“That’s how it started, as simply as that … imagine being woken up by the sound of the breeze moving softly through the trees and the call of birds. We found the pair of binoculars in the Panda chest and tried to spot some birds we may know!
We quickly took a shower to make the most of our day! (We prefer showers, it is so much more economical than having a bath, and moreover the flow regulator helps us reduce the quantity of water we use).
Breakfast time! On the menu: local and organic products from the surrounding farms, homemade pastries and breads, and some jam all the more tempting than the other. The kids had a weakness for some dandelion jelly. Yummy! It was also the perfect moment to grab some information from the owners: why did they choose the label Panda? What fauna and flora inhabit the landscape? What eco-materials did they use to renovate the gîte? What do they grow in their garden?
But enough talking! We equipped ourselves to explore this amazing nature: binoculars and guidebooks from the chest for us, magnifying glasses and butterfly nets for the kids. We followed the nearby footpath that led us to the heart of the countryside.
We didn’t recognize a wild herb: we decided to take it with us to show it at the owner. This is maybe edible and she can cook it for tonight’s table d’hôte dinner.
Between wood and marsh, the kids were delighted to take a close look at insects thanks to their observation equipment, to learn what a flower pistil was, etc. Everything was new to us!
In the afternoon, we rented electric bikes and had a blast driving in the Regional Nature Park. We stopped at “La Maison du Parc” to get some advice: ecomuseum, exhibitions, visits to local farms and other excursions in nature … we did not have enough time to do everything we wanted to, so we decided to come back the day after, to the delight of everybody!
Time flew by so fast that it was already dinner time! We were very eager to taste what the owner cooked for us: a flammekueche as starter, a regional specialty as main course, and fresh fruits for dessert.
We came back home with the feeling that we did discover the Regional Nature Park in a different way thanks to our stay in a gîte Panda. We now see things differently and we changed some of our living and consumption habits.”