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This year we went again for four days to Essen for the Internationale Spieltage (Spiel) 2013. This is what we arrived home with:

Haul 2013

For an overview of some of the games we viewed and played, look at the photo’s below, or check Suzan’s BoardGameGeek list.

PolterfassHal 3Holmes 13MetallumKing & AssassinsTrains & StationsPrimate fearOrtusGear & PistonHeidelbärgerFounders of the EmpireJengaBlueprintsConceptsBoothSplash attackMisson:combat!King & AssassinsHotelkamerSuper FantasySpeculationLords of warCastawaysSlicksAtacamaFairplayGlastonburyConjurersAscension Rise of Vigil2n hand games boothIndie boards & cards Flash point 2nd storyWooolf!!Garden diceConceptKashgarTash-kalar at the hotel game roomSuburban disputeIntrigue CityShadows over the empireRussian railroadsMauna KeaClick Clack LumberjackMachina Arcama board gameWhitewaterPashaRattusHaul 2013

In October we went to London for just five days. You can see and do a lot in such short time!

Tower BridgeLiverpool Street StationLondon Eye spokesNight view of Big BenHoa Hakananai'aSt. Paul's cathedralRosetta stoneView from London Eye towards Big Ben and Palace of WestminsterBritish museum courtEros silhouette at Piccadilly CircusVictoria MemorialNight view over the ThamesBig Ben clockThe Lewis ChessmenTower BridgeGuard at Buckingham palaceWestminster bridgeNatural History museum, LondonRay at London AquariumView towards Westminster bridge and palace and Big BenLondon TaxiGherkin reflectionsLondon EyeJellyfish at London AquariumHall of Natural History museumTardisShark at London AquariumWe will rock youRosetta stone close-upThe Shard and City hallGherkinTo StreetMillennium bridge, LondonNight view of London EyeSt. Paul's reflectionThe Fishpool hoard

Lough TayKnockmealdown mountains, IrelandArdmore Round tower and church in IrelandView from Kildare Round TowerView over Dingle bay near King's HeadRock of Cashel Round towerSt. Columba's church and Round tower SwordsKildare Round TowerTimahoe Round towerKinneigh Round TowerCloyne Round towerArdmore Round tower and CathedalKilree Round tower and High crossHaroldstown dolmenBrownshill Portal TombThe R759 looking toward Sally Gap

At the end of March we spent 5 days running around Paris. We stayed at a small hotel near Gare du Nord, where we arrived conveniently with the Thalys.

I made this!Gargoyles of Notre Dame ParisSaints of Notre DameNotre Dame ParisNotre Dame RoseGaleries LafayetteAmenophis IV, Egyptian king in the LouvreLove-locks on the Pont NeufEiffel tower by nightArc de Triomphe du Carrousel door de Pyramide gezienJuly column, place de la BastilleChamps Élysées, ParisSacre Coeur, viewed from Lafayette's roofMona LisaÉglise Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, viewed from inside the LouvrePink Eiffel towerArc de TriompheArc de Triomphe - full frontalArc de Triomphe - bottom-upUnder one ArcArc de Triomphe - backsideArc de Triomphe - sideStairs alongside the Funiculaire de MontmartreWall in pain, Montmartre, ParisMoulin rougeView over Paris from MontmartreSacre CoeurParc du Champ-de-MarsFountain at Église Saint-SulpiceLafayette, ParisGaleries LafayetteOpéra Palais GarnierOpéra Palais GarnierOpéra Palais GarnierLa CitéDetails from the Notre DameDetails from the Notre DameDetails from the Notre DameInside of the Notre DameNotre Dame roseInside of the Notre DameInside of the Notre DameDetails from the Notre DameDetails from the Notre DameDetails from the Notre DameDetails from the Notre DameNotre DameDetails from the Notre DameDetails from the Notre DameGargoyles of Notre Dame ParisNotre Dame backsideEiffel towerLook up!Eiffel towerEiffel towerEiffel towerEiffel towerEiffel towerEiffel towerÉcole militaireStairs alongside the Funiculaire de MontmartreDetails of Sacre CoeurDetails of Sacre CoeurMontmartreArc de TriomphePlace de la concordeObelique at Place de la concordeJardin des tuileriesJardin des tuileriesHôtel des invalidesPont MirabeauView over the Seine towards the statue of libertyView over the Seine towards the statue of libertyRailroads and Eiffel towerMisty view towards Montmartre and Sacre Coeur from Tour MontparnasseMisty view towards Montmartre and Sacre Coeur from Tour MontparnasseMisty view towards Hôtel des Invalides from Tour MontparnasseStravinsky Fountain at Centre PompidouÉglise saint-merriPyramide at the LouvrePyramide at the LouvrePyramide at the LouvrePyramide at the LouvreRoof of the Opéra in Palais GarnierView into the Opéra in Palais GarnierOpéra in Palais GarnierOpéra in Palais GarnierPyramid roof at the LouvreAncient diceFunerary figurine of Ramesses IVEiffel tower by nightParis by night from Tour MontparnasseEiffel tower by night from Tour MontparnasseHôtel des Invalides by night from Tour MontparnasseSacre Coeur by night from Tour MontparnasseParis by night from Tour MontparnasseParis by night from Tour MontparnasseEiffel tower by night from Tour MontparnasseThe roseline in Église Saint-Sulpiceimpressionistic tree

I’ll be adding photos of our trip to this Flickr set for a while.

Photo collection of Paddy, our new kitten.

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Photo collection of Dot, who had a great, but far too short life with us.

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Some photos of Deventer city.

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Tara enthusiastically playing with his new toy from Suzan’s parents.

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Photos from last weekend when the sun actually broke through and tried to melt down the last bits of snow. Unfortunately, more snow fell again after that, and at this moment it is rain that is trying to do its part. Enough of this now, let spring commence!

Last bits of snow, melting away

Last bits of snow, melting away

Last bits of snow, melting away

Last bits of snow, melting away

Last bits of snow, melting away

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