Holidays are precious things. Time to be with the ones you love without any distraction other than being with each other. As a family we enjoy our holidays and are lucky enough to squeeze a few in now that we have a caravan, we can hitch up and go. This post is a little ode to our recent break away in France, it’s not a travel guide, I didn’t receive anything for free, it’s not full of trendy Scandi style eateries or homeware stores just a simple post about the most beautiful eclectic, idyllic unspoilt corner of the world that we called home for two weeks.
I found peace in the little town called Le Pouldu, it usually takes me a few days to settle somewhere new and even more after a long journey like ours but within hours of setting up our mobile abode I felt a sense of ease which was rather refreshing. This small town in Southern Brittany is unpretentious, it isn’t full of tourism or lots of Brits, no big hotels or camp sites that are all inclusive. You have to fit in with the local French folk who live there and that is exactly what we did, it was so liberating.
We hardly went anywhere in the car, only if we needed a supermarket run for supplies we couldn’t get from the local grocery store. We walked everywhere and explored a new corner every day discovering the coastal paths, through the streets and fields to the port, short cuts to the beach, back up the main street to window shop in the unique artisan stores. The houses were dreamy and we talked of owning one to live in forever, especially the ones with sea views.
The proximity to the sea from our little camp site was just perfect, you could hear the waves as you woke on a morning calling to you. I swam everyday in the Atlantic, floating, cloud watching trying to savour every moment to the memory bank for those winter days to come. The beaches in small coves weren’t full of tourists just locals enjoying the sunshine, I felt part of something bigger, laying in the sunshine toes in the sand, catching up on many books I have been stockpiling.
Everything goes at a different pace over there, it was restorative to be part of it even if it were for only a short while. Breakfasting later with fresh croissants and coffee bought that morning, even later lunches of crusty baguette and goats cheese with a glass of local cider to the sound of boules being played on our camp site. Afternoons lazing on the sand, swimming, laughing, reading being with each other. Evenings wandering markets, watching firework displays, drinking muscadet by the port, walking the paths of the town to watch the sunset over the horizon or enjoying a meal out learning more French and being treated by the waiters to after dinner rum.
I always like bringing home with me a few things to remind me of places we have visited and this holiday has been no different. We invested in a new piece of art, small and simple but by a wonderful artists called Marie-Laure David who has a gallery in Pont Aven the town of artists. I treated myself to some exquiste ceramics in a cool store in Le Pouldu La Station by ceramist Anne Huet Rapeaud and of course the obligatory wicker basket and a couple of monochrome hammam towels from the local market.
Whilst away I truly switched off, I didn’t think about anything apart from what I was doing that day. I didn’t plan or work, I hardly posted anything I was just living in the moment which was refreshingly wonderful. On my return it has made me think a little, wondering in what direction I want to go with when it comes to Tea with Ruby, I suppose I’m not quite sure, I’m not one for chasing the bright lights, scrambling for the next big thing or shouting about it constantly, maybe I’m getting left behind but hey c’est la vie. What it has taught me is to live every moment in the now, I’m sure something will come along to engage me once again in this funny old world we live in.