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2019/12/25 Xmas with our Mom
π 2019-12-25 01:01 in Family
Another year, another Xmas with our mom. Unfortunately, her mobility hasn't improved, she's now in a wheelchair and her cognitive abilities are not improving. My brother did his best to do a nice party for her, and we hope she enjoyed it:









2019/12/24 Xmas with Dad
π 2019-12-24 01:01 in Family
Another Xmas to get with family. More food was consumed, great to see everyone :)








Jennifer's happy with her Xmas present :)
Jennifer's happy with her Xmas present :)




While we were there, we got a visit of part of our Dutch family who had driven to Paris to see my mom:


my dad, showing off his collection of 100 year old menus
my dad, showing off his collection of 100 year old menus



Then, a nice hotpot restaurant in china, quite authentic (and spicy):


Jennifer sure was happy :)
Jennifer sure was happy :)


For NYE, we went back to a nice restaurant nearby, Villa 93:







The next day, for New Years, another party at my dad's:





piggy before
piggy before

piggy after :)
piggy after :)





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

2019/06/19 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!

2018/12/27 Xmas with my Mom
π 2018-12-27 01:01 in Family
We went to see her and made a small Xmas party and went to the next door restaurant. Thanks to my brother for bringing the snacks and organizing the logistics:







2018/12/25 Another Xmas with my Dad, Tata and the Rest of the Family
π 2018-12-25 01:01 in Family
A nice Xmas lunch:








oh, we don't have these nice birds at home
oh, we don't have these nice birds at home



A bit of music:


even Diane's mom can still play plano
even Diane's mom can still play plano

We then went to see poor Tata who feel in the street and got bleeding in her brain as a result. Sadly it did affect her mental capacities significantly. We're hoping that she may improve, but it may not happen:


A few more dinners:

my dad tricking poor Jennifer again :)
my dad tricking poor Jennifer again :)

A few pictures I found:



For New Years Eve, we went to a nice restaurant:





the restaurant's cat came to visit Jennifer and spent most of the evening with her :)
the restaurant's cat came to visit Jennifer and spent most of the evening with her :)



On New Year, we had Martine and François Franc:


Patrick build an arduino based matrix, lower res than mine, but nicer build
Patrick build an arduino based matrix, lower res than mine, but nicer build







And that was it, thank you so much for my dad for all the nice lunches and dinners and it was a pleasure to see the rest of the family again

2018/09/22 Mom's 75th Birthday
π 2018-09-22 01:01 in Family
For my mom's 75th birthday, a lot of her family came from holland, and we did too. We met in her retirement house in a room set aside for us:





Patrick and Diane brought extra desert
Patrick and Diane brought extra desert


That evening, the family met in a nearby japanese restaurant:

thankfully they served fries, a requirement for a dutch meal :)
thankfully they served fries, a requirement for a dutch meal :)

The next morning, we had lunch together again:



And then it was time to go (for us flying to Barcelona). A few extra shots:




2018/05/14 Jennifer's Mother's 65th Birthday
π 2018-05-14 01:01 in Family
It had been a while since I last went to Dallas, Jennifer went the last times while I wasn't home. This time we were both able to go, and it was for her mom's birthday, which almost coincided with mother's day, so she got 2 for the price of one :)

Oh yeah, there was food, lots of it :)











The return luggage was filled with frozen food :)



2017/12/24 Xmas with my Dad
π 2017-12-24 01:01 in Family
We started with Xmas Eve:

the Chapon was refusing to have its head come off, so it took a powertool :)
the Chapon was refusing to have its head come off, so it took a powertool :)






Random other picts:



For Xmas eve, we went to a seafood restaurant:



Then came New Year:




the famous saucisson richeulieu
the famous saucisson richeulieu

And we ended the last day with a gallette des rois, and Jennifer won :)


2016/12/27 Family Gathering in Holland
π 2016-12-27 01:01 in Family
After visiting Bruges, we drove across the border, to Holland to attend our yearly family gathering:








We spent the night at de Kienstee as before, which was shrouded in heavy fog:







2016/12/25 Xmas with my Mom
π 2016-12-25 01:01 in Dining, Family
Another year, another Xmas lunch with my Mom, brother and family. Nice day as always:








2016/12/21 Multiple Dinners around Xmas with my Dad, Francs, and Hodges
π 2016-12-21 01:01 in Dining, Family
Multiple dinners over multiple days with different family and friends. Lots of food, and good times :)





















And we also got invited by my brother for yet another dinner :)




2016/11/19 Another Jennifer's Family Visit for Thanksgiving
π 2016-11-19 01:01 in Family
Jennifer's Mom, came first, so we did a recon trip at Koi Palace, and we walked through the milpitas mall:






fish stomacs, cheap
fish stomacs, cheap

Then, came thanksgiving:




And before Jennifer's parents went home, we went back to Koi Palace to have a King Crab



2016/09/09 Dinner at Madrona Manor in Healdsburg
π 2016-09-09 01:01 in Dining, Family
My dad and Patricia were visiting and since we went in the Healdsburg area for wine tasting, Jennifer got the good idea to have us all eat a Madrona Manor, there. It would typically be way out of the way for us, but since we were already there, it was a very good excuse to go try it out, and their excellent michelin rated tasting menu.

Their gardens and decors were very nice too:


















2016/09/08 Visit from my Dad and Patricia
π 2016-09-08 01:01 in Family
After my dad and patricia arrived, we went to the Rosicrucian_Agyptian Museum, which was quite good actually:










After the egyptian museum, we went to Winchester Mystery House:



Another day, we drove to Healdsburg to do wine tasting and have a nice picnic:








We then went to downtown Healdsburg, saw a few art museums and tasting rooms:




And we had a great dinner at Madrona Manor


On another day, we went to San Francisco, we started with the Legion of Honor:










And then did Pier39 and its many shops:









beautiful local weather as always
beautiful local weather as always


On our last evening, we had a dinner with Fabien:



And then it was time to go home:


2016/06/17 A Few Hours in Vegas with my Dad During my non EDC Awake Hours
π 2016-06-17 01:01 in Family, Trips
A few pictures on the way to LAS:




The cool thing was that smack as I was going to Vegas to attend EDC, my dad was also in Vegas for the week to see shows. We went to the Caesar's Palace Buffet, which at 14:30 still had a 1H line, but thankfully they had the express line we were able to use:



balanced lunch :)
balanced lunch :)


After a bit of time to plan the coming days, we went to see Spoofical, the Musical, which was properly terrible:


Later, I took a bit of a rest in my room at the Casino Royale (no stupid resort fees) before heading out to see Armin at Omnia and spend the rest of the night at EDC:



the next "morning", I barely got up at 14:30 to meet my dad at Harrah's and see Mac King (whom we had both seen before but was fun to see again):



Next, we went to Bellagio to visit a bit and have dinner before seeing O, which neither of us had seen in a long time:








Right after O, which was quite good, I head out and went directly to EDC for the 2nd night.
The 3rd day, I slept as long as I could before having to check out my room, and went to burn a bit of time at the Venetian next door:











Next, I had to to the MGM to drop off my luggage so that I could pick it up directly on the way back from EDC to the airport, and stopped by the New York - New York before going to the Rio to meet my dad there for the Fish Buffet and Father's Day:







The next morning, after EDC, stumbled my way back to the airport to catch a 07:25 flight back to SJC. It's cool to see the heat concentrators on that flight (lots of mirrors redirecting the sun towards molten salts to make electricity):


we flew past Mt Whitney on the way back
we flew past Mt Whitney on the way back

2016/01/01 New Year's Lunch at François and Martine's
π 2016-01-01 01:01 in Family
While it probably sounds like I'm saying the same thing every year, we had the pleasure of being invited by François and Martine again for New Year's lunch. It was great to see the family as always.











Like every year, it was delicious and we had a great time, thank you.

2015/12/28 Yearly Dutch Family Gathering
π 2015-12-28 01:01 in Family
Sadly, we missed the our yearly Dutch gathering the last 2 years. 2 years ago, I had to leave early for my yearly conference in Australia which had been moved to an unfortunate early date, and last year, we didn't make it there for a combination of other unfortunate reasons.

So it was great to finally make it there and see my Dutch family again, even if it was after a 3 year delay:




Dutch and French Furbies, love at first sight :)
Dutch and French Furbies, love at first sight :)



The next day, we had a quick look at the local town and went to see Harold and Rési before driving home:





that is a hefty and happy chat :)
that is a hefty and happy chat :)


I didn't know they had mésanges all the way up in holland. They are beautiful birds, I wish we had them in California
I didn't know they had mésanges all the way up in holland. They are beautiful birds, I wish we had them in California

It's kind of a habbit which I did learn in Holland as a kid, when I see chicken, the chicken get it. They don't like being picked up, but once you have them, they're usually pretty docile:



And it was time to drive back, so long Holland:

I didn't get to take the cat though :)
I didn't get to take the cat though :)


2015/12/25 Xmas with My Mom
π 2015-12-25 01:01 in Family
Last year, my mom was in pain before her hip surgery, so I only got to see her a short time. This year I went over to Xmas day, and stayed with her a few days, as went to Holland and back with her, before moving back to my dad's. Here are a few pictures from our Xmas lunch, thanks to much help from Diane and Patrick:




My mom now has a hard time getting around, so she depends on her walker and needs help from the motorized chair to get up and down. For now, she able to enjoy watching TV:


2015/12/23 Another Xmas with My Dad
π 2015-12-23 01:01 in Dining, Family
This year, I arrived on Dec 23rd, without Jennifer who was resting at home after her ankle surgery (better recovery if she's not battling sleep deprivation due hard to beat jet lag, which would often give her a cold, and then even bacterial infection, making the trip not that fun and bad for surgery recovery). Thanks for a good enough night in the business united seat (a bit tight, but lay flat), I was not in too bad a shape when I arrived.
We went to have some couscous when I arrived:


Soon thereafter was Xmas Eve, and my brother and his family were invited, which gave my dad a chance to do a round of cooking for us:







On the 29th, we went out in Paris and had a good dinner at La Fermette Marboeuf and its very nice decors:








Soon later, for New Year's Eve, James and Lilian joined us, as well as Tata. Tata did her famous sweetbread

admiring wall art most of which were drawn by James
admiring wall art most of which were drawn by James



one of the many entrées
one of the many entrées




one of my dad's many nice plates :)
one of my dad's many nice plates :)


We had a british Xmas pudding in James' honor
We had a british Xmas pudding in James' honor


On Jan 2nd, we went to see a musical "Irma La Douce", which was quite well acted with a few hints of today's changes into a story that's more than 50 years old:





On the way out, we had a nice dinner close to the theatre:


And just because we were a bit hungry still, on Jan 3rd, we went to Les Bouquinistes, they had a good tasting menu that was quite reasonably priced:






And after a day at Google on Jan 4th, which I also used to walk around Paris a bit while weather was good, it wsa time to go home and pack for reasonably early flight on the 5th. Great to see everyone again.

2015/11/19 Jennifer's Family Visiting for Thanksgiving
π 2015-11-19 01:01 in Family
Jennifer's parent came for a couple of weeks around Thanksgiving, just after Jennifer's ankle surgery and in time for her birthday.
A few pictures:


Happy Birthday :)
Happy Birthday :)




seared foie gras
seared foie gras

French meal: escargot, seared foie gras, and soupe à l'onion
French meal: escargot, seared foie gras, and soupe à l'onion

Turkey
Turkey

After many hours of cooking
After many hours of cooking



last meal before going back to the airport
last meal before going back to the airport

2015/01/01 New Year's Lunch at François and Martine's
π 2015-01-01 01:01 in Family
While my dad was unable to join us this year unfortunately, François and Martine yet again had us over for a fantastic January 1st lunch.







triple yum! :)
triple yum! :)





Thank you Francois and Martine for having us one more year. It was delicious and we had a great time.

2014/12/25 Xmas with My Mom
π 2014-12-25 01:01 in Family
This year we went to stay with my mom first, and we were there for our yearly Xmas dinner, which happened thanks to a lot of help from Patric and Diane (and Jennifer :).

Nephews enjoying their Xmas gifts
Nephews enjoying their Xmas gifts

getting everything ready :)
getting everything ready :)


tada! :)
tada! :)





I also snapped a few nice birdies outside :)



Xmas for everyone :)
Xmas for everyone :)



2014/12/24 Another Xmas with My Dad
π 2014-12-24 01:01 in Dining, Family
For Xmas eve, my brother and I had Xmas eve dinner with my dad who cooked for us:







For New Year's Eve, Tata did her famous sweetbread and my dad's usual friends came over for dinner. Unfortunately my dad had to duck out early to get a shot for swelling up that happened at the wrong time, but we still had a great evening, even if he was missing for the end of it:


this is how Tata makes sweetbread :)
this is how Tata makes sweetbread :)










Yum!
Yum!


2014/11/28 Kayaking in Moss Landing's Elkorn's Slough with Jennifer's Mom, and a bit of time in Monterey
π 2014-11-28 01:01 in Family
Jennifer's mom was visiting, so we went to Moss Landing for a kayak tour the day after thanksgiving:




seals sunbathing
seals sunbathing

so cute :)
so cute :)

sea lions
sea lions


sea otter
sea otter


Another seal resting
Another seal resting


nap time
nap time

sand dollar
sand dollar

Nice birds
Nice birds




this bird is getting its butt poked :)
this bird is getting its butt poked :)


cormorants
cormorants


bird of prey
bird of prey



Jennifer and her mom
Jennifer and her mom

eventually they called AAA and got a tow :)
eventually they called AAA and got a tow :)

After the tour, we walked around the beach:




From there, we went to Monterey to see an old church from the mexican era, and some museums:







left over from the indians
left over from the indians














After sunset, we finished in downtown Monterey:






We finished with a nice French Restaurant:





2014/11/16 Jennifer's Early Birthday
π 2014-11-16 01:01 in Family
First, I have to state that Jennifer, who despite turning the 2nd digit is still a spring chicken :)
I took her a few days early to see Cirque du Soleil in San Francisco, and we then walked to a nearby nice French Restaurant before heading home.


don't miss the little lady in the round belly :)
don't miss the little lady in the round belly :)


oui! :)
oui! :)

2014/08/08 Our Five Year Anniversary
π 2014-08-08 01:01 in Family
Time flies, it's already been five years since our wedding day. We just did things simple, but celebrated the occasion by rollerblading on the Los Gatos Creek Trail, one of our first dates. We ended at Fleur de Cocoa where we got our wedding cake and had a pastry of what our cake was:








That evening, Jennifer made a reservation for a tasting menu at a new restaurant for us, Ambience in Los Altos. It was actually quite good, but the Asian chef didn't believe in bread, so there was none whatsoever, which bummed the Frenchie in me a little bit (some dishes really go quite well with bread) but the dinner was well done, food was tasty and the presentation (plates) was well above average. Chef Song also did a very pretty sugar piece for our anniversary, it was a piece of art.









That made for a good day, we even got a surprise call from Fabien, the French person we found who made that great wedding dinner we all enjoyed 5 years ago. Thanks Fabien!

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2014/07/12 Visit from my Dad
π 2014-07-12 01:01 in Family
My dad came to visit for a few days, so the first day I took him to San Francisco. We started with twin peaks since the overcast had just lifted.






Next, we happened to drive close to Haight and Ashbury, so we stopped and walked around for a little while:






all your burning man needs are here
all your burning man needs are here

that's my kind of library :)
that's my kind of library :)

We were actually on our way to the San Francisco Wells Fargo Museum:




We then went to Chinatown nearby and had a quick lunch there:





:)
:)

We finished the day by Fisherman's Warf and Pier 39, my dad's favourites :)



The next day, we went to the SCCMAS RC Airshow. My dad quite enjoyed the RC planes :)


From there, we went to downtown San Jose for the Japanese Obon Festival they had that day:






We finished with a nice dinner:



2012/08/15 Quick Visit From my Dad and Patricia
π 2012-08-15 01:01 in Family
My dad came over for a few days to visit. Saturday we went to San Francisco, and Sunday we went for a tour of Google, and my dad wanted to try our nearby minigolf after the pictures I posted some time past, so we did.

Not that I'm supposed to be good at golfing since I don't golf, but I won again ;)






2012/01/07 Another Yearly Dutch Family Gathering
π 2012-01-07 01:01 in Family
Jennifer had to go home early due to work (which then became a small surgical procedure), but I stayed in Paris and worked at the office there so that I could be there for our yearly Dutch family gathering. Most people made it, it was nice to catch up:












The next morning, we stayed at the same bed and breakfast we have been staying at these last years:






I swear, this picture looks just like the same than last years :)
I swear, this picture looks just like the same than last years :)



for old times' sakes I went to catch one of her farm chicken
for old times' sakes I went to catch one of her farm chicken



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