16 Dec 2017


1. Starts with X
2. craft
3. growing

X-mas tree. The personal of my hotel in Egypt has a lot of fun to decorate it !

Beautiful craft work with fruits and vegetables

Inner yard of the hotel, fresh plants growing

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Christmas tree reflecting in a ceiling mirror

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15 Dec 2017


Only blue sky available at the red sea in Egypt

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We enjoyed our second week of holidays and I can't really number the days as they are the same like a pearl in a pearl necklace.

While we were there the hotel was repainted, and we all thought under what condition these workers are doing their job, without any security, the whole day long in this heat and they also worked during the night, but they were so discrete that we were not disturbed at all and they were always in a very good mood, laughing and joking.

Of course our day started with a breakfast as you wished. You could eat, whatever you wanted, from continental breakfast to the English breakfast, warm, cold everything was there. I loved these cookies they were so light and not sweet at all.

Then we started our work on the beach. The windscreens protected us from the wind, as it was always blowing a bit and they also served us as "wardrobe" it looked like a Arabian Souk around us.

We had some funny incidents like a bottle of oil in Nicole's beach bag which she hadn't closed completely and all the content was oily ! We tried to save a maximum, but the bag she could throw away! There was always happening something to her. Our French friend we had met last year and who had joined us from France, still fought with the mosquitos and was dressed from head to feet, and she always had her mosquito repellent thing with her, but there was nothing to do, the mosquitos only loved her and not us. I haven't even seen one !

When we had taken enough sunshine we had the sea at our feet for cooling down. Chantal and Nicole snorkeled to watch the colorful fishes. I don't like water in my face and watched them.

Before the sun went down, we had a drink at the swimming pool where the water was heated and it was just wonderful to swim in there.

For our health we ate a lot of fresh and delicious vegetables which were so nicely represented !

We also had an Arabian night, with a beautiful decoration and as usual excellent food.

On our last evening we asked somebody to take a picture of us 4 in front of the beautiful Christmas tree.

The whole hotel was decorated and everybody enjoyed it. The Egyptians as well as us Europeans. This time there were no Russians, Mr. Putin still doesn't let them fly to Egypt because of the airplane  crash of last year. I have to say I didn't miss them at all and my friends neither.

Then came the day of our departure and we were picked up by a bus at 2 pm. which took us to the airport.

We stopped at several hotels, and here a Father Christmas was repaired he had lost his hand !

Arriving at the airport, there was no wheelchair for my friend and I was feeling bad with my starting flew. Finally we got one and had to wait for the plane for a little more than an hour. The plane was just a year old and looked beautiful, Brussels Airlines had bought these new once and we travelled with the one which showed the Belgian painter Margritte.  For the first time the once who suffer with their ears had nothing, nobody not even one baby cried ! They were all very surprised and we supposed that something had been done with the air pressure.

Arrived in Brussels we had to wait more than an hour for our luggages. They had 3 days of a terrible mess at the airport due to bad weather and were still busy sorting out luggages from all countries.

At 2 am I finally reached my bed and now I have to take care of my flew !

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13 Dec 2017


Christmas decoration in our hotel in Egypt. And a tourist who decorated his umbrella !

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1. 'Hurry less, worry less'...what's your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How's it going so far?

I don't have any strategy yet, I push Christmas in the last corner of my mind,  because after 2 weeks of sunshine at the Red Sea and hot weather it will be difficult to start all preparations, I hope I cope !

Holiday Christmas tree

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?

I don't have a to do list, I decorate my home just as it pleases me and that can change from year to year. Some jobs ? I try not to make a hysterical celebration of Christmas everything in perfection and then fall exhausted in my bed  !  Too much is too much ! and no I am not a do it yourselfer, I hire someone whenever I can.

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc). What's the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?

The first thought ? Crazy ! I eat what I want and not what some scientifics invent because it brings money.  As long as I can eat and drink what I want and  it doesn't harm me, I only listen to my body ! 

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site 'Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.' What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!? Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple. If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?

I had no idea what Pantone is and looked up in Wikipedia. I like purple although it is a color used for funerals but maybe Pantone doesn't know. In my house the main color is red or orange, maybe I have a purple cat with little white flowers,in my 450 cat collection but from here I don't remember. Of course I would choose red as color.

5. Favorite book read this year?

The craziest quotes from Trump (Les citations les plus folles de Trump, V.Deryke)  Brussels ? It's like living in a hell hole !  If you need a good laugh, this is THE book to read !!

Random thought . I think of my flight home, as bad weather is foreseen a lot of wind, rain and cold, perhaps some snow and there could be fog. If you don't hear from me anymore I landed somewhere or not at all !