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Day on the Green 24th August 08

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Being the long weekend,we were keeping our fingers crossed for good weather on Sunday to have a BBQ. Most of us had a fairly big night on the Saturday night and started off a unsure about cracking that first drink, some how we all managed another big one. 3pm to 3am not too bad. The weather held out for us and it was very relaxing and a good laugh.The green (as we call it) is a patch of lawn that is at the back

of our house.

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later on in the night, not exactly sure why? the kids and some adults went around the neighbourhood singing to peoples houses…….funny.

Madurodam ,Holland 13th August 08

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This is something that you often see on the travel shows and it is absolutely amazing, the size of the place, the detail of every building , person, car, boat, plane, garden all very well done. It depicts Holland and all it’s major buildings of interest, I think the scale is 1:25. We all enjoyed it  and it makes you feel like a giant. The kids said imagine if we had this in our back yard to play with……..

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We then made our way back to Calais and stayed in the park that we stayed in ,on the way. Crossing from Calais France ,in the morning and driving all the way from Dover England to North Wales Via The Cotswolds, we stopped in on Gill at the Fox and Hounds again , we had a couple of hours there ,then home. Another great trip, but our last to Europe this time, next thing is Thialand on the way home for 11 days.

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This is for you Kate. This is how much room we have for the 6 of us. This is all clothes, food, sleeping bags, sheets ,towels and other bits and bobs. We have it so down pat now ,what we NEED to take and what we don’t. Plenty of room……….

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Titch, Jamie ,Gill and Gwynfor out the front of the pub, gorgeous area the Cotswolds.

Kinderdijk ,Holland 11th August 08

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This visually summed up what I thought Holland would have been like . These mills were built in 1738 and there are 19 of them all together along this one canal .The average wingspan of the mill is about 28 meters so they are quite large and as the sails sweep around you can hear the force of air that pushes them. We went right up in and saw how and what makes them work, quite interesting. Out the front of one they had some sand sculptors working, you can watch them for ages these are very talented people . This was another nice afternoon out and the boys thought the little ferry crossing was pretty cool.

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We set a challange ,to find a pair of clogs that would fit Gwynfors size 15 feet, these almost did, not very comfortable lol!

Amsterdam, 10th August 08

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The kids have fondly re named Amsterdam as "Hamsterdam" not really sure why?………………LOL. Well we probably saw Amsterdam in a slightly different way to what we would have with no children ,but we still really like it. Bikes,bikes,and more bikes. Holland has the most fantastic bike tracks , and they are all they way through the country ,something else to come back to do , on two wheels, one day. One of the things that I really wanted to do was  to go the Van Gogh Museum (not sure if Gwynfor was that thrilled at the thought). This is where he is from and the museum has most of his life work there. . We had the audios so as you go around you punch in the number and it explains alot about each painting, the kids had the kids versions and they really stopped at each painting and really looked at each one as it explained about colours,subjects, brushstrokes and influences etc. We couldn’t take photos inside but I really wish I could have shown you how much the kids enjoyed it and I loved watching them enjoy Van Goghs paintings so much, and pointing out things and discussing the paintings with each other. Gwynfor really enjoyed it as well ,so if ever in Amsterdam it is something not to be missed. It’s a shame when we were at the Louvre in Paris a few years ago that the kids weren’t that bit older, I will get back there one day and spend the whole day…another thing on the to do again list.

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Our way of chilling out in Amsterdam…….

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Hows this for a family push bike? Goodies eat your heart out… some had like a little wheel barrow thing on the front and had a heap of kids strapped into that as they rode, I said to Gwynfor that I would have had to have a mighty big one when the kids were all little. No one wears helmets and bikes have right of way.  Interesting just to watch life pass by.

Duinrell, Waasenaar, Holland 8th -13th August 08

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I always study these brochures which show the caravan parks that we choose to stay in ,and every time they have been way better than what they look or read in the brochure. This park was humongous, and the facilities were promo. Duinrell has it’s own theme park as well as an attached water park that the people in the park have access to for 2 hrs a day, restaraunts ,bars, supermarkets basically you don’t really have to leave the site at all if you don’t want to see anything else. We stayed with Eurocamp this time, where in the world is Aussiecamp!! ,seriously a big opening in the market in Australia, so if anyone has any spare money to invest……..Basically you have a tent  which is already set up for you with a little basic decked out kitchen, sprung  beds ( very comfy)or mobilehomes and you can hire linen and towels but we take our own. They have brochures which show you where they have tents and mobile homes, and what each park offers. For a family it is a very affordable way to holiday or travel. We always meet loads of families and sit and have drinks with them as well, and the kids always play around with all the kids in neighbouring area.

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Our Eurocamp tent,plenty of room and it sleeps 6.Can you see the Bacardi and cola can, we don’t have them here in UK, how excited was I ,when they had them in Holland…….very!

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these were just some of the rides and stuff that in the theme park and it was free to people staying in the park to use everyday until 6pm.We ducked back to the tent for lunch and then would head out again.

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This was the waterpark which we access to for 2 hours aday, pretty cool.

Brugges, Belgium 7th August 08

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We crossed from Dover to Calais again, and we stayed just outside of Calais(France) the first night so it was an easy day driving from Sian and Keith’s, just outside of London to there.From this park we headed off about 9am, heading for Holland. On our way up we stopped in Brugge to have a look around. We were going to have a look around Brugge last time we were in Belgium ,but we had alot of snow on the road so we went to Brussels instead. Anyway it is a lovely  city and one of the things we wanted to have a look at was, the Choco Story. Which very appropriate to Belgium shows you from go to woe how chocolate is made. From how and where coco beans are grown to how they extract different bits from the bean, then which parts make the chocolate, and of course we had to sample some lovely ,lovely Belgium Chocolate. It was well done and we learnt alot about chocolate.

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Glenys and Nev Visit 1-3 August 08

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We met Glenys and Nev on our honey moon 12 years ago, in Skiathos on the Greek islands. We have always kept in contact by letters, emails and phone calls so it was so nice to actually see them again. They came to stay with us, (they live about three hours away in England. ) And we all said it was like yesterday since seeing them, Nev was still telling joke after joke and none of us were ever stuck for  a word, we had a lovely weekend and hope to catch up with them again before we head back.

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Day at the beach with kids 28th July 08

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Seems like a bit of a rarity that it is hot enough to swim, so you take the opportunity while as it arises. I wasn’t working and the kids had a couple of kids around so we packed up and went to the beach for the day. We are so close the beach here but just don’t get the weather to use it. The beaches are nice and sandy not pebbley. We went to Harlech beach which wasn’t going to be as busy with tourist as Black Rock. Standing from the water looking back onto the beach,  Harlech castle looks down on you. It is a site that you don’t get from many beaches. We had a nice afternoon. The other girl with Ella is Hannah and the little red haired boy with boys is Keiron.

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Day at the beach with kids 28th July 08

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Seems like a bit of a rarity that it is hot enough to swim, so you take the opportunity while as it arises. I wasn’t working and the kids had a couple of kids around so we packed up and went to the beach for the day. We are so close the beach here but just don’t get the weather to use it. The beaches are nice and sandy not pebbley. We went to Harlech beach which wasn’t going to be as busy with tourist as Black Rock. Standing from the water looking back onto the beach,  Harlech castle looks down on you. It is a site that you don’t get from many beaches. We had a nice afternoon. The other girl with Ella is Hannah and the little red haired boy with boys is Keiron.

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