• Cars & Bikes,  Jaguar

    Jaguar XF 2.7d 2008

    My Daimler Six is in the workshop for maintenance this week, so I am driving a 2008 Jaguar XF 2.7d Luxury. She has a little over 300k on the clock and is eight years old. The Luxury was the entry level in 2008 and if I browse through the owner’s manual, I don’t get the impression that a lot of optional extras were ordered on the car. In 2008 all XF’s were equipped with leather upholstery, automatic gearbox, wood veneer in combination with brushed aluminum and a 6” display. This car is equipped with a optional satellite navigation system. Painted in silver metallic and with a black interior she has…

  • Cars & Bikes

    The “Original Dutch” Car

    I refer to cars often as an original Dutch car or the opposite, a non-Dutch car. This has nothing to do with the place the car has been manufactured, but with the fact that the car in question has its first registration in the Netherlands. One of the benefits of this, is that you can check whether a car has been in an accident, the mileage is correct and more. But there is one more thing why there is a difference between an original Dutch car and an imported car: the registration number. The numbering scheme used in the Netherlands, bears no relation to the place of a vehicle’s registration…

  • Cars & Bikes,  Jaguar

    Buying a Jaguar

    Which Jaguar to buy? That was one of the questions, that was on my mind for the last couple of years. For me, the most beautiful Jaguar is the XJS. As coupé or as convertible. But as a more or less practical car, that was not an option. So, I decided it had to be a XJ. In the Netherlands, they are available in a price range from €1500 for a used one to €176.000 for a new one with a few optional extra’s. Choice enough. To be honest, a new one is not option at this time, even if I skip a few optional extra’s, so it had to be a…

  • Apple,  Gadgets

    Apple Watch

    When the Apple watch came out, I wasn’t really tempted to buy it. I normally don’t wear a watch. Years ago, I left a Vacheron in a restaurant and it was then, that I decided, what I don’t take with me, I will not leave behind. However, I did some reading about the watch and at some point, I got intrigued by it. Someone who explained that he doesn’t see Apple’s Watch as a watch, but as a remote for his iPhone wrote one of best articles I read. To support his assertion, he wore his aWatch on his right wrist, not showing the time, and his regular watch on his…

  • Northern America,  Travel

    Canada & United States 2004

    In August my mother and I visited Canada and the US. It was the first time, I made a blog about something and hereby is a link to that blog. Please keep the following in mind. It would take another three years, before the first generation iPhone was introduced. And four years before it was officially available in The Netherlands. In 2005 St. Cloud, Fl and Sunnyvale, Ca were the first American cities to introduce city wide wifi. Yes, there was hardly any Wifi available. Most of the time I sat in a so called internet café with a cable in my laptop. My phone at the time was a…