Well it’s been a long time coming for me to get back into the swing of things lately, and ever since my holiday I’ve very much been trapped in that holiday bubble of not doing much in particular! But here I am today back to it and ready to tell you all about my holiday in France to the small village of Quillan in the south…
So, first day the long travel day of making our way to Gatwick airport and awaiting our flight- for once everything was falling into place. Normally with my family one of us gets stuck because we have something in our bag like liquid make-up that we need to leave behind because its over the limit, but no everything went swimmingly.
The only hiccup was our flight was an hour delayed, but for me that was valuable reading time!
Arriving in Toulouse airport at around 3 in the afternoon we were already pretty knackered, but still we had to pick up our hire car which took forever (but again I used the time to catch some Pokemon!). Once we picked up the car, programmed the sat nav we were away Although not known to us we set the sat nav to take us through the French countryside, beautiful of course and perfect for some photo taking to start the holiday album but our journey was longer than anticipated but we had a good laugh along the way.
At around eight o’clock we arrived at our villa we would be staying in for the next 11 days. Beautiful location on top of a hill amongst the Pyrenees, and with balconies exposing us to the spectacular mountains surrounding us- it was truly spectacular! We were lucky to have our own pool and games room to keep us occupied, and came in handy when we had one day of cloudy wet weather eeek!
Sadly Sam couldn’t come with me to France because he was busy working, and so I didn’t particularly want to be “on my own” so at the last minute I invited my best friend Mollie who has been on a few holidays with us already and so the night after we arrived in Quillan, we had to travel back to Toulouse to pick her up.
I don’t know about any of you but I really love a car journey, and just it being myself, Dad and older brother Joe it was good fun to just chat amongst ourselves and manage to get lost trying to find the airport. The not so funny part was arriving back at the villa at half two in the morning, but it didn’t matter my best friend was here and we were going to get ourselves a tan and have a lovely time.
Having not been to France properly before (I don’t think I can include Disneyland Paris!) I didn’t know what to expect it to be like, but where we were in Quillan everywhere was very peaceful. The locals spoke very little English but it encouraged us all to have a go at our French- very rusty mind you but we got by and of course they appreciate us trying too.
The river Aude runs through Quillan, and on one of our last days we decided to go kayaking. Not my first choice of leisure activity I have to admit but I was willing to give it a go, and partnering up with Mollie was definitely a good idea. It took us a while to get coordinated but in the end it was such a laugh and I really enjoyed the experience, and its definitely an activity I would like to do in the future.
I’m definitely a bit annoyed at myself for not taking as many pictures of the town and food places as I normally would, I failed amazingly at getting the blogger inside of me out into France. I was just completely relaxed and hadn’t really thought about my blog, so that just goes to prove how calm and relaxing Quillan is.
On a more personal note this holiday was to celebrate my Mum and Dad’s 25th wedding anniversary, and so my Aunt and cousin’s Amy & Katie were invited along with Vicky my brother’s girlfriend. Even more fortunately, more of my family were holidaying in Quillan too and we had many BBQ’s and drinks round our’s and gorgeous pastry breakfast’s round their cute French townhouse that I adored so much.
Many of the photos I took in France were of the architecture, I’m not sure what it is but I do appreciate an attractive building and so when we took a trip to Carcassonne I was swamped by the beautiful buildings.
Little known to myself, Carcassonne is the home of a 14th century castle in the old town of the city. Beautiful turrets and towers to immerse yourself into a fairy tale, and a helpful train ride to give you some background of its history. Sadly it was a busy and hot day and we didn’t really have the time to go around the castle itself, but we managed to peek in the inner walls and grab ourselves a drink and crepe!
Most of our days in France were chilled by the pool topping up our tans, we didn’t want a holiday where we were rushing around constantly and so having the pool and games room was such a relief. I can read books all day and dip in the pool when I fancied it, but for everyone else they needed to be more occupied so there were poole championships and table tennis tournaments that got a bit heated!
On one of our chilled days we ventured out to one of the surrounding lakes, but like any Hunter holiday we arrived at an area where it wasn’t the cleanest of places. The lake looked gorgeous and inviting but the mud at the bottom didn’t quite appeal to me and my cousin’s! So a failed attempt at mixing up our swimming locations, but it was nice to get out and about and exploring the surrounding areas.
France is definitely somewhere I appreciate. It’s food, locations, and the people are so inviting and a part of me didn’t want to leave this tranquil village. And as silly as this sounds I wish Sam could have been there to enjoy it with me.
I’m very much a home girl, but I appreciate exploring new destinations around the world and learning more about our world and seeing different sights I may never see again. I would recommend the village of Quillan to anyone wanting a quiet break, with light entertainment and welcoming locals. Just make sure you find somewhere with a pool!
My next travel plans are for January for my 22nd birthday (am I really going to be 22?!) where I’m hoping to visit German capital of Berlin, a city I hear so much about that’s rich in the history I’m fascinated in. So I hope you’ll stick around to hear about my German adventure!