First of all, I want to wish a New Year full of surprises and joyful moments to you, my readers. Thank you for following my adventures and for taking the time to comment, it is always very much appreciated. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break, ours was different this year but Sexy Hubby, Cute Doggy and I had the most wonderful time.

My daughters were spending Christmas with their Dad and I must admit that in their absence, I do not see much point in having a big family celebration. It was also our last chance for a holiday for a while as Sexy Hubby is starting a new job. We pondered flying somewhere but for a week only – as it was then our turn to have the girls for New Year – it seemed a bit short. Plus we would have had to leave Cute Doggy behind. Then Sexy Hubby had a stroke of genius and suggested heading to the South of France. He did not need to say this twice and after stopping at my Mum’s on the way for a lovely lunch, we arrived in Gruissan in the evening.

Sexy Hubby has said that as soon as he gets there he feels totally relaxed. I agree, and the fact that we had no phone or Internet connection that week made it even more peaceful. Apart from one day with showers the sun shone the whole time, providing with us with much needed energy. We slept in, went for long walks on the deserted beach, ate simple but tasty food and enjoyed the fabulous local wines. We settled on the balcony wearing just a jumper or cardigan and moved our chairs along to follow the sun until it disappeared behind the wall. I read six books during that week… Some evenings were spent with our friends who live there the whole year, others just the two of us, cuddling up on the sofa to watch a movie together. We had the most chilled out Christmas Day ever. Our “plans” went out the window as Sexy Hubby played guitar only once and I only had one yoga session too. The temptation to be outside was simply irresistible!

Gruissan was not as deserted as expected but the atmosphere was certainly different from the summer crowds taking over. The market was smaller and the harbour quiet. No avoiding hundreds of trolleys while food shopping. We loved that new experience.

Our Christmas Eve meal was an assemblage of starters, followed by a slice of Yule log “pour deux”. We decided to attend the midnight mass – which was actually starting at 22:00 – in the Narbonne cathedral, expecting something really special. Now in Switzerland or Germany you have to be there at least an hour early if you want to sit down. We therefore arrived at 21:00 and first had to walk around the whole cathedral to finally discover the only door unlocked. Once inside, we joined the other… eight people already sitting! We will know next time: the vast majority of worshippers arrived between 21:55 and 22:05, and mass started at 22:10. It lasted two hours and by the time we left, we were deep frosted despite winter coats and in my case, a woolly hat and a pair of gloves. No chance to warm up as not a single café, bar or restaurant was opened. The texts read during the service struck a chord with me, but I was disappointed by the lack of choir and the poor sound system. I think next time we will settle for the earlier mass in the more simple Gruissan church and head to the Café de la Paix afterwards for a vin chaud!

Because there will be a next time. Most definitely.

Sunrise Over The Sea In The South Of FranceOur view on Christmas morning…

Keep Calm And Wait For Santa Chocolate Advent CalendarThe last piece of my chocolate Advent calendar!

Christmas Tree In GruissanChristmas Decorations In GruissanWalk On The Beach With DogHeart In The Sand On The BeachBeing sentimal on the beach…

Dog Enjoying The Sun On The TerraceCute Doggy resting on HIS chair after a beach walk

Yule LogOur sweet Yule Log!

Midnight Mass Narbonne CathedralWhen we arrived at the Narbonne cathedral for midnight mass…

Selfie On The Beach


36 thoughts on “Our Alternative Christmas”

  1. This sounds like a lovely way to spend the festive season lovely! that yule logs looks amazing!!

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful new year

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    1. Very unusual but we had a brilliant time, I hope you did too.
      Thank you and a wonderful New Year to you and your family too. xx

  2. Well, I am very envious. I love the south of France, and I would have loved to run away for Christmas. Maybe next year. You look well rested and very relaxed x.

    1. I totally recommend the experience, think about it.
      We do look well rested and very relaxed, quite different from a pic we took at the Christmas market before we left… xx

    1. It was really, really lovely… 🙂
      I hope you had a nice time in your new home too.
      A very happy New Year to you all. 😀 xx

    1. LOL! I think Sexy Hubby is perfect for him… 😉
      And well done for spotting the funky wellies!
      Happy New Year to you too! 😀 xx

    1. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
      Very different in winter time but equally lovely.
      A wonderful new year to you too. xx

    1. It was all of that! 🙂
      I hope you and your family had a great time too, and I wish you all the best for this new year. xx

    1. We so needed that, KV, and it exceeded our expectations. 🙂
      A very happy New Year to you too. xx

  3. Thank you so much for this share. You are a very beautiful couple.

    Cute Dog is big now ! But still cute 😉

    1. Thank you so much, my friend. 🙂
      I saw you had a good time too.
      And yes, Cute Doggy is still the cutest!! 😉 xx

    1. It really, really was, thank you! 😀
      I hope you had a lovely time too and I wish you and your family the very best for 2015. xx

  4. I feel all relaxed just reading this – a different but wonderful Christmas for you both. Wouldn’t mind a slice of that Yule log…

    1. After reading about your busy one, I can understand why you feel so relaxed…
      The Yule tasted really nice! 🙂 xx

    1. It is an impressive building and it definitely was the perfect place to spend Christmas! 🙂 xx

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