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Day 3 - Gordes

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Last night was really windy but quite warm. Mum got up in the night to put the safety straps on the tent, a worrying sign. But then again, she put them up in Devon. I read two books yesterday (finishing at two a.m.) and Tom finished another so we were both shattered. Tom and I woke at half ten this morning – dad had already been to the shop on the site and done a painting. Outside was sunny and the sky was cloudless.

I put up my hammock on our pitch and I do have to say mum, good purchase.

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We drove down to the town centre of Gordes at half eleven. It’s really pretty; limestone buildings and little shops and restaurants dotted all over the place. Took us over half an hour to find a general store which sold what we needed and we picked up some things for dinner this evening. We finally decided on a restaurant for lunch and we struck gold – Tom and dad had steak and chips, mum had John Dory fish with chips and I had steak haché. Delicious.

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By that time it was extremely hot so we retreated to the tent for a siesta. Mum took this very seriously and had a nap. All of us went for a swim but dad failed on epic proportions. When he said he was going for a 'dip', he meant it. We played a few round of cards by the poolside afterwards and dad and I got one rubber up. Back to the pitch (luckily situated fifty meters from the pool and five from the shower block) for a continental dinner of fresh crusty bread, baguettes, ham, cheese (picked out by Tom of course), tomatoes and onions and salami.
I tried to start my scrapbook for art (GCSE holiday project) but, as usual, I got frustrated because my copy didn't look like the photo. Dad tried to help but I gave up in the end.
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Currently sitting in the veranda by the pool making the most of the free WiFi. Mum and dad with pina coladas in hand, Tom absorbed in another book. Beautiful evening, great day. Could easily spend three weeks here but we move on in four days. I have feeling I'll be saying that alot this holiday.

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A Day of Travelling

Day 2: Chalons-en-Champagne to Gordes

all seasons in one day
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Last night we explored the town of Chalons-en-Champagne, looking for a place to eat. We found somewhere in the market place which was rammed because there was a live band playing for Bastille Day. Really nice food, few hands of bridge (dad and I obviously slaughtering Tom and mum).

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As the bottle of wine grew emptier, Dad's brigde descisions grew riskier.

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When we were eating there was a storm of epic proportions and we wondered if we would get out alive. We did - back at the site it cleared up a little and we all went to bed at about eleven on the first day.

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Eight a.m Sunday and mum shook Tom and I awake. We packed the tent away and were on the road for nine, expecting a seven hour journey to Gordes. In fact, total journey time was ten hours including twenty minutes for lunch and ten at a service station (fault lying with Carmen and heavy traffic). As we travelled further south it got hotter and hotter. It was really cramped in the back and dad did really well to do the whole drive. Well, mostly. Mum took over five minutes away from the campsite, it being on the edge of a mountain and all. You could see dad growing paler as we ascended.

We got to the campsite just after seven in the evening and put the tent straight up. It was still light and a comfortable twenty six degrees. Dinner was pizza from the campsite, really nice, then another hand of cards and bed. I probably should mention that we came to this site before - 2004 (Tom was eight and I was six). It's really nice, it has a pool, basketball court, table football, shaded veranda and the most stunning view we could ever have wished for. It is just gorgeous. We decided that, despite the tiring and lengthy journey, it really was worth coming back. We're here in Gordes for four nights and it's perfect - just the right temperature, great facilities and a breathtaking view from our pitch and the veranda.

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So we're off...

Day 1: Chalons-en-Champagne

all seasons in one day
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Up bright and early at five a.m., woken by the alarming sound of mum singing 'We're going on holiday, we're going on holiday!". Last minute packing contraband reviewed by dad, with the final conclusion being that we can 'fit it in somewhere'. Can't even count the number of times dad's called me sneaky during the packing process.

Smooth drive down to Folkstone for the Channel Tunnel, one stop to grab some breakfast after my relentless harassment. Priorities :)Mum and dad went to collect the Euros at the terminal, after a bit of a mix up we ended up in the car, ready to go at 8.50. Trouble was that the train was scheduled to leave at 8.40. Luckily it was delayed with all the security so we ended up reaching French soil about 10.30. Straight onto the road, we drove for another three hours before a stop for lunch, then finished off the journey in another fifty minutes. Both Tom and I finished books we started this morning.

'Carmen' (the new SatNav - mum's joke) got a little confused as we approached the town, sending us to a boarded up nursery school then a council estate. We found the site eventually though, the threatening black clouds looming.

Tent up and furniture inside in just under 20 minutes. That was fortunate considering clouds burst and the heavens opened just minutes later, not a great start weather-wise, but hey. It cleared up shortly into quite a nice evening. Still not warm enough to go jumperless though.Holiday_018.jpg
After a quick sit down, Tom and dad found their their tennis court and mum and I went to the supermarket. However the shopping trip was a success - we came back with Oreo chocolate bars and a tub of Rocher and chocolate ice cream. And as we haven't set the fridge-freezer up yet we indulged straight from the tub :)
Cos that's what holidays are about.

Chilling on pitch no. 108 at the moment, gonna try and find a place to eat in a minute. Few hands of bridge and the chocolate sounds like a pretty good evening to me.

Let's just hope it doesn't rain tomorow morning because we're off straight away for a long distance drive, seven hours to Gordes. That's another thing - last night we checked the weather for the Jura (where we're due to go tomorow for three nights). It was even worse that London. So we made a spontaneous descision to cancel that booking and do the long haul to the south of France, where it's meant to be thirty degrees and up. Better that fifteen! We're going to stay four nights there instead of three and take one off Lauterbrunnen as the weather in the Alps isn't looking too promising either.

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