On the 19th June we left to go on our first proper summer family holiday, we had travelled to Portugal when Buster was only 6 weeks old but due to allergies and work commitments we hadn’t managed to take them abroad since then.
After much deliberation we decided to go to France and booked 8 nights at La Croix du Vieux Pont we stayed with Canvas holidays and chose a 2 bedroom Choice Caravan with a deck to make the most of the warmer evenings.
After taking advice we opted not to hire a car and instead booked a taxi with Taxi Loisel
On arrival at 10:30 am we walked around the site to get our bearings, K went into the man-made beach and lake and Buster played in the park. Once we had some lunch (the takeaway place were able to make a buster and K friendly pizza which they had more than once!) we went to the swimming pool to spend some time before we could check in at 16:00. We later found out we could have checked in from 15:00hrs!
On checking in we had a lovely secluded caravan which was not to far from the shops and swimming pool and was more than ideally suited for us. The caravan although small was very well kitted out and was mainly tidy(for some reason there was chewing gum stuck in a few places round the walls). We were lacking a BBQ and were promised one which didn’t arrive but we didn’t chase it as we decided against using it so it was not an issue.
Once unpacked we went to find the local supermarket in Vic Sur Aisne we were able to find bread, rice milk and many foods that were K and Buster friendly. We ended up having a very early night after being up from 03:30 and the beds were comfortable- we brought our own bed linen and I brought my own blanket!
The next day unfortunately the pedal boats, trampolines, crazy golf etc were closed so it was another day walking into Vic Sur Aisne and tasting some beautiful pastries – I wanted to get back for photos but again chose to return on a day the shop was closed. We visited the local Tourist information office and the lady gave us lots of tips on walks etc which unfortunately we ended up not getting a chance to do.
Sunday was spent on the beach, playing football, trying beach volleyball it wasn’t good! and yet more swimming. Monday we had another day on the site and tried crazy golf, trampolining and K and Buster went to the Family Extra Kids club.
Tuesday we swam some more K and Buster both loved the slides and would stay in the pools until they were freezing. The indoor pool was slightly heated but the outdoor pool was so cold they only went into it once with MrR and that was with a bribe of €2. We went to laser on site and came out with red faces and sore sides from laughing.
On Wednesday we took advantage of the onsite coach and went on a day trip to Paris. This was an early start and turned out to be a very long day. We walked rather than using the metro and visited the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees were Buster stood on as close to the kerb as possible as that is where the cyclists go at the end of the Tour de France, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
Thursday was a quiet day to recover from the previous long day although we did go on the pedal boats, hired bikes, went on the bungy trampolines and had another game of crazy golf. We also fitted in more swimming and a visit to Kids club. We also visited the onsite restaurant and although during the week we hadn’t been impressed with the specials advertised on the board outside, we had a lovely meal and it wasn’t too expensive either.
Friday was another day trip out to Disneyland. K and Buster were excited but as they are not huge Disney fans were not overly fussed. It was a very warm day and luckily the queues were not to long. We used the Free Fastpass twice once for Thunder Mountain which everyone loved and once for the Buzz lightyear ride. We didn’t see any characters apart from Elsa and Anna as they went on parade. We brought a picnic with us and only stopped for soft drinks and donoughts – the cost of which made us glad we were not having to pay for lunch. K and Buster had great time in the gift shop and came out with a few new items each.
Saturday was our last day and we had to be out by 10am which was very early. Once packed up we stayed on site until 15:30 and spent the time swimming and at the park and had lunch in the Beach bar.
We found the onsite shop and bakery very handy and not too expensive. Buster loved going to the bakery every morning and doing his best to order in French. The takeaway was good value but was extremely slow in the evenings and you had over 1 hour wait for a pizza. The Beach bar turned us away when only half full but did serve carte dor sorbet which meant K and Buster loved going for a treat.
Canvas reps were very helpful and they have two separate locations that are open all day and have a walkie talkie which means you can contact a rep at any time. They also have games, books and some toys that can be borrowed we discovered a love of draughts and had some very intense games as neither MrR or Buster like loosing. Buster left his ball etc. when we were ready to go home. The Kids Club reps were very enthusiastic, full of fun and happy to help.
Kids clubs run for toddlers right up to teenagers and also have family activites, they are on a few times a day and are on from a Sunday to a Friday. We only found out about the cards needed etc. on the Monday afternoon so missed out on a few activities we would have liked to do. This was mainly our own problem though as if he had asked any reps I am certain they would have pointed us in the right direction.
We are already planning another canvas holiday and are trying to narrow down our search!