We have finally dusted off the family passports and used them to travel a little further afield than we usually manage.
Rich was brave enough to take on driving abroad for our trip, but I helped a little with some extra car signage…
Our holiday destination was a place called La Croix Du Vieux Pont in Northern France near Amiens. We stayed in a static mobile home which was a tiny bit more comfortable than a tent but still it had everything we needed for our stay.
On our first trip out we explored the nearby Soissons where we found the beautiful ruins of the Abbey of St. Jean des Vignes.
The next day we came out to climb General Mangin’s observation tower in the forest of Domaniale de Retz – this was a reconstruction of the original tower used in WW1 to help halt the German advance.
We enjoyed reading all about the tower as well as finding out about the wildlife in the surrounding forest.
After a damp day in the forest (and much use of the hair dryer on wet shoes) we headed off for a day enjoying the delights of Paris.
We queued for quite some time and managed to get tickets to travel up this iconic tower.
Sam and Emily were so excited to be able to come up the tower and couldn’t believe how small the rest of Paris looked from up at this level. We had a beautiful sunny day to enjoy the view in.
Before beginning the long drive home on Friday we had one last adventure, this time to the mostly renovated and very beautiful Château de Pierrefonds.
Lots to see in this slightly crazy castle including lots of impressive beasts and monsters in all sorts of nooks around the castle.
We’ve made it home after our lovely holiday, we are slightly more confident at ordering croissants and ‘glace’ and have slightly weary legs and also have lots of great memories.