France 2011

Friday 2nd Sept, 3am, car loaded, tired but excited girls loaded, ready for the off, car wouldn’t start! Dead, nothing 😦 Put car on charge for 20 mins, still nothing, almost flagged a passing police car but hesitated too long and missed him 😦 Where are the jump leads when you need them?? Only one thing left to do, dash to nearby 24hr Tesco extra and purchase (the last set of) jump leads!

4.25am we were on our way to Dover, screeching in with only minutes to spare!

Had a good run down to the campsite. Our home for the next 7 days was nestled in the forest across from a lovely lake so lots of frog hunting πŸ™‚

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We were very fortunate with the weather, although it was not hot and sunny every day, it was warm enough for the girls to swim in the outdoor pool, which we mostly had to ourselves, there was hardly anyone on site!

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We managed a trip to see our lovely friends Nicki and Paul and their girls G & C. They own a beautiful farmhouse and gite complex with a pool πŸ™‚ and had kindly invited us to stay overnight. We had a lovely couple of days with them and wished that we have booked the week there!

Didn’t do a great deal else, had a couple of days out geocaching, wandering round local towns and markets which was nice. We drove past some gorgeous troglodyte homes, some were up for sale πŸ™‚

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Our next stop was a site about an hour away from Paris, Le Croix de Vieux Pont. This is our 5th visit to this site as it ticks lots of boxes, indoor and outdoor pool with slides, a lake for pedalo-ing/canoeing, close enough to Paris/Euro Disney. Unfortunately the pitch we were given was not great but ok. Very close to the pool so the girls were happy πŸ™‚

On our way to the site, we diverted slightly to visit a favourite Chateau of ours, Pierrefonds, where they were filming the next series of BBCs Merlin. We spent a couple of hours watching the filming, unfortunately we didn’t see Merlin or Gaius, (though we saw Merlin’s double), however if we had stuck around for a while longer, we would have seen Merlin 😦

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Shame the last pic came out blurry 😦

Most other days were spent at the pool, though on one of the cooler mornings we packed ourselves off geocaching and drove down this dirt track, skidding through some rather large muddy puddles and literally abandoned the car on the edge of a field and traipsed into the woods in search of a cache. There we found caves which served as a depository, a hospital and a place for soldiers to rest during WWI. There were trenches, an old railway track which was used to transport supplies to the soldiers. A very interesting site πŸ™‚ That is what I love about geocaching, it leads us to places we would never have found.

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We found the cache!

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..and a bug (a real life one, not a Travel Bug)!

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Another cache site took us up a hill beside a cemetery but unfortunately the area where the gps was directing us to was fenced off but Skye did spot a very small, gold coloured snake (unidentified) so not a completely wasted walk!

We visited Tours which we have wanted to do for a long time. Definitely worth the trip, it was beautiful. Especially loved the gorgeous medieval buildings.

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Girls especially liked the Boulangerie πŸ™‚

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Another fabulous holiday.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 07:47:51

    Looks fabulous πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  2. Michelle
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 16:17:34

    Love France – the pics are great. I also love geocaching for taking us to interesting places we would not have otherwise visited.

    Reply

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