It’s the beginning of July, and while for some this might mean long lovely summer days with the family, for me it means…the Tour de France!
Not taking part obvs, not even watching, but the grand tour that takes my husband out of the country for nearly a month. He’s a cycling journalist and this is his mecca.
It means for him the challenge of a lifetime, living the career dream, for me it means juggling work, home, a dog and a three-year-old.
(single parents, you have my utmost respect)
Last year, just before the tour, we got married. It was the best week ever. But having your husband leave the country for the best part of a month, less than two weeks after you get married is tough. Really tough.
So this year we decided we’d get some quality family time in the bag before he left. Biarritz in France is our favourite place in the world. It’s our ‘happy place’. We’ve been a good few times, mainly because when we lived in Birmingham flights were SUPER cheap, and we could nip over for a couple of days for £26 a flight and be on the beach within a couple of hours of leaving home.
I fell in love with the place, and fall more in love with it every time we go.
But the last time we went was 2012, two months before I found out I was pregnant, and we’d not managed to get back. So we decided we’d spend our wedding anniversary in our favourite place and we’d take some family to share it with us.
We got cheap flights from Birmingham and booked a nice house we found online.
Our wedding anniversary was bliss. The house was self-catering and had a little pool so we spent the day bobbing around with our daughter and had lunch at home. And in the evening we popped out on our bikes for a pizza. It was as simple and perfect as I ever could have hoped.
This photo for June’s ‘Me and mine project (where you take a photo of your whole family each month) is us out for pizza all together. It’s so important she has these memories – that she was there at our wedding, there at our anniversary. When we got married, it wasn’t two people marrying each other, we were a family declaring our love for each other, promising to love and support each other forever. We are a team in our ups and our downs. I know she’s too little to remember these moments, so I hope me and mine is something for her to look back on. And it’s so lovely for us all to be on pictures together when there are so many we’ve jus taken of each other.
Three days after our anniversary, my brother-in-law, mother-in-law and her partner all flew out to join us and we had a perfect couple of days hanging out, being silly in the pool, cycling around, paddling in the sea, just relaxing and laughing lots.
One evening, we even managed to leave our daughter with the in-laws and snook out for a quick drink alone. What a treat!
Biarritz is beautiful, one of the loveliest places I’ve ever been, I can’t wait to go back!
(Flights to Biarritz are available through flybe , we booked our house through Air B&B, but have stayed at a couple of hotels I’d recommend including the Mirano hotel – uniquely decorated, little chic place with amazing owners, the Oxo – small but centrally located, and the ocean – amazing hotel, best location, expensive!)
Thanks to rainbeaubelle for the me and mine project idea – where you take a photograph of you and your family each month.