Wednesday, 31 August 2011


We are now in the medievel village of Lauzerte in France, we spent a week in Les Eyzies in the end. We have looked at a couple of houses for possible living in the Dordogne when we have finished our travels. The kids were getting a bit fed up so we needed to get back on the road. We are now visiting Nick's friends and are trying to sort a few phone calls and emails whist we can. I am trying to get Kaiya's GCSE results by email and they won't give them to me via email because of data protection! It's so frustrating as I am unable to plan her future as yet. Misha and Shae showed a great interest in the Pre-historic caves etc so they will both be doing a project which is great as Misha wants to take History. They are all coming on really well with their languages and are learning through listening. My French has come on leaps and bounds as Nick has not been with me in the day because of busking so I have had to ask for things etc. We will be here for one more night then we may go back up to look at the inside of this house we may buy which is amazing. Then we are heading to Arcachon so Misha can spend her birthday in a massive water park there. We were trying to get to Spain or Portugal for one but they are all on the South coast and we didn't want to rush there so Misha has settled for staying in France a little longer.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Les Eyzies

We have arrived at Les Eyzies, where Pre History began. Nick busked and met a man who invited him up to his mansion because he liked his music!! The land has its own caves with some cave drawings and is absolutely amazing!! The kids have been chillin in the pool and we are staying for another two days so we can meet his wife. After this we will go to Rocamadour then on to Lauzerte.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

La Rochelle

Been here in La Rochelle for four days now, it is a beautiful old port town. We stayed in the apartment for 2 nights then last night we stopped down the road and the hotel manager has allowed us to use the swimming pool today for free. It is 34 degrees here today. Nick has been busking every day and night and is doing really well, the one night he busked with a potter who makes the most fantastic pots in a few seconds then changes them etc. His name is Habib from Tunisia and he says he could be called Habib Potter!! I took a video of the whole act with Nick but I can't seem to get it onto you tube as yet. At night here the place is full of street entertainment and is really fun. We are staying here tonight then going to Rochefort and Cognac then heading towards Nick's friends house in Lauzerte to see them. I have used the local coffee shop's wifi to download a load of apps for the kids education and Shae is already whizzing ahead with his mental maths!! Off to the beach now, I have never felt so relaxed!!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Rhine event link

Here is the link to the event we attended in Koblenz, google images show how spectacular it is if you are interested:

Update 17th August 2011

Have finally got access to the internet for more than half an hour which has allowed me the time to update the blog so here goes:

We set out with the expectation of travelling to Norway for my 40th Birthday (which is today), we travelled through Lille in France (one night) , on to Brugge (one day), Oldenburg in Germany (one night), Heide in Germany (one night), we then looked at the weather and saw that the constant rain was to continue for at least another week. Rain is no good for busking or for the kids as we would be stuck in the van a lot so we decided to turn back and head south. We travelled from Heide (which translates as Heather) to Munster for 2 nights then into Koblenz on the Rhine. We visited Koblenz last time we travelled together 5 years ago and we really liked it, Nick busked there and got us a boat trip down the Rhine for free (the kids were then 10, 8 and 5 so don't remember it that much. I asked Nick to see if he could do the same so he disappeared busking for 4 hours and came back saying he was allowed to play on the boat the next day and bring his family!! So off we went the next day and had a three hour trip down the beautiful Rhine!! When it was over the captain approached Nick and said he could play on the boat the next night as it will be full. He then explained that there was an event on where 70 boats will meet 3 hours down the river then all sail back to Koblenz together and along the way there will be 9 different firework displays ending up at the Fort where there will be a finale display. He told us not to eat as there will be a buffet! We were all so excited!! So on we got the next evening at 4pm. Nick busked outside and we sat and enjoyed the trip. The food was absolutely amazing!! Later I met an old German lady who explained why they have the event and it was representative of when the French soldiers from the French Revolution burned the houses down the whole of the Rhine, the event represented a celebration of the end of war. The event takes place in different places on the Rhine each year but we just happened to turn up in Koblenz when it was happening there!!! It was an amazing spectacle! The most amazing thing I have ever witnessed, all of the houses were lit up red as if on fire and the fireworks were amazing, we all enjoyed it very much and met some lovely people too! Later we were told by the captain that each passenger had paid 110 Euros to be on the boat!! After Koblenz we headed to Nick's brothers house for a night in Sezanne near Paris. We had breakfast and lunch with them and it was lovely to catch up as we don't see them very often. We are now in La Rochelle in France, we headed here as I liked it last time we were here and I wanted to spend my birthday here. We have booked into an appartment for 2 nights so we can relax and the kids can go in the pool etc. We are all enjoying ourselves, there have been moments of stress but we are excited to see what is ahead of us! Nick's busking is going very well and he has eraned a lot which has now been spent on fuel. We now plan to take it easy now we have found the good weather though so Nick can earn and we can save a bit for Misha's birthday in September and maybe afford a hotel again!! I will try and update as much as possible!!