Life in a nutshell, 'cos it's better if you're nuts!

A collection of random thoughts, adventures, happenings and general goings on in the Gardner Family.
Bags, Birds and Beers

Bags, Birds and Beers

How difficult can it be to find a restaurant that’s open at lunchtime ? Unless you’re by the seaside, it’s apparently near impossible.

St Martin de Ré

St Martin de Ré

A lazy morning followed by a lazy afternoon in a quiet town and an early night. Zzzzzzz.

The Big Barbeque

The Big Barbeque

We had to wave goodbye to Granny and Grandad, and then consoled ourselves with a beach and some ice creams.

A Lot of Not a Lot

A Lot of Not a Lot

On this day we reached a new peak of inactivity. It should probably be a trough of inactivity

Châtelaillon-Plage

Châtelaillon-Plage

We needed a relatively relaxed day, so we took the kids to the beach for a plodge in the sea.

New Friends

New Friends

Today we resolved to do nothing much in particular. We were successful. Apart from the bit where we went out for dinner.

Île d’Aix

Île d’Aix

The Île d’Aix is a small island of the coast a little south of La Rochelle which is accessible only by boat, and where there are no cars.

Roche Courbon

Roche Courbon

From the outside, the Château de La Roche-Courbon looks like it was designed by someone who owns a lot of Disney Princess dolls. It’s very photogenic.

The Aquarium

The Aquarium

La Rochelle’s aquarium is definitely the best I’ve been to. It can be rather busy, especially when the weather isn’t great, but the displays are brilliantly done and there’s plenty of them.

Chilling Out

Chilling Out

This post could have been called “Not a Lot Happened” but it was quite busy with swimming, domestic disasters, and a bit of DIY.

Île de Ré

Île de Ré

A day on one of the most scenic parts of the area, the Île de Ré, somewhat spoiled by erratic behaviour from both myself and the kids. Tiredness, huh ?

The Two Towers

The Two Towers

One of the best bits of La Rochelle is its old harbour, the Vieux Port, where the harbour mouth is dominated by two massive old stone towers.