23 Feb 2018


Sunset seen from my balcony in Hurghada/Egypt

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This is my last week at the Red Sea in Egypt , the two weeks went by so quickly and Wednesday we return home into the cold ! It will be a big difference from + 28°C to - 1°C !

But meanwhile we enjoy the holidays. Mornings beach, then lunch, then beach then supper and in the evening we are on our tablets or smartphones and chat with other people.

Nicole had her two grandchildren painted and I think it came out very well !

Then we had a strawberry festival, with an orchestra followed by cooks who carried an enormous tray with all kind of things made from strawberries !

Nicole tries the strawberry cake (in the back) it was so good ! Not like our very expensive watery strawberries ! Here at least they had the real taste of strawberries ! Sunshine for them is more then enough !

We were also invited to the VIP party given by the hotel manager for guests who came more than 5 times. It was very nice to see so many faces and say hello to people I have seen since several years. Here we are sitting with a couple from the north of Scotland, I know them already since 3 years. They had also been there last year in November !

and when I came into my room I found this dog (or is it a pig ?) on my bed !!

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21 Feb 2018


Fruit festival in my hotel in Hurghada ! Strawberries

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1. Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

I don't really go around and look for inspiration, it comes to me from alone wherever I am or it doesn't come at all !

2. What's under your bed?
A book shelf with a drawer, I am sleeping  high up !

3. Thursday, February 22nd is National Chili Day, National Margarita Day, and National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. Of the three which would you most like to celebrate? Is that likely?

That's a lot of National Days to celebrate but as it is national I leave it to the nationals, because none of these plates except Chili con carne I eventually could celebrate _

4. What are you 'snowed under' with right now?

Not a good expression for me laying in the sun on the beach ! I am rather under the sun !

5. Tell us three to five things that make you feel balanced?

Light, sunshine, warmth, my hobbies, and no fights !

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Very difficult ! How should I dress tonight we are invited to the VIP cocktail party by manager !!

20 Feb 2018


We enjoy very much our holidays in Hurghada

After weeks and weeks of rain we almost didn't know anymore how the sunshine looked like

Here we enjoy our nice place on the beach with a beautiful view on the sea.

There have been a lot of improvements since we had been here last November. There is a new restaurant on the beach for something light to eat for lunch. The decoration is light and airy real beautiful. We also have internet which works ! Even on the beach and in the rooms.

So far we haven't done anything besides recuperate, we were both not feeling very well. There are lots of English and Germans here and for the first time also Frenchs. That's funny because the staff whom I know ask me to give them French lessons or at least the most important words. I have never been a teacher but it is fun. Especially with words like "There is a show tonight ..... belly dance, fakir etc or the way to the restaurant is this way. And of course I had to translate them "I love you" !

So I am working hard even during holidays !!

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16 Feb 2018


Being in the sky above Egypt

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In this week I started my holidays together with my friend Nicole. As we were both handicapped she with her twisted leg and I with my breathing problems I had asked for "disabled" assistance to bring us from the check in to the flight gate. These were about 2 km impossible for us to walk.

Above a selfie in the wheelchairs ! and a beautiful view on Hurghada

We were picked up by a young girl who brought two wheelchairs ! one hanging at the back of the other. Unfortunately I forgot to ask somebody to make a picture but made a selfie. We got directly through all controls and then had to take a little electric car and were driven to the gate ! Here again we had priority with all the others we were not many only 5. The flight was smooth and the 4 h went by rather quickly.

We arrived at 5 in Hurghada and were driven in a bus to the hotel. As it was St. Valentine's day the whole hotel was full of hearts and the table decoration too.

The first day was a bit cool and only scattered sunshine. We were so tired that at 8.30 pm the first day we went to bed !

The deserts are still delicious

The view from my bed too ! What a joy to wake up and the sun is already shining at 6 am !!

I found a mummy in my bed, watching TV

Now the sun is shining and it is warm. We met a lot of people from last year and when I went to get me a cup of coffee, suddenly somebody "jumped" on me and hugged me it was the Scottish lady I had met two years ago in November and also last year and now they are also here in February at the same time as we are. What fun !

So now the work has started, laying on the beach the whole day with lunch interruptions and swimming and chatting of course. Half of the guests are German the others from GB. Very few other guests.

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14 Feb 2018


repairing our internet connection !

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1. When was the last time you had a heart to heart talk with someone? A change of heart? Experienced figurative 'heart failure?'

Honestly that must be ages ago, because I really can't remember ! The time of broken hearts is loooooong over ! Except if someone empties his heart and I only have to listen. That happens quite often.

2. Champagne, chocolates, flowers...what's your Valentine pleasure? Any special plans for the day?

I fly away to Egypt and stay there for 2 weeks. We have never celebrated Valentine just wasn't the use, now since a few years it has swapped over from the States. But it's mostly for the younger generation and only between couples.

3. Are you a hopeless romantic or do you fall more in the category of practical and pragmatic? What's a gesture you find romantic?

I think I am all in one ! I don't find gestures romantic, but a beautiful sunset or sunrise or a landscape, a silvery sea, waves, waterfalls etc. Even a grazing cow is romantic ! 

4. Do you ask a lot of questions in life or are you pretty content with what you already know?

I am curious so I will never stop to ask questions when I don't know something

5. Your favorite power ballad ?

Ignoring what a power ballad really means and there is no satisfactory translation, I have no idea. If it's a kind of song I have several favorites. It changes. For the moment it's Hallelujah

Although the last time I heard it was at the funerals of my neighbor. I am not sure that people understood the lyrics but they understood the music and the word "hallelujah" as most of them only speak French.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

For two weeks !!!

12 Feb 2018


Pailettes on my photo case

a ring

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This weekend I was busy to sort out my summer clothes which I need for my "winter home" in Egypt. I just had to go away from this humidity here in Belgium and I had the choice : Or to make my doctor rich and take all kinds of pills or I fly away into the warmth and sunshine, good food and laying on the beach. Of course I opted for the second solution.

First I wanted to stay just for a week, but Mr. G. said that's not worthwhile I should take 2 and come back like "new". I had never been affected so much from this weather then this year. I am exhausted, without any energy and have to force myself to not sit in a corner and see the world in black.

Saturday we went to our friend Monique, she had bought new sofas and a new recliner and wanted to show it. Nicole came too and we had coffee and a self made cake.

Sunday I prepared my different cables for the camera, smartphone and my travel computer, USB sticks etc. At least now I only need one for the camera and the smartphone. It should be the same for every device !

My suitcase I do in the last minute otherwise I forget what I have put in.

I looked up the weather, it's 28°C there while here it's around 0 ! Since a week they announce snow, but so far besides 3 flakes I haven't seen anything. And .... in the News they told us that we enjoyed 12 hours of sunshine in 2 months !!