It's the final week of summer - it went so fast - I can't believe it's almost over. It was definitely a different summer for us. In the past my kids have spent a lot of their time in the summer at day camps & we have usually only had a couple of weeks to go somewhere as a family. This summer, we split our time between hosting visitors, touring people around, visiting my husband's family in the Dordogne and a lot of family time on the beach & in the pool. It was so nice to have so much family time. The older girls enjoyed a week away at sailing camp - and my youngest enjoying doing a week of French day camp. But for me, it was just nice to enjoy being together.
I took lots of photos of some great places to visit around Bordeaux - Cap Ferret, Cadillac, Sanguinet, and of course enjoying the Parks & wineries around Bordeaux. But for now, it's all about getting the kids ready for school next week. La Rentree as they call it here in France takes on a whole different meaning than just "Back to School". The French really know how to vacation. In August, we experienced certain stores closed, some for just a couple of weeks, others for the month. It was even evident at the public market, as many vendors were not present - obviously off enjoying the summer! Even our bread store had limited supply as so many customers were away. The traffic in front of our house slowed to almost nothing. It's just so amazing to see so much of life affected by vacation. Just walking around the village, it was so quiet. It's actually very nice to know that so many people are able to enjoy time off.
So this week, as my oldest is taking a French review course each morning at school, and we double check our back to school lists, do some school shopping, we say goodbye to summer -
Au revoir to those lazy days of summer, relaxing in the water, freedom of staying up late and sleeping in...
I'm excited to watch the town come back alive, get back into a routine and for me - I have a little more knowledge of how life in France works. Look for some upcoming posts on some of our little jaunts and summer adventures - but I'll end this post with a couple of my favorite pictures of my youngest - enjoying the waves at Cap Ferret. I love her meditative pose - watching and taking in the waves - a great memory of summer!