The blue bird travel agency corrected their mistake quickly. They were using a picture from my website and had hot linked it directly from their website. This meant that for every person viewing their site my website had to send the picture over. This resulted in a lot of traffic where in this month the same picture was send over more then 3000 times.
The solution was easy. First copy the image and then put it on your own website. This way it does not bother me and in 99.9% of the cases I would have never found out. The only risk with using someone else his picture is running into a number of laws. In this case I don’t mind they use my picture. After sending them an email they quickly came up with the solution and that’s the end of it.
Finally my 5 minutes of fame have arrived… or have they? A Belgium travel agency is offering a new vacation plan. From Belgium to Holland and the return trip on
a boat a nice cruise ship.
For sure it will be a nice trip, but what did I notice, for this trip the travel agency has been searching for images online, and one of the images they found is with me! In Volendam! In a typical old Volendam costume! With Cheese, Tulips and an accordion! With some Czech people! This way a typical Dutch trip gets a nice international ring to it.
On the left you see an image (click for the big version) if the website of the Belgium travel agency. Of course there is also an online version. My picture (original: Cheese, Tulips and an accordion) is located at the bottom of the page.