Monday, July 30, 2007

Chateau de Martragny

We left Camping Val-de-Trie on a very drowsy Sunday and everything was wet! It was awful and quiet messy but we managed to take everything along without making our caravan too dirty and wet. On our way to Bayeux in Normandy it rained most of the way and it didn’t look like summer holiday’s at all. While driving South we wondered if we were doing the right thing by going to Bayeux. Perhaps we should drive further South to find the better weather. But we really wanted to visit Normandy with all it’s interesting places.

So we decided not to change our destination and just go for Normandy. After visiting several camping’s we finally found a nice campsite on Camping Ch√Ęteau de Martragny near Bayeux. A lovely camping with places around a real castle! It even had a long lane before getting to the castle where the reception was. On both sides of this lane there were campsites. After parking our car we walked around and even behind the castle there were many idyllic places to camp. We found a nice place near the swimming pool and next to some apple trees. Wow, this camping makes me feel like a princess!

And.…….. we could hardly believe it but just after we arrived the rain stopped and the sky turned quiet blue so we were able to put up our tents under a shining sun! That’s better than having to build up in the rain and it gave us such a nice summer feeling!

This camping is within easy reach of the Bayeux Tapestry, the D-Day beaches of June 1944 and Lisieux. So enough to do in this area. But not the first day for the weather was so good and full of sunshine that we spend the whole day in the sun near our tent and next to the swimming pool.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Val-de-Trie

Even though the weather wasn’t too good we left for France. Our first stop was Camping Val-de-Trie near Abbeville. It was a camping in the forest and we had a nice place so we decided to stay for several days. During those days the kids really enjoyed themselves playing ping pong, swimming and jumping on a trampoline. During daytime we had dry weather but at night the weather was very wet making the place we stood very slippery and messy. The temperature was not cold whatsoever and we even saw the sun most of the day so we could sit near the swimming pool. In fact I now finished the second book of Grace O’Malley. Great story and in the meantime I started reading the third book. Oh holidays are good for us so far.

While staying on that camping we visited Ault (first photo on the right) with high chalk rocks near sea and the Somme Bay (second photo on the right). When we were there the tide was low and it looked funny with boats lying on the shore. It was a lovely sight and we drove around the bay and stopped at several places to enjoy the different views.

We spend 4 nights on this camping and on our last day we visited the town of Abbeville (photo below) where we did some sightseeing and shopping.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Holiday weather

Can't say the weather forecast for Normandy is making me feel very happy right now and slowly I am starting to wonder if it wouldn't be better to plan another holiday destination.

Supposedly we should be taking of to roam around Normandy in France one of these days but I wonder if we will do so. Looking at the weatherforecast for the whole of France the best weather is around Marseille and that is a long way from where we live.

Perhaps we should take a last minute and fly of to Malta, well that would be great but temperatures there are too high for us and we would melt if we went there. Besides that we are nearly ready for take of and we love camping around and discovering new places. So all we ask is no rain, a little sun and temperatures of around 23 degrees C. That would be just perfect holiday weather for us.

Oh why is it is so difficult at times and why can't the weather in Europe not be a little more constant?

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Grace O'Malley by Ann Moore

Summer holidays started very dark on Friday afternoon for just after I returned home from work on Friday it started raining heavily!

I felt so sorry for all those people that took part in the International Four Days Marches in Nijmegen. Their last afternoon walking and then all that rain that came down! From what I saw on TV and read in the papers that bad weather didn't influence the mood of the ca. 34.000 walkers that reached the finish line. Congratulations to all of you for I think it is a great prestation to walk such distances 4 days long!

Luckily that nasty weather of Friday afternoon was gone by the evening and so far this weekend the weather has been just perfect for us.

I finally found time to start reading the story of Grace O'Malley, told in 3 books of ca. 500 pages each.

Nineteenth-century Ireland was a place of harsh suffering and haunting beauty, of famine and fortune, tragedy and triumph. This rich, evocative novel captures the dreams of one extraordinary young woman who lived through those dark times—and found hope for the future...

So far I can say it is a breathtaking historical novel and it is hard to stop reading to do other things.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Happy summer holidays

Just one day to go and primary schools in this part of Holland have summer holidays too. We are the last to start summer holidays and I am really glad it is finally time to relax and do whatever we feel like. That is for me for I am lucky to follow the holidays of primary schools in this area. So 6 weeks holiday are ahead of me. Sounds great but these weeks always pass very quickly as there are loads of things to do.

The weather has been really summer like this past week and hopefully it stays that way a little longer. The beginning of the week it was much too hot and humid but right now it is perfect summer weather though the weatherforecast is showing more of those dark things with spots beneath, wonder what they mean with that???

Nothing I can do about that, at least there is a large pile of books waiting for me, so I won't be bored. Funny thing is that when the weather turns bad it gets at me and even books can't cheer me up. Well we'll wait and see what this summer will bring.

Wishing all of you a wonderful, relaxed and sunny summer!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Tagged

I have been tagged by Sabine to write about 6 weird things concerning myself.

Here comes:

1. I hate to iron, so I fold washed clothes very carefully when dry and then place them beneath a large pile of clothes in the cupboard hoping the wrinkles will disappear.

2. After dinner, when the dishes must be done, I always need to use the toilet and it takes a while before I come out (in the meantime my husband starts cleaning up and when I return it is usually all done).

3. I love studying while most people my age hate it.

4. I prefer spending my time behind a computer to doing some kind of sport.

5. When I have a lot of time I do nothing and when I hardly have any time I manage to do a lot.

6. I always need to place a picture by a blogpost. So that's why there is this picture of a weird bird above.

And now for the toughest part for I am supposed to tag 6 people but that's a problem. My weblog friends have already been tagged. Sorry Sabine I'll think about this one but right now I wouldn't know who to tag.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

St Monica Alumni

Looks like I am getting into contact with former boarders of St Monica School again for one of the boarders started a family site for all boarders of about 25 years ago.

Of course I joined in the fun and am now able to see recent photo's of friends I lived with many years ago. Funny is that there are some people that hardly change at all and there are others I would never have recognized. One photo in particular made me look at it several times and very deeply to see if I could discover even a slight resemblance to the girl I remember from many years ago. But till now I still don't see it.

So not this blog is making the contact life again but a family site. Hopefully each and every one of us former boarders knows an e-mail address of someone so that we can trace many girls. That would be great.

Here are some photo's taken by Mathy when she visited St Monica School in Mosta. I forgot that the convent is surrounded by high walls and a gate. My doesn't it look like a prison.....
This convent was used as a boarding house for the younger boarders and this is were I spend a few years before going to boarding school in Birkirkara.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Morning person

Nice test, the result doesn't surprise me.

You Are a Morning Person

You're optimistic, alert, and full of energy to start the day.
While you would love to party all night, you rather be up at the crack of dawn.
You don't procrastinate or spend time worry about what to do next.
You take life by the reigns, and you like to have an early start.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Kinderdijk & Rotterdam

Yesterday evening on my way to celebrate the 70th birthday of my favourite uncle I passed this wonderful windmill. It was a sunny evening and it would have made a lovely photo. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me so I can't share that windmill.

In 2005 we made a daytrip to Kinderdijk & Rotterdam and those pictures I can share and here you see the little road you can walk or cycle over in Kinderdijk to see all those windmills. Kinderdijk is one of the major attractions of Holland for foreign visitors.
After Kinderdijk we visited Rotterdam and made a boattrip through the harbour.
Rotterdam is famous for its modern, large harbour. Once the biggest in the world and nowadays still the biggest harbour in Europe.

One of the large containerships we saw many of in the harbour.The skyline of Rotterdam, with the Erasmusbrug in the middle, on our way back to the centre of Rotterdam where we will disembark.

Between two skyscrapers the building of the former headquartes of the Holland-America Line is still intact.

Holland America was founded in 1873 as the Netherlands-America Steamship Company (NASM), a shipping and Passenger line. Because it was headquartered in Rotterdam and provided service to the Americas, it became known as Holland America Line (HAL).

And guess what, just now I read on the internet that the headquartes of the Holland America Line is back in Rotterdam for they opened a Rotterdam headquarters near the original line's headquarters on Wilhelmina Pier on February 28, 2007.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

The sun in my kitchen

and in between heavy showers a little bit of sun outside, at least the oleander isn't minding the weather and is starting to flower!


Friday, July 06, 2007

Weather and holidays

The weather is again reason to blog. Today the second part of Holland is starting summer holidays but where is the summer???
Not here in any case for it looks like Autumn outside. So loads of people are booking last minutes to go and find the sun.

We still have two weeks to go before our part of Holland has summer holidays. Hopefully the weather will turn a little better in the mean time. For even though the newspaper writes about people having a nice summer holiday on campings here in Holland, I can hardly believe that to be true. Especially knowing that when camping in this weather everything becomes cold and moist. Just a little bit of sun would be enough to make it so much better!

Even though the weather isn't that nice we are really looking forward to summer holidays. Just now I looked back at the photo's of last summer when the weather was much too hot most of the time. But even then our last day's were quiet rainy as you can see on the picture below when the kids where watercycling on Lac de Gerardmer. The first picture above is taken in Ornans a lovely village on the river Loue and the other photo is taken in Arbois on the camping.

Seeing all these pictures I can hardly wait to pack the caravan and go roaming around Europe again!