The thing i love the most about the south of France is the weather! There is no way i would be able to get in a pool or the beach(if there was one) in frozen Paris in the spring. But here in the Languedoc Roussillon region we have had temperatures as high as 24’c degrees so far. Last week my family and i visited the beautiful Carnon Plage which is about 15 minutes from center Montpellier. The water was not as hot as in Cannes or Monaco, but it was warm enough for us to splash in it.
Our favorite thing to do when going to any beach is to take a picnic and eat before getting in the water. I know people always say not to swim after eating but we can’t help it! It’s like a ritual of ours. The minute we sit down we get to eating, relaxing, then help each other put on our bathing suits by covering up with towels. On our day to Carnon Beach, we reapeated our so called beach rituals before jumping in the water, before collecting sea shells, and then some mussels by the edge of the groyne which my husband ate for dinner. Ewww…but he just loves them! 🙂
One of the things that always surprises me is the naked ladies at the beach. For some reason some women don’t mind showing off their breasts in front of kids and others. I have seen that on every French beach i have ever visited. Right now there is a weird and stupid law (not that i would break it) in France that doesn’t allow women to breast feed their babies in public places which to me makes no sense at all. I mean it’s ironic since we have all these bra-less ladies walking around at the public beaches in front of families. France is just strange that way sometimes.
Besides the naked ladies I also see a lot of naked kids running around. It bothers me a lot too to see since i suffered sexual abuse for many years as a kid; i mean, what if there is a child sex predator around taking pictures of the naked kids? In my opinion, its not cool on the mother’s part; or maybe it’s just me and it bothers me because i am not used to it. Another thing i noticed in Carnon Plage was that dogs are not allowed either. I saw a couple of police men giving warnings to people with dogs. There are signs everywhere about it but somehow people kept showing up with their furry pets.
But even like so,naked kids, bra-less women, dogs and and all; we managed just fine and had a wondeful relaxing day! The sand was smooth and warm and the water was pretty clear; not a lot of rocks like in Blue Beach Nice. By the way, the parking is great, you can always find parking on the first street nearest to the beach. I definitely give this beach a 10 out of 10. Here is a short video about that day which i had previously posted on my kid’s utube channel Vianka’s World! Blessings!