around the world,
It’s about to
be Christmas once again – and therefore time to send you our warmest
greetings. It has been a GREAT year,
especially for Niels ( see photo ! ). No, jokes apart. I also take my burdens – now
Life is good,
and you have to enjoy it, as long as
it is around. We do so. In good health and with a permanent appetite for
In March we
went down-under for a fantastic cruise around Australia and New Zealand.
Including a visit to Ayers Rock in the middle.
The weather was perfect all the way, and we returned with a lot of great
memories from this exciting part of the world.
wrote a diary in English. You can read
Later in the
spring we visited Spanish Galizia followed by a lovely one week cruising on the
river Douro in the north of Portugal. This can be strongly recommended. Fantastic sceneries. Great company – CroisiEurope. Among many other stimulating activities
on-board and ashore we we also singing THIS SONG for Liselotte’s
summer in Denmark we also enjoyed a lot of happy moments like an excursion to
the sunny island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, the baptism of our
granddaughter Zoe in Kos, Greece and a great wedding of my niece in
Denmark. In addition to a fantastic time
in Veddinge and in Skagen. No
complaints, just pleasure. Including many great friends passing by.
My work in
communication ( in particular new media ) brought me many pleasures and very
interesting travels – to Warsaw, Lyon, Dublin, Venice and all the way to
Beijing. You can follow some of it on my
company site CON AMORE.
though, one new year resolution already:
I want to reduce some of my present activities to have more time for
other things which I should like to do.
Writing, reading, learning new skills, invent, enjoy. We have so far already planned visits to
Bonn, Le Touquet in France, Mallorca, Volga and Cyprus. Let us see, what the final result will be,
when I have paired my new year resolution with those plans! It’s good to get surprises – especially good
also having a great time ( despite the work at the photo above ). In addition to joining in at many of my activities
she is reading a lot – not least very exciting books on and from the countries
of the Arab spring. Another new year resolution for me is to convince her to
write short reviews in English about each book.
And also to make her write her monthly very good recipes on all sorts of
great food – in English. You will be the
first to get them
Enclosed you get her superb recipe for Riz à l’Amandes ( see below
kids are all fine and very active. Claus
in Odense tries to keep order in the city’s history, not least in digital form. Lasse continues his work at the Danish
permanent Representation here in Brussels and has his holidays cancelled like
everybody else there during the coming Danish EU presidency. And
Cecilie and her husband Nikos are
both very, very busy at their Institute for Sports and Exercise Sciences at the
University of Birmingham.
Our two small
princesses, Cecilie’s and Nikos’ daughters, Anna Maria and Zoe are doing very
well. Anna Maria will
soon be 6 and is very successful in her school. She can read as well as write.
And she has a great sense of humour. Zoe is 16 – not
years, but months. A very determined young lady – almost always a great spirit
and ready for fun. She is also talking a
lot. The only problem is, that we cannot understand it. But this is of course our fault!
And Europe??!! Not very impressive. Though we have to
remember the fact that the EU always made its strongest improvements, when it
was really in a serious crisis. This
must mean that there is today basis for real
improvements. Much has been done. And
much more has to follow. I think Europe today is really in need of visionary
politicians, who also have the courage to stand up to the frightening and ugly
nationalism, which we see almost everywhere – and to really explain people what
is needed, why it will first hurt and then open up for new progress and for a
strong role for Europe in the world. The Spinelli Group ( with more than a hundred European
parliamentarians as members ) makes very good and lasting solutions. If just
the leaders dare… We should do all we
can to make them dare !
Let us wish
you and all your loved ones a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year. We will
celebrate Christmas here in Rixensart with family from Germany. And we will
spend New Year in the great place Spa in the Ardennes together with old friends
The rest of
the Thøgersen-clan is celebrating Christmas for a week in La Santa in
We very much
hope to see you again in 2012.
PS If you
want to see more about our life in 2011, you can click on these sites:
It was actually a very tough year. But for whom ?? :-)