around the hills. We didn't quite have the time to make it up to the top of Black Mountain before running out of daylight, but we still went pretty high and had a good view before having to turn back
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    2019/06/01 Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival
    π 2019-06-01 01:01 in Public
    It was Sunnyvale's turn to have their festival, so we biked there, and here are a few pictures:


























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