Monday, 25 April 2011

French break and wedding in Belgium Part 1

Last Tuesday evening we drove to Kent and went across the channel on the Eurotunnel.
First stop France then Belgium. I was very much looking forward to seeing my parents and have some of my Mother's home made cooking! We couldn't have wished for nicer weather, really warm, sunny and azure blue skies.

I took the opportunity of catching up with some reading. I read more in those couple of days than I had done in the past four months! So wonderful to just be able to relax and not have any work to do :-)
Miss P spent a fair bit of time playing in the garden and looking out for bugs.
On one afternoon we took a stroll along the beach and visited a nearby war cemetery where soldiers and airmen from all over the world are buried. It was the first time that Miss P had visited one, she found it sad and interesting.

Making new discoveries in the garden

On Friday we left France and drove to Southern Belgium (Wallonie - French speaking part) to attend a family wedding over the Easter weekend.

On the way we drove past this sign. Each country seems to have funny place names.

We arrived on Friday afternoon at my cousin's house (my Aunt Suzy's daughter). She has a lovely big house, I couldn't resist taking a few pictures to give you a little taster of it.

These beautiful tiles are in the hallway

Very large mirror in the hallway. It used to belong to my Aunt Suzy who restored it and painted it by hand.

The door leading to the cellar

The garden shed

On Saturday morning, we all woke up early. The house was a hive of activity as around 10 of us were getting ready for the wedding, it was a great atmosphere.

Alan and I outside "Le Chateau d'Oupeye" (The town Hall) where the civil ceremony was held.

Miss P and I about to join the rest of the guests for the start of the wedding.

The rest of the wedding photos will be in Part 2 where we will be heading for the Château de Florzé...

A bientôt!

Isabelle X


Victoria - Florence and Mary said...

I can't wait for Part 2!

You and Miss P look fabulous as does the rest of your trip!

Victoria xx

petals and vintage said...

Your trip looks fantastic. Love your cousins' home.

Thanks for sharing.

Pam x

RDA Pony Tales said...

What lovely pictures, it looks like you had a wonderful time with beautiful weather too. Looking forward to part 2. Abby x

It's me said...

Nice an and your daugther looking so nice !!...lovely week

OhSoVintage said...

Looking forward to part 2. You all look lovely, I like your outfit.

June said...

What a delightful post Isabelle! What a treat to see the pictures of you and your husband and daughter at the wedding. You all look so beautiful! I am so glad that you were able to enjoy such a lovely trip to see your parents as well.
I loved this post!!!
sending hugs...

Vintage Sunday said...

You and Miss P look absolutely wonderful! What a lovely home your cousin has ~ thank you so much for sharing the pictures ~ can't wait for part 2! Love Brenda

Blondie's Journal said...

It's always good to visit relatives and catch up! I'm so glad you got to take some time for reading, I am hoping to also, when we leave for vacation in a few weeks.

You and your family look lovely dressed for the wedding. I enjoyed seeing your cousin's home. The mirror your aunt painted is stunning!


Anonymous said...

First of all, you all look so beautiful at the wedding. I love Miss P's frock and your outfit is perfect, Isabelle. Your cousin's home is also lovely. Her shed is about the size of our house! And it's wonderful that you got to relax and catch up on some reading. I can't wait for Part 2. xx

koralee said...

How lovely my sweet and your daughter look adorable! What lovely weather too. Thanks for sharing..can't wait for part 2. xoxoo hugs

lemonade kitty said...

Owwwww I do love a good wedding can't wait to see the bride. Loved your outfits especially the red shoes, Lucey xx

Unknown said...

What beautiful photo's i love to see different places. Yours cousins house look amazing and that mirror looks very grand. And so does the shed it looks as if you could almost live inside. You and your daughter look beautiful love your red shoes. Look forward to part 2, enjoy the rest of your week, dee x

Used-to-Bees said...

Ooh - what fun! It's so nice to have an occasion to dress up for and a chance to catch up with family. Looking forward to Part Two.

Sal said...

Your post is full of so many beautiful things! I love those floor tiles! And of course, you and Miss P look gorgeous! ;-) x

ted and bunny said...

lovely post Isabelle, to read over my morning coffee- I feel all summery and smiley!

Look forward to seeing you at Frome Bazaar on Saturday with more of your gorgeous treasures

Sarah said...

What a lovely trip - looking forward to reading part 2!

Hesta Nesta said...

I am looking forward to seeing part 2. I love your dresses you are wearing. It looks a really beautiful place and I love the French mirror that your Aunt restored and painted. Have a great week.
Jo xx

BusyLizzie said...

looks fab, looking forward to part 2.... xx

June said...

Lovely photos! It looks as if you had a wonderful time.

Lisa said...

Don't you both look so glamourous in your dresses!
Loved the snippets you shared of your cousin's home.
Lisa x

Wendy said...

I love that tiled hallway. And the other house photos seem to ooze charm.

I had a tiny 1930's town house in Liege back in the 1990's with a similar tiled floor and have such a soft spot for them.

All of you look so happy and relaxed. Good times. :)

Fågel Blå said...

Ohhhhh I love your photos!!!!!
So lovely!
have a nice evening!
many hugs from Kathrine

Madelief said...

You and your daughter both look lovely in your floral dresses! What a perfect weather and location for a wedding. Looking forward to see more :-)!

Happy evening & lieve groet, Madelief x