CPC runners head towards the finish line.

My family and I are signed up for the ABN AMRO CPC (City-Pier-City) Run, which will take place in The Hague on March 13, 2011.  Once an intimate local race that allowed Dutch talent to shine, the CPC has become the stage for world class runners to set and break records, including Samuel Wanjiru who set a world record time in 2007 and legendary distance runner Haile Gabrselassie, and Sammy Kitwara who, after defeating Gabrselassie on the course in 2009, became the runner to watch. This year with changes made to the course making it even faster, the record making tradition is expected to continue.

Although the intense international attention shown to the race in recent years because of the world-class runners it attracts is exciting, the CPC is ultimately a local race defined by its intimate feel. In addition to the half marathon, other CPC events include the Ernst & Bobbie Children’s run, the Youth Run, the Schools’ Run in which students from local schools participate in a 1, 2.5, or 5 km run, the West 5 km Run, the AD Haagsche Courant 10 km Run and the Business Runs.

For more information on the race and registration visit the CPC website.


ATH Tweetup 2011

Yes a Tweetup! Where and when that’s the question!

We would like to organize a ATH tweetup but over the last months we haven’t been able to find the right location for a FAB meetup. Do you have suggestions or recommendations leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 75 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 107 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 46mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 20th with 169 views. The most popular post that day was Prince’s Day (Prinsjesdag) .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were networkedblogs.com, facebook.com, stumbleupon.com, twitter.com, and hofstijl.nl.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for rem koolhaas, absolutely the hague, biggest market in europe, koolhaas, and the hague market.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Prince’s Day (Prinsjesdag) September 2010


The Hague Market, the biggest market in Europe August 2010


M Building by Rem Koolhaas cancelled by The Hague August 2010
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Typical Coffee Candies from The Hague: Haagsche Hopjes September 2010


Ice is on it’s way to The Hague October 2010

The Most Festive Window in The Hague

Gaze at a complete festive world
Molenstraat in The Hague

Every year we wait to see what will be in this little shop window in the lovely old Molenstraat in The Hague. And this year we were not disappointed. It is even better than last year and I am positive there are even more models whizzing and whirling. I took this photo today after waiting for lots of kids to stop gazing in awe at this wintry wonder world. I think the shop owner deserves an award for outdoing the displays in the big stores and I hear he does an excellent facial as well. I am not going to tell you exactly what number it is – let your kids spot it first. It appeals to kids of all ages by the way. And if you do find a better window, please let us know.

Also spotted today a lovely Gingerbread house at The Cheesecake Company on Torenstraat opposite the Grote Kerk. This gorgeous little creation is up for sale for a fair price and will help raise funds for research into Cystic Fibrosis. So do go and make an offer and have a slice of proper Cheesecake – it’s is the real thing, rich, creamy and decadent. But hey it is the season to be ever so slightly spoiled! And a quick tip for last minute presents for those last minute shoppers – Lemon Curd at De Bakkers Winkel on Torenstraat, Chutney at Kelly’s Expat Shop on Piet Heinstraat,  Stemless wine glasses & wine at La Buena Vida on the Fahrenheitstraat or some glorious fair trade crafty thingies at Waar by the Grote Kerk.

The Best Gingerbread house this year!


Beyond Bliss Spa


Garra Rufa fish treatment



Escape from the daily stress of life at Beyond Bliss Spa.  Located on Prinsenstraat, one of the most stylish shopping streets in The Hague, Beyond Bliss Spa features a range of treatments to pamper and refresh, but it is the Garra Rufa Fish Foot Spa that is creating a buzz.

Touted as a “natural pedicure” the treatment uses Garra Rufa fish, originally found in the hot springs of Turkey and used to treat psoriasis and other skin disorders, to feed on the dry skin on your feet. The fish are also believed to secrete an enzyme that promotes skin regeneration, resulting in softer, smoother skin.

Your feet are first sprayed with water to remove any dirt or fluff before you dunk them into the long fish tank filled with warm water and hundreds of Garra Rufa. The communal tank is sterilized by a special filter and UV light.

When you place your feet in the water, you must relax and sit still.  Too much movement will scare the fish away.  The fish nibbling at your feet tickles initially, but once you get used to it, it’s quite enjoyable.  Supplement the treatment, which can last up to 45 minutes, with a pedicure and give your feet the treat they deserve.

Other treatments offered at Beyond Bliss include manicures, deep tissue and facial massage and light therapy, standard treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or “winter blues, something that will in no doubt be very popular during the dark days of winter.

Owner Adrienn Kefei proves to be a wonderful hostess and often makes the intimate spa available for private events, such as birthday parties and wedding and baby showers. Beyond Bliss also offers discounts and monthly specials.  Visit the website for more information.


ZOOM, eyes on Dutch fashion

fotograaf  © Wendelien Daan
fotograaf © Wendelien Daan

‘ZOOM, eyes on Dutch fashion’ is a visual journey through the history of Dutch fashion from 1950 to the present. The exhibition consists of over 150 photographs work with the crème de la crème of all Dutch designers, photographers, stylists and models. If you are fashionista then make sure you visit this exhibition when you are in The Hague.

Location: Le Magasin de la Mode, Haagsche Bluf 43, The Hague
Website: residencedelamode.nl/en/programma

image credit: wendeliendaan.nl

Wanna Dance Tonight in The Hague?

Puttin On The Ritz
Coined as Puttin’ Op The Ritz DJ Socrates and DJ Ome Steef organize a Swingin Jazzy Dance Night at De Combinatie, Lange Beesten Markt 108 in The Hague from 22.00 hr (10.00 PM) until 02.00 AM.
The event has its own FP page with some good tunes to get in the mood.
DJ Socrates announces:

Those ingredients are: a nice funky warm place for dancing, another DJ with equal enthusiasm for dancefloor jazz and off course.. lots of new exciting music! I’ll be playing the hottest Electro Swing tracks out there and Ome Steef will be focusing on the old school sound, with the best Big Band Jump, Dixie, Latin Jazz & beyond. I too look forward to some classic sounds.. One of my heroes Louis Jordan, will definitely be in the mix with his infectious boogie woogie!

I’m sad I can’t afford to go myself.

Dutch orchestra stage protest concert at The Hague station

The Hague was recently in the news, but I couldn’t find a video to embed. So this is a bit late but still worth posting.

The Dutch government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced it wants to economize on the Dutch orchestra. The members of the main orchestra demonstrated in their own musical way at The Hague central station