Friday, August 26, 2016

Cookie Report from Bretagne – part III: Food & Drinks

Bonjour everybody! Me is back with me third part of me vacation blogs. Two weeks ago me started with me blog about the ocean and last week you could read more about Yelloh Village La Plage. This week – as me promised – me will talk a little more about the food and drinks we had. It not necessarily is all typical French, but it is vacation, so… it Holiday food and drinks. We start with the best thing: COOKIES! (pictures by Berry de Nijs)

You see, the particular section of Bretagne that we were at, is famous for its salted butter caramels and for its COOKIES! That enough right. Cookies. As long as there are Cookies during me vacation me is happy. But me never knew there would be these kind of Cookie stores in the world! In Pont L’Abbe there was this Cookie store and it was all Cookies, caramels, some local products, kitchen and home accessories, nougat and oh, did me mention it was packed with COOKIES? Berry really had to hold me tight, because me wanted to OM NOM NOM everything. Instead me stayed brave and she even bought me a bag of Cookies. Just for me…and me friends ofcourse. But oh boy oh boy, that was a fun place to visit. We went twice! And came home with lots and lots of Cookies… so nommy.

Well… after all those Cookies we also visited the little village of Plomeur (or Ploveur as it also said on the village name sign. They were celebrating the Fête du Crêpe: Party of Pancakes. French pancakes that is. They are really thin and sweet. Me loved it. For desert we had a thicker pancake with om nom nommy cherry jam! The party was accompanied by music on bagpipes and guitars. It was much fun!

At the holiday park we had some yummy treats too. We had bought some cakes at the Supermarché LeClerc. Had pizza, burgers and fish and chips from the Holiday Park take-out restaurant. And we had cookies and more. At the bar Berry bought me a cola flavoured slushie. Those are sooooo good. Especially when it’s hot. Like it was that day.

Me maybe a little Cookie Monster, but Bretagne is great as it comes to Cookies… Me want to go back there for sure! Next week though me will tell you more about the Zoo we visited. Because when there is a zoo nearby, Berry loves to check it out. We had fun there. But more about that, next week!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cookie Report from Bretagne – part II: Camping fun

Last week me told you more about the ocean that was right behind the dunes, bordering the camping site we stayed at during our vacation in Bretagne, France. We stayed at Yelloh Village La Plage in Penmarc'h. A fun place with lots and lots to do. It was possible to play Tennis and Midget golf on the camping. There were parties and concerts. You could hire Go-Carts and lots more. Or just relax. Hey, it vacation. Me could do everything me want... this blog will tell you more about all the fun things me did. (pictures by Berry de Nijs)

Let’s start with the Swimming pool! There were two: an indoor deep bath where Berry went to swim lanes and play with her nephews. And an outside pool that was 1.30 meters deep at its deepest and 20 centimetres deep at its shallowest. There also was a little kiddie pool. Here it was easier to chill in the sunshine and play with a ball. It was so awesome – as you can see in the pictures above. We also had loads of fun playing putt-putt mini golf, also called midget golf. It really suited me, as most of the lanes were pretty in blue!

At the camping site there was an event square. This square outside of the bar and next to the pools was used for all kinds of entertainment. One night there was a cool band playing and we went there to listen and dance. But the most fun was the Foam Party. Yes you read it right! One day it was for children, with little foam and fun music. One time is was in the evening for everybody. It was not for me, me sat it out. But Berry went in the foam that was almost as high as her to dance to the beats of the DJ! She was soaked and had fun, and that was the most important thing!

We had a lovely little caravan slash vacation home to stay in during our vacation. Berry called it our Doll house, me not sure why because it was perfect for me. Me and me friends had a great bed that we shared with her and the table and chairs no were too high for us. O, maybe that is why Berry called it a Doll house then. Haha. It was small for her, but that no did matter. Most of the time we were at Berry her brothers home at the camping site. We played loads of games there or just relaxed. It was fun!

Well, that was me second blog about the vacation. Me sure hope you did like it again. Next week me will tell you more about the food and drinks we had and enjoyed! See you next time.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cookie Report from Bretagne – part I: La Mer

Bonjour mes amies! C’est moi, Macaron, avec un nouveau report de Cookie!

Well, that all the French me know. Uhm… no that not true. Me know also other French words like macaron (apparently that is also what the French call me instead of Cookie Monster), crêpe and also nommy gallets and pallets au buerre. It may not surprise you it is all yummy food me discovered during me vacation in France.
(pictures by Berry de Nijs)

Yes, me was away the last two weeks of July and me and me friends and family travelled to France. To Penmarc’h in Bretagne to be exact. And we saw lots of cool stuff. Me is going to tell you all about it in different blogs the coming weeks. Today me will talk about the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. The holiday park we stayed at (me will tell all about that one next week) was right at the beach. We could walk to it – well me took a piggybackride, but you know what me mean – from the camping site, through the dunes and there she was… a breath taking big ocean.

We went to it almost every day at the end of the day to sit in the shell filled sand. Watching the sun lowering in the sky. See the waves roll onto the sand… it was beautiful. The best part was that our dog could run freely – without a leash – through the sand and the water. He no likes water very much, but his doggy friend does and at the end of the first hour our doggy went into the water to play too. It was so much fun. Ofcourse me and the gang (you know them from Instagram right) went to the beach for some fun too. Making a sand castle and taking a walk through the dunes.

In the dunes were some beautiful rock formations. Me had to sit on them on day, and when me did me had a gorgeous view over the ocean. Me love the beach and the sea and the thing me loved most? The beach was really clean! We no have found weird things like fishnets and stuff. That made me really happy.

Well, that was me first Vacation Blog about Bretagne – or Breihz as the locals call it. Next week me will talk about the camping site. It was a really cool place! See you soon.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Get your trunk on for World Elephant Day

Everybody that know me, knows me love elephants. They are so beautiful and sweet. Me love how they find food with their trunks and uses very very low sounds (people no can hear them) to communicate with each other. When me visit a zoo with me best friend Berry, and there are elephants, we always pay them a visit. Me was there the day after little Madiba was born in Safaripark Beekse Bergen, a Dutch zoo with African elephants. And me always visit them at DierenPark Amersfoort where a group of Asian elephants live. Me love them. And that is why it makes me so mad – me even loose appetite for cookie – that there are people shooting elephants only for their tusks… (picture taken at DierenPark Amersfoort)

Pictures taken at Safaripark Beekse Bergen & Dierenrijk

Today it is World Elephant Day and me want to talk about how wrong it is to shoot elephants for their ivory tusks. We no need them. And yet, they are chased for it. Ivory is not magical, it is just a tooth. Just like the teeth in the mouth of humans. We no shoot humans for their teeth, now do we?

Me made a great friend on me Instagram, named Welephant the Elephant. Wellie – for friends – is a little elephant educating plushies and humans about how amazing elephants are. Because when we all see how beautiful they are and how amazing they are, maybe, just maybe we will be able to stop the poaching. That is why me is all TRUNKED UP in this picture, because Wellie asked me to help out. And me asked Wellie to help me out with this blog with some facts about elephants. And of course he wrote some good ones. Thank you Wellie!

Wellie’s Elephant Facts
A male African elephant can be as tall as a 1 story house!
Elephant families are maternal, males leave at about age 10, females stay together their entire lives.
When two elephant families that are related meet, they greet each other noisily, trumpeting, rumbling, really enthusiastically and touch trunks.
They know where to find water during the dry season and will dig using their tusks and front feet, creating wells that are often the only water to be found for miles and are used by all animals.
Elephants aren’t actually afraid of mice, but they are afraid of bees. Some farmers in Africa are now surrounding their field with beehives to keep the elephants out, protecting both their crops and the elephants! (picture of Wellie’s Instagram page)

Pictures taken at home – me own drawing & WILDLANDS