"WELCOME ! WELKOM ! BIENVENU ! WILKOMMEN !" cadzand's Profile

Hello ! I'm very glad to meeting you here.

I'm living on the border between the flemish and the french community and at about 20 km SE of Brussels. A very nice forest (For?t de Soignes) is the buffer between the capital, the suburbs and my village (4.444 ha and 24.000 inhabitants).

I love sunshine, nature and long walks in the country, gardening and growing flowers. An other passion is discovering new places and their people.

So, if you like to, have a look at my different travelogues.
Thanks for coming by.

If you need more information about some of the destinations, you are welcome to drop me a line in english, french, dutch or german.

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Libya

November 2005.

And then there was Libya.
It were the many pictures of the awesome historic and World Heritage sites Lepcis Magna and Sabratha, I saw in a documentary, that decided me to visit Libya. Maybe also because, for a long time, there has always been so much mystery about this country...

South of India

January 2005.

Another country which was since ages on the top of my to-do list : the South of India.

Available pages until now are
Hassan
Belur
Halebid
Ooty (Udagamandalam)
Mysore
Somnathpur
Mamallapuram
Kochi (Cochin) and Kerala's Backwaters
Thekkady and Periyar Lake
Madurai
Tanjore (Thanjavur).

I'm working on Tiruchirappalli, Kanchipuram, Pondicherry and Chennai.

This page will be under construction for a while. So many pictures to sort out.....

Bali, the island of the Gods

October 2003.

As every year, when Autumn comes up with its grey and misty skys and temperature slowly reaches 0? C, an irresistable desire of warmth and sun, draws me towards exotic places. This time I heard the mystic Bali and its neighbour Lombok calling me.

French Alps summer and winter

June 2003.

Back from a summer holiday in Morzine, Haute Savoie in the French Alps, trying, if needed, to find out which season I prefer : winter or summer.
The setting was beautifully coloured under the bright shining sun and the dark blue sky, competely different as to the black and white winter landscapes. So what do you think ?


January 2003.

An earlier trip also went to Morzine in the French Alps. Since a broken leg some years ago, I stopped skiing and have chosen more exotic holiday destinations.
Friends convinced me to return to the snowy mountains to reconcile with snow, ice and freezing temperatures. The sun and the beautiful landscapes did the rest...

Tunisia

In november 2002 a sudden lack of sun made us end up in Tunisia. We stayed at the Djerba island in the Gulf of Gabes from where me made a tour through the desert, starting via the Roman road to Zarzis, Medinine, Toujane, Matmata, the beautiful desert of
Douz
, Kebili, Chott El Jerid,Tozeur and its oasis, Chebika, Tamerza, Moular?s, Metlaoui, Gafsa, Gabes and ending at Ajim on the island again. A very nice desert tour

Thailand

Januari 2002.
Thailand
here we come !
Another of my dream destinations !
A dream which became reality. We made a stop at Bangkok visiting the wonderful Grand'Palace, China Town and the Klongs. From there it went to the floating market of Damnoen Saduak, the bridge over the river Kwai at Kantchanaburi, up north to Ayutthaya, Sukhotai, Phitsanuloke, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and the Golden triangle. Then south via Lampang and Bangkok to Ban Chang (Rayong) having some dolce farniente at the seaside.

Morocco

And then there is Morocco. A fascinating country from north to south. From the surprisingly green olive trees and corn fields in the north to the beautiful deserts and ocre colours in the south. Marrakech, the red city, is inquestionately the pearl of the south. And last but not least the many souks with their mysterious
atmosphere.

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Another four pages are "under construction" . It is about time I do something about that ;-)) as this list is growing longer and longer...

1. Alsace - France september 2003

2. Corsica june 2004

3. Dr?me (France) august 2004

4. Bourgogne - Auxerre (France) october 2004

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I have a list of folks I know...
all written in a book,
And every now and then..
I go and take a look.

That is when I realize
these names... they are a part,
not of the book they're written in...
but taken from the heart.

For each Name stands for someone...
who has crossed my path sometime,
and in that meeting they have become...
the reason and the rhyme.

Although it sounds fantastic...
for me to make this claim,
I really am composed...
of each remembered name.

Although you're not aware...
of any special link,
just knowing you, has shaped my life...
more than you could think.

So please don't think my greeting...
as just a mere routine,
your name was not ever
forgotten in between.

For when I send a greeting...
that is addressed to you,
it is because you're on the list...
of folks I'm indebted to.

So whether I have known you...
for many days or few,
in some ways you have a part...
in shaping things I do.

I am but a total...
of many folks I've met,
you are a friend I would prefer...
never to forget.

Thank you for being my friend!

~Author Unknown~


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Message @ God.com
Sujet : ma pri?re

Dieu... b?nis mes parents et tous mes enfants.
B?nis aussi mon conjoint ainsi que mes amis...
Et prot?ge-les aussi.

Je veux te demander sans vouloir trop te d?ranger...

Eh bien, tu sais, mon ordinateur...,
veux-tu le b?nir aussi?

Je sais qu'il n'est pas banal de b?nir un bout de m?tal,
mais laisse-moi t'expliquer...
puisses-tu alors d?cider.

Tu vois, cette petite bo?te contient
plus qu'il n'y para?t !

Elle ne contient pas seulement de la musique
et des images.
Ce qu'il y a l?-dedans est pour moi tr?s important !

A l'int?rieur de ce cerveau m?canique
demeurent plusieurs de mes amis.

Il y en a... auxquels j'ai serr? la main,
D'autres restent sans visage...
mais pour moi,
ils sont comme des belles images.

Nous appr?cions tous ces mots que l'on s'?crit,
et c'est par l'ordinateur que je vais o? ils demeurent.

Je parviens ? les conna?tre par leur bont?,
leur gentillesse,
et tr?s souvent par leurs beaux textes
qui me vont droit au coeur.

Nous partageons ce que la vie nous apporte de joie
mais aussi de tristesse et souvent c'est le seul
r?confort que la vie nous laisse.

Je les connais par la foi qui te fis conna?tre, Toi.

Mais une des joies de la vie,
c'est l'amiti? qui grandit.

S'il te pla?t, prend une petite minute aussi
pour b?nir
mon carnet d'adresses parce que
c'est le seul moyen
que j'ai pour rejoindre tous ces amis.

Dieu, ? travers tous tes r?les,
prend une minute par jour,
pour b?nir ce bout de t?le...
qui contient tant d'amiti? et d'amour!

Maya
~



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"Gisteren is slechts een herinnering;
Morgen is slechts een droom.
Maar vandaag prettig geleefd
maakt van gisteren
een prettige herinnering
en van iedere komende dag
een droom vol hoop.
Geniet daarom van vandaag."

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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    I have no excuse, I was just slack. Do hope you had a lovely one! Cheers, Ian

  • the_dutchman's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    I am a little late, but I was away in Honduras, then my computer took a drink and that was the end of communication to anyone. Regardless, I do hope you had a great day on your birthday.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Sorry I missed your bday. Hope it was happy and you will have a great year ahead.

    • cadzand's Profile Photo
      Mar 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Yes it was and it still is. Congrats with that new baby of yours. It looks nice. Greeetz

  • vinod-bhojak's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Happy birthday Gini.

  • toemayn's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle

  • CEP1863's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Gini, wishing you a very happy birthday and a year packed with memorable travel!

    • cadzand's Profile Photo
      Mar 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Thanks Clare for your wishes. I'll try the memorable travel :-)

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Gini, Gefeliciteerd, Een fijne verjaardag. PJ

  • Sienlu's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Happy birthday Gini

  • unravelau's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2014 at 4:54 AM

    Hi Gini. I do hope that you have a great birthday. Regards, Carole.

  • violette_ca's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    bon anniversaire! :-)

    • violette_ca's Profile Photo
      Mar 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      J'espère qu'il fait beau en Belgique parce que ici c'est encore l'hiver. J'ai plus d'un mètre de neige dans la cour arrière. Ouf! ça va prendre du temps à fondre tout cela. Je vais en envoyer un peu en Belgique :-)

    • cadzand's Profile Photo
      Mar 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Non, merci pour la neige :-) En 2013 nous avions encore beaucoup de neige jusque mi-mars. Cet hiver pas vu un seul flocon et pas d'hiver non plus. Les arbres commencent à fleurir. C'est trop tôt, mais c'est super !

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