Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A LA PLAGE


Nothing says summer like a day (or 14) at the beach. So fairly unplanned and impromptu, Victoria packed some water, towels, a giant blanket and a large umbrella to head off for a good day at the coast. The umbrella was a great idea and it gave us much needed shade in order to be able to spend the day at the beach without getting burnt to a crisp.

From our door in Jarnac to feet in the sand in Royan  it took us one hour and five minutes. Not that far really, about Cochrane to Okotoks. 
We arrived at 11am and for high season, with perfect weather and beach time, we thought it to be very quiet actually. There are people yes, but not packed or even half crowded. Maybe because it's a large beach?  Even parking was a breeze. 

We relaxed all day, Isabella and myself went for a few nice swims and I took Victoria on a walk all the way to the end, where Royan runs into st. George. Thanks to a falling tide we were able to make it all the way past the cliffs before turning around.
I had no idea that ducks are comfortable in salt water as well, we saw a flock of them swimming in and digging into the sand for food. I have no idea what they were after, does anyone know? Algae? 

The only downside to the day was a mediocre lunch, though a great location right at the beach, the restaurant clearly is trying to rake in the dosh inside a short season. So much potential, so little effort. So for next week, we will bring our own.






SETTING UP THE SPOT

RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE KIDS CLUB


VERY QUIET FOR AUGUST

SHARK!!!

NO SHARK

BIG FOOT

A FAMILY PICTURE

ALL RELAXED

THE VIEW FROM HERE

AND HERE

LOOKING UP

POTTER BOMB

NOT THE BEST FOOD

FISHING SHACK

AT THE ST. GEORGE END OF THE BEACH

THE DUCKS FROM JARNAC FOLLOWED US|?

WHAT ARE THEY EATING?

MMMMMHHH, SALTY!

6 comments:

Prada wong said...

Who has Mickey on belly?
So relax......

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H.Peter said...



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Nadege said...

My niece, her husband and 3 kids are in Royan for few more days. They live in the Pyrenees and love the ocean. If it is anything like Manhattan Beach, we do have some soft shell kind of crabs in the sand that all kind of birds feast on (even crows). The beach was not crowded at all on that day. Lucky!

H.Peter said...


Interesting on the crabs, Nadege.

We do enjoy Royan. maybe because it is not St. Tropez and it's traffic?

Does your nice and her family like it there?

Nadege said...

I just had only one email from Royan but it seems like they are having a good time. The kids are very young, 2,5 and 8 and they love the water.
(Of course when you have school age children, you don't have choices when to go away, but all those hoards of tourists are really hard to take and of course as you mentioned, traffic and also high prices are really too much to take).