Opa and Oma joins us on holiday

Oma!!!!

Oma!!!!

To a little girl who have her grandparents a constant presence from day 1, three weeks feel like eternity to not see them for that length of time. Thus, when we were planning our summer holiday last year, we took into account that opa (grandfather) and oma (grandmother) can also join us for a few days.

As driving the over 1,000 kilometers distance is not my father-in-law’s idea of driving pleasure especially at the height of the European summer holidays when highways are filled to the brim with traffic, we arranged for them to fly from Rotterdam Airport to Bergerac Airport which was a good hour’s drive from where we were camping. Though we have quite a spacious six-person tent, camping is no longer their idea of holiday convenience so through booking.com, we found a cozy two-star hotel in the village of Le Coux et Bigaroux, about 10-minutes drive from our camping place. My mom-in-law fell in love at first sight with the charms of Le Chambellan. Nothing fancy, the hotel’s magic is woven from its gardens filled with many lovely plants, canopies of grapes under which we would have our dinner on a balmy summer night and its close proximity to the Dordogne River from where we would enjoy carefree moments throwing stones and snaring little trouts in later days.

It was a very hectic day for opa and oma who had to start early with their trip starting with a bus ride from their place in Dronten to the train station in Kampen from where they could take the train to Rotterdam. From the train station in Rotterdam, they then took a bus to Rotterdam Airport and then boarded the Transavia flight to Bergerac. Weary but happy, it was a wonderful moment for all of us to see each other again. The little girl was overjoyed to see her beloved opa and oma and could hardly wait to keep them up to speed on what to do and see in the coming days.

Oma!!!

Oma!!!

So happy to have you here, Oma!

So happy to have you here, Oma!

"Opa, you are here at last!"

“Opa, you are here at last!”

Can't wait to check out presents from the grandparents.

Can’t wait to check out presents from the grandparents.

Le Chambellan

Le Chambellan

Canopy of grapes under which we would later have a lovely dinner

Canopy of grapes under which we would later have a lovely dinner

Charming Le Chambellan

Charming Le Chambellan

Cozy window panes and lavender in bloom

Cozy window panes and lavender in bloom

Beautiful skies

Beautiful skies

Cozy nook and corner at Le Chambellan

Cozy nook and corner at Le Chambellan

Le Chambellan courtyard

Le Chambellan courtyard

Summer blooms

Summer blooms

Le Chambellan courtyard

Le Chambellan courtyard

Oma and Francesca at our camping

Oma and Francesca at our camping

Oma and Opa

Oma and Opa

Opa and oma with Francesca at our camping place

Opa and oma with Francesca at our camping place

Oma and Francesca

Oma and Francesca

Stone-throwing

Stone-throwing

Stone-throwing

Stone-throwing

Opa and Oma at the Dordogne River

Opa and Oma at the Dordogne River

Oma and Francesca at the playground beside the Dordogne River

Oma and Francesca at the playground beside the Dordogne River

Shallow waters of the Dordogne River

Shallow waters of the Dordogne River

Dordogne River

Dordogne River

Stone-throwing

Stone-throwing

Looking for flat stones

Looking for flat stones

Waiting for dinner

Waiting for dinner

Steak and fries

Steak and fries

Typical Dordogne dish -- Duck

Typical Dordogne dish — Duck

Chocolate dessert

Chocolate dessert

Strawberry dessert

Strawberry dessert

Dessert

Dessert

Francesca

Francesca

Our family

Our family

Weary but happy after the long trip -- bus, train, plane and car all in one day to reach France

Weary but happy after the long trip — bus, train, plane and car all in one day to reach France

This cat at Le Chambellan is a cutie.

This cat at Le Chambellan is a cutie.

Francesca find this cat a real cutie.

Francesca find this cat a real cutie.

About Malou
I'm a mom to a five-year old little girl with interest in cooking, baking, traveling and photography. Castles and palaces are special favorites so when weather permits for a good walk on weekends, me, hubby and little girl are always out for a bit of adventure.

31 Responses to Opa and Oma joins us on holiday

  1. John says:

    The food looks fabulous!

  2. Oh what beautiful countryside! I love how you captured the rapturous joy on the faces of the Little Girl, Oma, and Opa. As always, love the pictures of the food and duck is one of my faves!

    • Malou says:

      Thank you, Kelli. Pictures were not so sharp because I had no time to focus on these very spontaneous moments. Dordogne is a great place if you love anything with duck. ;-)

  3. Tom says:

    Obviously a joyful time! Great fun!

  4. RDoug says:

    Being a cat owner/lover, you just KNOW what my favorite shots are of this group.

  5. bonniehull says:

    LOVE the face of the little kid in the baseball hat at the airport watching the joyous reunion of Francesca and her Oma…

  6. chrisstov says:

    Lovely pictures of a family reunion.

  7. althea says:

    As usual, beautiful photos Malou. What a lovely holiday. The food looks amazing as well.

  8. As usual, beautiful photos Malou. The food looks amazing as well as the surrounds.

  9. So good to see family, right? Looks like you had a wonderful visit!

  10. Sheila says:

    Love your photos! Great that you’re able to enjoy some family vacation time. The blue on the windows of the hotel is so French! and so charming! Thanks for sharing! ~ Sheila

  11. Such a soothing place to vacation, Malou! Everyone enjoyed obviously, as all look so happy, especially Francesca! That ‘steak and fries’ have made me very hungry…but it is only a bit after 6:00 AM here…and only chicken and salmon in the freezer!

    • Malou says:

      The countryside of France is really beautiful and charming. There was so much to see in that part of the country, especially parterre gardens and castles.
      Chicken and salmon should be ok too. ;-)

  12. Look at the delight on Oma’s and Francesca’s faces! You really captured a beautiful moment. All of the photos are gorgeous. That cat in the last photo looks like he’s had a rough day – tough life huh?

  13. bebs1 says:

    What a nice vacation! And that hotel is filled with charm.

  14. SO FUN! Love the reunion shots, and that little cottage is just gorgeous! Felt like I spent the evening with you all :)

  15. likeitiz says:

    Lovely photos. this is such a wonderful reunion. I hope your daughter will have lasting memories of them when she’s older.

    • Malou says:

      Thank you, Mary-Ann. She’s extremely close to the grandparents and we do our best to create these holiday memories together which we hope will stay with her forever. ;-)

  16. avian101 says:

    Great family photos Malou, your daughter is growing so beautiful. :)

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