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Camping on the beaches of the Mediterranean

Reporting from Els Prats Campsite

sunny 30 °C
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OK, well not quite on the sand, but 200m or so back. When it’s quiet we can hear the waves breaking. This campsite is quite different to the last one... or maybe it’s just that summer holidays have started for many countries. Here we have French neighbours on each side of us, and our plot is about 7m squared, and along the row from ours to the beach there are about 10 tents or caravans and a small road. It looks like some people are here for the whole summer, and have proper fridges and tellies (rentable from the campsite) with them. Others have put a surface down or an awning up to extend their living space and have proper outdoor settings, rather than camp tables.

Every day the kids are off to Mini-Club, where they do crafts or treasure hunts and a range of physical activities. While they are there, I go and join in the Aqua Aerobics session in the pool. Afterwards we have a light lunch and then go together first for a swim in the Mediterranean which is gorgeous and calm. Jie Jie has built up her confidence and is swimming and diving into the waves, but Didi tends to stay chasing the breaking waves in and out on the beach. After a swim there, we go up and lie by the pool for a few hours. The kids both love the pool and typically let their hands and feet wrinkle up like prunes before they will even agree to getting out!

For the longest time, Didi has described his own swimming as ‘like a brick’, and has fought going in the water and putting his head under. He hated swimming lessons when he was 1, 2 and 3 years old, and was never much of a fan of having his face washed. He seemed to love going in the water, but was always insistent on having a floating ring or a bubble on his back and would never venture into deep water, or would cling on to us begging not to go under. It came as a little surprise when this week he asked for a snorkel. We bought both kids one, just cheap ones from the camp store. They came with a mask that blocks their noses. In the space of one short afternoon, he can now float and put his entire head underwater and use his arms and legs to propel himself through the water without touching the bottom. Now I’m not pretending he has suddenly turned into Grant Hackett, but he has announced now ‘I can swim and I can float at the same time, really!’. With a couple of days of practice he is now also happy to put his face under without the snorkel and mask!! And he doesn’t panic when using the snorkel if it fills up with water!! Amazing!!

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Yesterday we ventured from the norm and went to visit an old medieval town called Montblanc (not the home of the fancy pens in France). It was a walled city and surrounded by mountains. I loved it as it was still lived in, and the houses and alleys were quaint, but current. The town square was gorgeous, and we enjoyed a break in the early afternoon and had the most amazing Apple Carpaccio with Jambon and Raspberry Sauce tapas dish, with a fruity white wine. In the centre of Montblanc was St Maria’s, a gothic church, built on the site of a previous church, first consecrated in 1333. We were out in the heat of the day, and quickly learned from the dry heat, why many businesses close for siestas for 3-4 hours in the middle of the day!
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We have had a range of dinner options, enjoying Paella in the restaurant, salad and roast chicken, cooking on our camping stove and of course take away pizza... what holiday is complete without pizza?!?

Oh, and did I mention continuous blue sky.........

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Posted by aboo10 08:34 Archived in Spain

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What a wonderful holiday!! And swimming with snorkels.... Great fun! Well done! And those skies are beautifully blue!! xxxx

by Libby Glenn

Great variety of things to enjoy - love to hear about them all!

by Rosalind Pearce

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