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France 2011: Day 7-8 (Bordeaux)

Very, very wet.  It was feeling a bit like the caravan episode of Fr. Ted.  There was a swimming pool in the campsite but this wasn’t open.  In the afternoon it cleared a bit and we headed off on the bikes.  We found a big Auchan store and did some shopping.

The following day before leaving we did the usual water and waste emptying procedures.  It was 12:20 when I went to check out.  They charged for an extra night.  We won’t be going back to Le Village Du Lac, Bordeaux.

Le Village Du Lac, Bordeaux

Le Village Du Lac, Bordeaux

We headed South to Mont de Marsan.  Using the coordinates in the Aires book, we found a small aire about 2km outside the town.  I took the bikes down and we headed into town.

Aire, Mont de Marsan.

Aire, Mont de Marsan.

France 2011: Day 5-6 (L’Houmeau)

Au Petit Port

Au Petit Port

In the morning we decided that we would spend another night in the campsite.  When I went to book I was told that the slot we were in had been booked for a week so we had to move to a slot at the far end of the campsite – no more wifi in the van.

In the afternoon we got the bikes down and headed into La Rochelle.

The next day we were on a mission – to get to an Irish Pub in Bordeaux to watch a couple of hurling matches:  Dublin v Limerick and Waterford v Galway.  We rang ahead to the campsite (Bordeaux Lac) and confirmed that we could just turn up after the matches. We set the sat nav to find the Connemara Pub.

We were cutting it fine to see the start of the first match.  We ended up doing a few circuits of Bordeaux before finding a place to park.  We found the pub and settled in to watch the matches just at the end of the first half of the Dublin v Limerick match. The staff obligingly put the match up on the big screen. We were seated next to a family supporting Limerick.  Dublin won.

Having been in Tullamore for the Dublin v Galway match and seen Galway’s revival against Clare and Cork I was looking forward to seeing this continued.  It was not to be and I exited the Connemara Pub an unhappy man.

At the end of the Waterford v Galway match, Connemara Bar Bordeaux

At the end of the Waterford v Galway match, Connemara Bar Bordeaux

We found a route through the streets of Bordeaux back to the campervan and made our way to the campsite.

France 2011: Day 4 (Nozay)

Nozay Aire

Nozay Aire

We continued South to La Rochelle.

So far we had stayed in aires.  The aires book gave sat-nav coordinates so finding an aire was straightforward (most of the time).  Today we were looking for a campsite.  The French campsite book (in French) was not so simple.  After a few circuits of La Rochelle we found a campsite in L’Houmeau – Au Petit Port.

We got a pitch close to the entrance, beside the ping pong tables and close enough to access the free WIFI.

France 2011: Day 3 (Mont St. Michel)

We went for a wander through Mont St. Michel.  It was very busy – quite a contrast to the night before.

Mont St. Michel Street

Mont St. Michel Street

In the afternoon we headed South and ended up that evening in an aire in Nozay.  To overnight should have been 5 euro.   There was an issue with electricity so they decided not to charge.