This winter was really cold and very wet. The last few days were suddenly very sunny and not too hot. Spring is in the air and the old barren trees are starting to push out soft and very tender fresh green leaves. Some of the beautiful old oak trees, which were like skeletons a few days ago … Continue reading →
At the moment I am visiting my daughter and her family, who lives just north-west of Paris in Pointoise.
I was very surprised to see how well they adapted here, and how well they already speak and understand French after just nine months.
Since I already visited Paris twice, I thought not to visit the usual tourist attractions , but to concentrate more on the gardens and the less known places but in Paris you cannot ignore the Impressionists.
Our visit to Auvers sur Oise, where Van Gogh spent his final days was really an emotional visit Shortly before his death here, he said to his brother, Theo, that he hoped to have an exhibition of his paintings in a cafe sometime. We visited house Auberge Ravoux, where he rented a very small, cheap room. Only four square meters, without a window with a view, only a small roof window. In this room he died after he shot himself. Lately the question is; Did he commit suicide or was he murdered. W e also visited the church, which he painted, and the simple grave of him and his brother Theo.
Another highlight was our visit to the Cluny Museum, where you can see very old and beautiful handwoven tapistries. The highlight was the six Unicorm tapistries, which depicts the five senses.
In three days I will have to say goodbye and return to South Africa and Stellenbosch to my house near the pine wood and my loom, after a very nice visit and also a wonderful holiday. I have been spoilt so much and treated so well. Have also been taken to see so many interesting attactions . Back in Stellenbosch, alone in my house, I will miss everyone so much and with much longing I will remember a lovely holiday.