Archive for Oktober, 2009

Bye bye baillargues

Samstag, Oktober 31st, 2009

We are leaving france after 2 years

Goin‘ to Barcelona

Montag, Oktober 26th, 2009

 We are doing a lot down here in the south of France. Even though we haven’t done a trip with the TGV Train to Paris we at least made it to Barcelona more than once.
During our last trip we were not able to go to the Zoo in Barcelona, so we promised our kids to do it before we leave. Barcelona is only 3 hours away from Montpellier.
So we packed the kids, luggage, babybed into our Jumpy and we went to Barcelona. The same Hotel we used before. Novotel. New, clean, nice. ABout 10 minutes away from the Hotel is a TRAM (train) Station that leaves every 20 minutes to the center. Depending on where you want to go it takes 35-45 minutes. Fabian loves trains so it was great for him.
Little Josefine smiled most of the time and also the people in the train were smiling back.
Since there a fall holidays in france, germany etc. the city was crowded.
On Saturday we arrived in the afternoon in the center, too later for a relaxed Zoo trip. So we went to Place de Catalunya and decided to have Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. Since waiting time was about 1hour we spent time in the Shop, where the kids got free HRC pins. Jonathan and Fabian were also very hungry. Dagmar and I were happy when we finally got our table and the food and drinks arrived.
After that Dinner we walked a bit down the Rambla…It is the main street where tons of dealers are, strange people, animals…
It was good to digest and to calm down the kids. I had some sweat on my head since not all Subway/Tram access was with an Elevator. So I had to carry Josefine in the stroller.
Since the downtown was so crowded we were happy when we escaped that crowd.
At the Hotel we used the free Internet access on the Apple iMac and we had some drinks at the bar.
Sunday started easy, since the time was changed from summer to winter. So one hour more sleep. More or less. We had two rooms and in the night someone went into my room, because the Computer said the room is still free.
So that was not so nice. But the rest of the night was quiet.
After having breakfast we went downtown to the Zoo. Was nice… We had to wait about one hour to get in, but could have been worse. After a few hours the kids were exhausted and we had no fun waiting in line again for the dolphin show. We saw at least the dolphins in the aquarium.
We returned to the Hotel, filled up the car with cheap, spanish Diesel and then drove to the highway back to Baillargues. Next trip will be the trip to germany.

Here you can see some pics (klick on the pic to see a bigger one, more pics coming soon):

a Happy little girl
  In the TRAM

  In the Hard Rock Cafe

  The Bar at the HRC

  Yeah, my first Hard Rock Cafe visit…

  View from the Hotel window

  Hey, riding the train is cool

  Our Tram Station


  Jona and Fabi

  Waiting in line at the Zoo in Barcelona

  A Mandrill

  The dolphins 

  Going home with the  Metro/Tram

A bientot

The 5 Engelkahles

More Shopping – More traffic jam

Sonntag, Oktober 18th, 2009

As I already talked about, since a few weeks the new Shopping Center: Centre Commercial Odysseum is opened. As many locals and oponents of this whole shopping center already said, the traffic is a mess. Of course, many nice shops, but the traffic was and is a problem. The narrow entrance roads that lead to the Shopping Center all go to and through lots of roundabouts. Those roundabouts have not just the mainroads going to, also the sideroads are busy roads. So the traffic lines up many meter/kilometers. Last week I was lucky to start work late afternoon and so I used a quiet morning to go to the Centre Commercial and do some sightseeing and shopping. I found the new, big Bookstore / DVD/Musicstore Sauramps and a nice toy store. Lots of shoe, bag, clothes stores. I even found the machines to pay the parkingticket. But while trying to find a parking I was also a little confused, like others as well. The entrance ways are still not marked clear enough. One parkinggarage entrance road is more like a dead end road. Well if you continue you are in the tram station at the Odysseum. If you want to return, you have to maneuver your car in a smal area. Overall, pretty bad.



Anyway I took some pictures from the nice looking upper Level with the blue sky (that we still have, even though the temperatures went down from 27C to 17C during the day and down to 4C at night).
Saturday I drove to Montpellier and I took my Videocamera with me. Well, almost as expected, the traffic was bad. From Autoroute A9, Exit 29 was already a traffic jam backing up to th right lane on A9. Took about 10 minutes to finally get to the mainroad to Montpellier. I taped it on Video and made a small Video.

Right now the Exits are reconstructed. So hopefully in the near future the traffic from the Highway is having a easier exit 🙂
But the exits will be stressed even more. The Montpellier Football (soccer) Team is in the premier League since this year and they are good, very good. They are on top of the teams together with Lyon. Also Rugby is of course still a huge thing here in Montpellier. So we will see, how the future will be.
Ah well, I also uploaded a video for Fabian. Some TGV Trains going through Baillargues trainstation (in HD):

In a few days I will see my family again, I am so excited. Just finished cleaning the apartment a bit 🙂

A bientot


Three more weeks to go

Sonntag, Oktober 11th, 2009

The 2 years are almost over. 20 more days to go, then we are back in good old germany. But it is still exciting here. Lots of  things to do. Last weekend I had my trip to the family in germany. So you can also see some new Pictures of Josefine here: (password protected)

This week we finally had our first real rain since June. It was a flood. We had as much rain in 20 hours than sometimes in a full year. 200 liters per square meter in Montpellier. It was amazing how much water came. Flooded roads, houses and so on. Even water came through underneath my entrance door. It was crazy.Now we are back to „normal“. Sunny 25C and no more rain. So I made a trip to Lodeve yesterday to visit one of our newer friends. A 78 year old Lady Marga that I met in June at the airport when the flight to Montpellier was cancelled. She is great, tells nice stories. We already visited her during her last stay in Lodeve in July with the family.

This time I came alone. Her brother was there as well and we watched the football game(soccer) Germany vs. Russia (Germany won 1:0) and had a delicious dinner.
Was a funny evening.
I already packed some stuff and next week I have to work late, so I can play Need for Speed Shift on the PS3 again 🙂 Yeeha

A bientot


Having fun

Samstag, Oktober 3rd, 2009

See Josefine with Dagmar

3rd october 2009

Samstag, Oktober 3rd, 2009

Almost 20 years after the wall came down. Our Trabant today