Home sweet home!

May I introduce our new home, The Sunflower House 🙂

These are pics from the front side of the house:


This is the entrance to our Gin & Tonic garden in the front of the house. Believe it or not, WE didn’t give the name 🙂

These are from the back of the house and from the garden:



Here are the kitchen and the lounge:


And the four poster on suite bedroom which we are using as “our” bedroom currently:


And this is the downstairs guest bedroom, also on suite. It could be called the “Hollywood suite” since there are lot of pics of movie stars 🙂


These are pics from the conservatory which is almost as big as the rest of the house. Window cleaner’s dream 🙂


I haven’t taken pictures from the upstairs bedrooms (3) since they are yet unfurnished. We are not quite sure if we want to set up a B&B or similar so they will stay empty for the mo….

Oh yes, forgot to mention that is it very nice in here! I will write soon about all the stuff we’ve seen and experienced in the french country side 🙂


Time to say goodbye to Bruges

Tomorrow it has been six weeks since we arrived to Bruges. Time certainly flies, since it doesn’t feel that long at all!

Everything comes to an end sometime and tomorrow we will head towards Villereal and the farm house which will be our home for at least for one year. VERY exiting 🙂 During our stay here we have experienced so much more than expected. In good and bad. We have managed to get french subscriptions to our mobile. We have sent registration papers for Charlie to start a company included a visit in to an office that handles them. We have been in local recycling centre (that was interesting, you have to drive on to a platform on very steep slope and then throw the junk we had over the metal fence in a container that was under). And when Charlie got ill, we went to a doctor, he had x-ray, blood test and urine test taken. (He is very well now, thanks to a brilliant health care system). We have ordered oil to be delivered to the house and also sorted out internet and telephone connections there.

We have explored Bordeaux few times and it is such a lovely city! You wouldn’t get disappointed if you paid a visit, I’m sure. There is so much to see that one week wouldn’t be enough to manage it all.

We have got to know all the neighbours in Rue Des Magnolias, had a wonderful “Aperitive” out together one evening and given and received many many cheek kisses left and right 🙂

This will be the last post to this category since we wouldn’t be “On the road” any longer. After we have settled to our new home, I will start a new category to tell about life in French country side.

Love and hugs for all of you from both of us!

I also want to thank Lotta, Régis and the family for the hospitality and all the help they have given, we couldn’t have managed without you!!! Hope to see you soon again 🙂

Vive la France!!!

Girls night out

Couple of weeks ago we went to Bordeaux centre with Lotta to have girls night out. First we went to “Hammam Institute Feminin”, a Turkish bath-house for women. We had booked a treatment called “Gommage au Savon Noir”. When we arrived to the place we first spent an hour or so in the warm steam sauna and then we were sprayed with the “black soap” (which wasn’t actually black at all) and then we waited about half an hour in the steam. It was so hot in there that we had to exit couple of times to the corridor to get some fresh air! Little bit embarrassing, being Finnish and all….

Then a lady came to rinse off the soap and then she scrubbed our bodies all over with a rough cloth to remove all dead skin. After the treatment my skin was so soft and I felt cleaner than I thought it was even possible.

As a result of the hot steam, I looked like I had played squash for two hours without a break! I was red as a crab and sweated like a pig. Not so very attractive I suppose, but clean 🙂

After the visit to the Hammam, we went into a Sisha-bar to have a cup of tea and smoke apple flavored Sisha tobacco. It is a water pipe they traditionally use in many arab countries.

We then finished the evening with a super gorgeous dinner! I had mussels for a starter and duck for main course. Afterwards we walked by the river in Bordeaux joining hundreds of people who were out enjoying the warm and lovely evening…

Whoopsies and roundabouts

What would a journey be without some whoopsies?

When we were on our way to Bordeaux and we were looking for a place to stay for night in Balma, we found a nice looking hotel called “Hotel De Ville”. We parked the car and went inside and asked if they had any rooms available for one night. The lady in the reception was very polite and said that they don’t, but she gave us two addresses to other hotels nearby. We thought that she got scared of our somewhat scruffy looks and wanted us to go elsewhere.

We found another place to stay and we learned much later that “Hotel de Ville” is not a hotel. It is actually a town hall/ city hall 🙂

I bet the lady had a good laugh with her colleagues when she told about us, probably told them that “we had couple of “those” again..

Another whoopsie was that every time we went driving somewhere from Bruges with Charlie and we weren’t sure which road to take in order to find our way back, we figured that the sign that says “Rocade” and has a picture that looks like an arena, is the right way to take us back home. It wasn’t always the shortest way and rarely the same way than previously. Perhaps because we were told that “Rocade” is the big ring way that goes around whole Bordeaus city 🙂

There are lot of roundabouts here, which is nice since they work smoother than traffic lights. (most of the time). Here in Bruges they have been decorated with different figures. We have given the roundabouts many new names. “Make up your mindabouts”, “What the hell are you talkingabouts”,  “Find your way aroundabouts”, “Second thoughtabouts” and so on. It is easy to get confused with the directions here 🙂