Mama OWL Blog: Finding their Sea Legs in Corsica | #LoudnProud

Finding their Sea Legs in Corsica | #LoudnProud

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Last week we were fortunate enough to be invited to spend a week at the beautiful San Lucianu Beach Resort in Corsica with Mark Warner Holidays, and during that week I watched my 3 youngest children find their sea legs and learn a whole host of new skills.

L sailing with Mark Warner Kidz Club

Their experience of the beach and seaside has so far been limited to UK beaches such as Weymouth and Cornwall, and so to visit a beach resort abroad with a plethora of watersports and activities available to them was a wonderful new adventure and one they all thoroughly enjoyed. We have come home after the most fantastic week and the children are full of stories of their fun days learning new things & making new friends.

L waiting to go sailing

Considering that just a couple of years ago, L was deathly afraid of water and wouldn't even get his face wet, to see him readily wade into the sea to go kayaking, windsurfing and sailing was a moment I will never forget. For the last two years he has had private 1:2:1 swimming lessons and has made amazing progress - even on the occasion he had a 'moment' during sailing with his dad and launched himself into the sea off the edge of their boat after declaring the Mister 'an idiot' (fret not - he is a good swimmer now, was wearing a safety vest, and the safety boat is always nearby) I was actually a little bit proud that he had just jumped into the sea and started swimming. Don't tell him that.

H windsurfing with Mark Warner Junior Club
H windsurfing with Mark Warner Junior Club

H really threw himself into the watersports available at the resort, and although one day the sea was a bit choppy and he felt a bit seasick (he wasn't the only one either, even one of the instructors felt a bit green!) he made lots of memories with his Junior Club buddy Siwan - they went kayaking, windsurfing (stood up & everything!), and went sailing out over clear blue waters. He showed no fear, and was so keen to try everything out. I cannot wait to take him out on the sea again when we go to Lakitira in October.


E has never swam in the sea, she's done a little bit of paddling but let's be honest - it's never quite warm enough here at home to fully enjoy our beautiful beaches. She was thrilled to discover that the sea was warm in Corsica when she paddled in, she couldn't wait to get out there with Mini Club. Not once did I see her falter, she was lined up with her new chums waiting to climb on the boat or the board - no fear and no hesitation.

E sailing with Mark Warner Mini Club
E kayaking with Mark Warner Mini Club
E windsurfing with Mark Warner Mini Club

I am so proud of their bravery and their willingness to try new things and step out of their comfort zones. They were brilliant at their clubs and really got involved with the games and activities, and tried hard to make new friends and enjoy the holiday experience. They were an absolute joy to watch last week, I only wish that A & J would have been there with us too - roll on October when it'll be all 7 of us together!



Mama Owl

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall My Travel Monkey

28 comments:

  1. That's amazing! What a brilliant experience for them all. It sounds like L especially did brilliantly, having overcome his fear of water he's made incredible progress.

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    1. Thank you, it was such a wonderful week - I didn't want it to end!

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  2. Oh Julie such a wonderful post and such fabulous memories. You must have been so proud to see them out there on the water, definitely was with POD especially when her eczema stung poor thing. Bet you can't wait to go to Lakitira, will be awesome. JD is already pondering a visit LOL :)

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    1. Thank you lovely, it was so great to finally meet you and your wonderful family! We are so excited for Lakitira, especially as it will be all 7 of us. Haha, you should come too! ;)

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  3. Stunning photos! It looks like a beautiful place and it also looks like a lot of fun. I'm glad you all had a wonderful time and overcoming the fear of water isn't easy (I'm afraid of water!) Lovely post. xx

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    1. Thank you, it was amazing! We had a fantastic time.

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  4. I'll be honest here, I've been feeling a tad jealous looking at all of these amazing photographs. What opportunities your kids had! Holidays are always so great to see them developing new skills and maturing. Wonderful :)

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    1. It was such an amazing week, I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to take the kids on such a wonderful trip - truly memorable experiences for them and us.

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  5. Wow, what a beautiful place to visit, it's great that you all had a fab time. I bet watching the three of them have fun on their different activities was a great feeling for you. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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    1. It was such a wonderful experience for all of us, I can't wait to do it all again in Kos!

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  6. It's so lovely to see them, safely, enjoying the sea! Although I still hate you, just a little bit xx

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    1. Haha sorry! ;) it was so great to see, they all had such a wonderful time x

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  7. Wow, what a fabulous week you had. And, it is so wonderful to see kids embrace new things, and to enjoy them so much :) Gorgeous photos x #countrykids

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    1. It really is, they all had a great time making new friends and trying out all of these new sports and skills - a brilliant family holiday! Thank you x

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  8. What a fabulous week you must have had - the activities and kids' club look fantastic. #countrykids

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    1. It was amazing, such a brilliant and memorable time for all of us, we are even more excited for our trip to Lakitira now!

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  9. Love this, it really shows how much they loved it!

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    1. Thank you! They had such a brilliant time - didn't want to come home!

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  10. It's great to see your little ones grow in confidence like this. I sounds like you had a lovely holiday. I'm a big fan of Corsica, it's so beautiful. You might like to link this (or other posts about your time there) to my next #AllAboutFrance linky on Aug 6th (the first Thursday of each month) the details of which you can find on the sidebar of my blog

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    1. It was wonderful, would love to go back again someday! Thank you

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  11. Oh my I so need to go here it looks so stunning and our boys would just love the water sports xx

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    1. It's beautiful, the ideal place for a family break!

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  12. The water looks lovely and the color is just stunning. I live near the beach but theres not a lot of sports that you can do where I am as it can get muddy here. #MondayEscapes

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    1. It was breathtaking, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen!

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  13. Such lovely pictures Julie. We had such a great time didn't we? I can't wait to go back! x

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    1. We really did, was such a shame to have to leave! I would love to go back again! x

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  14. Wow, how amazing the kids just threw themselves with gusto at all those amazing water sports, especially H, you must have been so proud. I've not been on a Mark Warner holiday yet, but they do look fantastic and keep the kids super busy. I bet they slept well! Thanks so much for sharing on #MondayEscapes

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    1. I know, I was so proud of them just getting out there and doing it! Mark Warner holidays are out of this world, just so much for everyone - the perfect family holiday solution!

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