Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day weekend

We took advantage this weekend that Monday was a day off so we went to Mount Lassen, more precisely Mineral California, north of San Jose.

We rented a cabin for the weekend and we just spent our weekend around the area. We visited Lassen Volcanic National Park, where we were surprised to see snow even though we were in short sleeve and wearing sun protection. The air was clean, the area gorgeous, quiet and relaxing.

We also ate an amazing milk shake. It was smooth, not too sweet, great flavor. The weekend was really nice, we ate too much.......especially some of us ;).

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lick Observatory

The Lick Observatory is an astronomical observatory, owned and operated by the University of California. It is situated on the summit of Mount Hamilton, in the Diablo Range just east of San Jose, California, USA.

The biggest adventure of our trip was to get there, because the road is very narrow, very abrupt, basically you have the road and next to it the emptiness of the mountain....the worst nightmare!!! As you know I am afraid of that was hard.

The observatory was amazing. You get to go inside and a tour guide explained to us how the telescope works. There are also tours where you get to look through the telescope at night. That is next on the list!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Keukenhof, spring 2008. Together with my parents, we are going to visit this gorgeous garden. There are awesome flower arrangements, windmill, fountains and lots of people around them. Lovely sunny weekend!

Original date blog can be found here.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Poolside BBQ

We had a very nice BBQ at the pool. Cooking, swimming, cooking and some more swimming. Guests stayed overnight, so we continued the leisure also on Sunday. It was such a relaxing weekend!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Transforming XML with XSLT using JSTL

Example is using JSTL 1.1 and EL:

<%@taglib prefix="c" uri=""%>
<%@taglib prefix="x" uri=""%>

<c:import var="xml" url="/sample.xhtml"/>
<c:import var="xsl" url="/stlyesheet.xsl"/>

<x:transform xml="${xml}" xslt="${xsl}">
<x:param name="request" value="${pageContext.request}" />
<x:param name="response" value="${pageContext.response}" />

Check also the other JSTL related blogs:
- The JSTL Fine Print
- JSTL request attribute