Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How I Lost 6 Pounds on Vacation...

So, technically I’ve been back from our vacation for over a full week. But you know that old adage about needing a vacation to get over your vacation? Yeah, that’s pretty much where I’m at right now.

Camping wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be. The tent was spacious and well-equipped. We had electricity and were able to rent a camping fridge, have a fan and outlets to charge cell phones or play music. 

The lavatories were clean and well-functioning and only 30 seconds away from our tent site. The campground had an awesome pool, a reasonably-priced snack shack, grocery store and restaurant and it was only 2 minutes from a fantastic kid-friendly beach!

Even though it was close by, I must have walked the equivalent of one-hundred miles to and from the lavatories. Yes. The kids made it their mission to need to pee at least once every hour of every day the entire time we were there. Not to mention frequent showers to remove chlorine or beach sand, and trips dedicated to washing dishes, of course.

Communal bathrooms and showers also, regretfully, permit you to know intimate details about your camp-mates hygiene. And it becomes completely normal for everyone to make some sort of announcement whenever they’re headed to the toilettes.  You know, just in case we began wondering where they went.

More Pros: The location was fantastic.

Only 10 minutes from the Port de Cavalaire where we went nearly every night for the best ice cream.

And had our Bastille Day activities like the kids’ lantern-march and fireworks.

The campground  was only 10 minutes from the fair grounds.

5 minutes from the medeival village of Ramatuelle. 

And 10 minutes from the beautiful Mediterranean beach - ‘Gigaro’.

And an hour’s drive to ‘Marineland’- France’s version of Seaworld.

All of this activity, plus the frequent beach, pool, and bathroom trips kept me active pretty much non-stop for two weeks. And even if I was bordering on exhaustion as we packed up to go home, it was totally worth it! 

Missed you all! How was your month of July? Any news to report? Have any of you ever had a vacation that was less-than-leisurely? 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Do You, Do You, Do You Saint-Tropez?

It’s that time of year again! When Creepy flakes out on her blog in preparation for summer vacation. Today is the girls’ last day of school and tonight we are heading down to the south of France for some R&R.  Eh, who am I kidding? My time at the beach goes more or less like the following:

And this will be the first year we go hard-core camping, tent and all. Needless to say, I’m sure I’ll be returning home with plenty of new material for my ‘living in France’ series. 

I'm in serious need of some book recommendations for this trip. My kindle is all charged up and ready to go but I'm pretty sure I'm about to blow through the last of my new material in there. What are you guys reading?

And for those of you who go camping regularly, any tips for me? 

In any case, wish me luck! I'll be back to irregular postings in a couple weeks!:)


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