France 2009

We are all safely back from France.  You didn’t know we’d been?  Oh well, do try and keep up!

I am traditionally a Francophobe I guess.  I don’t speak much French having given it up in 1984 after only 3-4 years.  We visited Northern France quite a few years ago and it was ok, I guess, but nothing very mind blowing.  Then about a six months ago my father-in-law (Grandpa Huge) decided to treat the whole of his family to a holiday as a way of marking his 70th Birthday!

He chose France at a place called Camping Les Gorges du Chambon.  We had a BALL – it was superb!

We flew into Limoges airport and drove a hire car to spend a week in a caravan-come-rustic wooden chalet with the 4 other families and Grandpa Huge & Grandma Doris.

Six ‘vans’, 12 adults, 12 children (all Hugh’s Grand Children) and glorious weather.

I even drove (being too tight to pay to put S onto the insurance!).


  • played in the on-site play park
  • canoed
  • played on the artificial beach at the river
  • swam in the pool
  • rode horses (well some little people did)
  • went to visit markets
  • ate & drank
  • prepared a surprise treasure hunt ending at a surprise picnic
  • watched a most spectacular evening thunder storm

We all really loved the week.

We stayed on for a second week with Ellie & Paul & family.  That was also a lovely week but in a location about one hour north of Limoges.

Some of the photos are appearing on Flickr and will be on the following pages too soon…

Maybe now I am something of a Francophile!nick_rvsm

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