In July 2016 – 4 adults and 24 children went to stay at the KCC run centre in Hardelot, France
DAY 1 – Bonjour Calais!
Having departed Godinton at 7:30a.m. we had a smooth journey to Calais. We “sailed” through customs and security checks, and arrived in plenty of time to stake our claim in the food court on P&O’s Spirit of Britain.
We all tucked in to a hearty breakfast – just the thing you need before a sea crossing!
Fortunately we all managed to keep our breakfasts down, and we arrived in Calais just before 12pm local time. Unfortunately our coach was a little delayed so we ate lunch in Calais, before heading straight to the Hardelot centre. We arrived at the Hardelot centre at around 4pm and promptly made ourselves at home, making our beds and unpacking, before enjoying a delicious 3-course French meal.
After dinner we continued to explore the centre and all the various activities that they have on offer: Beach football & volleyball, challenge trail, outdoor performance area, games room (including pool table, table tennis, football table, large games & many others things) ….
By 23:00 local time we were all fast asleep and looking forward to visiting Hardelot the next day.
Unbelievably the children needed to be woken up at 7:30am this morning. Our breakfast was a very traditional croissant, baguette & hot chocolate – we learnt how to say each of these items in French, and re-capped on the language that we had learnt yesterday.
After our rooms had been inspected, we relaxed a little before preparing to depart for Hardelot Plage. Sun tan lotion was liberally applied by all. We had to walk the 4 miles to the seafront, which took us about an hour to complete.
By the time we arrived we were more than ready for our packed lunch, which we enjoyed sitting on the promenade (as it was high tide).
In France the shops close for a long lunch – in Hardelot this meant that many of the shops were closed from 12:30 until 3pm. This meant that we could have a leisurely lunch and recover from our walk before heading into the “centre ville” to practise our French and spend some euros. Hardelot is a very small town and we enjoyed looking at all the shops and buying some souvenirs. We ended our visit by purchasing either a slushie drink or an ice-cream, unfortunately (as all the grown-ups were busy eating “le glace”) there are no pictures of the mammoth ice-creams we had!
Having refuelled we realised that we had to walk another 4 miles back . . . and that this time it was uphill! Whether it was the sugar rush, or just a deep desire to get back and sit down, we actually made better time on the journey back. According to Mrs Taylor’s fitbit we had walked an amazing 18,750 steps!! Again we were more than ready for our evening meal, 3 delicious courses and more new language.
We were then treated to some light-entertainment from some of the boys before splitting into two groups.