Tuesday 10 May 2011

And the winner is...

We've had some busy weeks with an almost 2 weeks holiday (in The Netherlands and in Greece) followed by lots of house guests. But now it's, more or less, getting back to normal, at least for the coming 3 weeks :)

I love having people around, like to prepare their breakfasts, plan cozy diners or show them around our 'home abroad'. As you can imagine, it's pretty difficult to keep up with the daily routine... So that's why I haven't been here on a regular basis... but will try to make it up in the coming weeks!

First of all I have a winner to announce: it's Elly of Elly's kleine Idylle. Congratulations Elly! I can recommend you to visit her blog, it is, as the name says, a 'small idyll', beautiful pictures & serenity. Have a look!!
Elly, if you can email me your address at abacaxiandhortela@gmail.com, I will send your presents as soon as possible!!

A bunch of pictures to follow, just from the last 2 weeks:

Some entertainment at home

An afternoon at the races... Hippodrôme de Saint Cloud

We celebrated a birthday...

Just a tablesetting

Notre Dame... from the back side

Notre Dame... from the side

The boys on one of the bridges, watching all the 'bateaux mouches' full of tourists passing by

One of the 'bouquinistes' along the Seine

Arc de triomphe on a Saturday morning

8 May

View over the Champs Elysées and Place de la Concorde

Montmartre & the Sacre Coeur, view from the Arc de Triomphe

On the other side: La Défense

Great weather... :)

Wishing you all a great week!


Mariette said...

Dearest Chantal,

That was quite a mouthful... a busy bee! BUT we've done that for years; being a tourguide; a chef for three meals a day; a housekeeper... on and on but I loved doing it. Not that it is always appreciated. Friends yes, but family is a lot more demanding.
Glad that I had my Mom here several times and I was wise enough to have them last visit for six weeks. They could rest in-between and have a more relaxed time. So glad it was before she got on her dialysis as travel is now completely out of question.
Paris looks lovely from your pictures! Bet they all enjoy it and you certainly have a lot of choices for entertaining. We always had to drive a minimum of two hours to a big city... one way that is.

Lots of love,


Elly's kleine idylle said...

Goedemorgen Chantal,
En..dan sta je op, de zon schijnt al volop en dan start je de computer op om de laatste posten te lezen en...dan zie je tot je grote verbazing dat je een "give away" hebt gewonnen.
Superleuk!!!!Mijn dag kan niet meer stuk. Ook heel leuk hoe jij mijn blog omschrijft (bloos, bloos).
Ik maak er t.z.t. natuurlijk een leuke post van op mijn blog.
En ja...Parijs, dat is "een place to be". Jouw foto's zijn heel mooi en roepen bij mij veel herinneringen op. Zijn vaak met de kinderen door de stad geslenterd.
Lieve groetjes, Elly

Madelief said...

Hoi Chantal,

Fijn dat jullie zulke heerlijke weken hebben gehad. De foto's getuigen daarvan!

Een gezellige avond & lieve groet,


Sem Nome said...

Chantal, querida, tinha perdido vc de vista!!! Não conseguia encontrar seu endereço de blog...puxa, que bom que vc me visitou, agora vou colocá-la em meus favoritos e não vou perde-la mais!!
Lindas sua imagens!! Amo Paris!!
Beijos mil!!!


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