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Heaven or Hell? A Day At The Beach In The South Of France With Our Kids

By Annie André

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A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet

You know that expression “ A Day At The Beach? ” It implies that something is easy or simple right?

We spent a day at the with our kids at a beach in Le Pradet in the South of France in the Winter. It should have been fun and easy but it wasn’t. To me that day at the  beach symbolizes what Life abroad can be like. Living in France isn’t going to magically make your children agreeable or enthusiastic about the same things you are enthusiastic about no matter how great you think it is. You just have to roll with the punches and move on.

Here is what we saw at our day at the beach.

We saw a boy on a unicycle playing the guitar and  we walked,  talked and took in the scenery.

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet walking

We wore our galoshes.

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet galoshes

We saw the tinyest Yacht Club ever

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet Club Nautique

It was cold and windy but we enjoyed the sounds of the Mediterranean Sea.

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet looking towards Toulon

We looked around.

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet looking around

We walked around

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet walking around

We wished we had Sea Kayaks.

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet sea kayaking

But then the Moody Teenager emerged

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet grumpy kids

He did not like the day at the beach in the south of France

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet grumpy kids

So we decided to go home.

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet Garonne bus stop

The air was thick with tension as we waited for the bus.

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet Garonne bus stop

But we made it home and the grumpy teenager was happy again.

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet sidewalk

That was “A day at the beach in the south of France” in the winter with our kids!

A day at the beach in the south of france: Le Pradet winter with kids

There is a lesson to be learned when travelling with other people

Things are not always black and white when you travel with other people.  “A DAY AT THE BEACH” is not always the proverbial “DAY AT THE BEACH”.
If the kids aren’t into it,  if the kids would rather be somewhere else doing something else…it can ruin an otherwise lovely time and a day at the beach can turn into a day in hell.

This was a true story:

In all fairness, my son Kieran isn’t always grumpy, I just wanted to make a point!  And In case you are wondering where we were, the beach is called “Plage De La Garonne” in a town called Le Pradet.  It’s a beautiful small beach town here in the south of France just five minutes on bike from where we live.  A great place to spend time or spend a year or more on your next career break or family sabbatical.
Here is a link to the office of tourism in Le pradet.

  1. Looks like it was a fun day at the beach. I remember being a teenager and being moody like that. Makes me wonder how many trips my parents cut short because of me. Maybe next time, he’ll have more fun.

  2. Sorry to say it, but I think I would be another grumpy one in your party:) LOL – If I go to the beach, I like it hot! I did love your photos, the purple mud boots and your grumpy teen. Thanks for the giggles.

  3. Hi Annie,

    What a great way to share a bit of your family life and the beautiful French landscape. I
    love the way that you end this post too. What is most beautiful will not be beautiful when the key characters are not there! You did seem to have a lot of fun doing this special blog :)

    Cheers,

    Viola The Business Mum

    1. Hello Viola,
      It was fun to put together these photos. I love the way you summed up the message. Much more eloquent than me.
      “What is most beautiful will not be beautiful when the key characters are not there! ”

      Up until this point, i have kept our less than optimal times private but only because i didn’ think it added value until someone recently told me we seem to have this idealic life and that’s when i decided to show that even though we live in a wonderful area, life isn’t all unicorns and rainbows. I think people can relate to that.

  4. Ah shucks!!! Sometimes you just can’t please everyone Annie. I hope overall everyone had an okay time before the grumpy teenager took over. lol…

    ~Adrienne

    1. IT’s just normal for us nowadays Adrienne. Some days the teenager are all JOIE DE VIVRE and other days they could be standing on a pile of video games and be piss and vinegar. It’s all those hormonones coursing through their veins. We just laugh and carry on.. No big deal

  5. Hi Annie,

    Those photos are beautiful.

    I had to laugh at the “moody teenager” legend. Wow, you’ve got two of them, you must have full hands. The good thing is that they will be young adults by the time the little one gets there!

    1. Hi Sylviane,

      My second teenager is nowhere as moody as my eldest. My eldest is in a class of his own. For the most part he’s usually upbeat but when he gets moody, ‘watch out”.

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