Friday, 31 May 2013

The start of our adventure to Monaco.

On Tuesday 21st May ,
Linda and I, left my mother-in-laws house in
North London at 05.40 to make our way
to Victoria Coach station to catch our coach
to Nice.

We arrived at 06.30am  ready to board at 07.30
after starting the day with a Cafe and Apricot croissant!

The coach was taking us from London to Dover
to catch the ferry to Calais!
Linda and I were going to the Monaco Grand Prix
Linda's first grand prix and my first to Monaco, we
were so excited.
I booked this trip with Select Motor Racing,
which is owned and run by Kevin.
I had not used this company before
but WE WILL be using them again. 
I did have a recommendation
which is great.
Along with Kevin , there was Louise and Darren (our driver)
who were both brilliant too.
Select Motor Racing is
Run by Fans for Fans
and they look after their clients
just like they would like to be looked after
on a tour ... Not just taken from A to B !!!
We were looked after from start to finish, 
 nothing was too much trouble!!
Here is a map of a route ...
After leaving the ferry  at Calais ,
we made our way to Chaumont, where we were
making an overnight stop , with a 3 course dinner , wine and sleep !!
We stayed at  the Hotel Le Grand Val, who were very friendly,
we also stayed here on the return trip!!

I have never been on such a long coach journey ,
and to be honest , it was not bad, We had
quite a few leg stretch stops, lunch stops and then the
overnight stop , and with such good company,
I really enjoyed it (and so did Linda)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

My trip with Linda to the Monaco Grandprix 2013 ...

 Waiting for the train from Nice St Augustin
into Monaco on the first day,
Motor Racing
Ooh La La
Cars Cars Cars
Oui Oui Oui
YOU have to go!!!!!
I have lots and lots of photos so I think will be posting for a while !

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Au revoir ,,, taking a little trip ....

with my lovely friend Linda.

We are going where hopefully there
will be some sun ....

We know there will be lots of action
lots to see , and lots of noise ..

Will be back in a weeks time, so in the meantime
I hope you all have a great week ,, let's hope the
sun shines for us all ....

Ceramics ,, My next piece of work ...

Not finished yet ,,

but just wanted to give
you a glimpse of it
before I finish it.
I used stickers for this bowl
which I don't normally,,
and you can see the outline
in white. 
The bowl is painted in
a pale blue and pale green
so I have decided to paint the
white in black..  I will show you
the finished bowl after
it is finished and has been
fired !!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

How many Eiffel towers can you have ??

I now have
Thank you to  Leesa
for the lovely surprise of the
Bright Pink
one in the middle ,,
The little pink one is a key ring !
So lovely to receive surprise packages :-)

Monday, 13 May 2013

Dreaming of France Meme ---- Rouen and design.

Please join this weekly meme.
Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to An Accidental Blog.
Share with the rest of us your passion for France.
Did you read a good book set in France?
See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure?
 Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry?
Maybe we can all satisfy our yearnings for France,
until we get there again.


I am always fascinated with these houses ,, they remind me of the Alsace.

The Leaning house of Rouen


Monday, 6 May 2013

Flying High in the Sky .....

Just popped out into the garden
looked up and saw something in the sky...
I thought quickly , must run upstairs
and get my big camera .. (Nikon)
and set it up (lol)


and then they were gone!!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

A friend and a new walk .....

A few months ago I met a lovely girl/lady 
when we were at the a concert in Oxford
and we get on really well.
Laura is from Seattle and lives here with her boyfriend,
unfortunately she has to return to the USA due to her visa.
So today we met up for the last time before her return .
I do hope she can return soon.
I was going to take her to St Johns College , where
I take all my friends and visitors but due to the
fact that it was May Day it was closed.
Unbeknown to me , I did not know that
May day was celebrated here, but the Students
celebrate ... by jumping off a bridge , and singing from
If I had lived in Oxford, I would of been there to celebrate with them!!
Laura had the idea to go to the University Gardens , which was great
as we passed Keble College on the way.
Which was also closed , but we sneeked in through the little door
just enough to take a quick photo of the chimneys ..
We went over to the University Gardens ...
where you can get these views of Keble College.


This walk was new to me not Laura,
and she remembered the bench in
memory of Tolkien .
This the bench we sat and had a chat and a breather ..
unfortunately Laura had a bit of a cold ,, not good
when you are out walking and sneezing ,

We had a lovely few hours ... the sun was shining and we just strolled, no hurry,
time was just ours.

(all these photos were taken on my new phone ...amazing)