Monday, July 22, 2013
Ever since we got back from Crete we've been having the most amazing weather right here in Paris. Such a welcome change from the miserable, cold Spring we had. The girls have been happy relaxing at home and playing in the garden, but the first good summer I've experienced in Northern Europe for years was making me nostalgic for the seaside of home and summer holidays in France. The closest beach to us is two hours away, but it's an easy drive so the girls and I decided to get up early on Friday and go for it. By 11 o'clock - the time when most days everyone has still been in their pyjamas - we were happily settled in under one of Deauville's famous beach umbrellas and pleasantly suprised to find we had the beach almost to ourselves!
The last time I was in Deauville, aged about six, I was miserably sick with tonsillitis and didn't enjoy myself at all. I had a much better day this time and so did the girls. The soft sand of the beaches in the English Channel makes such a good playground.
The beach is huge and it's a long walk out to the sea when the tide is out. These colourful markers placed all along the beach help finding your way back to your towel so much easier. I thought that was such a great idea.
We spent all day on the beach, but once tummies started rumbling, we set off for the neighbouring town of Honfleur for dinner. The GPS took me through the country roads to get there and it was such a pretty drive to an incredibly pretty town.
We didn't have time to explore, but a quick stroll around the old harbour gave us plenty to enjoy.
We ate at one of the restaurants on the busy harbour front. Crêpes for the girls and seafood for me.
This was the view from our table. Florence just about sat through dinner with the promise of a ride on the carousel!
She has only just started to really enjoy carousel rides and she always chooses the car. Less scary than the horses!
Her sisters, however still love the horses.
We had a wonderful day out at the seaside. All the better for being completely spontaneous. I hope we get to go back again soon.