Hampshire Hotel - 't Hof van Gelre
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Today we celebrated the 43rd birthday of my beautiful cousin Belinda at her place. A party where we got to meet some of her friends, have a few drinks, lots of laughs and off course good food. The weather was lovely, ideal for sitting around in her back garden, her friends each brought a small gift for Darrin for Abraham (male turning 50) which he was very surprised about, a early night was had as we left early for Austria on the Monday ...
... and manikins. This year the theme was Food. There was a tree full of kitchenware, soft toys being cooked, a walking buffet and a chef on a pole in the sky. I had an appropriate diabetic moment in the midst of all the food decorations and we had to stop for an early lunch.
Not much further on, I screeched to a halt as my little toenail complained that it was coming loose. I padded it with cotton wool from my visit to Bob ...
... first landmark is the bridge over the Waal (Rhine) and it started to rain heavily. It didn't last all that long, but from the bottom of my waterproof downwards, I was soaked to the skin. Fortunately, I dried out fairly well after the last of the squalls through the Via Begonia, and it started to warm up.
In 2013 I managed to get blisters very early on, followed by shin-splints and the most incredible days of pain I have ...
... While we were down there we also got an apple for free! Once we got back up to the room we both had a snack; I had a chocolate chip muffin. After that we thought we should head to bed. It was 12:00, but tonight we have to put our clocks forward an hour because it's their "summer forward" time, so it was actually 1:00 a.m. So we're off to bed now, night!
We left our hotel today at 8:00 a.m! We then split into our 2 schools and ...
... we announced to my cousins that we were in Holland, and short on time, Vincent together with his better half, Brunhilde, arranged for the whole clan to come to their place on Easter Sunday. They celebrate two Easter days in Holland, on Sunday and Monday. Vin and Brun must have worked day and night on the wonderful food they had prepared.
...It was great to see everyone. We managed to sit down with everyone and catch up ...