The last couple of days at the villa went by so fast!! We lazed around the pool for another day, just because we could...Ben and Jenna cooked the most wonderful Lemon Pesto Pasta and salad for dinner...mmmmmm, which we teamed with some more Bordeaux red!
Then late the next day the girls decided that as the boys had been to the beach it was time for the girls to have an outing on their own! So we headed to our favourite place, St Jean de Luz for a few hours of shopping. We of course hit the beautiful tablecloth shop yet again and some fabric and another tablecloth or two were purchased, just as a reminder of this wonderful place and we also had to sample another flavour of Gelato just to find our favourites.
We returned just as young Hugh was going to bed and then Nini and I made a big Potato Bake to team up with the left over Beef Bourguignon for dinner. It was a very late one as the oven was being very temperamental!!
After dinner I reluctantly dragged myself off upstairs to pack ready to head off back to Paris.
Time to say goodbye...
How sad it is when part of a holiday has to come to an end, but the memories will last forever!
...the lazy days by the pool soaking up the sunshine
...the fun when you are preparing a meal for the many guests in the lovely big country kitchen
...the walk to get baguettes and croissants as the morning mist begins to lift
...the afternoon siesta
...chatting to Gordon on Skype
...drinking Bordeaux reds late in the afternoon while munching on slices of baguette topped with mozarella, tomato and basil with olive oil and balsamic glaze drizzled over the top!
...navigating in and out of towns...(of course, without ever getting lost)... while Nini becomes expert at driving on the wrong side of the road
...the drives to Biarritz, St Jean de Luz, San Sebastian, Hossegor, Capbreton, Bayonne and even Dax!!
...the evening meals that were a taste sensation and all so different because we had a different chef every night
...the endless laughter and delight that being with family brings
...and not to forget the smiles, the chatter, the cuddles and the wonder of spending your day with beautiful babies and their amazing parents!
Part of me is sad to leave but another part of me is thrilled that I was offered and accepted an invitation to attend the 1st Birthday celebrations of Master Hugh Smith!! Where will we all be when he turns 2????
Thursday morning brought goodbye hugs from Hugh and all the gang then Nini took me to Gare Biarritz for another 5 hour train trip.
Now the adventure continues as I return to explore Paris just a little more.