The Netherlands: Groenendaal Park, Heemstede

We were invited to go to a park that is near from where we live.

We thought that the activity will be only walking in the woods, but we were wrong. This includes a little petting zoo and children's playground.

But that is not the only thing that it can offer, it can also give you a clear picture and proof that you are in Holland because of the nearby windmill that is picturesque enough to enjoy natures charm.

We did enjoy the day and it is best to visit this place when it is sunny for it can be muddy during raining months.

 

The Netherlands: Boerensport (Activity)

Boerensport: Farmers Sport (in my own translation)

This actually happened around May 2016.

So what is this Boerensport I’m talking about?!! It was our team building day. The organizers did not tell us what are we going to do at that day.  All we knew was that we have to wear old clothes, shoes and be ready to be active.

We went to a place named Nieuw Vennep.  It is an almost an hour drive from our place. Upon arriving to the said location, all we saw was a farm land with no visibility of what we are going to do. It was not so hot that day, some of us wore jackets to keep us warm from the open field. Then we realized and saw on the welcome board that we are going to do Boerensport.

To be honest, I did not know what to expect or even do. I have never been or did mud sport. So I just accepted the fact that we have roll around, swim and test our agility and power on doing this very challenging game.

I never knew that it would be a funny and nice day for all of us!

So here’s to our action shots!

 

 

 

 

 

France: Oceanapolis, Brest

Last year 25th of April 2016, I celebrated my birthday with the fishes and other marine life.

So from our location, Trelevern,  we thought of going to another big city and it is called Brest. It is an hour and half drive from our place of stay.

We planned some indoor travel this time since we knew that Bretagne would be pouring rain again.

First impression of Oceanapolis, it’s a big building. They have a big parking lot (it’s free) and you have to walk at the near entrance.

Entering the said attraction,  at first we were confused where to go since you have some themes to choose from. The place is huge and there are a lot of portals where you can go to see their main attraction. It is a bit unclear on where we should start, but then we just followed the map and just go with the flow. We tried to visit all of it.


But all in all, we found nice fishes, sharks, penguins and other marine life. They have big tanks and happy for that!

This would be a great outing for kids and for the ones who love aquariums when you are in Brest!

France: Dol de Bretagne

Sadly our week trip in France was over. But on the way home, we kinda side tracked a bit again and end up in Dol de Bretagne. We are actually not sure what to expect since we are just finding a place to stretch from the long drive. 

Along the way, we found their shopping center which have a cozy feeling. We promised ourselves that we will definitely try to visit Dol de Bretagne some other time since we were a bit late when we arrived there.

We found their cathedral, it was big and glamorous and the houses around it are cute. So, in my opinion it is a delight to visit this little city. 

France: Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles

Since we are staying for a week in Bretagne, France and we have enough time to do side trips. We decided to finally try the very known boat trip that is given in the region. We first planned when to go since you have to or at least have a ticket reservation for the said trip.

It was a cold, sunny and somehow raining hail day. But we still decided to go on top of the boat so we can get a full view of the islands that we are going to visit. The trip consists of visiting the 7 islands around Brittany. The only thing that made me a bit annoyed  that the tour was spoken in French, so we have no idea on what the tour guide was talking about. The tour guide did not even bother that there are lots of non-French speakers during the tour, but we grasp on what we can somehow understand by making connection on what he says on the surroundings.

As we sailed our way to the 7 islands, we got hailed. I mean hail fell on us and just to include, I got a very funny video of us during the event.

Our 7 islands trip experience

Moving forward, one of the island is full of birds. There are lots of birds that are just chilling in the island. It stinks, it smells like birds! haha. But looking at the birds that are freely flying and resting made the trip worthy.

After visiting the other islands, we stopped in an island for half an hour and let us enjoy the serenity of the place. We got a very nice view of the whole sea with its islands.


The tour is good in other ways. It wasn’t the best sailing trip due to raining hail, but the experience it gives to be able to tour one of France’ island is enough to say that it is worth the trip. It is nice that they protected the bird island. It gives them a chance to fly freely and live.