We travelled up to Scotland to celebrate Gayle and Adam’s wedding back in October. We took two planes: one to get Heathrow and another to get to Edinburgh. We had to take a day off school! Then Adam met us to give us a lift in his car to get our hotel which was pretty and as Euan would say: extremely luxrushy. That evening we saw some of our uncles and great uncles and aunties – we also met Connor, a cousin we had not met before cos he lives in Ireland. He was so happy that there were some boys to play with. We had lots of fun with him.
The next day was the day of the wedding. We saw Gayle and Adam get married and then had loads of photos outside the hotel. Then it was back inside for some food, we got stuck in. The food was delicious and I completely devoured it. Maybe I was hungry!
After that came the dancing which was Scottish and I joined in with a few dances. My favourite was one called Stripping the Willow. The next day was time to go home the same way we came after a spectacular time. Here are a few photos:
A long time ago now, we went to the Philharmonie in Paris and it was amazing. We got to see parts of our favorite PIXAR films on a big screen. there were quite a few including :
A Bug’s Life
The show, which was called Pixar en Concert, was not made cool just because of the huge screen but also by the orchestra that accompanied it. The conductor had a special screen that showed what was on the telly so that the timing was perfect.
It was a bit of a journey to get to the Philharmonie if you live in Maisons Laffite like we do. Changing trains does take a little while at Charles de Gaulle Etoile and then a couple of changes on the Metro but it was well worth it. Here are a few photos of our amazing experience.
The Centenary Camp happened a few months ago now but I can still remember it as though it was yesterday!! It was so brilliant!!! When I finished school on the day that camp started, I was really excited about it all. I was going with my friends, Ewan and his brother Joseph, because Mum is a leader and she went early to help set up. After watching a bit of Pink Panther in Ewan’s car we arrived.
While we were there we did all kinds of stuff including:
putting up tents
taking down tents
den building (me, Gabriel and Aymeric added this one)
The drive wasn’t very long. When I arrived I thought that the campsite was more of a museum because there was a big chateau at the gate. But behind all that was a really big campsite with a big grassy area and a huge amount of forest. I loved it. It was a perfect balance between open space and forest. There was a tree-house and a “haunted house” and a big thunderstorm while we were out orienteering (annoying) and when we got back our coats were soaking. That was my least favorite part. My favorite part was when me Aymeric and Gabriel built a den. It was so good, you could sleep in it if it hadn’t got broken.
It has been a while and so much has happened. It went from Winter to Summer in a week for a start. We got back from a visit to the UK where we had the heating on every night to blazing summer with windows open and the summer fruit appearing in the market. But more about that later. Before we can tell all about our spring holidays we need to share some photos of Euan’s birthday. And yes that was in March and yes we are now in May – like I said, it has been a while!!
So we went off on an adventure. It was a surprise. Mum picked us up from school and whisked us home to change and grab our bags. Then off to Gare Montparnasse to catch a TGV to somewhere. We found Dad at the station and off we went, have we mentioned how much we like the fast trains! That was a fun surprise by itself.
We got off at a station called Futuroscope – funny name for a station! Then we got a little bus to a hotel close by for the night. After breakfast in the morning off we went to experience Futuroscope.
We had lots of fun and we had beautiful weather – it just got pretty cold as it got darker. We were really lucky with the weather as since then we have had some strange weather!!
We were so excited that it was snowing. We hoped that it would snow loads and loads. But it didn’t really snow that much and it was melting quickly in the morning. But maybe if it had snowed too much we wouldn’t have been able to visit Germany.
We caught a tram (our favorite type of transport in Strasbourg) to the end of the line and then off we went. Heading towards the Rhine which makes the border here. Every now and again we found snow that we could make footprints in which was fun. Then suddenly there was the bridge. One side was France and the other was Germany. Right in the middle was the border. We tried to speak German and french at the same time. Failed, but it was funny and we came up with gutenjour (a mixture of gutentarg and bonjour). Then we walked into Germany itself a bit. Everything was in German but with a bit of french thrown in there and it was funny walking from one country to the one next to it and back again.
It was parent/teacher meeting day so there was no school which meant we could do our homework on Friday and then go on an adventure by TGV on Friday evening. It has been a tough term but we both did good in our reports, even in French and we have only been learning it since September!!
Euan was very excited to go on the TGV – the fastest trains in Europe – I have already been on one to go on my school trip. It goes very fast…..
So we went from Paris to Strasbourg in a bit more than 2 hours and that is about 500km away! Wow!
Strasbourg is an important city for the European Union and there are lots of business hotels near all the European Parliament and other important buildings. But at the weekends they are empty so we got to stay in a very nice hotel with a swimming pool (it was a very cold swimming pool!!) and a sauna – Mum and Dad say they got a really good deal!
After a yummy dinner – the biggest bowls of spaghetti bolognese that we have ever seen – and Euan falling asleep at the dinner table, we went off to sleep in our big comfy bed ready for some exploring.
We didn’t get around to telling you about our trip into Paris to go to Le Palais de la Decouverte which roughly translates to ‘the Palace of Discovery’. It is the Paris Science Museum. We went because Dinosaurs had come to visit. When we got there there was a huge queue so we went to a nearby cafe and had some lunch.
Just a word about Hot Dogs in French cafes. They can be enormous and they are served in baguettes and sometime they are covered in cheese and then put under a grill until the cheese has melted. Euan doesn’t like them like that, he doesn’t like the melted cheese. So if you want a hot dog in a hot dog roll then don’t ask for one in a French Cafe! Sometimes the cheesey ones are on the menu described as Hot Dog Gratinee. Those are the ones that Euan avoids. So Euan ate some after picking off the cheese then everyone else, except Dad of course, got to eat some more and I wrapped some up for later!
After our nice lunch – thank you Uncle Mike – we went back to the museum and went off to hunt for dinosaurs. There was stuff about space (we will have to go back as we didn’t have time to see the planetarium which sounded fun) and we got to see a tiny piece of moon rock given to France by the Americans after the successful trip to the moon. We used pulleys to pick mum up, we saw ourselves filmed by heat sensitive cameras and we found some dinosaurs.
We waked back to Euan’s favourite station along the Champs Elysee which was all still lit up with the Xmas lights and the big wheel was all lit up too. It was very pretty. Here are some pictures…..