Trip to St Idesbald
Trip Start Jul 15, 2008
7Trip End Aug 13, 2008
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Although it was a few years since I was there, I found jee's house easily remembering the morning cycling going to fetch some croissant in small roads. I called him and set up to meet on the beach. We left the car in front of the house and just walked towards the beach. Sun was shining and sky blue, like today, and it was the first day since I landed in Belgium. This was good omen!
A few photos on the way to the beach...
Before mass tourism and all the coastal buildings the coast was all looking like this
Here's how it looks without the sand dunes :
The next day we set up for a bike tour with Killian, me and Jee, while the family had left early morning to go to the fish market. I was too late and too lazy to go to such early activity so instead we had coffee on the beachside while Killian was running his bike on the bike park. They've understood it all there, because the bike park is surrounded by cafe and restaurant. So the parents are able to enjoy the sun, have one of those famous belgian beer or some food and watch out for their kids. Even the shop to rent bikes and cuistax is around the corner.
The cuistax is something I haven't found yet in another country than Belgium, but I heard recently they do that in France now and they call them Rosalies. A cuistax is anything with wheels, usually 4 or 3, that's not a bike and that kids or family can ride. You have the solo cuistax and also the huge and heavy "get all together" tank cuistax with up to 8 seats. Get all the family together : grand-parents, parents, friends, kids, and babies in the same boat :-)
Or a bunch of friends too, especially if you drink-drive in the sun :-) this helps to expulse alcohol from your blood without too much danger for the general population.
Killian is fond of them for sure as is any kids. He made 2 new girlfriends, definitely older than him (9) but he was not paying attention to those details and had good fun with Manon and Soda. They even invented a game with stones that he promised to teach to his friends in Australia. There was a little girl of 2 years and a half, but that was not so much fun than playing "I crash my cuistax against yours" type of game with the 2 other ones. And the baby Juliette, well ...for Killian it's another world already. Not to sure what to do with her!
The afternoon we decided to have everone cycling around the sand dunes and on the coast too. I found a bike for myself that had a third wheel attached with a seat for a kid. That's cool because Killian was there, otherwise he was riding too slowly to follow the troup. There he could help my by cycling or just rest and have a look around while speeding at my own cost :-) It's like a tandem but with a small seat for the kid. The trailing wheel is also moving, rotating left or right, in relation with the 2 others.
And finally check the album for more pictures! I don't understand a bit on how this stuff it's supposed to work because my pictures are all around the place in the text anyway so...
It was so hot, nearly 30°c, an increase of 16°C in 2 days :-) that I decided to go and have a swim in the North Sea... well at least put my 2 feet in there. I was in my bikini and all... so cool it looked like summer at last.
After that, Jee Killian and I went for a hot dog before we said goodbye and back to Waterloo. I had to meet a friend, Fanfan, to go with her to a concert where her special friend was playing on the guitar. See next entry!
Where I stayed