Terschelling

We’re in the lovely, but windswept, island of Terschelling for a couple of days with Ma en Pa. It’s a totally charming place, “heel gezellig” as the Dutch would say (“very cozy”). It’s about twice the size of Guernsey but only has a population of 4,000 … most of it though is sand dunes! A...

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Gefeliciteerd

Gefeliciteerd (congratulations) to Ma en Pa on their golden wedding anniversary. We had a reception for (nearly) all the family members in Wezep, unfortunately Mariëlle, Sylvan, River & little Lukas weren’t able to make it over from Norfolk Island, way down there in the South Pacific 🙁 In the evening just the 6 of us...

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Back in Holland

Back in Holland again! We’re on a bit of a European extravaganza this time. We’ve come over to initially celebrate Ma en Pa van Emous’ golden wedding but we’re also planning a few days on the Dutch island of Terschelling, with Ma en Pa, before heading off to Paris and then on to Les Vignieres in Provence....

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Mont Ventoux

Sep 09, 10 Mont Ventoux

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We had a lazy start to today with a tasty French brunch of cheeses, pates and fresh French bread. This afternoon we drove up to Mont Ventoux which is a dizzying 1912m above sea level. The views were breathtaking, literally. The wind was so strong it felt like it was sucking the air out of our lungs. The temperature dropped from...

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More Romans …

Sep 08, 10 More Romans …

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Today we went to the nearby town of Orange to view the Roman Theatre. It was pretty spectacular and as Annelies & I sat in the stalls that could house 8 to 10,000 people

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Taranis is still angry …

Sep 08, 10 Taranis is still angry …

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01:20 – Wow … we’ve just come in off of our balcony after spending 20 minutes watching the biggest thunderstorm I’ve ever seen. It’s been going now for about 5 hours and looks set to go on throughout the night. 11:38 – Storm is over and the gorgeous Provence weather has returned. We must have had...

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“Le Petit Pompei” – Part Deux

Sep 07, 10 “Le Petit Pompei” – Part Deux

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After last night’s storm we had a leisurely breakfast (which lasted the whole morning!) until the afternoon wind seemed to waft back the warm Provence weather. We decided to go back to Vaison La Romaine again to see the Medieval part of the town. It was well worth it. The Medieval town was built on the opposite bank of the...

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Taranis is upset …

Sep 07, 10

Taranis, god of thunder of the ancient Gauls, is displeased. After days of sunshine and almost stifling heat we’ve had continuous thunderstorms, lightening and torrential rain all last night and through this morning. However I have to say I find it rather refreshing and invigorating.

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“Le Petit Pompei”

Sep 06, 10 “Le Petit Pompei”

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Provence’s proximity to Italy has meant that, even before Julius Caesar conquered Gaul and added it to the young Roman Empire in 58 to 51BC, it had already come under Roman influence. Today we visited Vaison La Romaine, a beautiful Provencal town with oodles of interesting Gallo-Roman history. There are two major sites that...

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Busy doin nothin

Sep 05, 10 Busy doin nothin

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Spent the day lazing in the sun and around the pool. Ahhh … this is the...

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La Douce Provence

Sep 04, 10 La Douce Provence

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Well here we are again in the Provence. We were here 3 years ago a little further south in Isle sur la Sorgue. This time we’re in a place called Valreas, quite near to Orange … of William of Orange fame … so a nice Dutch connection there. Our Gite is absolutely gorgeous set among the vineyards, olive trees and...

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Onward to the Provence …

Sep 03, 10

Today we left our Cornish chalet a day early so that we can travel on to “La Belle Provence” from Southampton airport tomorrow. Again our trusty guide Jane directed us unerringly the 192 miles to our overnight hotel. However not before I put in a slight diversion to Charmouth beach on the Dorset coast when I realised we...

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