So, I’m back again with blog number two of my holiday in the South of France! This post will focus on the middle 3 days of the holiday & will probably end up being the longest post of the 3!
Also, again – all the photos in this blog post were taken by me on my iphone 6s!
My Aunt decided to book us into a couple of hotels on this holiday, so we could visit a few new places! The first one was in a place called Gruissan, which is a seaside town!
It took a while to get there, but it was definitely well worth it, as our hotel was literally right on the edge of the beach – we had balconies in our rooms, too (my brother & dad shared a room, while me, my aunt & cousin shared another one) & the view from the balconies was pretty much just of the beach!
We decided to get lunch at a restaurant next to the hotel, as we were all starving by the time we arrived! I decided to go for tapas – which was definitely a good move, as I loved everything I had!
We spent the afternoon at the beach – we all went in the sea for a while throughout the afternoon, although obviously we always had at least one of us guarding our stuff – then we headed back to the rooms to shower & get ready, as we were going to head to the marina for dinner.
It was so pretty at the marina – there were loads of really picturesque houses dotted along one of the shores, along with loads of palm trees & boats (of course). We wandered around for a while, looking for a restaurant that we all liked the look of (I originally really fancied paella) & in the end, we found one with several amazing sounding set menus, so we went there & I’m so glad we did! I had mussels for a starter, steak for a main & a massive profiterole for dessert (I included pictures in case anyone is interested at all, haha). My dad & aunt treated us to dinner, too, which was lovely of them (thanks again if you’re reading this!)
We wandered around the shops/stalls for a while after dinner (& a man old enough to be my father told me that I was beautiful, lol). When we headed back to the hotel, we all decided to go on a moonlit walk on the beach (apart from my dad) & I went for a paddle because why not! After I got changed into my pjs, I joined my aunt & cousin on our balcony, which was so peaceful with the sounds of the ocean. My cousin & I also played Pokemon Go a bit earlier in the day & both caught a Ponyta, which made me smile.
I could quite happily have slept on the balcony, as it was so cool & peaceful, but in the end I’m glad I didn’t, as the next day it was back to being scorching hot!
My delicious tapas!
View from our balcony!
Houses at the marina
Starter - mussels
Main - steak & fries
Dessert - profiterole
A cute palm tree & chalet thing
My dad’s dream for the past 10 years or so was to see the Millau viaduct suspension bridge (I’m not entirely sure of the exact name of it) so today’s trip was mainly about going there/driving over it!
It was a pretty cool experience driving over it – the views were amazing – but it was even better when we stopped so we could take some photos of it! I ended up taking a load of photos of it & of my dad with it, before we headed up to the information centre to see if there was actually an observation point! There was, so we walked up to it (I say walked, it felt like a hike to me because it was all steep uphill walking & I definitely struggled with it because I’m so unfit) but it was worth it in the end for the amazing views!
We spent quite a long time there before we headed to our next hotel. I can’t actually remember where it was though, oops.
We had a mini suite – so 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, 2 toilets & a terrace – but the views were insane! The terrace also led down to the swimming pool, so it was even better! We spent ages in the swimming pool – my cousin & dad were teaching me how to do handstands in the pool for a while – doing a load of swimming! After we’d showered & looked at the insane view for a while, we headed out for dinner.
Sadly, the restaurant wasn’t as great at the one we went to the day before – the staff had a bit of an attitude & I personally didn’t really enjoy my food all that much, plus there wasn’t much choice – but my dad & aunt treated us to dinner again, so thank you again! (I included pictures of my food again cause if nothing else, it was photogenic!)
View of the bridge from the observation point
View of the bridge from near the car park
One of the rooms in the hotel suite
A cute building
Disappointing dinner (I didn't like the sauce)
The view from our hotel room
We had an amazing breakfast again – the hotel made their own bread & croissants, plus they had cereal, fruit, meats, yogurt, etc – so after we’d sampled most of it, we went for another swim! Everyone else had gone swimming before breakfast, but apparently I was dead to the world, so I didn’t go then – I wasn’t going to go in after breakfast, as I wasn’t really in the mood, but I’m glad I did end up going in, as I had a good swim in the end!
After we checked out, we decided to head to a town called Pezenas – which has some beautiful architecture & an amazing bead shop – my aunt & I spent a while in there looking! The actual shop is pretty small, but they have a courtyard outside which has so many amazing beads too! The boys got bored quickly, as there weren’t many shops they liked the look of & it was a really hot day, so we didn’t stay there for long. Before we left, my dad & I decided to go to a Japanese restaurant for lunch, as I was craving sushi. However, we both ended up going for bento boxes, which were delicious! The only thing I didn’t like about the restaurant is the fact they put down a bowl of edamame beans for us, which they didn’t mention would cost us money, so when we got the bill we were annoyed to see they were chargig us 5 euros just for a few beans!
When we got back to my aunts, we waited till around 5ish, when the shops opened again, so we could get some stuff for dinner & so I could get some more euros out (I seriously underestimated the amount I was going to need for the amount of time we were away for).
We ended up eating dinner outside my aunt’s house (the streets are pretty narrow, so sometimes people will bring tables & chairs outside so they can eat outside) which was a nice change! My dad & I went for a long walk around the village before I went to bed, too!
Bridge full of flowers over a dried up canal
Pretty flower garlands strung inside a building
Some of the beads in the courtyard (ft mirror selfie)
Tasty bento box!
So, that’s the busiest 3 days of the holiday summed up! It was so tiring but so worth it all, I think they were probably my favourite days of the whole holiday too. My aunt put so much time, effort & money into planning everything for us to have a perfect holiday, so thank you so much for everything!
Keep your eyes peeled for my final post about our last few days! I can’t promise that it’ll be as interesting as this one, but it’ll sum everything up & have some more photos!