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    • Day3

      Una serata Lilla

      January 6 in France ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Chiediamo scusa ai nostri followers per l'assenza! Ma eravamo occupati a mangiare patine e waffle (full reportage fra poco).

      Per la nostra ultima soirée francaise abbiamo continuato con l'eplorazione delle birre (Ipa Hirondelle e La Bise au fruits rouges).
      Per stare leggeri dopo la birra abbiamo cenato con una teglia (a testa) di pane inzuppato nella birra, prosciutto e formaggio fuso (welsh).
      Vorremo inoltre invitare i francesi, visto il precedente della Gioconda, a rubare anche alcune abitudini italiane quali l'uso del bidet e l'utilizzo di appositi contenitori per lo scopettino del wc (non del pentole). Un bacio.
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      Ahahahah, già è tanto che ci sia lo scopettino

    • Day39

      Breakfast and more exploring

      October 22, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      We headed out to do some more exploring and also grab some breakfast - not something all cafés in France offer. After wandering around for a bit we found Café Peacock that offered a really great petite déjeuner. We got baguette with jam, a croissant, pain chocolate and escargot, a juice and a coffee.

      After breakfast we wandered around till 11am and then headed back to the Airbnb to finish packing, checked out and decided we would head back to Belgium.

      We had a great run back to Limal with very little traffic to contend with. Brigitte was going to cook but I suggested we eat out, so we returned to Brasserie Martine where we had moules- something I had been hanging out for. I also had tiramisu with speculoos for dessert which was fabulous and I am back to drinking a Ristretto as the coffee with milk is too inconsistent re flavour.
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      what a beautiful place.


      It was magnificent- small, clean, friendly, buildings beautifully restored, great shops. Will definitely return there again

    • Day18

      Pleuré in Lille 😩

      June 7, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Bij Lille (een mix van Parijs en Gent) hebben we de auto ongeveer 8 km buiten de stad geparkeerd. Alles in de fietstassen en naar het centrum gefietst. Leuke eerste indruk. Mooie winkels die ook open zijn. Toen we bij de eerste wilden afrekenen, bleek dat de portemonnees niet in de tas zaten. Pffff. En we wilden ook net gaan lunchen. Maar ja zonder geld begin je niets. Dus nu terug bij de camper, nat geregend van de motregen. Crackers gegeten en toch maar weer terug naar het centrum. Goed voor de beweging zullen we maar zeggen…Read more

    • Day38

      Magnificent Lille

      October 21, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Once we finished our lunch at Chez Brigitte we were ready to do some exploring of the old city. Lille is a beautiful city that has so many glorious buildings, with most in great condition or in the process of being restored. Being there on a beautifully warm and sunny day with a brilliant blue sky also didn’t hurt.

      We meandered down the narrow streets, making our way to Place du Général-de-Gaulle, also known as the Grand Place. This square is magnificent with beautifully restored buildings on a grand scale. We just wandered around for a while longer and then went to the car, grabbed our luggage and made our way to our Airbnb, which was spacious, lovely and comfortable.

      We were still so full from lunch we opted to stay in, have a baguette with some cheese and get a relatively early night.
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      Looks nice.


      You would love it an absolutely gorgeous city and not too big

    • Day18

      Rains in Lille

      June 7, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Uiteindelijk hebben we de metro maar genomen omdat het bleef regenen. Toen Marian eenmaal een hippe regenjas had gekocht, werd het droog en begon zelfs de zon te schijnen. Dag is nooit zo nat of zun schient altied wat!Read more

    • Day2

      Bonjour, comment ça va?

      May 26, 2022 in France ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Was macht man in Frankreich zuerst? Na klar! Ein pain de chocolate essen. Wieso bekommen die Bäckereien in Deutschland es nicht so hin?
      Allerdings schafft dieser einzigartige Geschmack es, dass man mit nur einem Biss weiß, dass man in Frankreich ist.
      Naja und die Tatsache, dass auf einmal niemand englisch spricht. „Je sais pas en anglais.“ war mit Abstand der mir meistgesagte Satz. Na dann muss ich wohl meine französisch Kenntnisse raus kramen. Das hat zum Glück noch gut geklappt!

      Lille ist eine sehr schöne kleine Stadt. Viele verzweigte Straßen und Gassen. Man hat sofort ein Frankreich-Flair.

      Ganz besonders hat mir die alte Börse von Lille gefallen. Ein kleiner Hinterhof, in dem Bücher, Bilder, Schallplatten und sehr alte Zeitungen verkauft wurden. Lange habe ich gestöbert, um eine Zeitung zu finden, die an meinem Geburtstag herausgegeben wurde. Leider bin ich nicht fündig geworden. Ferhat fand insbesondere die Schachspieler spannend. Während ich also stöberte, schaute er dem Schachspiel zu. Eine absolute Empfehlung!
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    • Day78

      Lille, Frankreich

      June 1, 2020 in France ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Lille! Weltmeisterschaft der Schülermannschaften vor vier Jahren.
      Tamara hatte mit ihren Mädels in Berlin gewonnen. In dem Jahr war die Europa und Weltmeisterschaft zusammen in Lille. Sie wurden 2. hinter Brasilien - also Europameister.Read more

    • Day38

      Lunch in Lille

      October 21, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Today is a good day, first the weather is once again fine and sunny, second we are off to Lille in France and third my parcel of winter clothes was finally delivered and there was much rejoicing!

      It was such a relief for my winter clothes to arrive because as much as this girl likes to shop I really wanted my puffer jacket and boots as they are both so comfortable to wear.

      We headed off for Lille a bit before 11 and arrived just after 1pm. We found a park not too far from our Airbnb, but we cannot get in till 4pm, so we went in search of lunch.

      We came across a restaurant called Chez Brigitte and I immediately said we must go there for lunch. The place was pretty full but they had a table for us. We had the plat de jour, but only two courses (entree and main) and a lovely bottle of Pinot. Entree was a delicious soup and main was confit pork with mash potatoes and roasted pumpkin- the entire meal was really good and at 21 euro very reasonably priced.

      The space itself was lovely - lots of brick with copper and great art on the walls and the staff were so friendly and accommodating.
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    • Day3

      Francia raggiunta

      January 6 in France ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Anche Lilla è stata conquistata.
      Dieta base del luogo fatta di Meravillaux, patatine fritte e Welsh.
      Tutto a posto lillesi miei?




      Cosa sono?


      Merveilleux, un dolcetto francese

    • Day4

      Last day in London

      August 30, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      No more hot weather! Craig was delighted to find London had put on its usual, and more expected, gloomy rainy type of weather which makes it altogether a much more English experience. So out came the raincoats and the umbrellas and we set off for another day in London. The kids have become quite adept at reading the Underground maps now and with both Bayswater and Queensway stations almost on top of each other and only a few minutes walk from our accommodation, it has been pretty convenient to get around and for the most part we have had to avoid taking more than one line to get anywhere.

      We did a walk by of St Paul's Cathedral (mainly for the Mary Poppins reference for the kids - birds not there, perhaps because they are no longer fed). An educational walk by Newgate and Old Bailey via Temple Bar, where I was able to be impressed/surprised by Kate's recall of both from her convict unit at school. We then skirted around St Bart's Hospital on our way to the Museum of London where we spent several hours. I first visited this back in 1991 and was impressed then, not only because it was really well done, but also because it was free - an important criteria if you were travelling on the cheap! It has been completely updated since then, but importantly, it is still incredibly brilliant and free!

      Our one and only pub lunch for the visit provided another bit of respite from the rain before we jumped on a tube to Tottenham Court Road and to visit a specialist guitar shop and bought a guitar for the trip. Too wet to walk along the full length of Oxford Street, we jumped on another tube to get to the other end. Since Craig and I have recently watched the miniseries Mr Selfridge, we decided to go and look at the real deal. The place was jam packed with people which is a testament to the vision, but also hard to believe he died a pauper. Kate declared it the best toy section she had EVER seen in a shop.

      We then ducked around the corner to The Leonard Hotel and met Lesley for a very English afternoon tea in a very English drawing room. It was lovely to meet up again - last time we visited, Finn was only 10 months old. I lived with the Watters family in London in 1991.

      We popped home quickly to ditch the guitar and dress a bit warmer, and headed back to Drury Lane in the West End to see the "School of Rock" musical. Another bunch of talented kids performing and it was great to be caught up in the live atmosphere of the production. The character of the kid bass guitar player was called Katie, and our Kate had a conversation this morning about perhaps learning base guitar, so it obviously made an impact. She did look cool!

      A whirlwind tour of London in 4 days - off to Lille in France tomorrow for some self-driving of the battlefields of the Western Front.
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      I saw birds on the steps of St Paul's. As i walked outside from being Godified inside i found one type of bird eating a pigeon. Very graphic.


      Did you find the Muffin Man on Drury Lane? The Muffin Man? YES....THE MUFFIN MAN!!!!


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