Our time at La Roche-en-Ardenne has sadly come to an end, we had the car packed up with clothes and kids and headed out early so that we wouldn’t get caught in the traffic jams that were predicated for parts of the Netherlands later that day.
Our children, and the daughter of our friend still had at least a week of summer school holidays but in the Netherlands, various regions and even different schools within the big Dutch cities traditionally stagger their school holiday dates so that not all schools are out on holiday at the same time.
This day back in 2012 was the last day of the school holidays for a whole selection of schools and the Sunday evening summer traffic was predicted to be heavier than usual as a result.
This is why we set out early: the kids doze in the back, tired from the long long days of sunshine and myriad of outdoor activities, Himself and I enjoy the relative (and for our offspring, unusual) peace in the back seat, yet another gloriously sunny day and the scenery as it zips by. The traffic was only marginally heavier than what we would have usually expected but since we came back via Zuid Limburg (the province of South Limburg) and not though some of the busier motorway routes so maybe we just got lucky. Back in the Netherlands we see an unusual sight: sheep grazing behind a fence on a motorway embankment.
We’ve had an excellent long weekend, living close to other countries and having the simplicity of the Euro single currency makes short holidays like this one of the most ideal things about living in Europe. It was lovely to have a few days away, but also nice to be arriving back home.