Camping - The Alphabet Adventures

Camping!! So much fun! Our first family camping trip has been a success and we came home exhausted, a little bit damp, with shoes full of sand and a ton of washing after just 4 nights away! Camping Panorama du Pyla is a campsite just south of Bordeaux at the foot of magnificent sand dunes and views of the Atlantic. We awoke to the sound of paragliders flying above us and before bed watched the sun set over the sea and tucked ourselves into my crocheted ripple blanket for bedtime stories. We had one day of glorious sunshine before the rain descended sending us out on a mission to find things to do in the local area.

Arriving at the campsite we were allowed to camp anywhere on the site so we found a spot to pitch our tent that gave us a good view of the sea and the beach. We unravelled our tent and tried not to look like total novices putting it up whilst families with swish campervans overlooked us. I had dinner all ready to heat up which was a lifesaver as the boys ate whilst we set up. By the time we had finished it was getting dark and we settled in for the night ready to explore the next day.

We spent day one at the beach. The sun was hot and the sea was cold and the boys were more than happy making sandcastles, digging a paddling pool, finding jellyfish, and splashing in the water. When we'd had enough we climbed back up the sand dune which was no easy task as every step you took you slid half way back down again. We explored the campsite which had a kids play area, heated pool, bar, restaurant and (expensive) shop. We had a game of mini golf before another meal back at the tent.

With a drizzle of rain throughout day two we stopped at the campsite information desk where we picked up a handful of brochures of things to do in the local area and decided on Kid Parc. Here the boys were free to go on any ride they wished and drag us on with them. We drove cars, boats and trains, they got lost in the ball pool and bounced around in the fun house. We watched a show of a woman making just about anything from balloons and Jacob won a bag of sweets in the tombola.

By the time we arrived back at the campsite the rain had stopped and we climbed the sand dune to watch the sun go down. Andrew tried to get the ultimate sunset picture as the kids rolled around in the sand. We attempted a family photo but I seem to be a master at anticipating the flash and managed to have my eyes closed in just about every picture apart from the one above.

More rain the next day so bowling it was. Jacob's first try at bowling was hilarious. He slid about in his bowling shoes and stood with hands on hips as he watched the ball painfully slowly roll down the kids alley. He squealed with delight when he managed to knock over any number of pins. Andrew and I got a few games in too in between making sure the kids took their turns. I lost 2 games to 1 but then the kids were pretty distracting and interrupted my flow...that's my excuse anyway!

We had originally planned to stay 5 nights but we didn't fancy a final night in the thunder storm that was forecast. Before we left however we had to make a trip to the Grand Dunes of Pyla. They are a pretty amazing sight. We climbed up to the ridge at the top and looked out over the forest and sea. I'm not going to write too much now as the Dunes will be our next Alphabet Adventure post!

This trip has made me long for more travelling and to show the boys more of the world. I can't remember the last time we all really took the time to stop work/school and just enjoy being in each other's company. We're hoping to plan a European trip before the end of the year but for now we can enjoy the French countryside more as Spring awakens villages, towns and local attractions.

What adventures have you been on recently? Have you ever been camping with kids?

Seychelles Mama


  1. Beautiful photos. It really looked like a wonderful trip and location. #sharethejoy

  2. I really want to camp with our Little People at some point but I think I'll wait until the Little Man is a bit older - not sure he'd stay put in the tent at night at the moment! Looks like you had a fun time together - so important to spend that time isn't it? And those dunes are amazing!! Thank you for linking up this fun post at #sharethejoylinky and hope to see you again soon x

  3. Love photos Becky! In June we have to go to a wedding near Nice, and as the hotels there are SO expensive we've been toying with the idea of camping. I'm very nervous about it though - I've never been one for camping anyway and can you imagine trying to get glammed up for a wedding party at a camp site?? My husband is dead keen though, and your photos here and on IG do make it sound like a lot of fun... Any chance you've got a post on "tips for camping with kids" coming up to convince me once and for all? ;-)

  4. Wow what a beautiful place to camp! Looks really lovely!! I'd love to take Arthur camping I know he'd think it was the best thing ever!!!
    Your boys are so so cute by the way!! You got some really lovely photos and it sounds like some really amazing memories too
    It's great that this trip has sparked an excitement for more family travel too!!
    Thanks for linking up this lovely post for #myexpatfamily

  5. hi becky! really lovely photos of your sweet family! we love the southwest of france!


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