are a local band whose unique blend of
jazz, rock, and yodel-influenced tunes have yielded what one critic has called
(Unfortunately, most other critics have been less kind, invariably
advising the band members to keep their day jobs.)
The Boys are proud to offer this sampling of their recent work. Each tune is a
Italy and Holland (May 2008)
Lulled by descriptions of the "rolling hills" of Tuscany, Ellen and Henri headed over to Italy to join Henri's brother Dick and
his family for a
six-day, 40-mile hiking trip that turned out to be a bit more strenuous than advertised. The trip was arranged by a Dutch travel
agency that made the several hotel reservations and provided us with a set of maps and pages of detailed instructions (example: After 300 meters,
take a right after passing the wall with the iron gate).
When viewing the photos, please note that each one has a caption on the upper right corner of the page.
We landed in Milan and took a train to Florence, where we took in the major sights.
- On the Trail.
The focus of this vacation was our walk from Florence to Sienna. These photos show the variety of sights and conditions encountered along the way.
Henri has been all over the place, but he was really impressed by Sienna, a town that hasn't changed all that much
since the 1400s.
- Back in the Old Country.
As usual, we finished our visit with a few days in Holland where we visited Gouda and biked around the countryside.
- Our Top Forty Shots.
If you've got a slow link or a short attention span, this category is for you: Of the 2500+ photographs taken with three
different cameras, and the 175 or so pictures on these pages, here are our top 40.
Tip: When you're looking at the picture pages, press F11 to maximize your window. Use the ENTER key to move from
one picture to the next.
Tip: The videos on this page are quite large. For best results, right-click a link below to save the video (via
Save Target As...)
to your hard drive; you'll then
be able to view the video directly (and speedily) from your PC.
Oliebollen! (January 2008)
- Oliebollen Cam!
Maria Bulterman shows off the traditional (and tasty) Dutch oliebollen that she made on New Year's Day, 2008.
Switzerland and Holland (August 2006)
- Descent on the walking trail. Ellen reports from the trail near Wiesen, where
we had just negotiated a particularly steep descent. (Ignore the fact that it all looks like child's play on the video.)
- Train crossing bridge. A bright red narrow-gauge regional passenger train
crosses the lovely bridge near Wiesen. (Also available in a low-resolution version.)
- On the train. Join Ellen as she gives us a tour of the panorama wagon on the train
ride from Switzerland to Holland.
- On the bike. Ellen huffs and puffs as she shows a bike-rider's view of the rural
area just a few kilometers north of Amsterdam.
- In the boat. At home on the water as well as on land, Ellen shows us the view from
the canoe on the waterways north of Amsterdam.
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