In just under 3 weeks we’ll be flying off to France to enjoy a week in the sunshine (hopefully!) We’ll be staying with Canvas Holidays who have invited us to spend the week at their luxury campsite in Berny-Rivière which is in the north-east of the country. We’re really looking forward to the break as this will be our main holiday this year given that we’re redecorating some of the main rooms in our home, sadly we just can’t afford to do it all!
We’re staying in a luxury lodge and it’ll be self-catering for a week which is a first for me (especially abroad). We’ve hired a car to collect from the airport and we plan to stop off at a supermarket along the way to stock up on some supplies. To be honest I won’t be doing a great deal of cooking, I’m a huge believer that holidays are for relaxing and not cooking so we will be visiting local villages, cafes and restaurants to get a real feel for the area and soak up some of the French way of life. And not forgetting fresh croissants and baguettes, I can already feel the weight piling on just thinking about it!
We’ve also excitingly booked tickets to take Olly to Disneyland Paris for a couple of days. He doesn’t know about it yet and we’re not planning on telling him until we’re in France. I am so excited, he’s going to love it. Both Shilts and I have been a couple of times before (both as adults and teenagers) so we’re really looking forward to taking our little boy with us for a whole new family experience. We’ll be staying for one night at Vienna House Magic Circus Paris which is where both Shilts and I stayed when we went for my 25th birthday celebrations many years ago. We can’t wait to see how it’s changed and to have such a lovely hotel to relax in after a busy day exploring the parks.
The rest of the holiday isn’t planned in great detail as yet. We’re looking forward to using the campsite facilities, taking advantage of the ZerotoFive holiday programme which promises to keep little ones entertained throughout the day if you’re on site and enjoying lazy mornings and late evenings watching the sun go down over the lake.
My French is a little rusty but I will try and use some of my secondary school learnt language skills whilst we’re there. Olly loves listening to people talk in other languages too so it’ll be great for him to pick up some new words.
If you’ve been to France on a self-catering holiday, I’d love to know your top tips! Expect plenty of holiday spam when we get back!