Local Heart, Global Soul

July 21, 2015

The Geographical Location Promised Much, But Didn’t Quite Deliver…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch stayed at the Landal holiday park in Maastricht several years ago and after a day out busy visiting the three countries point and the highest point in the Netherlands (mid you, “high” being exceptionally relative in a country that’s mostly below sea level).

We’ve arrived back tired and decide that trying out the holiday park’s restaurant is the easiest (read laziest) option.

It’s getting late in the day so most people with younger children have eaten already and apart from what appears to be a very large family party going on further down and the rest of the diners outside on the terrace, we have the place inside to ourselves.

We order the “standard” request for Little Mr: plain boiled pasta please with no sauce, just some grated cheese on top, Kiwi Daughter however is getting more adventurous and goes for tomato soup.

She was only just emerging from her very fussy eating habits back then so this order was more than radical. She tempered it with a side order of fries because she wasn’t certain if she would like the soup, turned out she ate both no problem at all. I went with a shrimp dish and a side salad and Himself, a cheese fondue. Dinner was interrupted just after we ordered by the appearance of a hot air balloon floating low over the park, something the kids were keen for me to document.

Both Himself and I had very high expectations for the meal, after all Limburg as a province prides itself on having better cuisine than the rest of the Netherlands, and Belgium and Germany are literally just kilometres away, but sadly both the adult meals were just so-so.  Usually the closer you get to the borders the better the food but maybe we got a bad day or the main Chef was having their day off. The kids liked their food but were disappointed that there wasn’t time to fit in a swim before bedtime so we are going to try and have some earlier mealtimes this holiday.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

July 8, 2015

Good Intentions And Afterwards, Dinner Out…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

On our visit to Maastricht several years ago we spent the first day in the city itself and then headed out of town to a Landaal Holiday Park located close to the small town of Vaals.

Almost as soon as the suitcases had hit their  various bedroom floors, the kids were begging to go to the indoor swimming pool on site.

I  sorted out the rest of their clothes whilst Himself took them to the pool.

I intended to start a simple pasta dinner and told Himself it would be pretty much ready by the time they got back but I was a bit tired from the mornings walk and thought I’d take a short rest on the bed first.

Good intentions are wonderful but of course I fell asleep and was only woken by Little Mr’s usual loud entrance after their swim.

We quickly changed the plan and decided to eat at the on site restaurant.

Little Mr was delighted and headed for the “kinder buffet” which is where you order the children’s menu and get to take a plate to the special kid buffet bar where fries, chicken nuggets (his favourite, but barred at home), apple sauce, ice-cream and poffetjes are on offer.

Kiwi Daughter got adventurous with some tomato soup but diverted to less healthy food later as she adds fries to her order. Himself goes for a cheese fondue and I, thinking that this area is well known for it’s culinary skills, and we are close to Germany, order a schnitzel. I was disappointed that the promise that the anticipation generated wasn’t fulfilled in reality by a stunning  meal, it was perfectly edible but definaitely not the culinary wonder that I’d been hoping for. Little Mr. however seemed to get the deal of the day: his meal in the under-12’s menu included unlimited returns, including the ice-cream cones! His kill-joy parents put a limit of one top up on this which he contested with disgust, but in the end he ate so much before desert that he had trouble even to finish the first ice-cream!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 7, 2015

Taking A Look Around Our Place Of Stay…

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The Landal Holiday Parks offer a mixture of entertainment and house privacy… Since I stayed resting up in the house a lot of the time I didn’t see even a fraction of it… the pool, bowling alley etc… Here’s what I did manage to see…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Farmhouse in the distance, in the valley below…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The “bear” is “Bollo” the Park’s mascot… used in everything from colouring competitions to Summer time kids programme…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Main Entrance and reception…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Indoor play area, with elevated climbing frames etc… our kids say they are too old for it but secretly love it…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 6, 2015

Kids On Holiday: Parents Learn From Their Mistakes…

As some of you saw yesterday, I completely messed up several posts by labelling two posts and three not-yet-started draft pages (that I forgot about), all with yesterday’s date. As a result you got one post that was meant for today and I had to go back and renumber quite a few posts in my schedule. I can only apologise for the weirdness, the necessary increases in morphine are really messing with my concentration skills and I’m making multiple mistakes on everything from A-Z in everyday life, not just here on my blog.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The holiday park where we had a summer break a couple of years ago is part of a chain called the “Landal Holiday Parks”, and we’ve already been to several of them in years past.

Ideally Himself and I would prefer to rent a Gîte de France, or something like it: an independent stand alone holiday house in the countryside.

As a couple we have done this many times but now that we have kids, things become more complicated.

Isolated houses are Himself and my idea of heaven but for two children in spite of there being a swimming pool on site, it means having no other children to play with so they spend the entire holiday taking this frustration out on each other.

After at least three holidays involving scrapping children we got the message and revamped our holiday location plans.

The Landal Parks offer individual holiday house of various sizes and prices and a family friendly environment, where if the children are old enough, they can race around the complex on bikes or spend time on and at the myriad of entertainments provided. Some of the Park’s, like this one, also have a policy where car driving is only allowed for arrival and departure, cars must be parked by the main entrance the rest of the time. Less mobile people like me can apply for special exemption, so our car can remain parked by the house, but the result of this policy is that there are almost no cars around the Park, making the location even more kid friendly.

Some of the Parks even have heated swimming pools and things like bowling alleys, so wet day entertainment is sorted too. This means that Himself can cycle and do activities with the kids, or let them loose cycling together alone and I can relax in the house, cook dinner or whatever I feel up to. There is usually restaurant and a snack bar on site too so we don’t even have to cook if we don’t want to. The secret to an excellent family holiday is “kids happy = parents happy = result!” Each holiday home is different… Let’s take a look at where we stayed (ours is the first house on the left)…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Downstairs double, so the only stairs after I took these photographs are the ones to the front door…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One kid has a long room upstairs with a single bed at each end…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The other kid has a double upstairs…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Washbasin area between the two upper rooms…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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