From the Archives - Originally posted - 7/30/13
Fun in the Sun - Afternoon on the Lake
The other afternoon we met friends of ours out at Carcans Maubuisson. We chose this lake, located close to the Atlantic as a break from the strong crashing Ocean waves. Carcans-Maubuisson is a township composed of 5 smaller villages - Carcans bourg, Le Pouch, Maubuisson, the area of Bombannes and Carcans Plage. The town of Maubuisson sits on the edge of Lac de Carcans-Hourtin. This area is stunningly beautiful and its has been developed with families in mind. At the end of the lake there is a wonderful gentle beach, where on can sunbathe and swim. There is also beautiful long tree-lined walking path all along the Southern Shore. For the more active soul, there are rentals of windsurfers, catamarans, sailboats along with paddle boats. This area is highly prized among Europeans for sailing practice and learning!
We arrived in the middle of the afternoon. It was already busy, but it was a Sunday. Even though there were no spaces in the Public parking area next to the beach, we had no problem parking a couple blocks off the beach area, near the tennis club. It wasn't more than a 5 minute walk to bring all of our gear to the beach.
|The beach area at Maubuisson|
|Many kinds of boats to rent|
|Catamarans - Great family recreation area|
After the kids got tired of playing in the water and swimming, the fathers decided to rent a paddle boat and venture out into the lake. I loved these paddle boats! They all had a built in slide for playing in the water and plenty of room for up to 6 people! Some of the boats even looked like cars!
|The Dads take the older kids out in a paddle boat|
|This was a deluxe boat - room for 6 & a slide for water fun!|
My youngest decided that she wanted just to watch the older kids play. She was having her own fun time making friends and building sandcastles!
|The youngest just enjoyed floating around|
|She also loved playing with new friends on the beach.|
This particular afternoon was bittersweet as these good friends are headed back to the States and this was our last family outing with them. My older two children have loved having "American" friends here in France and will miss them very much.
|Best Friends!! So glad we live in the modern technology age, so these two can keep in touch!|
|Wandering around town, looking for the perfect restaurant - so many to choose from!|
|Sample menu - salads, lots of grilled choices & traditional fare|
|Bikes for all sizes!|
|The other set of Best friends!! We will miss you guys!!|
|Time for a walk - after dinner!|
|Loved the quietness of the beach after sunset!|
|Paddle boats - all lined up - ready for the next day|
|Quiet and peaceful time|
|Even the moon added it's own characteristic|
|Yes, that would be my children...heading into DEEP water. I laughed at their choice of place on the beach - My adventurers! They keep us on our toes! |
(As my oldest pointed out, it's doesn't say No Swimming, it's just pointing out a drop off!)
I look forward to returning to this area, it's about an hour Northwest of Bordeaux and a great spot to just hang out and relax!! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer - as the heatwave has settled here in France, we are certainly enjoying being so close to water!!