Local Heart, Global Soul

November 30, 2013

Little Mr’s Subconscious Is No Optical Illusion…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Before we leave the Ibis Hotel in Charleville-Mézières France, I want to show you  some trickery in our room.

Our Singaporean friend “Velveteen” is travelling with us so we have adjoining rooms with a connecting door. Each of the room has a door… when both are open you can (naturally) , walk through the doorway. Logical, no? Well, sort of.

If you are on the window side of the connecting door then you are on the side of the actual doorway, so no problem there. However, if you exit the bathroom and are facing the reverse side of the connecting door, then a rather ill placed full length mirror on the wall leads you to believe that the connecting door is on the bathroom side of the door.

Velveteen played an optical illusion for the camera and took hold of the door in the same room that I am standing in… but as my photograph shows, the mirror on the wall makes it look like she’s greeting me from the room next door. The optical illusion is definitely deceptive as I tried more than once to enter the other room and only succeeded in walking into the mirror. I wasn’t the only one caught out, as mutterings and thuds attested.

Little Mr. was also having rather a bad day yesterday when we arrived and while the rest of us enjoyed our picnic dinner in the room. We hadn’t found a playground or any activity that he really liked that day,  he was in  a hard to please mood, and a pick-a-fight-with-my-sister frame of mind.

He sat sulking in the other room after abandoning dinner and didn’t appreciate Kiwi Daughter’s fit of giggles when she discovered what he had been drawing whilst he fumed.  His verdict on the day was abundantly clear “I hate everything, yes I do, everything!” On the reverse side of the paper was a drawing of three people in their beds…  and it seemed to me he was overdue for his bed and a good night’s sleep wouldn’t go amiss. Maybe on an unconscious level he knew it too…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 29, 2013

Getting Up And Grabbing Breakfast…

Following yesterday’s post we are at the Charleville-Mézières Ibis hotel in north eastern France. After a good nights sleep it’s up early and down for breakfast. Little Mr. is generally well trained when it comes to waiting long enough for me to take a photograph, but on this occasion he was too hungry to wait. (Can’t win ’em all). A  delicious breakfast to set us up for the day…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 28, 2013

An Evening Picnic: And Trés Bien It Is Too…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

When our Singaporean friend Velveteen announced that she was coming to Europe on holiday, family Kiwidutch started planning an itinerary full of as many adventures and countries as we could squeeze in in the time we had.

The outline of the trip was roughly sketched, so we knew the route, accommodation was found by either happenchance or internet  along the way. (These days I always travel with my laptop). We’ve sometimes had to travel to the next town to find a hotel, but since we tend to avoid the main tourist haunts, finding something suitable on the day has so far never been a problem.

In this page of my retrospective diary posts, we are settling into out hotel, the  Charleville-Mézières Ibis in north eastern France. Knowing that the evening was getting late we took the opportunity before we arrived here to stop at a French supermarket and  do a little shopping. After all shopping where the locals shop is an excellent way to learn about the region you are visiting, and it’s usually pretty tasty too. Fresh fruit, local ham, cheeses, a bottle of wine for Himself and Velveteen to share, water for me  and of course baguette made for the perfect picnic dinner, alongside  the leftover pizza from lunch and the last of our chocolate stash from Bruges for dessert. Simple but delicious, we stuff ourselves and then relax lazily before bedtime with full stomachs. Yum!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

November 27, 2013

Charleville-Mézières Ibis doesn’t disappoint…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In this page of my diary I am documenting our 2012 summer adventures with our Singaporean friend “Velveteen”.

After a day spent documenting the regions fortified churches, we have travelled eastwards in France, coming to Charleville-Mézières , which is close to the Belgium border.

Looking for suitable lodgings for the night we come across one of the hotels in the Ibis chain, a hotel that has a good reputation in France for clean, secure, affordable accommodation.

The Charleville-Mézières Ibis didn’t disappoint, we managed to get adjoining rooms, one a double and one a triple, perfect for the five of us.

The hotel is one of the type that’s set in semi rural land off the  motorway, and just out of town, so we are some distance from any amenities but at least it’s quiet. Luckily the hotel has it’s own restaurant had we wanted to eat there, and the staff were very helpful.

This kind of off-motorway  city-outskirts hotel seems very popular in France in recent years with many of the larger hotel chains building in locations like this. We like it because of the easy parking, the usually gated premises and bigger rooms (by European  standards), but most of all these hotels often afford the possibility of Family rooms, which  are good value when we travel as a family of four.  Let’s take a look around…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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