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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS! => My Holiday Trip => Topic started by: Patricia Lotte on July 07, 2008, 11:57:15 AM

Title: Barbizon - France
Post by: Patricia Lotte on July 07, 2008, 11:57:15 AM
Just returned from my holiday in Barbizon (France) where we have our family home. It’s just south of Paris, so close enough to go to the capital for shopping, theatres, etc, but far enough to enjoy the fresh air of the forest. A beautiful little village known as the ‘village des peintres’ (i.e. village of the painters) as many renowned painters were, and still are, based there. As the village is in one of the largest forest in France, there are loads of circuits for cyclists and pedestrians that are simply gorgeous. So relaxing and beautiful. And of course, many gourmet restaurants for those who enjoy good food.
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Patricia Lotte on July 07, 2008, 11:58:19 AM
... more pics ...
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: georg ruf jr. on July 07, 2008, 12:26:20 PM
Nice pics Patricia. Makes me want to go there.
Is that your mom in orange? You playing with Katia?
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Patricia Lotte on July 07, 2008, 01:44:59 PM
Yes, you're right Georg. The only one missing was my dad as he's still in Abu Dhabi (although he will be going home for a couple of weeks next month).
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Michael Alexander on July 07, 2008, 02:08:49 PM
Man! I'm soooo jealous, included is a pic of our holiday home, down south....
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j148/trout234/squatter.jpg)

 sorriso2
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: georg ruf jr. on July 07, 2008, 02:10:35 PM
But that looks nice too Mike. How long did you stay? are those the personal waiters?
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Michael Alexander on July 07, 2008, 02:13:17 PM
Thats Shannon and Cameron.... and the other two go to the same Creche.... I plan to paint the place next time we go down.....
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Michele Alexander (Voden) on July 07, 2008, 02:15:32 PM
No jr, that is Shannon and Cameron playing outside and that's me sitting down. The boy is CJ, Stephen's son.

It's a good job Mike took the photo after cleaning day!

 sorriso2
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: georg ruf jr. on July 07, 2008, 02:15:52 PM
Must've been built by the greens. Natural air-conditioning. No electricity requiered.
What an example the Alexanders are. Be proud of your husband Michele.


Got any more pics Patricia?
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Michael Alexander on July 07, 2008, 02:16:57 PM
@Michele, damn you beat me to it, but you're right, that is CJ, I never recognised him, he is growing up sooo fast.....  :nono1:
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Michele Alexander (Voden) on July 07, 2008, 02:23:12 PM
I'm the environment friendly, non-meat eating greenie - not Mike! He just does as I say!

 allgood

Mike -you'll remember when the photo was taken Stephanie (Stephen's daughter) and Kayla and Ethan (Paul's children) were out collecting wood for the fire!

Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: georg ruf jr. on July 07, 2008, 02:24:07 PM
tststststs!
Now what kind of behaviour is this?   :nono1:
We should be behaving. This is Patricias topic.

 image281
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Michele Alexander (Voden) on July 07, 2008, 02:30:49 PM
Sorry Patricia - didn't mean to spoil the topic!

Lovely pic's!
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on July 07, 2008, 02:33:55 PM
Thanks Patricia, i enjoyed those pics

Cycling in the Fontainbleau forest ???? saw any gremlins ????

Pity "Froggy Daddy" could not join you

Beautiful setting of your home

We may be travelling the loire this year not sure yet throwing the dice where to go LOL

Regards to the rest of the family, from your square head friend from schermany
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: georg ruf jr. on July 07, 2008, 02:34:18 PM
Yes Patricia.
 image24
We're sorry.
 giverose
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Bertie Horak on July 07, 2008, 04:50:51 PM
Mike, are you letting the holiday house while you're up north?   I really need a break from work!!!!
 pls
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Bertie Horak on July 07, 2008, 04:51:34 PM
Patricia - looks lovely there, green and peaceful.
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Diana Rudd (Boehme) on July 07, 2008, 09:15:54 PM
Very nice Patricia, I to am as jealous as hell.

@Michael....get down here quickly,I drove by your holiday place and its flooded with all the rain we've been having.Oh yes your chickens got out.
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: bobbysmith on July 07, 2008, 09:27:47 PM
mike, janet wants to know if you have an on suite,if so ,consider it booked ,dont worry about the painting,i will do it for a small nominal reduction in rent,just let me know when those pesky chickens are rounded up because i dont have any paint brushes  image201
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Michael Alexander on July 08, 2008, 12:36:28 AM
To all those who wanted to stay in our holiday home, I'm afraid when we move out to come back up here, another 6 families move in...... as for the chickens, the are free range homing chickens and often find their way back by themselves..... the Onsuite is not available as it burned down in the last shack fire.....

Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Patricia Lotte on July 08, 2008, 06:41:28 AM
Mike, you should try Guguletu or some place like that. I'm sure you'll find a replacement to your holiday home
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: georg ruf jr. on July 08, 2008, 07:41:32 AM
Is that something like Timbuctoo??
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Patricia Lotte on July 08, 2008, 11:23:06 AM
No Georg Jr, that's a different country ... don't think it's worth paying the price of a plane ticket to stay in a holiday home like that  image201
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Dalene Steenkamp (Coetzee) on July 08, 2008, 01:55:08 PM
Man! I'm soooo jealous, included is a pic of our holiday home, down south....
([url]http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j148/trout234/squatter.jpg[/url])

 sorriso2


I see you adhere to insurance specifications as well....   the bicycle is "locked" away behind bars when not in use.  Also no extra payment for thatched roof....  the one or two ton of branches holding the corrugated zink plates down(according to the accessors) do not count - does not exceed 25% of total roof covering....  and another thing:  they can never tell you that the roof screws were old and worn and should have been replaced before the damage.  If what Diana says about the flooding  -  you are well covered man, as everything is hunky dory. 
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: georg ruf jr. on July 08, 2008, 01:56:21 PM
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Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Michael Alexander on July 08, 2008, 03:38:58 PM
I did'nt even know that we had a bike?  :nono1:
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Dalene Steenkamp (Coetzee) on July 08, 2008, 06:45:51 PM
You see, that's the thing when you are toooooo rich  -  don't even know what you own! 
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Rhona on July 08, 2008, 06:51:41 PM
Looks like a red chopper to me.....Can I have a spin  pls
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Diana Rudd (Boehme) on July 08, 2008, 11:25:38 PM
Looks like those one wheeled bikes clowns ride.
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Rhona on July 08, 2008, 11:27:18 PM
Ooooh! the Uni-cycle...........remember those bikes from years ago with the one massive wheel and then the wheenchy wheel as well?
Title: Re: Barbizon - France
Post by: Bev Coates (Now Walker) on July 20, 2008, 03:52:13 PM
aww bless....i just want to bring the kids to my house give them a bath..dress them nice and take them to meadowhall shopping.............makes me appreaciate my little house..........(well makes me put up with it easier lol)