Generally when I blog about our beach fun it is here in Cornwall where we have the most glorious sandy beaches and surfing waves, however at the very end of the summer holidays we take our family holiday to stay with family in the south of France. Last week for Country Kids I shared our kayaking adventure, and this week is the French stretch of the Mediterranean. It is just over an hour’s drive from our family base in Uzes to Palavas near Montpelier and if I’m honest the sand is more course, the sea less clean and the rows of holiday apartments flanking the miles of beaches less attractive than our local beaches right on our doorstep in Cornwall, yet what we don’t have is warm water and the kids French cousins who they adore. Having enjoyed a day here last year it was right up there as a must do family outing and in true teen style we made it down for lunch time, their idea of an early start!
Unusually after the storms of the weekend the sea was rough and giant waves were breaking close to the shore. We steered the kids away from our base point of last year to a more gently shelving area of the beach and instantly they devoured the packed lunch it had taken me an hour to prepare!
Replenished they headed for the sea, the waves were a glorious challenge being so fierce and strong, I was soon regretting having a tankini instead of a swimsuit as I lost top and bottoms with every wave! Thankfully everyone was too busy enjoying the immense force of the waves themselves to notice. If you could make it beyond the breakers then it was possible to enjoy a proper swim, but mostly we just played and laughed in the waves.
I have mentioned before that Farmer Nick is no beach lover and after a quick dip he was bored on the beach and accompanied Guy setting up his fishing over on the rocks; this is Guy’s latest passion and as sea fishing is something he has never tried he was very excited to give it a go.
Hiking along the promenade to explore the area was more Nick’s style, leaving the girls all sunbathing and boys in the sea I dutifully accompanied him wishing I had something more appropriate than flip flops, still our hike was rewarded with a beautiful harbour, and even the novelty of cable cars flanking two stretches of beach separated by one of the many river tributaries.
By the time we returned I was more than ready for another dip only to spot all the kids diving from the road bridge near our tributary into the water. Clearly their tombstoning and acrobatics from kayaking was still fresh in their mind along with memories of doing the same last year.
The afternoon more than lived up to the kids expectations and I’m certain we will be returning here again next year, driving back I couldn’t resist one last photo out of the car window as we turned and headed inland taking the scenic route back to Uzes.
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“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.