Here’s some more pics of Charlotte on Halloween. Had a great time exploring our neighbourhood where so many people go all out. Charlotte loved the pumpkins (aka babies), the haunted houses and even the fireworks!

Loire Valley

Next we hit the road toward the Loire Valley, famous for it’s farm land and chateaus. We stayed at a converted farm complete with chickens which Charlotte fed each morning. We spent most of the time eating strawberry tarts from the excellent local bakery along with some incredible local brie (unpasturized really is better) and explored Chateaux Chenonceau.


Next on the trip was Brittany. We had a beach house for 3 nights and spent most of the time exploring beaches, roasting chickens and searching for fish soup. We checked out the 17th century fishing hamlet Meneham which was an incredible stone village with a superb lunch time bistro operating out of one of the houses.


First stop after Amsterdam was Normandy. Incredible beauty, lovely mussels and an over arching sense of melancholy made for a bitter sweet stay. We stayed at a lovely B&B in Bayeux that had resident bunny ‘Lily’ living there. Charlotte’s jet lag and current animal obsession kept us and Lily busy… Will have some Lomos of the town up this week.

Dank u Amsterdam!

It’s 5:52 AM Friday morning, Charlotte has been up since 2:45 AM and we’re off to Paris on the 8:00 AM train. Jody’s jumping in the shower and I’m blogging in bed with a glass of red wine and a very social young Charlotte beside me. We visited friends, ate beautiful food and walked and walked and walked. Some photos from the past 48 hours, so much fun.


We arrived in Amsterdam today after a long two flight trip. Charlotte was a champ and made it through without incident, lots of nice comments from fellow travellers. Jody and I however, are a little destroyed! We have lots planned for the two days in Holland before we take the train to Paris. So far, the food has been great and the bike culture inspiring. Some photos from around our hotel in Vondelpark.