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Happy

Off course I’ve been under the rocks not noticing the variations in the Happy Song by Pharrell Williams doing the rounds. First the Dutch version which starts in my city, The Hague:

and then the Dutch Moslim version:

European Parliament Voting Days

Celebrity Hotelier voting for European Parliament in Dutch Parliament

Voting Selfie Celebrity Hotelier voting for European Parliament in Dutch Parliament

European Parliament Voting Days

Yesterday we had European Parliament Election Day in The Netherlands. The elections are held on several days in all the countries forming the European Communions. Sunday is the last voting day and somewhere Sunday night we will know who will be chosen as one of the very well paid European Parliamentarians.

Why would I share with you that this Celebrity Hotelier voted in the European Parliament election?

I’ll tell you:

  1. When voting a couple of years ago you were only allowed to vote in the voting locale in your direct neighborhood. If you wanted to vote elsewhere, you had to apply for a special permit to do so. Nowadays, as The Hague Counsel decided in it wisdom you don’t have to vote in a voting locale in your neighborhood anymore, it is fun to seek out a more colorful voting locale than a classroom in a school in the neighborhood. I found out Dutch Parliament has its own voting locale so I choose that one.
  2. Actually only as a retired hotelier I’m getting used to an Apple Smartphone. Until recently I was entirely satisfied with my Blackberry. As a new Apple user I cannot forego on the recent hype of selfies. Since I have my IPhone I’m making more and more of them, boring at least my family and maybe also my other readers. Jus tell me. However a voting selfie was subject of a recent court case here in The Netherlands: There were those that contended that selfies should be forbidden in the voting locales as people could be pressed to sell their votes and use the selfie as a proof of their voting. In addition it would be harmful for the peoples privacy…..Note only the second photo (the mirror one seems to be a true selfie.
  3. I thought it would be nice to enhance my presence as a Celebrity Hotelier on the web. A Celebrity Hotelier voting in a (relatively) place of celebrity….LOL

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel first flour

For these schnitzel I took a piece of pork. Many people find veal better for the real schnitzel. Me too, but for this one I liked to experiment with pork. First you dip both sides in flour.

Wiener Schnitzel then egg

Then you dip both sides in egg. Some German gourmet friend of mine suggested to mix some cream through the egg. Will do that next time.

Wiener Schnitzel then breadcrumbs

Then dip the meat in the breadcrumbs. With family ties in Austria we tend to take the position the breadcrumbs have to come from Austria….

And then the schnitzel sizzels in the pan.

Finally the schnitzel sizzles in the pan. Use some kitchen paper to take away a bit of the butter before you serve them. Unfortunately the photo is a bit unsharp. I’ll replace it when i repeat the experiment next time.

Wiener Schnitzels

We’ve closed our small hotel Haagsche Suites. We’ve moved and we took some time off. In addition I took some time off from blogging.

What will I share with you from now on? Actually it is quite simple: More of the same you are used to. I’m more into food and more into selfies. But I’ve teamed up with another site. So you will be seeing me review hotels. And here one of my recipes: My way of making a Wiener Schnitzel.

The experiment with using pork instead of veal went well. It was a very tasty schnitzel.

Closing Haagsche Suites

How To Spend It

Closing Haagsche Suites

Once, many years ago, I was very proud we had made it to the front page of the May 2005 issue of How to Spend it, a magazine that goes with the Financial Times.

Now, many happy guests later (thank you all for staying with us!) we will be closing down Haagsche Suites as of next week. It all went very quick. We got an offer for the house by a young couple who want to use it again as a home We’ve accepted the offer.

Mixed feelings, but looking forward very much to new adventures, among which renovating our new apartment (in the backyard of Haagsche Suites)

Stay tuned!

7 Years Happy Hotelier

7 years Happy Hotelier

7 Years Happy Hotelier

In June, 2004,  I started  as a co editor of the Dutch Language blog Weekendhotel  and on August 23, 2006 I aired Happy Hotelier.  I’m now truly  a Veteran Blogger with 9 years of blogging behind my belt,  aren’t I? I’m planing to continue this in the foreseeable future.

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7 years Happy Hotelier also reminds me of The 7 Year Itch,

a film with Marilyn Monroe

with that famous photo over the subway grate

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Which scene , according to Wikipedia,  could have been based on

What Happened on Twenty Third Street, a short film from 1901

Actually until today I knew the photo of Marilyn, but not that it was connected to a film with this title.

By coincidence I have a recent photo of my Dear Wife in which we re enacted this scene in Milan, but no, that I won’t show you.  Ah and no the itch didn’t apply to our marriage for over 40 years now.

This association brings me to another association with 7 Year’s Itch: After 7 years of faithful marriage some men seem to feel an itch to become unfaithful to their wives:  I’m not going to be unfaithful to this blog. I’ve seen several friends closing their blogs or abandoning them, but on the other hand I’m just now in the process of editing another  interview for my 10 questions series with somebody whose blog  started in December 2005  and just started to take off really the last 12 months. I don’t believe the “Blogging is dead” theories.

The publishing has become less frequent here for several reasons, but at least will stay at the current level, 1 to 5 posts per month, and maybe more.

Stay tuned!