10 Years Happy Hotelier

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10 Years Happy Hotelier

In June, 2004, I started as a co editor of the Dutch Language blog Weekendhotel and on August 23, 2006 Happy Hotelier was born. So while celebarting 10 years of Happy Hotelier, I may not be allowed to call myself a veteran blogger anymore. Now maybe I should call myself a Jurassic Blogger with 12 years of blogging behind my belt.

Still planning to continue this blog in the foreseeable future.
and off course my other blogs:
Chairblog,
Absolutely The Hague,
Haagspraak, and
Art en Route

Nostalgia – RMS Queen Mary 2

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We met her a bit upriver

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Passed her and saw her ginourmous wake without having real speed for the first time. Notice the slightly plump backside

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Turned around and passed her again

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Sailed in Front of her

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Sailed in Front and let her come closer

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Watched al the spectators lined up in Front of the Radio Port Rotterdam building in Hook of Holland. The first 3 rows would get wet feet from the wake when she passed.

Queen Mary 2

Watched her passing one of the two “Mushrooms” at the mouth of the Nieuwe Waterweg

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Saw the Pilot Tender Enterprise approach alongside to pick up the Pilot

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Made a close up just after the Pilot boarded the Pilot Tender

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Escorted her a bit further before we turned around and headed for Scheveningen

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And said “Goodbye” when she literally sailed into the sunset.

Nostalgia – Meeting Cruise Ship Queen Mary 2 in Rotterdam, 2004

In 2004 we still had our hotel Haagsche Suites and our boat Haagsch Schuim and even sometimes some money to to fill the tank of the gasoline guzzling 500 HP of the boat and some time to have adventures.

With hindsight one of the best trips was that of July 21 2004. We departed from Scheveningen in the afternoon and sailed to the Nieuwe Waterweg, which is the name of the water connection between Rotterdam and the North Sea. It took us only 3 quarters of an hour. We would encounter the Cunard cruise liner Queen Mary 2, which was inauguratede in Spring 2004 as the largest cruise liner of that year. It was its first visit to Rotterdam for just one day and thousands and thousands spectators were looking on, both in the city where she was berthed in front of the old head office of the Holland America Line and a new cruise terminal, and alongside the Nieuwe Waterweg. Estimates were around 200,000 visitors.

We met it a bit upriver and consorted it to the North Sea together with various other boats, part private and part in function like Pilot tenders, Dutch Police Patrol Boats and Rotterdam Port Authority Patrol vessels.

When QM2 entered service in 2004 on the Southampton to New York route, British Royal Mail granted it the RMS (Royal Mail Ship) designation (prefix) as a gesture to Cunard’s history.

Happy KLM Pilots

Happy Old Pilots

40 years ago I had just bought my first analog reflex camera, a Fuji. I had only a 50 mm lens I had to poke in the face of the guys. In addition I had time to develop and print my own black and white photographs.

Both happy guys were retired KLM pilots. They were happy because they had survived the age they were supposed not to survive because everybody believed in those days that intercontinental flight pilots would not become old as they suffered double because of working in shifts and working in time differences.