Barcelona day 2

Tuesday 28 May 2013 On our first morning in Barcelona we hung out on balcony trying to take in the view with the assistance of fresh-squeezed orange juice and home-brewed Italian coffee.  We Skyped Clare and then had lunch at a café called Jofama that was recommended by our hosts. Afterwards we walked some of…

Paris—Montpellier—Barcelona day 1

Monday 27 May 2013 Today we travel from Paris to Barcelona by train. We could have completed this leg of the journey in a single trip on a fast train, but we did not know that at the time we booked our tickets, and so we took the traditional route from Paris to Montpellier-Saint Roche…

Paris day 5

Sunday 26 May 2013 On Sunday morning we rose somewhat earlier than the day before, and tried to Skype Clare without success. We then ventured out to the Catacombes. The metro stop nearby was inaccessible from the metro line we are on, so we had to do some fancy footwork. The fact that this was…

Paris day 4

Saturday 25 May 2013 We rose late in the morning around 9 a.m. and, after breakfast in the apartment, began the day with a walk down Rue Oberkampf, stopping first only a few blocks away in a retro fashion shop where Susie tried on several jackets. We then stopped at another shop full of 80s…

Paris day 3

Friday 24 May 2013 The weather was cold and rainy again on Friday, so we slept in. When we finally rose, we caught the metro from Menilmontant to Belleville and then on to Hotel De Ville. We walked past Notre Dame Cathedral and then along the banks of the Seine to the Musée D’Orsay. After…

Paris day 2

Thursday 23 May 2013 After breakfast on our second day in Paris, we set out to see what we had missed on our previous visit. In 1987, we had turned up at the Pompidou Centre on one of the days that the museum was closed. We were careful to verify the opening hours this time!…

Temse—Paris day 1

Wednesday 22 May 2013 We had planned to meet up the next morning with Joris’s son, Quentin, in Antwerp. Our plans were scuttled, however, so instead we had a leisurely breakfast with our hosts and then packed our bags. Walter and Veerle gave us lift to Sint-Niklaas station where we said farewell. From there, Susan…

Ghent

Tuesday 21 May 2013 The next morning, Walter & Veerle got up at sparrow fart to pick up Marijke from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. Susie and I took the opportunity to do some washing. We then set out for Ghent. For 45 minutes we got hopelessly lost trying to find our way to Temse station,…

Temse day 2

Monday 20 May 2013 On our first day in Temse, we had a leisurely breakfast with Walter, Veerle, and Merel and then set out with Ruby, Walter, Veerle and the family dog on a long walk through the fields and back roads of Temse to the centre of town. The weather was overcast, unseasonably cold,…

Tilburg—Breda—Temse day 1

Sunday 19 May 2013 We woke to fine weather on Sunday. After breakfast, we cleaned the apartment and packed our bags to leave. We were heading to Breda, to visit Rowena Crowe, one of Susie’s friends from Film School.  Rowena had moved to Breda from Maroubra in Sydney to Live with Marielle Hornstra and Marielle’s…

Tilburg day 3

Saturday 18 May 2013 We began the day by booking our transport from Antwerp to Paris. We then went for walk to a wonderful antiquarian bookshop that Ruby and Susie had discovered on their op-shopping adventures a few days before. It was full of stuff from monasteries, including replica statuettes of Mary and the baby…

Tilburg day 2

Friday 17 May 2013 The next morning Ruby woke up with a sore face. It was more swollen than Marlon Brando’s had been the night before. We looked up the address of a doctor in Tilburg and went to his well-appointed surgery, where we were informed by an officious receptionist that the doctor was not…