Autumn in the New Forest

My youngest brother came to see me yesterday! There are direct flights from Amsterdam to Southampton, so it was an easy trip for him. We decided to visit Beaulieu, a village in the New Forest National Park, famous for its National Motor Museum. Beaulieu is of course a very French name, but they pronounce it as “Bjooly”. The museum was quite nice, but the most fun bit was “World of Top Gear”, an exhibition about the popular tv program, showing all the crazy cars they built, like this Fiat Panda stretched limo…

The motor museum is part of a large complex which simply calls itself Beaulieu. There is an old abbey, a palace, a monorail and an old bus driving around, all on a large area with nice gardens. Below are two photos of the palace. The second one is taken from the village of Beaulieu.

The village is really picturesque, I loved walking around there. I was quite envious of the people living there, what a nice place! Just look at the garden below, who wouldn’t love a view like that…

There are lots of ponies freely walking throughout the New Forest. We saw quite a few, also inside the village where they caused small traffic jams :)

Some more views of the Beaulieu river at low tide…

There is a really nice long distance walking path going through the village and following the Beaulieu river, I’d love to go back there and see a bit more. Unfortunately it’s difficult to get to Beaulieu, as there is no train station and only one very infrequent bus service. What I really need is a bicycle I guess :)

8 Responses to “Autumn in the New Forest”

  1. Ben says:

    I saw an episode of Top Gear on Wednesday evening and they were driving those self-made ultra-long cars, or over-done and ultra-long limos, and they had to drive singers to some music event. They were driving through London in cars as long as they can legally be (one of them had to remove a mid-section and patch it back together because it was too long to be legally driven on the road) but they had to mount the pavement, force somebody to reverse, or generally get in somebody's way every time they turned a corner or came to a roundabout. It was quite amusing.

  2. Hanneke says:

    I saw that one! Not this week though, it's an older episode and all the limos were shown in this exhibition.

    Have you seen this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEebpG6P0SY

    They do such crazy stuff :)

  3. Ben says:

    No I haven't seen that clip before, well not before you showed me. :D It must be fun to work on a show like that!

    Have you heard anything about the job you applied for as a weather forecaster?

  4. oui c'est très beau ce lieu!

  5. Aline Kraai says:

    He Hanneke,

    Ik begrijp uit je laatste blogs dat je in Noorwegen aan het solliciteren bent.

    Ons studiejaar is bijna compleet op het KNMI, nu Marcel, Carine en ik hier alle3 werken. Is wel leuk, maar helaas kunnen we jou dus niet verwachten….

    Succes met je sollicitaties en afronden van je laatste punten voor je thesis.

    Groetjes,

    Aline

  6. Hanneke says:

    @Ben, I (*finally*) has news today: I got the job!!! I'm really excited :)

    I had almost given up hope cause they took so long to get back to me… but apparently that is quite common in Norway.

    @Aline, ha ik was aan de telefoon met mijn toekomstige baas terwijl ik je berichtje kreeg :D Geen KNMI dus voor mij, maar wat grappig dat jullie daar alle 3 werken!! Ik loop wel achter zeg, ik dacht dat je nog in Petten zat… we moeten nodig weer eens mailen :)

    En ja, over een paar maanden echt officieel Dr. :) ik heb tot half januari de tijd om aan de correcties te werken, komt wel goed.

  7. Ben says:

    Excellent! Congratulations! Are you going to be on Norwegian TV? :D

  8. Hanneke says:

    No, I won't be on TV :) But I will be reading the forecast on local radio stations, that's enough "fame" for me, hehe.