France – Part 1

Well, all good intentions of posting some updates whilst we were away went out the window with the high rates for mobile roaming, and so here is a roundup of our recent trip to France.

We set sail from Plymouth to Roscoff adding a bit of colour to the Brittany Ferries car deck.


Our first week was spent at our friends house near Cognac, and then we started the CamperVan part of our holiday and headed for the coast, to the Ile d’Oleron. We popped into our Snooper SatNav that we were looking for a site with a pool, and it guided us there smoothly. Practicing my best French we booked in and made our way to the pool to cool down. We had decided that we would stay here for two nights, giving ourselves to unwind.

The following day we took the van out, and visited some of the sites on the Island. Great views from the top of the lighthouse.


Back to the site for another refreshing dip in the pool and a BBQ.

The next day we set off again, heading North, slowly making our way back to Roscoff. We stopped by the Transporter Bridge in Rochefort. Now a tourist attraction providing a service for pedestrians and bikes.

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Brought me back to my days at University, and the Teesside Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough

We headed for Les Sables d’Olonne, and found a huge “Aire” within walking distance of the beech. This isn’t quite what we Brits are used to – It was simply a large gravel car park, but the French seemed to love it, it was handy for town, and there was water available.



After the stop in the centre of town we continued our journey up the coast to the Ile de Noirmoutier, where I remember visiting in our family caravan as a child. We crossed onto the island via the bridge, and had our lunch near the causeway, which was flooded at high tide.


Later in the day we returned via the causeway to reach our overnight accommodation on a salt flat! We met the owner who was busy skimming the salt off the top of his pans


We stayed next to his hut, and with a bit of his flavoured salt  it was time to fire up the BBQIMG_2350

Before watching the most spectacular sunset






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