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“Aires”, Normandy and Brittany – almost!

We’d just had two weeks in the Netherlands and it’s fair to say that the weather while we were here was pretty lousy. It was cold and wet, and so disappointing after our amazingly hot Easter. We still had a few weeks left on our trip and on sudden impulse we decided to head south into France to try and find some sun.  In all our travels we’ve never been down the western side of France, and for years Carol’s been desperate to visit Mont Saint Michel, so we decided […]

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Bloomin’ Bloomers Everywhere

With Easter over, it was time to head up into the Netherlands for Phil to meet up with his buddies for their annual fishing week. Well, that was the plan anyway! Three of the boys had to withdraw, two at the last minute, so the whole thing got cancelled. Very disappointing for Phil, however the upside for the HappiHalls, was that the fishymen’s house was fully paid and couldn’t be cancelled so we both moved in for a week, and enjoyed a life of luxury in a beautiful House on […]

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Belgium, an unexpected surprise.

Ha Ha – HappiHall blog posts are like buses, nothing for ages and then loads all at once! An age thing maybe, enthusiasm then lazy, more lazy then rejuvenated enthusiasm. We’re now in an enthusiastic phase, so expect a few catch-up posts! Belgium has always been a bit of an anathema to us. We’ve passed through it a few times, we’ve met up with and had a lovely time with a couple of friends at their home in Antwerp, and we’ve sat and watched football in a bar and been […]

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Belgium – Ypres & Passchendaele

Having been back from Thailand for a few weeks, we started to get itchy feet again, a sure sign that we needed to be heading off somewhere. With Phil’s annual fishing trip in the Netherlands with his buddies due at the end of April, and with family commitments in June our options were fairly limited, so we decided to spend some time in Belgium, before heading up to the Netherlands, and then back to the UK. Our plan for Belgium was to visit Flanders, and some of the first World […]

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Thaipusam Festival, Penang, Asia 2019 Part II

We were on the Island of Penang, just off the Malaysian coast, in the old quarter of Georgetown, a UNESCO world heritage site. We’d spent a day and half walking around this amazing place; so much to look at with every step we took. So many colours, street stalls, and people from every part of the world. It was beautiful, bustling and sometimes breathtaking, but boy was it busy. On the bigger roads the traffic was horrendous – you took your life in your hands every time you tried to […]

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So Charming in Charmes

Well, it’s lovely to be back in France again, where we at least have some skills to be able to talk to the locals. While French was the language we both learned at school, it’s clear to us travelling around Europe that German would have been much more useful. It’s funny travelling in so many countries, it’s so easy to get your Buenos Dias mixed up with your Bonjour, or your Guten Tag swapped with your Grüss Gott! We’ve said DankeSchon to at least three French shopkeepers in the last […]

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Our time in Germany, festivals, beer and naked spas!

Well, we’ve just spent the last month in Germany. This has been our first real trip into this huge country, and it’s fair to say we’ve had a fantastic time! This post attempts to sum up all of the highlights in just a few paragraphs, a near impossible task, but here goes :- We’ve been to festivals where we realised the Germans like beer at least as much as The British, we’ve been to campfires where we realised the Germans are equally as daft as the British, and we’ve been […]

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1966 and all that! Hammerschmiede, Germany

A night round the bonfire with fun loving crazy Germans. Our plan while in Southern Germany, was to head down the “Romantic Road”, so named because of all the fairytale towns and villages along its route. We’ve just spent some days walking around the beautiful medieval towns of Bamberg, Würzburg and Rothenburg and we decided we’d had enough of beautiful buildings. What we really love is being out in the country. So we headed for a campsite about 50 miles west of us, in the middle of the country, on […]

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It’s all in a days work – grapes, grapes and more grapes!

How we ended up going back to work for the day in a German vinyard Strumpfelbach – Germany, 2018. With Phil being retired for more than three years, and Carol now into her second year of retirement, we thought we’d finished with going out to work……as we sit here with sore backs after a hard day out on the German hills picking grapes, we’re glad it’s not an everyday occurrence! How did we come to be grape picking? It’s a long story……. We were recently in a lovely little campsite […]

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