Wanderlust with Kids

October 30, 2016

Instagram gives me a serious case of wanderlust. Since my very early days of using the app I found photographers to follow who captured the kind of landscapes that I only saw in my dreams. It was these photographers who really got me hooked on the app and kept me wanting to come back for more. I follow many more such photographers now, and my “bucket list” of travel destinations grows by the day it seems! But fulfilling the wanderlust is not easy when you’re a Mum to two small children is it? I don’t particularly want to leave them behind, but taking them with me seriously narrows both the times that travelling is possible due to school, and the adventures that can take place whilst away.

I’m very lucky in that my work as a photographer has offered me several opportunities to travel this year. There are a few trips which I’ve sadly had to decline, due to the reasons above. It’s almost impossible for me to leave the kids behind for more than a day or two. However, our recent trip to Cannes sponsored by Hotel Barriere Le Majestic was one which seemed to tick all the boxes for the three of us. School holidays, a short flight, a five star hotel with a heated pool, a private beach, a kids club, exquisite dining… “oh yes I think I can manage this” I said to myself.

Well what can I say, I managed a disaster that only I seem to be capable of. I am a grown up, I really am, yet sometimes I’m not sure I should be allowed to leave the house in charge of small humans! The alarm went of at 3.45 the morning we travelled, we got up and left the house in good time, got to the airport, checked in, went through security, fed the tired children, went to the gate, went to the toilets…. aaaaand missed the flight. Argh!!! I still feel sick to think about it. Walking up to an empty gate and wondering where everyone had gone, that gut wrenching realisation and seeing the bus pulling away from the gate which apparently could not be stopped or returned. Our plane sat on the runway for another half an hour, but there was no way to get us to that plane. We’d missed it by 30 seconds.

My son burst into tears, I almost did too. The only way to get back from a gate by the way is wait to be escorted back through security and passport checks. It’s a very long walk and takes a long time. I then had to figure out how on earth to get my sad and disappointed children to Cannes The solution was an expensive new set of tickets, a two hour train ride to different airport, and a new flight which was then delayed by over an hour. Sigh. Had my kids not been so looking forward to that swimming pool I would have very happily just gone home and climbed into bed for three days.

Anyhow! We made it 🙂 a little later than planned, but seriously it was worth it when we got there. When you climb out of a taxi to be met by a friendly concierge who kindly peels all your bags off you. When you’re shown to your beautiful suite with a balcony and a view over the French Riviera. When you sit and drink a cold beer from the mini bar whilst the children jump happily on the beds. The travel woes already seemed far behind and the stresses of the day were lifted from my aching shoulders.

The next day we had a lovely chilled out day. Delicious room service, the morning in the pool, lunch down at the beach, kids club in the afternoon (and a little exploring for me), an evening beach visit and photography session, more room service and a good night’s sleep. The food in the hotel was amazing, the service was great and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Everything at the hotel was really geared up towards children, including lovely teddy bear blankets and balloons in the room, and a good selection of food on the menu. My boys really loved the kids club, they are not at all phased by not being able to speak the same language as the other children They easily made friends in the pool with some French boys, who they then saw again in the kids club in the afternoon.

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Poolside at Le majestic

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Water Baby

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Room Service – These kids are so lucky!

In fact this is one of the loveliest things about taking them to new places. They have already been to Paris over 18 months ago and asked us then what the French for “hello”,”goodbye” and “thank you” were – well my eldest remembered and both of them were very happy to use their knowledge! Seeing my four year old cheerily say “bonjour” to the hotel staff in the lobby was one of the best things about the trip and really warmed my heart. I love that they have some knowledge of other nationalities, languages and cultures.  I really hope one day they grow up to be citizens of the world, with a love and respect for everyone and everything in it.

It’s not only the cultural opportunities, but the fact that they had a chance to swim in a warm pool, paddle in the sea and play on the beach. It’s also very special for me to get to spend some time with them like this, away from the chores and the computer. So we had our mini holiday, some fun in the sun, some memories made. I may not be rushing off anywhere again in the next few weeks (haha) but the wanderlust hasn’t waned. I am so lucky to be getting these wonderful opportunities, and I will not be deterred. And now I know  – never go to the loo just before your flight leaves.

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Their favourite activity!

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The beautiful beach side restaurant

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The pier off the hotel’s private beach

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He’s never happier than when on a beach 🙂

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Action shot

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Such a gorgeous sunset

Our travel and hotel stay was generously gifted by the Hotel Barriere le Majestic in Cannes. You can follow them on Instagram here and see their website here.

 

 

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33 Comments

  • Reply Rachael Smith October 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Oh Hannah! I can only imagine how you must have felt when you missed the flight!! Nightmare! So glad you got there though, You’re clearly a grown up for solving that problem alone, pretty sure i’d have headed to bed!! Looks and sounds like an amazing trip! Stunning photos, always love your outdoor photography!

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Oh Rachael it was the worst feeling on the world! If it had just been me I’d have gone home – but for the kids I knew I had to sort it out. First thing I did was text my Dad! Anyway thank you so much, it really was worth the effort. It’s never simple but it doesn’t have to be as complicated as I make it!! Hahah xxx

  • Reply Tim October 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Sounds, and looks, like a fabulous hotel. Well worth a visit.

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 30, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 well worth it in the end xx

  • Reply Diana October 30, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I think you are brave to “fess up”, many of us would have never dared to admit it! It joins the stories of lost purses and just bought jeans left in the next changing room…..
    The children look really happy, what a fabulous experience for you all, and beautiful soft seascape photos too.

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 30, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you, I didn’t plan to and hadn’t really told many people about it until now! I think now we are home safely again I can laugh about it. Yes these kind of “disasters” do seem to follow me around don’t they! xx

  • Reply Julia October 30, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a day that must have been!! Glad you got there in the end and had fun in the sun x

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 30, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Oh Julia, I’m a walking disaster! It was such a nightmare but I’m so glad we made it in the end! xx

  • Reply Christine October 30, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Oh you poor thing! That must have been so upsetting and stressful for you to have missed the flight but good for you for persevering and making it happen! Sounds and looks it was well worth it for sure though. x

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 30, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you Christine, it was the most awful moment!! But I’m really glad we persevered and got our two days in the sun 🙂 xxx

  • Reply Ali October 30, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Oh Hannah! So glad to read a stressful beginning turned into a stress-free joyous experience 🙂

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 30, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Ah thank you Ali, I’m so glad it did too. One day I’ll figure this stuff out, haha xx

  • Reply Janan October 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Bloody hell Hannah!!!

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      Argh I know!! What a plonker xx

  • Reply Shazu October 30, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    You are so brave. I would have been the first to cry! I love traveling but everytime I do, I am always nervous. Glad you and the boys enjoyed. All the pictures looks great!

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 30, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Ah thank you my dear, it was that awful feeling of being completely stuck and it was better to plough on than to give up! I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s a nervous traveller though, it’s hard with young kids and they find it so tiring. I’m always worried whether the benefits will outweigh the problems, but I think in this case they really did, so we were very lucky! Thanks for reading xx

  • Reply Ania October 30, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    It sounds like a great adventure. Glad you have a beautiful stay in Cannes and your pictures are truly beautiful. 😍😍

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 30, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you so much for reading Ania! We had a really lovely time once all this was behind us! xx

  • Reply Victoria Masterman October 30, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Oh my gosh Hannah! I would have freaked out missing my flight too, with two little one’s that just takes it to another level! (I’ve missed one flight as an adult, thought it was a 6pm flight but it left 12 hours earlier at 6am 😳, I rang my dad too!). But what a magnificent hotel and place, another one for my last too x

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 31, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Oh it was the worst feeling in the world! Especially after the nightmare with Oscar’s passport and getting to Cyprus for the wedding, I really wanted this to be a little consolation for Oscar. Oh blimey I’m glad it’s not just me anyway, I’ve heard stories of the wrong day, the wrong week etc. It’s easily done! xx

  • Reply Kath Caley October 30, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    You’ll laugh about it for years to come but my, what a stress! Such beautiful photos! Glad you eventually got to enjoy your break! x

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 31, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Thank you Kath, it was short but sweet and definitely too days well spent in the end! xx

  • Reply Kath October 31, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Oh my goodness what drama! Good on you for ploughing on , it looks like it was worth it!!

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 31, 2016 at 9:22 am

      I’m a walking disaster it would seem!! Never again will I think “oh I can relax now I’m at the airport”!! xx

  • Reply Rhoda October 31, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Oh I have missed a flight by minutes too! And without children! 😬 It’s so hard to remember everything, haul bags around and pacify tiny people that you end up stressed and boiling hot. Glad you had a wonderful time after and the photos are wonderful! xx

    • Reply Hannah Argyle October 31, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Oh Rhoda it’s the worst feeling isn’t it, just awful!! I’ve been close before but I knew I was late and was running. This was just an awful shock, there were no announcements or calls for us at all! I still don’t really understand how it happened! And yes airports are stressful, I don’t think people without kids realise how hard it can be, especially when you’re outnumbered xx

  • Reply Jules November 5, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Oh my gosh – when you messages saying you had missed your flight I really felt for you – but I have to say reading your words here send my heart to my mouth – it must have been such an awful feeling, and such a palaver having to go to another airport etc. Well done you mama – you deserve a medal after all that. This is so beautifully written Hannah – I love that line ‘peels all your bags off you’ – such a great description – having just had our trip off to NY I can totally relate it, we had SO much stuff and that is exactly how it feels when your bags are taken out your hands and off your shoulders!

    Looks like a stunning hotel, and an amazing trip. So happy to hear the boys had a wonderful time, Bonjours and all. I hope to get to Cannes one day too! And beautiful photos as ever xxx

    • Reply Hannah Argyle November 6, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thank you my lovely, we really have had our fair share of travel woes recently! Haha. We did survive though, there is definitely something about having little ones to look after that makes you pull yourself together! Thanks so much as always for reading xxx

  • Reply Della November 6, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Oh hannah….what a disaster in the beginning but thankfully it all worked out in the end.
    It looks like you had a lovely time in the end.
    Love the pics…it looks amazing xxx

    • Reply Hannah Argyle November 7, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Della, such a nightmare!! I’ve had more than my fair share recently, haha!! Need to avoid airports for a while 🙂 We had a really lovely time in the end thank you xx

  • Reply Claire - This Little House November 14, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Oh Hannah, you poor thing! I can just imagine how incredibly stressful that would have been, so pleased you could find alternative travel because my goodness does it look like it was worth it!! What lovely little gents you have as travel buddies xx

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