Sunday 28 August 2011

Back home...

It's been a busy couple of weeks: clearing out the house, donating lots of stuff, packing boxes & cleaning.
The movers arrived on Monday afternoon, August 22, in Versailles and the trucks were packed on Tuesday 5pm. Unloading in the south of The Netherlands started on Wednesday 9am and was done by 5pm again.
What a difference it makes when you don't need to pack or unpack everything as sea freight:))

So you can imagine what the last couple of days looked like: yes, unpacking & finding a place for everything (which seems to be a mission impossible!!).

But, in about a weeks time, we went from this:
To this:
Thanks to some well-appreciated, colourful bunches of flowers from friends & family

Time for some more unpacking now!
See you later this week!!

Wednesday 24 August 2011

On the move...

We're moving...
Packing, cleaning, unpacking, etc.
Hope to see you at our next destination!
Bisous from Versailles (for the last time...)!
P.S. No, no it's not Australia... just liked this 'move' clip...

Saturday 20 August 2011

Something prettier...

I decided to show you something prettier before leaving France... Something more beautiful than a house full of mess & boxes ;)
And what's prettier than the City of Lights...

 Paris, je t'aime!

Thursday 18 August 2011


What do you think of our new interior decoration?
Luckily it's just temporary ;-)

Enjoy you weekend!!

Monday 15 August 2011

Summer holidays {part 5}

Already 3 weeks 'on the road' and still not bored of the holidays, we drove from Marbella through the beautiful landscape of Andalusia via Madrid to Pamplona to stay a couple of days and get a chance to take part in the festivities of San Fermin (click for an explanation).
We were in the city at 7am already as the bull run starts at 8 am. But you could see that a lot of people had been there the whole night, partying & drinking. The atmosphere was still very friendly and everybody was looking forward to the race!
But you really need to be alert... the race starts at 8 and before you'll notice it's over... in less than 5 minutes they ran from the starting point to the bull ring... In the blink of an eye ;)
Some impressions:
  Time for hot chocolate (thick melted chocolate) and churros,
 apparently the traditional drink after the race!
 In front of the bull ring, were the bulls just had entered!

Pamplona seems an interesting city with quite some history, however, with the San Fermin going on that week, it was difficult to visit something else than a San fermin festivity.
Luckily our hotel had a golf course so we decided to play a round of golf!
 After some days in the Navarra region, it was time to continue to the next (and last) stop. The first rainy morning of the holiday we drove through the Pyrenees (where we had the coldest temperature of the whole holiday) to Pau.
We had chosen to stay here because of the Tour de France. They were on their way to the Pyrenees.
When we arrived in the hotel, the owner asked us if we had a favorite team. Of course, Thom said, we're Dutch so Rabobank is our favorite one. The hotel owner smiled and told Thom that he was a lucky guy... it appeared that both Rababank and HTC were staying in 'our' hotel. What a coincidence!
But before it'll be all about cycling, first some pictures of beautiful Pau:
The following day we decided to go to the 'Col de Tourmalet' where the runners would have to climb to the top.
 Of course it was pretty busy so we parked our car somewhere and walked up as far as we could & would, somewhere close to Sainte Marie de Campan.
 After hours of waiting, the publicity caravan past by:
An hour later followed by the runners in several groups:
 It was a great experience and we loved every bit of it (last year we watched them arrive in Paris at the Avenue des Champs Elysées, but in the mountains is a whole different story!
Back in the hotel we had to wait for the runners coming back. Thom was excited to collect autographs!
The start of the next etape was the next morning in Pau, just opposite our hotel... it couldn't be more convenient!!
After the runners left Pau, we left too...
And made our way back to Versailles!
It has been a lovely, long holiday, full of different cities, places, nature & activities.

So now we're getting prepared for another activity: moving!
More on that in my next post!
Wishing you all a happy week!

Wednesday 10 August 2011

Summer holidays {part 4}

Another quick drive, only 250 km, and we arrived at our next stop:
 Sevilla... and 41 degrees Celsius!!
Time for a dive in the hotel's rooftop pool!
Sevilla is definitely worth a visit,
full of history, rich in culture
delicious tapas & wines!

Some snapshots:
Impressive doors

Beautiful tiles everywhere

Can you imagine it's easy to get lost in Sevilla?

Historic buildings everywhere!

After 4 days in Sevilla it was time for again for the beach & some relaxing time.
So we continued our way via Ronda where we stopped for lunch...
And had to see the famous bridge and the stunning landscape of Andalusia!
We hit the road again and arrived in Marbella for some beach, pool & book time!
Marbella by night
Pool time!
Fun time 
Puerto Banus

Next time we'll continue our trip & go to Pamplona for the San Fermin!
You're coming along??
Wishing you all a happy & sunny week!


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