- JJ Independent Apple system manager (46)
- Pauline Independent Project manager (47)
October 1 — January 1, 2015
October 1 — January 1, 2015 These dates are flexible
We visited Pauline and JJ's home in March 2008 and had a lovely exchange in Amsterdam. Their house is perfectly located for exploring the city as the number nine tram stops close to it. The number nine tram passes many sites of interest to tourists: Botanic Gardens, Zoological Gardens, Rembrandtplein and on to Central Station. We had visited Amsterdam many times before and loved exploring areas both familiar and new. When we visited the weather was unseasonably cold. It snowed! However, Pauline and JJ's house was warm and cosy and has everything you require when you return from a busy day in the city. It is also incredibly quiet which means lots of restful sleep. Their kitchen is really well equipped and they left us lots of lovely coffee for breakfast. Although we did not need computer access, they are really well set up for this. Our two year old daughter was particularly fond of their lovely cat Switch. They have a great terrace for outdoor dining when the weather permits. We love Amsterdam and would recommend an exchange with Pauline and JJ.
We spent 5 days in the house of Clodagh & Sinead in the countryside near Drogheda. We felt very welcome, with a bottle of wine and chocolates waiting for us. Drogheda is approx. 45 minutes by car north of Dublin. We really liked the area. As we normally live in one of the busiest areas of Holland, we loved to spend some time wandering around the quiet lanes in the open. We borrowed their car, which was very appreciated and needed in this rural area. For us all the little roads with stone and shrubs fences seemed similar, so we didn't take the shortest way home every time ;-) The area is interesting due to some of the oldest archeologic sites in the world. We visited the The Megalithic Passage Tombs of Newgrange and the Celtic crosses at Monasterboice graveyard. These sites are very interesting and offer great photo opportunities! The house itself is big and brand new, and very energy-sensible. We spent many evenings at 'home' and used the kitchen intensively. There is everything you might need in the kitchen. We really loved the view over the sea and the mountains from the dining table. We visited Drogheda in March 2008 and this period worked out to be one of the coldest in this era. Fortunately there are 2 beautiful stoves to warm you (besides the central floorheating). Especially the TV room is a very comfortable place to spend any cold evenings. Clodagh & Sinead were very friendly and informed hosts. They left a complete pack of tourist information for us, which helped us to choose from the many choices in the area. Unfortunately we didn't have more time, because there are many more sites we would have liked to visit. We really recommend an exchange with them. Pauline & JJ