15 Aug 2009


Since 3 years I spent a week with my friends living in Eastbourne at the coast, not very far from London.

The first day we went visiting her daughter and I took the opportunity to see the street where our son lived for ten years and where he still has his house.

I got a bit nostalgic when I thought how many times I went down this street !

The grandchildren had 5 rapids, that was also an event. They started with two thinking it was two females, now there is the result. Three babies found another home !

We had a nice tea time all sitting in the garden and then the next neighbour gave us these delicious plate of Algerian biscuits over the fence.

The promenade along the sea in Eastbourne is just lovely

lots of seagulls are shouting at the people and are angry when you don't give food. They can be quite some aggressif and would take your sandwich out of your hand, just like that.

A couple of "Bobbies" were enjoying the promenade too !

People could rent a beach chair or just sat on the little wall.
There were not many people on the beach or in the water, for that it was not warm enough.

The next day they took me to the country side and nobody really can deny it !

We stopped for lunch in a Pub "Golden Gallon" near Alfriston a lovely little town where the time stood still.

They served traditional English food and I had chicken pie with chips and peas. The portion was enormous in comparison to what we get in Belgium.

We ate outside and the view was gorgious

The village of Alfriston, so romantic !

In Eastbourne the annual Air show has started which will last until sunday. I had never seen such an event so I took the bus to Eastbourne, to have a look.

There were so many people from all over who watched the airplanes and the atmosphere was absolutely great. Everybody talked to everybody and I really had a lot of fun. Today we will go for a pic nic to "Beachy Head" above the sea and watch the airshow from there. Of course I will show you pictures too.

Waiting for the airplanes.

14 Aug 2009


Susanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts a “Friday Fave Five” in which we share five (not necessarily) favorite things from the past week. Visit her blog to see other participants.

1. My really fave is the fact that I am on holidays at the English South East coast not very far from London. On the collage you can see my holiday home and my friend.

2. On tuesday we went to her daughter's who lives in London with her 4 children plus husband. While we were there the neighbour's rapid escaped and with others, children and adults together climbed over the fences to fetch it. It was hilarous.

3. On wednesday I went to Eastbourne for a walk along the sea. It has a very special color, it is deep blue when there are no clouds and turquoise when there are. If it's raining the turquoise becomes very dark.

4. I love the promenade and the lovely old victorian style houses. Everywhere lots of flowers and a beautiful pier which was built to allow leisure ships to stop, as they couldn't go until the beachside.

5. Today the pier has been transformed into a tourist attraction with restaurants, a gambling hall, pubs and shops.

The fugitive was finally captured !

13 Aug 2009

THURSDAY THIRTEEN - Holidays in England


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13 pictures of my first day in England

1. I took the Eurostar in Brussels and 3 1/2 h later, I was in my friends home in Langley/Eastbourne (My Countries & cities blog)

2. I found my friend Sophie

3. The house hadn't changed

4. Pepsi was surprised to see me

5. A new fence around the garden

6. The front of the house

7. The neighborhood

8. and other neighbours

9. At her daughter's in London a neighbour brought delcious arabic cake when he heard that I was there

10. The houses in the street

11. A pub where we had lunch

12. The 3 grandchildren sitting in front of the door

13. and our host Tony, with a rapid of the children.

It had been a lovely afternoon.

12 Aug 2009


He struggled and struggled .... and was gone !


I had a nice quick trip with the Eurostar going through the tunnel under the sea. You don't even realize that there are big ferry boats and ships crossing the channel over your head.

I arrived at 7.30 pm and was picked up by my friend Anne and her 8 year old grandchild, an adorable little boy. We chatted of course until late evening then I slept like a baby and was awoken by the "songs " of my beloved seagulls ! They can be really very noisy. The 3 cats greated me in the living room where they had taken all the best places.

Now we are off to London not in the center but to Anne's daughter, living near Croydon to bring back the boy.

I have no pictures yet.

11 Aug 2009


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My world is here for a week, at the English south east coast about 70 km from London.

This is just an overlook of the town and the region. As I just arrived I haven't done any photos yet.

10 Aug 2009


Karmyn wants to know :

WHAT'S GROWING IN YOUR GARDEN? (or yard, or patio pot). Please post a picture.

This is a very easy Fun Monday for me. In my garden nothing grows besides grass, various bushes and above all weeds.

even on our patio. There are also 3 flower pots standing there, but that's it. I have no green thumb or I don't want one, I love to sit in our garden and being outside, but working in there ... that's another story !

This afternoon I take the Eurostar (train) to the UK and will be for a week near Eastbourne at the South East coast of England.

I will blog then from there, maybe I can already get a connection in the train that would be great then time goes by faster.

9 Aug 2009


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I had to go to the German embassy for a new passport and I was really very upset when I saw what had been done to this part of Brussels in the 70th.

When I moved to Brussels exactly 50 years ago, the whole area had these beautiful old houses, some of them were even historical. But a politician decided to have it all destroyed (the once the government could pay off the owners) and built glass boxes instead.

In this district are located all embassies and representatives from all countries.

The British embassy

and the German one.

There are also most of the government buildings and the European Union. I couldn't take a lot of pictures, because the heavily armed guards looked at me with suspicious eyes, they probably thought I was a spion disguised as a respectful old lady, working for Ben Laden if he still sits in his mountains.

Fortunately they was one spot, they hadn't touched, a little parc and the church !