We have just returned from a lovely holiday in France with my parents, my brother and his wife. It was the first time we’ve taken the children abroad so they were really excited! I took over 1700 photos so I’m going to sort through them gradually and spread them out over several posts.
The first day was mostly taken up by travelling. We stopped at my granny’s house for some food and a leg stretch on our way to Portsmouth. It was the first sunny day we’d had for ages, so it was really lovely to sit outside in the garden.
Our ferry was the Normandie Express, which is a high-speed catamaran and much smaller than any other cross-channel ferry I’ve been on. The children were really excited as we slowly made our way out of Portsmouth harbour. Uncle James pointed out which parts of HMS Queen Elizabeth his shipyard had built!
Once we disembarked in Cherbourg, it only took half an hour or so to drive to our gite. It was one of three houses in the middle of the countryside, just a few miles from the west coast. We were welcomed and shown around by a lovely French couple and the children had their first opportunity to use some of the French they have been learning! They left us with some fresh bread and eggs from their own hens, which we poached for supper once we had unpacked.