We are Nico and Marlies Wobben and in February 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is an RN at the General Hospital and I (Marlies) work from home, as an administrator at Canada Life and for my own web design business Feel The Fire. And we have 6 cats!

Wij zijn Nico en Marlies Wobben en in februari 2008 zijn we verhuisd van Nederland naar Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is verpleegkundige in het General Hospital en ik (Marlies) werk thuis als administrator bij Canada Life en voor mijn eigen web design bedrijf Feel The Fire. En we hebben 6 katten!
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Europe Trip – Crete: Drive To Samaria

Drive to the entrance of the Samaria Gorge, late supper at our favourite restaurant in Kalyves, Provlita.


Europe Trip – Crete: Captain Nick’s Boat Trip

We took the bus to Chania for a 3.5 hour boat trip with captain Nick, to look at a German WWII plane wreck through the glass bottom, to view Kri-Kri goats on the Thodopou islands and to swim (or snorkel) at Lazareta. Back at Avalon we finally got together with our dear friend Victor!

Europe Trip – Crete: More Kalyves, Chania

Chania harbour

A morning stroll in Kalyves, shopping and night life in Chania. In Avalon, Nikos was surprised and happy to see us again and we had fun with some crazy Swiss, Jean-Daniel and Fabienne 🙂


Europe Trip – Crete: Georgioupolis

After some breakfast on the balcony, we went for a drive on the roads on the Apokoronas peninsula (where Kalyves is) to Vamos, then on to Georgioupolis, where we walked over the boulevard. Happy we saw goats on our way there! After a nice rest in the apartment, we ended with a snack on a patio close by. Not very hungry after those gyros pitas we had earlier. And imagine, my pita was only 2.50 euro😮

Europe Trip – Crete: Chania

Happiest place on earth…. sipping frappés at rock bar Avalon in the old Venetian harbour of the most beautiful town on earth, Chania 😎😍❤🇬🇷

frappe, Chania, Avalon bar

Bummer that the city has become so busy, it was crazy finding a parking spot! We sat in our favourite spot for hours. Back in Kalyves we had supper at Piperia. This is why this is heaven here: supper outside by the sea, with cats around and wine, and complimentary raki at the end! 🤘

Europe Trip – CRETE!

So freaking happy to be back on Crete after 13 years!! Kalyves doesn’t seem to have changed all that much, still the laid back Greek town with moderate tourism and great restaurants. This time we stayed with Christi Apartments, close to where we stayed 13 years ago. Fantastic!

Europe Trip – Eindhoven Area Again, Frankfurt

We spent the last few days visiting dad every day, friends (Jan and Angela, Dinie, Els and Leon (and boys)) and family (cousins Hennie, Jaqueline and Wilma). On our way to Frankfurt, we visited Irmgard in Ahrweiler! We are now with Thorsten in Frankfurt after supper in town (Paddy and Steffi joined us!). Now we are about to go nap before we fly to Crete in the morning!

Europe Trip – Madurodam

We spent the day in South-Holland: visiting Rita at home, to the famous miniature world Madurodam with Ton, Martijn, Sander and Amy (they are visiting from South Korea, btw!) and we met with my dear friend Anneke on the North Sea beach after many years!

Dad Made It… 100 Years Old!

What a great celebration! The reception in the home was busy, lots of family and veterans, which meant a lot to him. The deputy mayor was also there and there was a royal letter with congratulations from the king and queen!

Europe Trip – Eindhoven

On our way from Weilrod to Eindhoven, we visited Annie (Nico’s late dad’s girlfriend) and popped in at dad’s new digs in the care home! Today we visited newlyweds Miranda and Rob and we had drinks with highschool friends Yvon and Bernie. So great to catch up after so many years!

Annie met pap! frites and snacks we miss visting newlyweds Rob and Miranda having drinks with highschool friends Yvon and Bernie