After three weeks spent inland and a long journey across France, this family of beach bums were ready to be reunited with the coast. Where better to do that than from the top of a massive sand dune?
We arrived in the evening and parked nearby so that we could get up early the next day to avoid the crowds.
At 2.7km long and 110m high, Dune du Pilat is Europe’s biggest sand dune. Despite this we still couldn’t find it at first
following Jim’s directions.
After 20 minutes looking for the right path, which was obviously in the direction I said we should go in the first place, we found ourselves at the bottom of ‘the sand mountain’, as Ivan described it.
We started our ascent to the top.
From the top, the views were breathtaking. On one side, the sun rising over the deep green pine forests of Aquitaine and on the other the vivid blue of Arcachon Bay. With a yellow ridge of sand between, stretching as far as the eye can see.
So what do you do once you climb to the top of a sand mountain?
Run around a lot.
Build some sandcastles.
Practice yoga poses, just for Instagram.
Make a sand angel.
Contemplate your life, while staring wistfully out to sea.
Take a selfie.
And, of course, the best bit, run back down like a lunatic.