Nederland – The Netherlands

This country will always have a special place in the Hector Memory Banks. It was the destination of Hector’s first ever Foreign Sojourn. The Year was 1964, the Date, December 25. How can I be so precise after all this time?

Mother, Sister and Hector had flown down to Heathrow the night before and had a hotel room. A morning flight took us to Amsterdam. The ‘Plane was a four engined propeller job which bounced around the sky. The Crew couldn’t do enough for the kids on board who found themselves flying on this Festive Day. Chocolate, and more Chocolate. Coffee for Breakfast, Chocolate, Bouncy ‘Plane… this was the last time I ever Up-chucked on a ‘Plane.

Father’s Ship was docked in Rotterdam. What is now Europoort was still under construction. When I say docked, I should say parked. A Courtesy Boat, the Spido, took the crew out to their Ships at Anchor.

We returned the following year and sailed to Bone (now Annaba) in Algeria and back. This Trip concluded with some days spent at a Dutch Seaside Resort – Wijk aan Zee. I wonder if the Hotel de Woeste Hoogte (Wuthering Heights) still exists. Best research suggest it does. Marg!


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  1. Beer Festival Groningen Netherlands

    The 3th edition of the Beer Festival Groningen will take place again in the ‘Martinikerk’ in Groningen. The festival did become one of the biggest beer festivals in the Benelux in just 2 years. This year visitors can taste over 125 special beers. There are beers from all over the world. All the beers will be chosen by the brewery itself or a representative of the brewery. This means that there is a lot of knowledge around about all the beers.

    There will be given different kind of master classes by Melissa Cole (UK) and Giovanni Campari (I).Next to this various competitions will take place. There’s a competition for amateur brewers and this year there will also be a competition for professional brewery’s. The amateur brewers are challenged to make the best ‘Weizenbier’ and the breweries are challenged to develop a ‘Spring/ May Bokbeer’. On top of this there’s a competition of the best ‘beer and food- combination’.

    The festival is split up in different sessions over 2 days:

    Friday 12th of April: 19:00 hour till 23:00 hour
    Saturday 13th of April: 13:00 hour till 17:00 hour
    Saturday 13th of April: 19:00 hour till 23:00 hour

    Tickets price is €13,- including 2 coins and a tasting glass. More information, entrance tickets and tickets for master classes are available on the website

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