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19 August 2014

Bonjour...

(☝︎The view from our little chalet)

I'm back in Blighty again after our lovely little trip to the continent and as the astute among you will have picked up, we went to France again this year.

We were travelling down a little further this year, to La Palmyre, which is a couple of hours past La Rochelle, almost at Royan, for those that are familiar with the left-hand side of France.  To spread out the driving a little we had a stop-over in Paris on the way and we thought now Liss Millie is a smidge older she would be able to appreciate some of the sights without being bored.

It was a whistle stop tour for certain, we only had a half a day really, but we managed to see the Sacré Coeur, walk under the Arc de Triomphe, saunter down the Champs-Élysées, pause at the Place de la Concorde, dine in the Jardin des Tuileries (the gardens outside the Louvre) and capped it all off by shooting up the Tour Effiel in the evening.  In the morning we drank coffee (hot chocolate for Liss Miss) and ate the most delicious fresh croissants.  

It was like a capsule holiday to Paris but it was quite lovely for all that.



A mere 8 hours later we arrived at our main destination and the relaxing could begin in proper.  Well, as much relaxing as is possible with an eager 8 year old child at any rate.  Although, after the initial frantic swimming, water sliding, castle building and wave jumping that all had to happen virtually at once to stop her exploding, things did settle down to a more civilized pace.  There was even time to just have the pleasure of sitting back on the pool lounger in the last few days.  All three of us lazing with noses in books and taking periodic dips in the icy pool water to cool off - bliss.

We also happily fit our routine into what we now call 'holiday time', it works to a much later schedule than our home one, but it seems to fit to this type of holiday perfectly.  The day will start late, often not waking till past 9, breakfast is a casual affair at some time around 10 to 11 and then mooch along to the pool or beach, playing in the sand or sea, lounging, reading or swimming until we've had enough, lunching on packed french bread sandwiches or perhaps a café crêpe at some point along the way.  

Back home for a spruce up of our suncream smeared and often sandy selves and then off out again to peruse the selection of restaurants and decide if we are to be most tempted by the glacé or the crêpe section of the menu today - tough choices I'm sure you'll agree.  Then back home again for around 10 with most of us turning into bed at the same sort of time.  The child with a slight moan on her lips and the adults with the intention of a little reading, but it's surprisingly tiring doing very little all day.




Hummm, re-living it here makes me give a contented little sigh, remembering how lovely it all was.

Of course now it is back home, back to the old routine, back to jobs to do, back to an incredibly huge mountain of washing and back to reality...

...but I may just go and flick through the photos and re-live it one more time before I go and face all those things though!


S x




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15 comments:

  1. It looks lovely! Glad you had such a nice time :)

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  2. Looks like a dreamy holiday! I'm still trying, a few days later, to tame the washing mountain sprinkled with liberal amounts of Devon sand...

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  3. Ha ha, yes, I know that feeling - same here ;)


    Sandra x

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  4. La Palmyre is lovely, we went there with our four kids a few years ago, very happy memories of the place.
    Helenxx

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  5. Wonderful photos, it looks so beautiful there. I especially like the huts and the building in Paris with all the balconies. Glad you had such a lovely time. Good luck with the laundry, it's always hard to come home isn't it. CJ xx

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  6. Welcome back! Glad to hear you had such a lovely time! :-) xxxx

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  7. It looks and sounds as though you had a wonderful time!! xx

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  8. Thanks hun! Always good to arrive back home but I’m missing the lazy holiday life a little I must confess. ;)
    Sandra x

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  9. It sure looks idyllic.....and what a wonderful whirlwind tour of paris, you packed a lot into those few hours :)

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  10. Your trip sounds perfect, a balance of seeing wonderful places and relaxing on the beach. I was in Paris a few years back and could have eaten the croissants for every meal. They are amazing.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  11. How heavenly! Looks like the Perfect Holiday!

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  12. Wow it looks so wonderful... Well worth living and re-living it a million times. Vacations are so renewing :)

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  13. Looks so nice! Where exactly is that place? How is it called? Where can I book it? :-)

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  14. Gorgeous photos, looks like you had the perfect weather for exploring and spending time on the beach :) x x x

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