In this gorgeous land that I call home we have beaches galore, we have rivers aplenty and we even have a lake or two. Conveniently located only 45 minutes away is Lac de St Cassien, a large man-made reservoir covering 3.7 square kilometres, surrounded by natural bush. The lake makes a great alternative to the beach on a hot summer's day, the main reason for us being the pedalos for hire and, unique to the area, an "Aqua Park" consisting of enormous inflatables and trampolines on the water.St Cassien lake was created in 1966 to produce hydro-electric power and has since become a popular recreational area. Nature lovers as well as water sports enthusiasts are well catered for as the western part of the lake is given over to a nature reserve, la Réserve de Fondurane. Ancient forests, around 180 species of bird, and Roman remains can all be found here. But let's be honest, that isn't why we go there!