The Aoûtiens Are Back!

Posted by Analyse at 10:57 AM

Saturday, August 19, 2006

End of vacation. Tho I hate the thought that next Monday, I'll have to restart my computer and check my emails - which means that I'll have to restart working - I also loved the idea of returning home and savour the comfort of our little chez nous. Our vacation was almost perfect, except for the fact that we were less geared, or should I say not-correctly-equiped. In fact, the whole of France was complaining about the scorching heat just before our vacation, so I systematically packed lighter clothes plus a minimum of warmer ones for Louna. Error. Just as we set foot at my parents-in-law's place, we suddenly realized that the canicule was over and was replaced by an early autumn weather.

We spent the first week with the family at their vacation house in La Vendée area. Days were spent eating, talking and sleeping while waiting for the rain to cease. Some forced sorties to eat ice cream while chilling at the freezing breeze of the Atlantic Ocean added to the fun. Not to forget the emergency shopping to buy warmer clothes for the whole family. Hurray for the most organized vacation we had.

The next week was spent in Brittany (Finistere area). Unlike our usual camping habits, this time, we mounted our tent in a Villages Vacances where we enjoyed not only their camping facilities, but their daily proposed activities as well. It was our first time in such vacation destination so we decided to just go with the flow. There was a dégustation of regional products the night of our arrival. But since we arrived with no reservation - thus no further information about that soirée - we didn't know that we had to bring something from our area. We should have brought some Moutarde de Dijon hehe.

A daily activity guide was posted in the facility's bar so we were free to choose whatever suits our mood. Some activities include oil massage, fancy jewelry creations, countryside visits, nearby island visits, ocean kayaking, initiation to diving, windsurfing, and other sporty stuffs. All that topped with an initiation to the traditionnal Brittany dance, theatre show, local concerts or crèpes (pancake) making at night. Not bad. What makes it more interesting is that, there are separate activities for different ages: for ados and kids. So Mommies and Daddies could do windsurfing while kids do their painting sessions. Cool!

Here's some pictures from two of the most interesting promenades we did. The first one was a short promenade from the town of Morgat to Ile Vierge. The second one was in Ile Ouessant.









Ile Ouessant is the western-most island in Europe and holds one of the most powerful lighthouse in the world - the Créach lighthouse. You see, it pays to be with a tourist guide sometimes, you get to learn more and enrich your culture.

Some More Interesting Updates

Louna starts to stand when holding on some kind of support like her playpen for example. She starts to mumble some syllables including mama and papa and she loves watching Dora the Explorer.



Trying to do some portraits of Louna. I was inspired by Jeff but of course, I know, I still have a lot of photo lessons to be learned.

20 comments:

charles ravndal said...

Welcome back! And also lovely pictures you have! And ooohh the baby has some nice tan.

AnP said...

Louna's gorgeous! I love her eyes, facial expression and beautiful color!!!

haze said...

Goodluck Ana on Monday...you're really a super Mom...I guess it's better to spend vacation in a place where heatwave is not present. Louna should not suffer from that pero ganda I like her tan color ha! And the pictures wowowow! superb !

JO said...

welcome back! she's so adorable!!!

TinTin said...

Ang cute cute cute cute niya. Petite mignonne indeed!

Rhada said...

Ganda ni Louna!!! Love those red cheeks!!!!!

Pareho tayo, back to work sa Monday :-(

Analyse said...

thanks guys, sarap ngang papakin ng pisngi nyan.. and the tan! kanino pa ba naman magmamana yan ;)

rhada, bon courage for tomorrow ;)

racky said...

Bon jour Madame Analyse! mukhang nag-enjoy talaga kayo sa vacation nyo! :)

parang apple nga cheeks ni bebe, pakagat! heheh

hmmm ... ballerina na ang dating! ;)

Senor Enrique said...

Welcome back or welcome home! Sounds like you had fun despite being chilled by the unexpected weather. Your daughter is so cute! Love those cheeks!

Only other person I've met who actually summered in Brittany was a friend's girlfriend who was a granddaughter of the artist Alexander Caulder; famous for those hanging mobiles.

Eric

nao said...

aaaaaaaaaaaaw.. so cute naman the bebe Louna! Sinabi mo pa bading. Malamig na rin dito sa Toronto. Maulan ulan pa. Summer is so short. Haay.

Francesca said...

the same with us Ana. We dont have any coat, the boat trips are too windy and cold due to aircon and bad weather, so we bought coats also! while we got a closet full in Nice France!
we thought the same: hot, too hot in france, must be the same in phils. But no, monsoon rain and habagat (mistral)!waaah!
eniweys: ganda na ni Louana! tan na, pinay na pinay na, yehey!

duke said...

the photos of your holiday are great!

yung pisngi ni louna parang apple! sarap :) cutey ;)

Makis said...

Sarap kagatin ni Louna! She's so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Hi The pics are beautiful
Thanks once again for sharing
wish you well :)

zingtrial said...

I liked reading through your blog again,Glad you had a good time
Wish you all the best

toni said...

Louna is so cute!!! She looks so alert and sweet!

Lucille said...

Hi Analyse, welcome back! Wow great photos and reminded me back our vacation last yr 2002 in Finistere! Glad you had fun too. Take care & hugs to louna.

asphaire 許泰莎 said...

your vacation sounds soooo wonderful!!! your entries are so full of new experiences.. inggit ako!!! we spent a grand total of 7 days in France.. can you believe? That's all we're getting for this year... nakakainissss!!! we didnt even get to see that many new places coz of course, their relatives would always be coming to their home to have lunch or dinner with us.. it was a great experience to be with them too, but i wish i saw more things!! matagal na hintay ang isang taon!!!!!! grrrrr hehe

your baby Louna is beautiful!!!!! I hope next time I can meet you na in person and when I'm more familiar with it, I can take the train to meet you wherever you are :D

til next year...

Lynneth said...

Wow, rosy cheeks and pink, she is soo cute! Nice captures Ana...
Err welcome back...

niceheart said...

The place looks marvelous. And I love the water. Must be very clear.

Your daughter is very pretty.