Holiday to France

After collecting Skye from Scout Camp, which apparently went very well. The weather held out for them and Skye had a jam-packed weekend of climbing, glass etching, archery amongst other things, we began our long drive down to the South of France.

Stopped in Dover overnight to catch an early ferry on Monday – planned our stop in Bourges but the drive was going well so we decided to drive a little further – BIG mistake! All that happened was we ended up with tired, hot, hungry children whilst we were desperately trying to look for a hotel! Note to self; next time, stick with Plan A!

Continued our journey down on the following day and arrived at the site shortly after lunch, whilst we were waiting for our accommodation, the girls had a well deserved swim. The pool area was fantastic – four bumpy slides, a curly tube slide, two large pools, jacuzzi and a lovely toddler area. A big thumbs up from the girls πŸ™‚

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Poppy learnt to dive – she is very proud of herself! Took her forever to build up the courage to do it, but once she did, there was no stopping her! Skye desperately wanted to have a go but was a little more wary and unfortunately didn’t manage it 😦

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For the duration of our holiday, we had beautiful weather, blue skies and blazing sunshine so spent most of the holiday by the pool or at the beach!

A little photography fun at the beach πŸ™‚

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Tried out a couple of geocaches, only one successful find but had some lovely walks trying to locate others, one of which took us into some vineyards where we abandoned our car on a dirt track when we could drive no further, then we climbed a fairly steep, craggy hill (in flip-flops)! From the top of the hill we had a fantastic panoramic view of the Pyrenees, the mountains of Agde, the sea and the Caroux. Beautiful πŸ™‚ Despite a long and thorough search, we didn’t find the cache – we must have been so close! It was a very hot day and we were all disappointed that we were unable to find it.

This is the one we did find πŸ™‚

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We had a drive through the Cirque de Moureze, a vast jumble of dolomitic rocks, criss-crossed by footpaths, forming a magnificent natural amphitheatre covering over 340 acres! The village of Moureze is beautifully picturesque, with narrow street and quaint little houses.

On the drive back to the campsite, we stopped off for a picnic lunch at the Lac de Salagou – a huge man-made lake, filled in 1968, and was constructed to limit the rise in water level of the HΓ©rault when it is in spate and act as a reservoir for irrigation purposes surrounded by an exceptional landscape of vibrant African colours, a land of red soils and volcanoes.

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Driving through the vast landscape of red soil, we stopped off so the girls could leave their mark…

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…there were hundreds of ‘signatures’ for about a 2 mile stretch!

I think the highlight of the holiday for the girls at least, was going on a pony hack. On arrival at the stables, we were allocated a horse; Poppy rode Nougat, Skye rode Rizzel and I rode Flamenca – I was very excited, I have not been on a horse since I was six years old! We had a fantastic hack through fields and I felt very safe with the two instructors who rode with us. It gave me a good opportunity to practice my French, although one of the guides, David, spoke very good English! We were out for just over an hour – my legs felt like jelly when I dismounted and know that I would feel muscles I didn’t know I had in the morning! Arrived back on site in time for a quick swim to cool off πŸ™‚

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The girls spent a lot of time whizzing around on their scooters and looking for and catching lizards.

We discovered Cap d’Adge – beautiful beach, crystal clear, shallow sea. What initially lured us to this beach was that they were doing sand sculptures on the beach. They were amazing!

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Poppy, inspired by what she had seen, got to work on her own masterpiece…

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Wayne and the girls were very happy – lots of rock pooling opportunity, they found rock gobis, crabs, even an enourmous sea cucumber – a very odd-looking thing!

Spent a morning in Sete – parked overlooking the sea then took a walk into the town by the harbour. Visited Beziers, not terribly impressed with the town centre but the views from the Cathedral were stunning, so not a totally wasted trip! On the way back, we stopped off at Valras Plage, a lovelly seaside town with a harbour and a fabulous play area on the beach. Turns out that we visited the same beach on our last visit to the are in 2003!

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Skye and Poppy made friends with some girls from the north of England and spent every day of the last week with them, their parents were lovely too so Wayne and I spent a couple of evenings with them whilst the girls played happily together πŸ™‚

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Had a fantastic, relaxing break but not long enough!!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 22:43:07

    Oh that does all sound good!


  2. HelenHaricot
    Jun 14, 2010 @ 23:08:11

    does sound really lovely! were you in the trailer tent?


    • lecielrouge
      Jun 15, 2010 @ 07:46:02

      No we didn’t, we had a spot of luxury and went in a mobile home – with air conditioning (which we definitely needed)! It worked out so cheap – didn’t seem worth the hassle of towing!


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