Our 1st ever family holiday abroad!! We were so excited to be picked as Eurocamp bloggers this summer! The 1st family holiday in years and the kids FIRST EVER trip abroad! Exciting times!!
So we leave home for our drive to Dover at around 6am … it was raining and miserable! It took around an hour and a half to get there and we were just in time. We were one of the last cars to board the ferry and were parked on a ramp. We leave the car and go up on deck onto the ferry. It was a little choppy and Ed was feeling sick. The kids were UBER excited even with the miserable weather. Here they are out on the top deck… Izzy … flip-flops were not really ideal! LOL!
The crossing was pretty straightforward. My nerves were now kicking in though as I had never driven abroad before and was DREADING the next bit! We headed back to the car to be told by one of the ferry stewards that my car had been rolling about in transit… WHAT? The handbrake was on!! They had to put blocks behind my tyres! Ooops! So now sat back in the car waiting for the cars to drive out and I’m stuck on an upwards ramp with a handbrake that doesn’t work and Im panicking trying to get biting point right so that I don’t roll back and hit the car behind me! EEEEEEEKKK!!! So the cars in front of me start moving away and I pull THE BIGGEST wheel spin in the world… smoke and all… how embarrassing hahaha! The kids asked…. “Erm, Mum? What is that smell??” My response: “That, my darlings, is Mummys tyres!” Off we set, through the smoke and smell of rubber onto foreign soil!
Ok picture the scene… scared witless of driving on the other side of the road… trying to keep an eye on my speed…. it is absolutely pissing down with rain…. “are we nearly there yet?” from the little voices in the back of the car… STRESSED!!!
The journey from Calais to EuroCamp took about 2 and a half hours in total. Quite a drive but as you will see when you read on it was SO worth it.
EuroCamp – La Croix Du Vieux Pont, France… We are here!!!!
We got there, went to reception and picked up our key! Very excited but tired children by this point.
Beautiful 3 bed home with decking area and a close walk to all the amenities. Perfect. It was wonderfully clean with a lovely welcome pack waiting for us along with towels and beach towels. The place was spotless and like brand new!
We unloaded the car and went to explore the resort!
So much to see and do!! An instant attraction for the kids was the man made beach! Amazing!
Although we started with rain in France we had some very very lovely weather too which was an added bonus! We all actually came home with a sun tan!
Another place that we spent quite a bit of time was the swimming pool! There are 4 pools which includes inside and outside, 2 water slides (which Izzy absolutely loved!) and a fountain room for younger kids! Now swimming has always been an issue for Xavier as he hated being splashed and getting his face wet etc. With lots of encouragement we managed to get him in the pool, and standing under water fountains by the end of the holiday!! He even put his face underwater but made the mistake of breathing in instead of out!! Ooops! So proud of my boy for his swimming pool achievements during our holiday!!
Here is photographic evidence!! YAY!!
There were kids clubs for Various ages, that includes LOADS of different activities, which you can find out about HERE. My kids didn’t take part in the kids clubs which was their own choice. I’m not sure how Xavier would have coped. He likes to do his own thing. Izzy was feeling a little shy and also chose not to. We had lots of fun regardless.
A couple of times we took a little stroll into the village down the road to stock up on some supplies and check out the local area. It made for some lovely photographs… which I will bore you with right now!!
The campsite is so very beautiful and clean incredibly picturesque! I took hundreds of photographs and promise to not send you off to sleep with them all but I really have to show you what we were surrounded with during our wonderful stay! There were a couple of fishing lakes, one of which you could hire canoes and pedlos on. There was a table tennis room, lots of play parks dotted about the site, restaurants, bars, a shop and bakery, bowling alley… which we went to and I got my backside whooped by the kids! Also there is Laser Quest, pool tables, climbing wall, bike hire, trampolines, go karts, football station, seriously the list is endless. No matter what age your children are… they will not be bored! I guarantee that!!
Also available from the Main Reception of the campsite is 2 day trips that you can book onto. First and probably most popular is a Day trip to DisneyLand Paris. Second is a day trip to Paris. We opted for the second as the first one was a little out of our budget. We went to Paris! We fell in love with it!! Xavier wanted to bring the Eiffel Tower home with us! It was a VERY long day but so worth it!
As we walked to reception to meet our coach that morning I managed to capture this picture of the lake. It was so stunning!
So we jump on the coach and travel for about an hour and a half into central Paris! When we get there we didn’t know where we were going but just kind of walked and ended up walking round a corner to this:
How magnificent is that?!! Xavier was really blown away by it! So here follows the obligatory Paris shots!! Nooooo I hear you cry! Yes! They are quite good you know! If you ever get the chance to go to Paris…. DO IT!
My gorgeous Izzy sat by the River Seine.
Xavier was feeling a little unwell so we had a rest by the River. He needed to rest his little legs too. It was a very humid day so the rest was welcomed by us all to be honest. I love sitting and watching the world go by especially in unfamiliar places.
We saw L’Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, La Louvre to name but a few. Really not realising all there is to see. There were street artists everywhere too and I bought the most wonderful oil painting.
My 2 fave pics from Paris are the kids with the Eiffel Tower.
We were all absolutely shattered from our day in gay Paris but loved every minute.
What I loved so much about Eurocamp was the happiness in my children’s eyes. Xavier coped so incredibly well with the complete change of routine and new things surrounding him. My kids had an absolute ball on their 1st trip abroad! There was so much to see and do just around the campsite let alone the day trips out. Eurocamp made our holiday amazing. I honestly have nothing bad to say whatsoever. The atmosphere on camp was always calm, everyones faces were smiling all the time, the staff were wonderful and incredibly helpful. We would LOVE to visit La Croix Du Vieux Pont again as we had THE most amazing holiday there. I would recommend to ANYONE. Next years prices and special offers you can check out HERE. Get booking!! You won’t regret it!
We were very sad to pack up and leave camp when our week was over! The sun was shining in France for our drive back to Calais to catch the ferry. Beautiful! You will be pleased to know there were no wheel spins on the journey home and no burnt rubber! I managed to get parked on the flat when homeward bound. The P&O ferry crossing home was wonderfully calm and we were welcomed back home to England in true Brit Style……. BLOODY RAIN!