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Weblog of Dion Kesling. Designer in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Dion's Weblog 3.0

Riding the Monkierail 26Mar09

We rode the Monkierail in RavotAapia at Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen.

Decorate your house with christmas lights 22Dec08


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Vacation weekend at Plopsaland 10Aug08

Now that Livia is old enough (barely) to understand where we take her while on vacation, we decided to spent a long weekend at Plopsaland de Panne in Belgium.

Along with Grandma and Grandpa we drove to the coastal town of de Panne in southern Belgium. There you can take the tram (4 stops or so) to the park while staying at a nice hotel right along the beach in de Panne. The hotel we stayed at was Hotel Ambassador, it is close to the beach (2 minute walk) and the tram-stop is just a 3 minute walk. Kids love the tram, so did Berit and Livia.

The Plopsaland theme is of course well known to children in the Netherlands due to the many characters appearing on tv and in theaters and Berit and Livia are no exception. Favorites are Kabouter Plop, Piet Piraat, K3 and Mega Mindy.

The park is especially suitable for children between 2 and 6 as almost all of the rides are accessible for kids in that age group. Added bonus while visiting the park are the many appearances of the ‘real’ characters you see on tv etc. You can see 2 of them in a video I took of Berit and Livia, plus 5 others from our park visit.

Day 1, Hotel Engel in southern Germany 9Jun07

The first day is usually a travel day. We will be using our own transport (2 cars) during our vacation and made the necessary preparations. Installing 2 tv screens on the front seat headrests was a golden move.

Watching her own dvd’s, Berit was very well behaved during the whole trip. A lot of 1 euro presents, which Yvonne packed in a separate bag, helped a lot too. Favourites of course are a Cinderella doll and Barbapapa night light.

Livia was a little more difficult to handle, that was expected of course. Being constrained in a child seat for a lot of hours is never pleasant. She did manage to get some sleep over the course of the day and that made her well rested for most of the time. As her attention span isn’t as evolved as Berit, it is much more difficult to distract her with a present. Now that we are settled all toys are suddenly a lot more interesting smile.

Doe Maar, the day after 23May07

Doe Maar, the Musical is a hit in my opinion. I was not disappointed after the show was over. The 5 awards are well deserved, Pieter van de Waterbeemd did a great job mixing the story line with all of the well known Doe Maar songs.

If you know the Doe Maar songs the experience is much more enjoyable, being a fan one can get very excited hearing the up-tempo reggae songs. Of course every Doe Maar hit comes along during the show, such as Nederwiet Video Smoorverliefd Video or De Bom Video.