Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Centerparc Sologne

We went on a little holiday to Centerparc Sologne over the weekend (Friday to Monday). It is a lovely vacation resort set in the countryside of Les Hauts de Bruyères. The entire concept of Centerparcs is vacations in nature with plenty of activities. Most of the parks/resorts have a huge indoor water activities area with slides for all ages, waves pools etc, indoor and outdoor activities for adults and kids, and many restaurants within the compound. Basically we do not need to leave the resort once we are there.

We booked ourselves a two bedroom VIP villa for the stay and prepaid for three meals within any of the restaurants in the compound. Since we drove there, we brought along some food to cook for some of our meals and some breakfast stuff.

There is really a lot of things to do in the resort. The favourite part of the vacation for Laetitia had to be the indoor pools. She just love love love being in there. The waves pool and the kids slide are top on the list. On the first day,m something silly happened. Etienne told me she loved the slides and mentioned that Laetitia would show them to me. Anyways, I misunderstood the directions and ended up taking Laetitia to the adults slide. As the slides are of the same colour, she insisted that she did go on them and I happily decided to take her with me. And boy did I almost scare her off the slides for a while. The adult slides are really fast and the plunge into the water a little harsh that even I was a little taken back not to mention a small little three year old. However, all my brave little girl did was look a little shocked and did not in any way cry or whimper. And then she agreed to go on another of the adult slide with me (which again, I misunderstood to be one that is a little slower than the first one we went on). Opps mummy! Of course she did say that she does not want to go on them anymore. When I finally realised my mistake, I felt really bad for a while. Luckily for me, I managed to redeemed myself by getting her to go back onto the babies (0-3 years old) and after the kids (3-8 years old) slides.

On the other hand, Loïc did not like being in the pool very much. The first day he went into the waves pool which was about 29 degrees celcius and was not happy at all. It was too cold for him. On the second day, we tried the baby pool which was 32 degrees celcius and he tolerated it slightly better but soon started to get upset. And on the third day, I decided that I will just stay in the villa with him while Etienne and Laetitia went off to the pool before meeting them for dinner.

Here's little sumo before getting into the pool.
For the rest of the time, I had initially hoped that Laetitia will be able to do some outdoor activities such as pony riding but the weather was quite bad when we were there so she ended up doing indoor stuff most of the time. She played a lot in the kids' play structure, tried her hands on mini golf, ride a bike with her papa, played air hockey with both her papa and I, went on a electric car circuit etc.

Loïc and I in the villa.
The master of the universe.
Papa and son, abeit a bit of a squishy face son.

Laetitia and I on the merry go round.
Three of us in the restaurant.

Papa and daughter outside our villa.
Totally crashed out after on the drive back.

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