Having quit my studies in architecture because of a lack of ideas, I packed my bags and took on my first graphic jobs in Afghanistan during the late seventies. Making menus in exchange for cakes, decorating houses that offered me a bed, I enjoyed the simple life of a village at the feet of the Bamyian Buddhas.
On returning to Europe I finished my studies in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven, writing a hopelessly overblown thesis on Nietzsche. Concluding that I had better things to do than writing books or teaching, I walked and did not look back. I set up a graphic studio in Belgium where during long years I made many brochures and other things with texts and pictures.
When for the first time I set eyes on the Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue, the lights of a billboard flipped on in my mind: "Always Be Ready For A Surprise In Life". It was under that lucky star that I came upon La Maison du Vallon in 2003. I love skyscrapers, you too?
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4 BR / 2 BA / Sleeps 9
“La Maison du Vallon” is a Normandy cottage, completely restored, dating back to the French Revolution. The house is built in clay, wood, silex and bricks, typical for the area. Surrounded by a large garden, the house is charming, located in the countryside, yet near the beach. The living quarters cover 100 m2, divided…
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100% of guests would stay again
Left on Jun 26, 2011 for a stay in May 2011
Together with my family (wife and two children of 7 and 9), I have discovered the beautiful village of Varengeville-sur-Mere. The house is very comfortable and the children enjoyed playing in the beautiful garden. The country site is idyllic. It was also a great opportunity to experience a different view of the sea. Instead of the Belgian sea-side, the view of the sea is not blocked by big … See more
Family from Leuven, Leuven, Belgium