A week in Provence

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Just back from a wonderful week with the family in the South of France.  It was a much needed break and a time for us just to spend time together as a family. It was the first holiday where we actually felt like a cohesive family.  We were able to spend time together as group – not just in the swimming pool – but on actual days out and even to visit historical sights!

Provence was stunning.  The light is just amazing and everywhere there is the scent of lavender on the breeze. And of course life feels so much better with some sunshine.

We splashed together in the pool (M and I even got to sit on a sun lounger for possibly a whole half hour while the children played), we explored the back streets of Avignon (under the guise of looking for the train station) and we even managed a long family meal out at a proper French restaurant (thank goodness for iPads…).

The little boy marched over Roman aquaducts, paddled in the Gard, ran through Papal Palaces and clambered over rocks to a ruined chateau.  There was only one tantrum like meltdown – and that was when we wanted to stop and taste some wine! (boring adult alert…)

A got lots of quality time once the little boy was in bed – it turns out she’s a mean chess player.  And she was a star – looking after her little brother and for the first time really cementing a relationship with him.   Along with asking some really interesting questions about the world around her and trying out new foods.

It’s taken a little while (5 years really…) but it finally feels like we have accepted who we are as a family and have adjusted to our here and now.  I’m sure there are still rocky roads ahead – that’s true of any family – but for now I’m going to revel in the memory of the laughter of my children and the scent of lavender on the breeze.