Travel StoriesFrance 2013
France Day 8 - Chilling In The Pool
By Sharon Parker
After the warmish evening it is a disappointment to wake up to it feeling decidedly cooler. Grey heavy clouds seem to bring the promise of rain, so it looks like my big plans of a hot day spent sunbathing and swimming are not to be.
So instead of swimming I decide to get wet another way and go for a shower. The shower was most enjoyable, nice and hot. After the shower water play continues with washing of clothing.
Midday arrives and although the sky is a little less threatening the clouds are still grey and it still remains cool. Well sod it I said I would go to the pool today so I bloody well will. I inform the surprised bf that I am going to put on my bikini and go swimming. Not one to refuse a challenge he follows suit (ha pun intended) and off we go to the lovely pool. It is no surprise to find we have the whole area completely to ourselves. No one else is a mad as us. Well I like to be mad and daft sometimes and I get the giggles as I prepare to dip my toes into the water.
OHH MY - this is brr, brr, brilliant !!
It is cold. No two ways about it. So I guess there is no point it trying to inch in slowly and I just dive on in.
Just get in and swim
The bf however prolongs his own agony by inching in bit by bit. Once we are actually in the water and swimming it is not actually that bad. We laugh at ourselves as we feel the odd rain drops on our heads and float in the water gazing at steel grey clouds. This is fun, I am enjoying having the pool just to ourselves and silliness is good for the soul. As Dr Suess says, "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells." Well I am not sure if it is the nonsense or the cold but I feel very alive right now and my brain is buzzing with a million happy signals.
It's not half bad this swimming in the rain.
In fact it soon begins to feel warmer in the water than out. If we stick out a limb the cool breeze makes us shiver and we duck back under the water. But as much as I would like to stay in the water I have to admit it is time to put away childish things and be a big brave girl and get out of the water.
Being in the water is great, HONEST, just getting in and out are the hard parts
After having a little rest and chill out in the tent we emerge to find the sun breaking through the clouds and it's warming up nicely. Warm enough for shorts even. But as I pose for the bf in the hope of some pics without my thermals on I hear my camera make an usual beep beep sound. The bf quickly hands my camera over like a hot potato and it reads, MEMORY CARD FAILURE !!! Noooooooo the b******. The camera that is not the bf, or more precisely the god damn memory card. I am rather upset at the possible loss of all my photos and videos of the alps. Trust it to bin all my best photos. I know there are recovery tools I can try once home but I know the success will be limited. Chances are I have lost the lot. I am annoyed because while the bf does all the riding I hope to make some small contribution to out travel stories by taking the best pics I can. I know it is not my fault but even so I feel like I have let my side down a bit. Well another lesson learned the hard way, stick to my trusty SanDisk memory cards in future and not some brand I had never used before. I have other memory cards with me at least so I can still continue to take more photos for the rest of the holiday.
After shopping for food I cheer myself up by making a very tasty curry that we both enjoy. After our yummy tea we go for a stroll around the local park. Clearly it is popular venue and by the look of the lovely tables laid out with elaborate decorations and some guests arriving in suits and pretty dresses I guess a Wedding Party will be arriving soon. What a lovely place to host a Wedding Reception.
The path through the park leads us to a beautiful stretch of river. A small white beach nestles besides the crystal clear blue water of the river, a little tucked away blue lagoon.
A little piece of pure beauty
If it wasn't for the clearly imminent arrival of the before mentioned Wedding Party I would tempted to spend some time here. I conjure up images of a romantic beach fire and lying on the sand staring up at the night sky. But no alas this is no secret oasis but a rather busy public park so time to wander back to our tent.
We finish off the night with a quick work out on the campsite's outside gym. Got to work off that curry you know. But we do not last long because actually doing not very much today has made us both rather tired. It is hard work this relaxing I will have you know. It may only be 9 pm but we are ready for bed. It has been a good day, an easy relaxed just chilling in the pool (literally) day. Night, night.
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