We have been dumped.
The children have all found friends, they run around merrily speaking in various accents and languages. BB has found her betrothed in a young chap called Ben. Twin Boy has found a team of young lads, Twin Girl has played with everyone she has encountered.
It means we are not needed, except on occasion to referee, and to be watchful round the pool.
Yesterday was splendid.
We celebrated BB’s birthday all day, lunch was chocolate crepes from an exceptional creperie. Washed down with a ice cold milkshake and finished off with an ice cream with a spectacular sparkler in it.
The son shone on throughout the day and more time was spent lazing by the pool. I read a novel, he who helped create them tracked every worldwide sporting event through his phone.
It was quiet contentment that one can only find when on holiday.
At tea time I took it up myself to explore Vias Plage by foot. Pulling on my running shoes I jogged through the town. It is a quiet little resort. Cafe after cafe with a few Patisseries in between. Little beachfront stores selling buckets and spades and one large shop dedicated to all things camping.
I like it. Vias Plage doesn’t have the fierce consumer aggression that is found in many beach resorts. The pace is slow to the point of lazy. Everyone cycles, cars are infrequently seen mobile. The restaurants offer fine, well priced, french cuisine. The waiters will help you translate but mainly high school french comes in handy when looking to order food. There is no eggs and chips on the menu, this makes me happy.
We ate dinner outside our holiday home, steak sizzled on the BBQ and the children played in the sand as their father cooked. All day swimming and playing tennis on the beach had forced an appetite and when our plates appeared, we cleared them fast.
The Pirate bar was our final destination for the night. Birthday BB was clothed head to toe in Elsa garb. They joined in the kids disco for a while. It was cute, just one woman dancing with twenty kids. It wasn’t too loud, didn’t involve anyone shouting down a microphone forcing reluctant parents to join in. Instead it was just the classic kids tunes, in French and English, and a bunch of happy kids playing on the stage.
Afterwards the kids tore off with their friends, darting in and out of the bar, making up new games. Enjoying a freedom we don’t dare give at home.
Finally, we returned home to bed and as all three children slipped into slumber we heard them all whisper,
“Great day, best holiday ever,” and “oh, what a birthday.”
Happy kids equal happy parents which equal happy hols!
If you are looking for a stay with Al Fresco at Yelloh! Club Farret, you can visit between 26th April to 21st September. We stayed in`Beach Farret’ accommodation annex. It is 300m from the main reception is perfect for beach lovers and those who enjoy the more relaxing pace away from the main hub. We loved having a quieter, sandy area to return to.
Prices are from £301 for six people staying in a Vivaldi mobile home at Yelloh! Village Beach Club Farret arriving 21/06/2014/14 for seven nights. (OFF-PEAK)
Prices are from £857 for six people staying in a Vivaldi mobile home at Yelloh! Village Beach Club Farret arriving 28/08/2014 for seven nights. (PEAK)
All the Al Fresco parcs have a range of entertainment and facilities. For more information or to help find the perfect parc and to book, please visit www.alfresco-holidays.com or call 08436 362586