After dragging ourselves out of bed on Sunday morning, we were rewarded by an amazing event - Biot et les Templiers. For three days the beautiful hilltop village of Biot was cast back to the 13th century to the time when it was a stronghold of the Knights Templar. Although it was the last day, the village was abuzz with displays of falconry, jousting and a real feel of the times. Hats off to the organizers as the whole village was fully engaged in the event, the streets, shops and village folk had all made a huge effort and I want to share with you some of the wonderful sights we encountered.
It's amazing how spending the day exploring a new place can feel like you've had a little holiday, I guess it's the break in routine and getting away from it all even if it's just for the day that makes all the difference.
We didn't actually set out to visit Tourtour, it was recommended by a lovely old French gentleman whom we met whilst fixing TweenieB's glasses in nearby Draguignan. So after a delicious pizza in an unimpressive restaurant in the square, we set off.
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for the blog to be part of their favourite blog 2011, I have decided to add a new category entitled 'Out & About' whether you are an active traveller looking for suggestions of where to visit or an armchair traveller looking to get lost in another world, I will be donning my explorers hat, loading the car with whomever I can persuade to share the journey and camera in hand, I intend to blog my way through picturesque villages, towns and place of interest.
After being couped up for a couple of days we needed to get out all the pent up energy that teenagers and 6 year old's generate and what better place than the forest close to Villeneuve-Loubet. What a fabulous find, I highly recommend it to parents with children of all ages plus individuals who love outdoor activities.
There are areas for children and then they have the REAL stuff for hardline thrill seekers, 4 parks in all. The canyoning looks thrilling, maybe one day I will be brave enough to give it a try!
For the tweenies we chose Pitchoun Forest where they were harnessed up, taught the basics and then it was up to them to work together to navigate three courses of their choice. It took around 1.5hrs and armed with a big stick to give them a helping hand with the hooks, if needed, I walked alongside. At the end of the course my neck ached from looking up for so long. The Tweenies had a fantastic time, although at times it was a challenge both mentally and physically. Were they tired out? you bet - did they go early to bed, you've got to be kidding.
Welcome to my vintage life where I am living my dream renovating an old stone villa in the hills of Grasse, spending my time scouring the local flea-markets finding all things old, vintage and shabby to give this little old house a soul.
Here is a snap shop of my garden where I have big plans to grow as much home grown produce as possible, a place where the children can learn and experience hand's on where their food is coming from and I can learn to live with the land.