Heading for Holland, of course by car, we stoped for a while in Baarle-Nassau, for Mr. Sorin to agreed with Rony Van for a new food transport. A truck with food (25 tons) has already reached Bucharest, so people can contact me for food. Baarle- Nassau is kown on the pigeonsport map due to Ad Schaerlaekens and Piet Manders.
From the sports point of view, this little town is well-known due to K1 fighter , Erol Zimmerman, made TKO by Daniel Ghita, one year ago. As we were in Rony’s warehouse, Vincent van de Kerk (Pipa, Holland), our guide in this trip, asked us if we wanted to visit one of the best from the years 2000 , in Holland, a pigeon lover that lives i the same town…his name was John Aarts. In 5 minutes we were in front of his electronics supermarket that was placed in front of his house. When we were introduced to John, he was very spontaneous and said something that we will never forget:” Mr. Florea, everybody heard of you in Holland, but very few of us met you personally.”
A small courtyard, with small lofts , but with doves of perfect quality. John and his wife Anja have 20 breeding pigeons and 75 flying doves, among which 75% are yearling. All the yearling participate at the fond races and marathon according to the natural method. John is a modern pigeonsport lover and of course, he is a visionary; that is why for the last few years, he has been breeding his marathon doves with great pigeons of demifond , doves that he has from Jan Hooymans (the “Harry” line) and from Braade- Jode ( the “Home Alone” line). As there are grumpy people everywhere in the world, not only in Romania, John assumed these stupid criticising word that we can hear here , too; that was when he started to make the crossing of the doves. The result? National and Provincial Aces pigeons of fond marathon. Besides the marathon line that he has, that is 90% based on Antoon Ligtenberg doves ( 100% Jan Aarden doves), John buys 10 offsprings every year , from the Simmons Brothers, and thus he brings them in competitions.
Thanks John and Anja for the hospitality and for the sambuca