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Amsterdam ( Pays Bas) yesterday (28 October 2013) after the Storm that crossed The Netherlands

Arrived in Amsterdam, last Sunday the wind Was blowing hard! The pick of the Storm Was announced for this Monday 28/10/2013.
I decided to mainly stay “home” ( hotel) with the kids.

Just a little walk to De Bijenkorf, around 11 a.m. we’re we had lunch. I Would not have imagined it was so nice, the cooks prepare the food on request on the moment and seeing me arriving with 3 young kids, adapted their rythmne and all.


I was not serene as I saw some tree’s branch on the Daam. But all parents would acknowledge how difficult it is to stay in, an entire day with kids under 9 years old.

As the walk was of 2 mn, I evaluated the risks as very low. Most of the walk was in small narrow streets between buildings, and the last part on the Daam. But at one stage, just about to enter de Bijenkorf, I clinched on my 3 years old son’s hand afraid to see him fly away!

At 12.45 I received a message from my husband, “where are you, I m very worried,
Someone just died on the Herengracht”.

Poor person killed by a tree, sad, terrifying.

I dedicate this post to his memory.

And wish all other luck, which seems to be the key to life.

I feel very sorry for this person and his/her family.

Life does not hold only explainable fact/ mysteries.

After this dramatic news, we went right back to the hotel, un noeud dans le ventre and hoped bad news would stop there!

Nature is impredectible, by 4 pm, the storm was over and we could walk out again and see the result of its venue.




Life brings its lot of suprise, sorrow and happiness.

It seems anachronic to speak of lunch time and then inform on one’s end of life! But as horrible as it can be, it is how life is

Since I was a child, My father always told me to, open the window every morning, breath air, and thank G. For this day. I surely did not do it everyday, nor really understood it. But I have it in me and do it my way, trying to keep a smile on my face.

The best we can do, is think about the lost ones, keep their memories, and try to smile as much as we can. A smile is not much but can make the world a better place, as a smiling person gives positive energy and courage, it does even to yourself.

Ceci etant dit this being said, that does not mean you need to smile at any cost, a fake smile is worst, an sometime we need a good cry, or shout!
( no I m not Charlotte aux Fraises 🙂 )

About Hopeje

It's all about love, life, and the pursuit of happiness I m a French-American girl from Paris, France. Visiting the US, New york, Miami each year for a couple of weeks. Always liked the energy of these cities, of these two countries, each full of genuine way of life and freedom.Who would have though I would move to Luxembourg, and "find/lose/find" myself there. Met the love of my life, made 3 children and much... Let' s not Forget our  dog! With us since  2013.So yes we moved, to NYC, and now Miami, and traveling is still our middle name.One of the things I like the most in life, is traveling, discovering life, architecture, customs, people, places, the poetry and energy of life.Places, peoples, atmosphere, dreams.Enjoy.... PS: the content of my blog, is shared with pleasure, but not free of rights.

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