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19 août 2013 1 19 /08 /août /2013 18:53

hello again!

pfuii, three posts in three days, it's more than you expected, isn't it? I am about to tell you about The travel of the month: B E R L I N. we spent our last week of vacation there and honestly, i never get tired of this town. It was my fourth time there but the first for M, so we made the major attractions. I would like to say though that the city changed a lot since the last time i was there, and it was in winter 2010 if i remember well. 

So we took the plane veeeery early last sunday. Juge by yourself: we saw the sun go up while driving bus to the airport. Veeery early.

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But very early plane means very early in Berlin and this was cool. We couldn't check in before 15.00 but we left our bags and took a long walk in the city, like 10 km or so and saw the main attraction, like the brandenburger Tor, Unten den Linden, Checkpoint Charlie, Postdamer plats, the memorial, the Reichstag and staid at some coffee for the last hour of waiting. We were really deadtired, so we just wanted to check in and sleep some hours.

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The hotel http://www.luise-berlin.com/ was very central and pretty cheap for the good quality. The disadvantage of a central hotel is that you could hear the train pass by, but it was nothing that disturbed us, neither me or M. Our room was quite simple: very high roof, white walls, light grey carpet and a big painting on the wall, expressing the lights of the cars in the street at night, wrote the artist.

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The picture above is not very flattering but the room was cool. The bed was on a little stage, which made that you had your head at the same level as the window and could admire the street. Even if is was in the hotel was located in the centrum of Berlin, the activity of the street could look like that at its most active moment:

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You get it: very quiet. And the view from the bed was like that:

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Ok, so now you got it, you are for sure much calmer knowing how we were living. Good start for the rest of the story.

On sunday evening, after a nap, we went to a little restaurant that i knew from before, with a lots of german food and a very nice service. The sad thing is that this restaurant is so nice that it is in every guidebook about Berlin and it was no one talking german and eating there except the people working there. A bit boring if you ask me but the food, the price (cheap) and the atmosphere are worth it. Make a trip there if you are in Berlin. http://www.schwarzwaldstuben-berlin.com/

And i love the atmosphere in german bars. I could spend hours to observ the decoration:

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On monday, we made an attempt to the musikinstrumentmuseum but it was closed. yes, monday... So we went to the museum der Dinge  http://www.museumderdinge.de/ instead and had fun with the tastes from german administration.

Then, we ate in Kreuzberg, the place in and walked to east side gallery to watch the rests of the walls.

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oh... sorry, but you will get some more tomorrow!

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17 juin 2013 1 17 /06 /juin /2013 18:55

Okay, here you go. The fabulous story of L and M on an island!

 

everything began a thursday, Swedish national day. 6th of june. Perfect weather and after some hours in the bus, we arrived at Bromma airport to fly to Gotland. For the one willing to read about the island, here is wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotland I couldn't have said it better!

After a little taxiride, we cheched in at the hotel and it was a very perfect place to spend almost one week (for e at least). Look by yourself: link. The people were very nice and the room charming as well. We went to eat in a creperie on thursday evening and we ate outside with the view on the sea. Nice!

 

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We went home pretty early and the first thing i made on friday was to go out for a run. I will write a special post about running in some minutes. On friday, we just took it easy, found a place right about the ocean and looked at it while sipping rosé wine and talking about all and everything. nice friday!

 

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On Saturday, we borrowed some bicycles and under a big sun, we took a ride to a little place, south of Visby where there were something to see. Judge by yourself:

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It took a lots of energy to ride there, with these bicycles that weren't made for this and we were pretty tired when we went back to Visby, but happy of the sunbath.

M took the plane back to the continent on sunday and i went out to eat lonely, it was not as funny to be there by myself actually, even if the view was also nice.

 

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Madeleine, the second princess of Sweden had married on saturday, so i watched the wedding a couple of times, wishing it would happen to me too, with all the horses and so. Oh yeah, it rained on sunday evening, but i barely noticed since i went to bed pretty early, bored. Monday was also boring since i still was alone, and uncapable to focus to read the book i had taken with me.

On tuesday and wednesday, we had a meeting with my work and the first day was dedicated to see some projects we have, plus some nice landscapes from the north of the island. Here you go:

 

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As you can see, it was a nice sun shining and i can tell you that it was too much for me: the same evening i began to feel bad but it went away some days later. A shame to move to Sweden in order to get an insolation! 

The rest of the stay was spent inside a conference room, so not much to show.

 

Gotland was nice, but i am currently reading a criminal book with a story happening on the island, the manus is very convincing, so i think it will flew a little water under the bridges before that i put my feet there again! ;)

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17 juin 2013 1 17 /06 /juin /2013 16:55

it has been a long time agon since i wrote here. Sorry for that! but i can tell you one thing: it happened some things to tell, so let me just download my own pictures and you will get an history in some hours maybe. Hang on!

 

for your patience, you get some pictures from our garden. :)

 

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7 novembre 2012 3 07 /11 /novembre /2012 18:47

Since i invested kind of a lots of money in a new big purse, i decided to take my camera for my walk to work this morning. Here come some results. 

 

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28 août 2012 2 28 /08 /août /2012 18:41

It was almost a cover from summer 2010, but in better, because we were 2.

 

The vacations for me began on friday, when i picked up the so called little paddan. A volvo c30, drinking gazole and nervous at its time. I packed it and on a sunny friday afternoon, i drove down to Ljungby.

 

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during the first week end of my vacations (but not M's unfortunatly) we went on the country side and picked up some mushrooms and i spent the week beeing a good girl friend (hoppefully) and visiting some friends in Lund. The week end after, it was time for us to be witness to some love and on sunday, we went to bed all exited, at least, i did. It was time for me to load to show my France to M. We already went to France, but it was like the touristical part, the one with the big eiffel thing in the middle of every post card. Now, it was time for history, feelings, family and lots of more too. Plus you never know, things like weather can be very important when you test your relationship with some camping. But anyway, alea jacta est or was, and it was all about to smile and drive when mondya morning came.

 

Monday morning, 8h30 in the car, M took the little paddan in good hands and hop, on our way to Europe. The rest of Europe. The one who promised wonderfull days in the sun. It began with that:

 

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I was already thinking on how our first night of camping would be. But we had some hours ahead to think of that, the first day was a long day in the car. And You know that you are on a german motorway if you see more clearly the back of the car in front of you than you own image in the mirror. We admired the back of this caravan about 2 hours closed to Bremen...

 

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another efficient thing is BAUSTELLE and a third one is the bad quality of the road. The speed is unlimited but if you drive faster than 100km/h, you get a free arm massage if you are driving. The passangers got a assmassage for free though.

 

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These events did kill our planning, if we had one, and we arrived on the german country side around Duisbourg just in time to ... find someone who could call the camping owner. It was totally silent and the office was closed since 17. So it was really near for us to sleep in the car, or to drive all night long. But no, we got chance (and thank you the years in Germany to dompt some words in Goethes mothertongue in order to make us understand by local people there.) don't you think it looked cosy?

 

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The day after, at sunrise, we drove to the south. Sunrise: read when we woke up and south: read Belgien. We got a little lost on the country side there, but at the end, we found our way to Dinant. On our way, we ate a typical belgian lunch:

 

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We parked our little padda to the municipal camping in Dinant and built our tent and then, took a walk (5 minutes according to the camping owner, more 45 minutes if you ask us) to go to the Leffe museum.

 

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look at the stairs going to the little white door in the middle of the picture below: belgian people are not cowards!

 

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The visit was interesting, interactiv and don't believe i say that because of the degustation of beer and the gift after the visit. We even staid for a 3 courses dinner at the same place, and honestly, even if we took a walk in town before, i am not sure we could find a better place for this evening. 

Nice to talk to the personal too and discover their internal political problems. 

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It was beer both in the food and in the glass, so when we left the restaurant, i guess it took only 5 minutes to go back to the camping. The white cat outside the Leffe museum can tell you!

 

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Even if the camping owner sold us our place as "a very romantic place", we just wanted to leave as soon as possible on the day after. The maas is not beautiful when the sky is grey. The train are not silent, the cars and the boats neither and our neighbourghs were kind of strange as well, so hop, a shower and then, everything in the paddan to drive more to the south.

 

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The picture above is directly raken from the romantic place. Sure you want! When you compare to this:

 

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This was in Fecamp, from the right side on the border. The side with the good roads and the SUN! YES, MISTER SUN!! We were so happy that we stopped for some time and had a drink.

 

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Our goal for the day was to arrive somewhere close to Aromanche, in order to stay 2 nights and see some old WWII things, so we did not stay that long in Fécamp and drove to Luc sur Mer, where we, with 10 good minutes marginal found a nice (in comparaison to the one in Belgien) camping to stay.

 

doesn't it look good for a romantic dinner? we had this time had the time to buy some better food and wome wine, the sun was shining, it was a delicious evening, one among a lot of that kind!

 

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The morning after, i woke up earlier than my lovely M, so i jumped into my running shoes and went for a run. It was all foggy but what for a feeling to run on the beach, in the morning, wachting people coming back from fishing, stopping to buy some croissants and the news papper and run fast back to the tent in order to kiss my bf good morning!

 

We drove then to the beaches where american and canadian troups helped during the WWII. It was a very sunny day and kind of hard to visualise how it was during these moments. 

 

Our ennemy for this day was the sun. During 30 minutes, both M and I got a sunburn. Not even the time to buy some suncream! We even staid some hours (no more than 2) on the beach and took a bath in the sea and honestly, it was easier to go into the sea than into my parents pool which was at 30 degrees. don't ask me why!

 

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We went downtown to listen to a little concert for our last evening in Luc sur Mer and it was a good feeling.

 

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On friday, we drove to Azay le Rideau. We arrived pretty early during the afternoon so we could choose our place as we wanted and we also could stay and do nothing during some time. Both of us were tired and it was lovely to hear M playing the guitalele. Even our neighbourgh Dave thought it, and came to talk we us like after 5 mintues. I think his wife was a way to boring, so he needed some conversation.

 

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According to the good advices of Dave, we went to see the sound and light representation at the castle of Azay le Rideau. We liked :)

 

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The day after, we visited some relatives and went to see the castle of Chenonceau. Nice castle but very bad for the AC, i tell you! We had to be perfect tourists and stop at the caffee inside of the castles garden to take a fresh drink, that costed the same thing than one night in a german camping.

 

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We did not had the power to drive to Tours for a saturday night fiever, we went back home in Azay and heard twice the sound and light representation, the camping is located like in the castle park almost, so we could live this moment again. As well as the other nights spent at the camping.

 

On sunday, it was time for us to see a real castle, meaning not a summer house, but a real castle with batle and stuff, in Chinon. We also had a really cosy lunch in the center of Chinon, which roofs are on the picture bellow. The weather was pretty bad, read: cloudy and 3 drops of rain. Literally, 3. Like one, two and three and then, finito!

 

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We stopped to visit some other friends on the way back home and monday, we drove to my parents place. You read this word "drive" pretty fast but i tell you, when you sit more than 5 hours in a car, it is boring. We almost did not listen to the radio, even if we had loaded our phones with a lots of different things. We talked a lot and as good swede that we are, it was also moments when no one of us said anything. Yes, even me! But not war or so, just silence (of a car driving 130 km/h on the motorway, how silent this may be!).

 

It was hot at my parents place and the best idea they had was to take us to the grotte de la balme. Between 10 and 15 degrees, it was heaven, compared to the 35 outside.

 

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Then it was about one week of family, good food and wine and jumps in the pool and so, me liked a lot!

 

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The week after we began out trip back north but staid near to Mulhouse when my little sis and her bf bought a house recently. It was also very hot! We took a daytrip to Saint-Dié where i grew up and now, M can say he saw every single school i went to up to the age of 17. Next trip to France, we have to go to Metz and Grenoble, we did not have the time this year.

 

Since sitting in a car is nice but boring, we decided to took the train at least for a part of the travel back home. We loaded the padda on the train in Lörrach, we too and woke up in Hamburg the day after. Convenient if you ask me. In Lörrach, there is a Milka factory and it was smelling chocolate, i almost thought i was pregnant until i realize what it was.

 

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During the whole vacation, i only used one pair of shoes, which already was broken when i left Sweden. No matter, i killed them and even tried to replace them, but without success. RIP my favvo shoes, here you have a last picture. three summers for 3 euros. Good shit!

 

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When we arrived in Hamburg, the trip was not finished. We had to sit another 7 hours in the car to reach Ljungby. We got eaten by a boat on our way and two magnific rainbows were waiting for us at the destination. And who says rainbow say... rain. Yes, welcome back to Sweden, the country where it rains and the temperature reaches almost 17 degrees in august! yeah... NOT!

 

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These were wonderful vacations, i feel more in love than ever with M, dunno really why, maybe just because he is an awesome man, and it should be enough. With all the good things we ate and drunk, now it's time for this:

 

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And this:

 

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This was an attempt to tell about our vacations, oh i almost forgot, here you get our route as well:

 

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oh and i found a delfin in my bag, i think i will take my revange, the people who know about this may be scared now ;))

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This is a picture from the lake Hjälmaren around 8 this morning. It was a good beginning of the day in the car, with Smashing pumpkins in the ears.
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