Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, Vendee, France 2005

On the way there - a spot of lunch somewhere in England (near the V site in Stafford as it happens!)

Portsmouth, the evening before we sailed

Holiday dudes.

Boats in Portsmouth from the ferry

Later that same day, in a swimming pool at the Bahamas Beach Club, St Gilles...

Getting the hang of this "by the pool" thing

Fashion show - Tamarra

and Barbie Potter

Captivated by the catwalk show, or the wine?

French magic roundabout

The town was very nice

As was the beer - relaxing after a hectic day in the sun

Lunch - as ever

The Atlantic Coast - fantastic beach.

And now for the educational bit - local industry used to be salt "making" as you can see here.

Chilling

An evening on the beach - strange children in the background and strange lady in the foreground!

The business.

Some wild french flowers

Kids club water sports

Dinner al fresco as usual, as Shauna selects her favourite wine

Card tricks - 1

Card tricks - 2

And Showtime - one of the evening entertainments laid on for our edification.

Dinner al fresco - 2 - The Beach

     

Day out to Normoutier - and the Passage de Gois - Go on, have a look.

Another dinner

Lunch at Les Sables-D'Olonne - a veritable seafood feast

Looking towards the town and the ferry

Keep off signs on the other side - think we desecrated some sacred cannons here.

The beach front - before the tide came in

Little boy behind Shauna waiting patiently for the tide

On the ferry back

The middle weekend we went to the circus - don't see this in the UK anymore anyway!

Another lunch

Girls' room - reasonably tidy.

French market in St Gillies

Steven comes for tea and card tricks

And gets magic-ed by some French magician - very good too.

Another clown to keep the kids amused.

Another trip to the beach on our last full day.

Shauna about to get de-sanded.

Another magic show, with two star performers this time.

Happy camper

So close to nature.

Final nights karaoke - well the campers liked it!  Our boy Steven struts his thang.

Leaving for home - very early

St Gillies Criox de Vie from the bridge

And that was France.  On the way home we stopped off in Stratford-on-Avon, can recommend a very nice B&B.  Pictures here.

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