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Holland: Utrecht

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Oude Gracht with a view of the Dom.

We like going to the Netherlands for day trips or weekend get aways. There are really beautiful little towns and villages and a trip to our neighbouring country never disappoints us !

This time we went to Utrecht. We parked at P&R Westraven and took the tram to the city centre. If you come by car, this is, in my opinion, the best way to get into town as the P&R is easy accessible and the car park plus tram tickets for up to 5 people only costs you 5 EUR !

The tram dropped us off at the station… now there we had some difficulties finding the fastest way to the old part of town as there are extensive road and construction works ! But after some time we found our way and soon we were strolling around the beautiful city centre. Read more about our daytrip to Utrecht!

France: Normandy – part III : harbour towns

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Beach cabins in Deauville.
Beach cabins in Deauville

This is the third and final post on Normandy. In the first post, I told you more about gardens in Normandy, in the second post, I took you to the D-day beaches and this third post is about the harbour towns of Deauville, Trouville and Honfleur.

It is possible to visit these 3 towns in just one day as we did, but then you’ll just have time to get an overall feel and do some sightseeing… and you better start quite early ! Read about our trip to these harbour towns!

France: Normandy – part II : D-day

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American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.

Last week’s Normandy post was all about gardens and nature. But Normandy is so much more than that. To many, Normandy equals D-day… so when in Normandy, make sure to find some time to spend on Word War II sites !

Mind, you can easily fill a week going from one museum to another monument, from one cemetery to  another landing beach… As we didn’t have much time, I just picked three D-day-things to do : Arromanches, the German battery at Longues-sur-Mer and the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.  Read more about our D-day trip in Normandy!

France: Normandy – part I : the gardens

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Garden of Monet at Giverny

Last week we went to Normandy. We only went for 5 days which means we will have to go back one fine day as there are so many things to see and do in this part of France… cozy villages and harbor towns, beautiful gardens, grand chateaus, cities full of history and culture, D-day beaches, rugged coastline and so much more ! In the next few tips ‘n trips posts, you can read more about what we visited on our trip to La Douce France.

Today I will tell you a bit more about 2 gardens we visited : Giverny and Les Jardins du Pays d’Auge. Read more about the gardens we visited in Normandy!

Germany: Bonn

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Market place with the Altes Rathaus (townhall).

 

A couple of weeks ago I did a post on the Karl Lagerfeld exhibition in the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn (which you can read here). Now Bonn has a lot more to offer… It’s a charming town with lots of beautiful houses and heaps of shops, cafes and restaurants. Read more about our daytrip to Bonn!

France: Paris – Parc Monceau and Hotel Daniel

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La tour Eiffel – c’est toujours belle !

A couple of weeks ago I went on a daytrip to the City of Lights… aka Paris !

Paris really is my favorite city. It oozes elegance and charm and I really like to stroll around and just soak up the atmosphere.

Now this last time, I went with my 2 daughters Charlotte (18) and Elizabeth (12). So it really was a girl’s day out ! The sun was shining so we took advantage of this beautiful weather and walked for miles and miles. We saw heaps of beautiful spots and places, but this time I will tell you about 2 things that really stood out for me that day and aren’t the typical tourist spots : afternoon tea at Hotel Daniel and a visit to Parc Monceau. Read more about our trip to beautiful Paris!