Last weekend was spent in Rioz and Besançon, with a group of Sim’s siblings and cousins, and his grandparents. The weekend was organised as a Christmas gift for his grandparents – an opportunity for us to all spend time together. And what a time we had !
The weekend kicked off on Friday night for most, but as Sim had to work until lunchtime on Saturday, we didn’t make it up there until mid-afternoon.
We expected to meet everyone, ranging in age from 2 month old Léo to 80 year old Papy André, in the middle of their sightseeing tour of Besançon, but when we arrived and rang to see where they were, everyone was still in Rioz and in a state of great excitement – Sim’s 26 year old cousin had just split her head open by banging it on a branch whilst straightening up from pitching her tent !
Once her tête was taken care of, we met up as planned and had a great look around Besançon – shopping, waving to firefighters, splashing each other in the fountain, walking along the quai, playing spotto fish in the Doubs river, and having a rest in the playground, with the adults complaining about the swing seats being too small for their bums !
After a fish n chip dinner at an Irish pub, we headed back to Rioz and – our tent !
Sunday consisted of a late breakfast, backyard cricket (try explaining the rules of cricket in French!), a pétanque tournament, an awesome BBQ lunch, siesta, trampoline (even a siesta on the trampoline!), card games, reading, playing with baby Léo and packing up for the 3 hour drive home.
Sim’s grandparents were rapt with their weekend, and I bet they slept well on Sunday night. I know we did !