Cheers to you France.

by The Good Life on July 11, 2016

in France


The crew of crews.  Ilmo, Spencer, Mareike, Sani, Me, Koen, Sarah, Lucy, Stype with Mr Weaver taking the photo.  Olive and Lenny were deep in slumber by this point.  After two trips back to France from the states, and then 3 summers down here, the SW of France has quickly become one of my favorite places on earth.   I thought to illustrate this post, I should use Sanis photos which, lets be fair, are way better than mine. So a few things which I love here.

  1. Friends. One of the best things with France and its not really France at all, but with all it has to offer, you can always find good people up for a trip.


Spencer always makes the trip and no matter how busy a schedule she has, always loves visiting down here, and this year had a new surf friend in Lenny.

Of course Lenny met a new friend also in Olive so he had a sand eating buddy.

Lenny seemed pretty proficient by the end of the trip.

He also had a crush on Lucy I think.  I can hear her now “Cuco Lenny, Cuco Lenny”


Of course, its friends, but also spending time with those nearest and dearest.  The one and only Wifey.


2. One of the other reasons, I love France.  Land of the Free.


It looks like a small thing, but after living in the states for a while, where the law makers don’t feel that we are responsible enough to take a beer onto the beach or drink in public at all, because maybe someone gets addicted to it, having a beer on the beach is a wonderful thing.  No one got addicted in the taking of this photo.  Its funny that law though, because if you wanted to sit on said beach with a gun concealed, you can do and many would encourage it, if you have your license with you.

I love this guy too.


Not in that way, but just for the fact, thats what he is into, and in Europe, its not frowned upon, intact this guy has his own stretch of the beach “La Natuerelle”.  Again, in the states, its created all kinds of chaos, women wanting to go topless, but in europe people don’t even look when they see a 60 year old bloke drinking a beer going for a walk to the waters edge to get that all over tan.

3. Surf.

Of course this is a big draw. Dr Koen, taking Sarah, Mareike and Spencer out for a serious heat on day 1.  So good to see the amount of rental schools now where people can actually gey great equipment, such as the Hurley centre which Koen has been setting up.


Of course Mr Sani, crushing a wave in Estagnots.  This was such a fun day.  I think we were both out for 3 hours, which resulted in a few good photos, a badly bruised rib for me thanks to the crazy woman who dropped in on me.


Mareike just crushing the waves out there too.


4. Vino, beer, cider, anything else you can find.


These kronenburg stubbies are like water in France, and go down very quickly.  Its not that i drink much normally, nor even get drunk on holiday, but just with a nice sunset, having a couple beers is a nice way to end the day.


Or share a vino.  I love this photo with Spencer.  We’ve known each other for 6 years now maybe, I remember first meeting her when she was doing back rodeos in breckenridge, and then got injured if I remember correctly.  Since then, we’ve been round the world it seems, had ups and downs, and throughout she has had fun, been a great friend, and been later focused on her goals.

5. Sunsets.  Yes its cheesy.


but when Koen is out paddling and it looks this good, don’t begrudge me that.


This was the scene most nights at sunset.  And also 3am and 5am, as Lenny seemed to have his schedule all over the place, and so having him in the ergo baby was one of the few ways to get him to relax and sleep.

5. Dinners in the sun.


This was one of the best dinners of the trip, cooked up by Koen and Sarah, and is my perfect kind of dinner.  Easy, mellow, lots of fun, and a beautiful sunset.

My dad also visited and had a great time with us all.

6. FOOD.  Of course.


From my favorite place to eat anywhere on earth i think, Chez Minus, which is so simple its brilliant.  To new spots like the oyster bar.


To the amazing pastries selection which we over indulged in every day.  I wrote it before, but in france everyone seems to eat pastries, drink wine by the bottle, have oil on food, yet no one is fat.  No one.  I didnt see anyone “obese”, no any vegan menus, but everyone seems healthy.  I mean they all smoke too, so maybe its just something in the water, but there has to be something said for it.

IMG_3381Thats it.   More blogs than I have written in months, in 2 weeks.

Yes there are more reasons to love France, but for now, thats it.  This photo will keep me ticking until next summer.



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