I LIKE !

ONE OF THE COOLEST DOORKNOBS I SAW ON OUR TRAVELS IN ITALY

Have a great weekend all !

THE ARDECHE IN FRANCE (3)

The village in the Ardeche where we spent our holidays last month was called Vals-les-Bains, it has only about 3500 inhabitants but it was once very famous for their water that has good influence on your health and the spa’s they had, it was like the spa’s we have now, only less modern. They once were visited by the rich and famous, we were told even King Louis the 14th came to Vals with a horse and carriage to improve his health, today they just have normal tourists from all over the globe.

They have an old natural source in the middle of a park that is spraying every 6 hours. We went to see it one day and it was quite fun, we were all waiting for the water to start spraying, lots of people got wet ofcourse as they came too close to the spray.

AND SO IT BEGINS
AND IT GROWS
AND GROWS
AND IT GROWS UP TO 6 METERS HIGH, SOMETIMES EVEN TO 8 METERS HIGH

If you know it started spraying for the first time about 200 hundred years ago I think it is quite amazing.

Have a fun week and thanks for stopping by.

THE ARDECHE IN FRANCE (2)

Today is about the houses and flowers. Most people there have flowers on their balcony’s or near the front door, as we were there in September many of them looked a bit tatty cos of the drought and the ban to use water. But nevertheless the houses still looked stunning.

Hanging geraniums are quite drought resistant.

VERY OLD ROOF TILES MADE OF BASALT THAT FORMED WITH VULCANIC ERUPTIONS ABOUT 8 MILLION YEARS AGO
THESE ARE THE MODERN DAY TILES THEY USE FOR NEW HOMES
VIEW ON AUBENAS
FIRST SIGNS OF AUTUMN, PARTHENOCISSUS OR RED IVY, THE PLANT TURNS BRIGHT RED IN AUTUMN.
PRETTY AS A PICTURE, THOSE FLOWERS COMBINED WITH THE PINK WALL.
THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER CALLED THE ARDECHE.

THE SWIMMINGPOOL OF OUR B&
THESE LITTLE LIZARD WAS EVERYWHERE ON THE WALLS
LOVED THIS HOUSE WITH THE PINK WALLS

THE ROSES WERE GONE OFCOURSE BUT THEY LEFT A LOT OF BOTTLES FOR THE BIRDS

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND !!

THE ARDECHE IN FRANCE (1)

Last week we returned from our holiday in France, this year we visited the Ardeche, known for the many rocks, a popular holiday destination in Summer and full of French charm.

The Ardeche is situated in the South-West of France, a 1000 kilometer travel for us.

THIS IS A TYPICAL VIEW FOR THE ARDECHE

Normally there is enough water for canoeing but as the whole of Europe is suffering a lot from drought canoeing is not an option at the moment.

THESE MOUNTAINS ARE MADE BY VULCANIC ERUPTIONS ABOUT 8 MILLION YEARS AGO
MOST HOUSES ARE MADE BY THESE ROCKS TOO
I JUST LOVED THIS LITTLE TERRACE WITH A ROOF OF A GRAPEVINE
DARK GREEN TALL CYPRESSES. LOVE THEM !!
WATER AND ROCKS
AND MORE WATER AND ROCKS


We stayed in a lovely B&B as we always do when we visit France. I’ll show you more pictures of France in my next blog.

Have a great week !

JUST CHILL

As I also write about what I see on my travels and not only about gardening you are getting monkeys twice in a row this time.

Sorry but I have to show you some pictures as they are so funny. You probably know by now that I love love love monkeys. I wish I could be so relaxed when people were looking at me.

no matter what was happening arround him he stayed cool and relaxed
you are watching me but I am watching you haha
showing off my best tooth



This little guy was so relaxed despite lots of people were looking at him and taking pictures of him.

These were taken last week when we went on a daytrip with our 2 grandkids in a safari park in the Netherlands.

Have a great and relaxing week !!

BRUGES BELGIUM (2)

Today I want to show you more pretty sights from Bruges, world famous for it’s handmade lace and visited by people from all over the world. When you walk arround in Bruges you hear so many different languages.

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THEY HAVE LOTS OF TRUNCATED TREE’S

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A PLATAN WITH NEW LEAFS AND OLD FRUITS, IT’S FRUITS ALWAYS REMIND ME OF LITTLE MEAT BALLS

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THE BOAT TRIPS ARROUND THE CITY CENTER ARE ALWAYS VERY POPULAR AS YOU GET TO SEE BRUGES FROM ANOTHER SIDE, BECAUSE OF THIS BRUGES IS ALSO CALLED “VENICE OF THE NORTH”

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HANDMADE LACE, FOR CENTURIES MADE IN BRUGES BY WOMEN, YOU CAN STILL LEARN HOW YOU CAN DO THIS BUT IT IS COMPLICATED !!

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AND OFCOURSE FOOD AND DRINKS ARE VERY POPULAR IN BELGIUM, WAFFLES, CHOCOLATE AND BEER

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AND OFCOURSE BELGIAN BEERIMG_4331 (2)

There is a shop in my village that sells over 1500 different sorts of beer, not only Belgian beer, but 1500 different beers; I think that is a LOT !! Mind you I don’t drink beer, I don’t like the taste of it.

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WE ALSO VISITED THE BEGUINALE HOUSE IN BRUGES

There are no beguines anymore, their houses are rented out now.

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BEGUINALE HOUSES, THEY ALL HAD A SMALL ROOM AND ALL THEY DID WAS PRAY, WORK, SLEEP….

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WHEN THERE IS WATER YOU HAVE BIRDS.

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AND IN SPRING YOU HAVE CHICKS

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AND IN BEAUTIFUL PLACES YOU HAVE PAINTERS

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AND ART EVERYWHERE , NEW

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AND OLD

Have a great weekend all !! And thanks for visiting.