After several days of rain, the sun finally put in a very welcome appearance at the end of our first week of holidays so we decided to head out into the fresh air. As usual, I had a vague idea of where we'd be going but we always play it by ear so if we see anything exciting on the way, we can divert.
We started off with a walk along the canal by the barges
We saw the first fragile springtime blooms poking their heads out of the grass.
Pierre got very excited by the double-decker bus that has been transformed into a pizza restaurant because it reminded him of our weekend in London.
We stopped off for a play in a little park where I knew there was a geocache - it's still there so we swapped over a few treasures.
We had a look on a big statue (with big boobies, as Pierre pointed out !) for a nano (ie very small) geocache.
We found it cunningly poked into one of the holes and suspended on a thread (which I already knew because I'd done this one on my lunch break a while ago but I didn't dampen the kids' enthusiasm by telling them !).
Heading into the commercial port area, we found another cache (that I'd also already found on my lunch break) in a big anchor.
On to uncharted territory as we crossed the huge lock. There are big signs everywhere saying you're being filmed by CCTV and you're not allowed to be in this area without an official reason - would geocaching count ?! - so the kids were freaking out and we moved on before finding the cache.
As I pointed out, even if the signs do make it look like you shouldn't be here, the lighthouse is only a few hundred yards away and that's open to tourists so I'm sure we wouldn't be in trouble ! I told you all about Dunkirk lighthouse here.
We found the geocache and dropped off a travel bug.
The kids were flagging so I said we'd stop exploring and head to the beach for a play before going home ... which involved a big detour anyway. We ended up walking 11km in total (nearly 7 miles) so it's hardly surprising they were tired !
At the beach, the kids wanted to take off their shoes to play in the sand but they soon gave up because their feet were frozen !
Well, we visited one lighthouse but I still haven't made it to this one in the distance, that I vowed I would get to last year. I just need to convince Madhouse Daddy because it's too far to go on foot or by bus !