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November 30, 2014

Our French Adventure

Now that the winter is well and truly here, I’ve been enjoying looking back over our lovely, (and sunny!), pictures taken during our mini-break to France, over the October half term. We visit France regularly, and we’ve always loved it. We’re very lucky that my husband speaks French. This makes it easier for us to get by and do things, especially as I get tongue-tied when attempting to speak French!

My husband found us a lovely little cottage located on a working farm, just an hour outside of Calais. It’s a beautiful, old-fashioned cottage set within a very quiet village, and in stunning surroundings. It was idyllic, and perfect for a relaxing break away.

We explored our new home and found three very friendly (but very bouncy) dogs who became a complete favourite of my daughter. They would come running over every morning, and my daughter would love leaning out of her window to see them on guard. While we were wandering around, one day, the farmer ushered us into one of the big sheds. He showed us one of the baby calves that had been born that very night! It turned out that he was a twin, and Mummy-cow was delivering another calf. My daughter was so amazed and, if she could, she would’ve stayed all day and helped the farmer deliver the other baby!

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We had such a wonderful time. If you’re in France on a Sunday, you have to visit a local street-market to buy some tasty treats and, of course, a roasted chicken. This is a “must-have” (for meat lovers) when visiting a traditional French market. The chickens are cooked on a rotating spit with open flames, and the scent hits you as soon as you enter the market. It’s real treat for us, and a change from the usual “traditional” Sunday roast. We enjoy a juicy roasted chicken, along with a selection of fresh salads. There are fresh cheeses, crusty baguettes, the most delicious cakes and pastries that you could imagine, and the variety of vegetables and fresh fruit is always amazing. I love this way of shopping.

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My daughter enjoying her favourite French meal of Moules and frites!

One of my favourite days was when we went for a bike ride. The weather was beautiful and, after changing two flat tyres, we were off. Riding through the villages, looking at the little farms and enjoying the flat paths was amazing. Luckily, we encountered no steep hills and, after a short stop in a little cafe for cold drinks and ice cream, we gained some much-needed energy before heading back home. In total, we rode just over 10k.

My husband was amazed, as he hadn’t been on bike since he was a young boy. We all agreed that French bike-saddles were a LOT less comfortable than our lovely gel seats at home! The irony is that we rode through the village of Agincourt, and my husband was convinced that his sore “derriere” was some kind of French revenge for the famous battle which, incidentally, took place exactly 599 years to the very day that we visited!!

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We also spent a wonderful day at a nearby aquarium in Boulogne. My daughter wants to be a marine biologist when she’s older. She loves visiting aquarium, and this one is truly amazing. It’s probably one of the best I’ve ever been to. There are thousands of different species of marine life to look at, all set in huge tanks replicating their natural environment. There are also lots of environmental projects to show children how we can protect endangered species, great talks and films shown throughout the day explaining about things like the impact of pollution on the marine environment, as well as responsible fishing and so much more. (It’s also a great chance for weary parents to rest their feet!). The main attraction for my daughter is the shark tank. She loves to sit and watch, mesmerized, as these huge creatures glide gracefully and silently through the water. The aquarium is located on the beach, and so  we were able to have our picnic lunch overlooking the sunny scenery, followed by-play on the sand. It was hard to believe that it was October, with such wonderful weather.

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We had such a lovely, relaxing time and staying on a farm was so interesting for my daughter. There was so much to see and explore, so it was a perfect venue for an outdoor-loving family. It may seem like a lot of work, what with biking, walking etc. There wasn’t much “sitting by a pool in the sun, sipping cocktails” but, for our family, this was activity-filled, fun-packed heaven.

It’s our type of holiday, and we can’t wait to plan our next family adventure abroad!

This post was linked with:

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall



Learning for Life

10 thoughts on “Our French Adventure

  1. Oh how I envy you Kim. It looked a beautiful place to visit if the photographs are anything to go by. Despite the fact that you’re off doing something every five minutes, it looked as though it could be very relaxing.
    I have a dream one day to visit the South to see places like Carcasonne where the Cathars were. I’m absolutely fascinated by their history.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      Thank you so much, I do enjoy taking photos and they become a lovely reminder of our holidays.
      We went to the South on our honeymoon. It is such a beautiful place, lots of lovely little streets dotted with art houses and little coffee shops. I adore the area and would happily live there.
      Take care of you, always a pleasure to hear from you,
      Kim

  2. Coombe Mill says:

    It looks like a great family holiday. I love going to the traditional French markets, just reading about it’s reminding me of how lovely they are. It looks like you had a beautiful bike ride, I chuckled at the idea that you’re saddle pain was because of Agincourt. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it was a wonderful holiday. French markets are my favourite, I love wandering around seeing all the food {and cakes}.
      Yes bike ride was great but not comfy saddles at all!
      Great to link up #countrykids

  3. Karen Bell says:

    Oh that sounds and looks like a fantastic holiday. How wonderful you got to see such baby calves. The aquarium sounds amazing too. Glad you had a great time. Lovely pics.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

    1. kim says:

      It was amazing, such an exciting holiday with so much to see and do. Our type of holiday!
      #LetKidsbeKids

  4. Kierna says:

    Looks like an idyllic place to have spent the break & as the weather was so unseasonably mild, you were so lucky to get so many outdoor activities crammed in. Thanks for linking up xx

    1. kim says:

      We had such a wonderful time and were so lucky with the weather. We always end up doing lots of outdoor activities on holiday, its great to have family time.

  5. Jen says:

    What a lovely bike path to ride. I would love to visit a French market on a Sunday…maybe someday. Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, French markets are my favourite when we visit. I love wandering around and love the different foods you can get. A great way to shop.

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