A dark and rainy day, that is how the weather forecast for this day. But the sun is shining when we start early this morning on our way to the south. And it keeps shining, all the way until we have reached Balen, a town near Mol in the north of Belgium where Teije's sister lives. She and her children are at home and we don't see them very often so it is nice we have this opportunity to visit them on our way to the holiday park near Durbuy in the Ardennes where we will stay for a couple of days.
To Durbuy, the smallest city of the world
The weather is so nice and it is relatively warm (10 degrees Celsius) that Teije can play outside with his nieces (jumping on a trampoline, good for his condition). I like the trampoline as well, but it gets me exhausted and dizzy. Around 3 o' clock we leave them and hope we will arrive before sunset at the holiday park where we have arranged a house.
Halfway Luik (also called Liège, this is French speaking Belgium) we seem to get stuck in a traffic jam, but after a while we see a dog running on the highway and policemen chasing after it. We have no idea how this adventure ended for the dog, but after the dog passed us we could drive on again. After Luik we see the hills appearing and now we enter the Ardennes, a very nice part of Belgium with hills and lots of woods.
We don't have many plans on this holiday, what we most need is rest and this is the perfect place to get that. Many attractions, like the caves of Han, are closed now, so we will drive around a bit at daytime, and after 5, when it gets dark, we retreat to our cozy holiday cottage near Durbuy which calls itself the smallest city of the world. In fact we are closer to Petite Somme, where we get directions from someone speaking English! No wonder, we are almost neighbours to the international Krishna centre of the Benelux who have their own castle here!
We arrive just after 5 and it is very quiet at the park, the Sunclass Grandhan. We check in and install ourselves in our cottage. How can we feel so tired after a relaxing day as today? So we don't go anywhere and just sit and read a book. At 8 we feel exhausted and we hope we make it to 10... But then it really is bedtime!
Travel through Europe and Africa
with Elisabeth and Teije