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Well 2015 is certainly shaping up as year for big changes in our lives....
I was once told by someone that I was highly psychic and that I was someone that got frustrated as I apparently have too many ideas in my head and have executing them. I am still doubtful about the psychic thing - but yes my brain never shuts down. The ideas are always churning and so little time... So my latest big idea is actually being put into place - yup, I am heading back to University in March this year!!
Hotel de la Cote-D'or is located in Semur-en Auxois in the Burgundy region of France. The town is absolutely gorgeous and more of that in my next post.
The options for accommodation in Semur-en-Auxois appear to be limited. I had real trouble getting prompt replies to my emails or questions. In the end I chose Hotel de la Cote D'or after the manager Eliane, contacted me and replied to all my questions. The hotel was above my usual family travel budget, but after checking out the reviews and the images I figured that for our first night in France since 2010 it was worth the splurge... every girl needs a little pampering, no? And considering the other hotel never replied to my email I jumped ship and I managed to secure a family room.
In the past few years we have become so busy running after our children and their daily school and after school commitments that I realised we have very little time to do any family fun activities or outings...
So I am determined, (hear all the wingeing going on!) that once a month we will do a family activity all together... the kids have been told they can also add their activity to the wish list. The plan is simple: find something that we don't do on a regular basis and make an effort as a family to have a relaxed fun moment!
A friend of mine, Dyan has just returned from her first holiday to Bali with her little girl Miss B who is about 14 months old... I was surprised to learn that this was this Dyan's first trip, hasn't every Australian been to Bali - especially if you work in the travel industry? Isn't Bali where all Australians head off for a cheap and often drunken holiday ? Hence not a destination on my bucket list. Cliche right? - However following my catch up with Dyan I soon realised I may have judged Bali too harshly all this time - So was really thrilled when Dyan agreed to share her holiday with us and her tips on travelling with a toddler (Another friend with 2 year old Miss O joined the duo as well)
We debated for some time about adding Bruges to our itinerary - I had been advised that it was too touristy, did not feel real etc... but it seemed like the most logical pit stop when travelling from the Netherlands to France - using public transport - so we ignored all advice. The plan was not to hire a car on our last Europe trip and travel mainly on trains. (this failed... more later) The train planning was relatively easy when using the Man in Seat 61 to look up all train information across Europe. We took the early morning train out of Amsterdam and a train change at Antwerp got us to Bruges by lunch time.
The weather continued to work against us, yep travel is not always a bed of roses and sunshine... we spent two days exploring Bruges in the rain so it was a rather grey outlook. The town is gorgeous and easy to walk around if your kids are happy to use their walking legs. During our short time in Bruges we barely scrapped the surface - a picture perfect town with its architecture and canals - the land of Chips/fries and Chocolate...