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Camping in France

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I thought I'd pen this article for people considering camping in Europe - France particulalrly as it may provide some clues as to what to expect and how to find what you want. My family and friends might be a little bemused as for the need for this, but I've linked this post to a travel forum for others to benefit from.

This is not in any way definitive, but it should give a little preparation to those considering camping in France. I also think that pictures are invaluable - something I've struggled to find on the web so far.

Finding campsites:

Dead easy. Practically every town and village in France has campsites either right by it, or a few Kilometers away. Many have a "Municipal" campsite - these are generally cheap, but crowded, As a general rule of thumb - if there is scenery, tourist attractions, or pretty towns, there will be lots of campsites in the area.

Along the roads in and out of each town/village/area you'll see road signs with "Camping" writen on them and icons of a tent and a caravan. Frequently the sign will have the name of the site/s and their star rating. More on star ratings .....

In our experience (a mid 30's couple), unless you are travelling with kids and want lots of facilitles it is best to avoid 3 star and above sites. Don't get me wrong, we've stayed at some very nice 3 star sites in Normandy, but you'll generally find you are paying for lots of things you'll never use / need. You'll also frequently get the "Butlins" feel.

We have found , so far...

Unrated sites: Tends to be a field with electricty in limited areas, a basic shower and toilet block, and access to a freezer. Some of these sites can be fantastic. The prettiest we've stayed at was an unrated one on the Dordogne.

Camping on a farm: Not tried this yet but drove through one. Much like unrated sites. The toilets looked even more basic but this will vary wildly between sites. Some of the best views to be had for sure.

Up to 2 star: You tend to get the addition of a pool, bar / restaurant (usually with limited opening hours), much smarter shower / toilet blocks, access to a washing machine, abundant power, access to a freezer (for your blue ice blocks), "Static-home" like accomodation available, daily bread orders, well marked pitches.

3 star and above: These are run much more "professionally". Pitches are separated by neat hedges, the pool/s often have water slides etc, there is normally mini golf, activities for the kids, restaurant, bar, take away (steak frites, chicken frites etc). Everything else from the lower star sites is included.

Our conclusions are:

2 star and below: You tend to get far more "friendly" hosts. Often they live on the site in a caravan or static trailer. Prices are cheaper. The sites are usually more picturesque and you tend to find the guests are mainly mature couples or families with toddlers (no need for water slides for them yet!). Using the freezer for your ice blocks is usually around 40-50c per go. Often they'll have a "trust" system - you put your money in a bowl when you use the freezer.

Catering can be limited, but nearly all sites offter a system where you order your bread and pastries for delivery on site the next morning. The site we are currently at in Provence will take pizza orders for the whole site and ring a bell when they arrive (we don't all want to cook every night!, especially after a bottle of Rose in the sun)

Unrated: We've had a great stay on an unrated site on the Dordogne. The host was not in the slightest interested in taking deposits. He was even hard to find when it came to paying! You helped yourself to his chest freezer in his garage. There was electricity, a basic shower / toilet block, and that was it. The location was beautiful, and unusually, as you were basically in a field, you could BBQ - something that is banned pretty much everywhere unless you use their own special facilities due to the obvious fire risk.

3 star and above: On the whole - we have generally found these hateful places. They are usually plonked out of the way and are huge. Completely self sufficient and cut off from the rest of the world. These seem hugely popular with families with lots of young kids. There is plenty for them to do. Consequently there is never a quiet moment. These sites tend to get the most road signage.

Nothing is for free on these sites. On one site they refused to let us freeze our blue ice blocks, but instead, charged 1.5 Euros a time for a frozen bottle of water - which is no where near as efficient as proper ice blocks. Frequently we would be refused large plots / pitches as they were reserved for caravans and campervans, yet we'd pay the same rate as them and get put in a tiny "tent" pitch. Wi-Fi is normally several Euros per hour and only if you take your laptop near the reception/bar area.

These are efficient businesses catering for large family holidays.

A side note on the Muchelin green Camping France guide book - the vast majority of sites it lists are 3 or 4 star. If you want 2 star and less, you need to drive to your chosen area and then bumble about a bit looking out for camping signs. The best option is to go to the Office de Tourism and they'll give you a list of all local campsites.

Wi-fi - we have found this varies wildly. The French are catching on to the fact that wi-fi can be a deal breaker for a lot of travellers now. We've found several 2 star sites that offer free coverage accross all their pitches. Worth looking out for. In every instance we've been to a 3 star site advertising wi-fi - it's been chargeable, and does not cover the pitches - you have to go and sit at the bar - where they sell your beers for 3 Euros a pop. Expensive wi-fi!

Our overall experience so far is the lower the rating, the nicer time you'll have. Sites actually IN towns tend to be a expensive, crowded, and grubby.

Oh, a note on rivers - France has many! We though camping by the river would be a doddle. Not so. Practically every campsite we have looked at by the river is separated by a fence - safety for the kids one assumes. We did find one in the end - it was an unrated site.

Costs:
Unrated - we've payed 4 Euros a day, plus 2.5 Euros a day for electricity.
2 Star: figure around 15-20 Euros a day with electricity (big tent, car, two people - same cost for camper / caravan)
3 star - we've paid 32 Euros a day including power. We've seen over 42 Euros a day on the coast.

Anyhow - onto where we are at the moment. This will give you an idea of what to expect. We are at a 2 star site in Provence, in the Luberon region. About 5 mins drive from APT.

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(We are the green tent on the corner) Expect tarmac on 3 star sites - and a 1000 cycling kiddies zooming past all day

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(power and water - these are dotted around most of the place - you'll need a good 20m lead to cover most scenarios. Adapters are available for a few Euros if they are the caravan style sockets)

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(A modest, but cooling pool, with BBQ are behind (2 Euros for coal) - Expect this to be teeming with splashing and screming kids by 11am. Oddly , today, it's empty!)

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(reception - cold beer, freezer, snacks)

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(These are called "Comforts" - popular with families)

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(Showers, toilets, dish sinks, waching machine, hand washing sinks) - very clean, hot showers. The whole of France seems to operate on the "press for 10 seconds of water" tap system.

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(Cheaper, and nicer - most sites have a more basic field - you need one heck of a lead if you want power, but for that you get beautiful views and tranquility)

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If you want cold beer, rose, fresh food, and the ability to shop for a few day's meals, you NEED a portable fridge - this one is 12v so I had to get a 240-12v converter for 24 Euros. I put 2 blue ice blocks in it each lunch time. In the heat here, they are 100% nescessary for the fridge to have any hope of keeping up. I have 4 blocks, and cycle them.

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(Obvious, but essential - chairs and table)

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(A pitch on an "unrated" site - with power)

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(The view from our tent on an "unrated" site - again with power)

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(A spacious pitch on a 3 star site in St Emilion - notice the hedges separating each pitch - seems nice at 1st but feels insular)

The question of bookings comes up a lot. We've found no reason to book ahead, particularly with the lower rated sites. Conversely, in July, we've found several 3 star sites that show "Complet" on their road signs (full). The site we are now in is filling up (30th July) but there is still plenty of room to move about. We've moved our tent once to get a getter spot. The hosts often can tell you a site is full on one day, and the next there will be 3 spaces - they just don't know - people often (like us) know how long they are staying for. So if you find a site you love, but it's full, or there are no pitches with power free, ask if you can pitch up in a corner somewhere until a better spot becomes available. We did this here. and moved the next morning.

Camping kit - stuff that we have found invaluable:

12v pump for our air bed - we see people getting hernias every day pumping away on a pump that is the size of a fire extinguisher. Air beds go down slowly, no matter how well made. They need topping up every couple of days.
12v Chilled cooler box - these fellas drop the internal temperature to 15 degrees below the ambient temperature outside. Given 12 hours they will chill beers, but to work well, they need supplimenting with the blue ice block things.
Folding table - want to spend weeks sitting on the floor?
Comfortabel chairs - the canvas ones pictures are USELESS. They look great, and every petrol station in the UK sells them for a few quid. The are NOT comfortable for more than an hour. You just sink in them and they do your back in. Buy some nice "directors" chairs. We've borrowed a couple of comfy plastic chairs from our very helpful host(ess)
12v Rechargable lamp.
And a suprise entry - we bought "tent lights" - three separate LED lamps on a wire - you can turn them on and off from your bedroom, and from the living area - they make the world of difference at night time. No more fubling around with your main lamp.
Picnic blanket - not all pitches are grassy - especially in the South. Expect a fair share of baked dirt.

Further things that have randomly popped into my head...

Toilets and showers have ALL been clean and nice so far. Some a little tatty, but nothing frightening.
Camping well outside towns means no road noise and a distinct lack of "plonkers"
Expect 70% of your camping neighbours to be Dutch or German :-)

I know I've missed lots so feel free to ask any questions in the comments area of this blog.

Posted by Dodgey 01:30 Archived in France Comments (5)

A Week (or two) in Provence

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Our last couple of days in Arles we spent sight seeing in the town itself. They have a very impressive Roman ampitheater, though there is local debate on whether it is being over-restored or not. I'm of the opinion that as long as they leave old parts as well as renewing parts, then you get the both of both worlds. You get to appreciate the achievements of the past, whilst also getting a proper feel as to how it would have looked when in use.

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We thought about paying 5 Euros to look inside, but to be honest, it looked like a bunch os seats when you looked through the arches, and we decided to pay an extra 2 Euros and come back the following evening and watch a "bull race". We'd get to see the inside, and see something happening to boot!

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The bull race was mildly entertaining. To be honest, the bull seemed more frightened of the numerous people chasing it around, trying to grab a "ribbon" from it's horns. There was a lot of showboating, particularly the competitors slowing down when fleeing to give the bulls a chance to get coser. All for the drama. We watched a few of these then bailed out. As suspected the interior wasn't much to talk about, but good fun to sit in a used ampitheater. Can't wait for Rome!

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After Arles we craved the countryside again. We definately decided that beaches are best saved for Asia. So we headed into Provence proper, loosely planning a route accross the Southern foot of the Luberon mountains, moving accross into the Verdons region.

We had a super drive through the Luberon region and kept going into Verdons where we stopped for lunch in a tiny village square. We decided that the Luberon looked so nice and lush that actually, we should turn back and take another look! :-) So we did.

We've ended up in a lovely place near a town called Apt. A campsite that only has 24 emplacements, is as quiet as can be, and has stunning views over the mountains. We are stying here for a while.

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It's so peaceful here - no screaming kids, no roads near by. All you can hear are the birds and insects. Talking about insects, they have les Aragnes here, or Les Spidres as I call them (sounds better). We found one in our tent on the 2nd day and it was like a mini tarantula, no kidding. Huge body and thick legs. I was watching some French chaps packing up yesterday and one of them let out a yelp of terror and shook his shoe upside down. A huge spider fell out and ran accross the grass. I was over 10 meters away and I could see it running in the grass..... We have since bought a special spray that is supposed to form a barrier that the little (or big) buggers won't cross. They do though, but then they die slowly. Excellent! Got through half a can in 2 days.

Everyone must think we are grande cretins. We show up, spend all day on our laptops, then empty several cans of insecticides on every inch of our "land" :-)

God it's hot! - currently sitting under a tree typing this. The only shade we have. It's nice to have tome to relax and not move. I installed Ubuntu Linux on a spare partition on my laptop yesterday. Thought I'd be all cutting edge. Looks nice, and runs well, but when you come to install software you have to spend hours "compiling your kernel" and such stuff, then when you finally get it working, you find it's text only. I'm too old for all that I've decided. Leave it to the nerds.

Other things that get done when you have time on your hands....

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(A woman's work is never done)

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(The result of my somewhat lacking vocab. I asked for a broom for the tent floor. I got a rake)

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(K reading the Sunday Times - p.s. the Euro version only has a one page section for the "In Gear" bit - sigh)

Random things... oh yes, Kirstin ate Oysters in Arles - she's very proud! We also bought an electric fly swat - like a small tennis racket that puts 10,000 Volts through them - great fun as they crackle and pop.

Also, they have nutty snails here, millions of them, and they all like to climb things. Not sure why, as "things" include telegraph poles, which I'm pretty sure don't taste any good.

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They are absolutely everywhere to be seen. Lots of lavender too. Famous for it here.. expect K&R in lavender field shots soon.....

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More Castles

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Carcassonne is impressive. A huge walled city. A giant castle if you like.

We had a good walk around the ramparts, the main castle inside, and the cathedral. Lots of “fact boards” to read – though I think there is not much more for us to learn about castle siege wafare!

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We stayed on a campsite 10k’s outside the city – the one right by Carcassonne was expensive and only had two plots available. We asked to look at them and the girl prey much laughed and said “they might not still be available when you get back”. Sod it then, we searched further afield.

We ended up on a fairly ok-ish site and only stayed two nights. There were a gazillion kiddies, one who kicked a football in Kirtsin’s face with no apparent remorse. I’d forgotten what little shits French teenagers can be. We packed up in the morning the day after seeing the old city, in blistering heat. A mistake we’ll not make again by choice. Packing a tent and all the associated paraphernalia in scorching sunlight is a nightmare. I had to take another shower before we set off. We also managed to tear our trusty boot bag in our rush. We headed to Agde – we’d looked at the map and it seemed to be near the Rhone, and near greener areas, including Camargue – a wildlife reserve full of “Torro” – bulls, amongst other things. It was getting hotter too.

En-route we stopped for a roadside lunch at a pretty café in the middle of nowhere. Guess what I ate…. Yep! Bull! (Torro) – bloody lovely : - )

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We’ve quickly realised you NEED to sop for lunch between 12pm and 2pm. It’s just too hot to drive, especially with the roof off.

When we finally got to Agde (famed for the Cap D’Agde – lots of nudist beaches) we were met with what we had been warned about – half of France on holiday. Standstill traffic, not a spot of spare parking space anywhere to bee seen.

We drove down to the “Cap” and were not impressed. Too much concrete and too many people. A bit like Brighton on a hot day, so we decided to push on elsewhere. The thing was, I had one hell of a stiff neck and we were both hot and tired, so we decided to treat ourselves… a hotel!!! : - )
We stayed in a quirky hotel in Agde main town, part of a still used church. Our terrace actually joined the church and we were overlooked by it’s main tower. You could walk over and peer down through the stained glass windows.

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Kind of odd, sitting having beers on the balcony with the sound of choir singing coming from the walls beside you. Kirstin says her mum would of loved it!

The wi-fi in the hotel didn’t work, so of course I fixed it – free wi-fi :- )

After a proper nights’ sleep in a real bed, we set off for Arles – right on the river Rhone and well situated to see some Roman ruins and also Avignon. We’ve managed to bag ourselves a lovely campsite, nice and quiet and green. We’ll stay here for a few days – been here two nights already.

On the first night, rather hilariously, we joined in with an organised game of bingo! It was a great way to practice our French numbers. Kirstin was one number away from winning the grand prize – some kind of Belgian pot with lots of mugs hanging off it. We were kind of relieved we didn’t win, I mean, what on earth would we do with it?

The last two days have been windy in a BIG way. It’s sunny and very hot, don’t get me wrong, but either the “Mistral” is in a bad mood, or El Nino is off-course. So much so I have to re-peg the tent frequently and you can’t really sit outside. We are getting a little frustrated with the unpredictable weather now. We came to the South of France for sun and peace. We both miss Bordeau and the Dordogne already.

The current loose plan is to head up a little into Provence. Maybe we’ll find the sunny tranquillity we’ve been after there. Other than that, we are toying with popping into either Croatia, or maybe driving up into the Alps for some stunning scenery, or maybe Switzerland, or even Austria. Who knows. We will be in Italy in August by the 15th at the latest so we have plenty of time to mess around.

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Every Door is a Zip

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We’re still at Beynac. The last few days have been scorching (up till now we’ve had some sun, some rain, some clouds. Some of the rain has been mega).

Yesterday we had the most superb day. Coffee and Internet in Beynac – a 10 minute walk along the river, then came back and had a baguette hotdog merguez lunch, lots of reading, relaxing etc with a copy of the Times,. Then we cooked up a BBQ with pork and lamb.

I’ve made a new BBQ – version 2. Version 1 wasn’t drawing so it needed fanning. Version 2 however has none of these limitations, and in the end, turned out hot enough to smelt iron. This resulted in wonderfully seared skewers, and a loss of arm and hand hair.

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I’ve also (at last!) managed to procure a 240v to 12v adapter powerful enough to run the fridge. We couldn’t leave it on all the time powered from the car – even with the solar panel we were killing the battery. It has made a HUGE difference. We now have a proper fridge that really chills beer!. It chills food of course too. This makes more of a difference than you think. It gives us the ability to of course drink cold beer (did I mention cold beer?) but more importantly, to Kirstin at least, we can buy real food and plan our meals.

I can’t tell you how sublime yesterday was. Sipping beers, cooking on the BBQ, scorching heat, reading the paper, playing games on my laptop. All set in a lush field by the river Dordogne. Heaven. So much so we wondered why we were actually planning to leave the next day (today). So we haven’t. I’m sitting under a tree typing this, with Entrecote steaks in the fridge and a bottle of chilled rose. We’ll move tomorrow. Probably. No rush.

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(I’m nature’s child now)

During supper, at about 8pm I noticed loud “fan” noises coming from near by. Really loud, like a microlite taking off, except the noise never varied. I twigged that it might be a hot air balloon pre-filling with cold air (they use a giant fan to do this) but it was far too loud for that. So I took a wander to the river bank right by us and low and behold, I was right, except it was five balloons, all filling at once! – right across the river in a tiny area. They all took off at once, sometimes baskets nearly hitting the other balloons. A cool sight.

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OH, nearly forgot, we went into Sarlat on Bastile day to watch the fireworks. A very very pretty town, and a large one for round here.

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There were lots of live bands dotted around the streets with the main attraction in the main square. They were truly awful. Big stage, big lights, big projector and screen. Then a Phil Collins song started, with the video on the big screen. No way! I thought, he can’t be here… Nope. Some French bird that sang like someone on a cruise ship covered a non stop medley of his songs. She was crap, out of time with the video screen and just plain awful. Why would a woman cover Phil Collins songs?? Odd choice.

After laughing and leaving, which a lot of other people seemed to be doing, we wandered up and watched the fireworks. Great show and totally unsafe. No regard for safety distances. Shells were raining down streaks of burning effects into the crowds. Not just little bits either; large trails of burning willow-effects were landing on peoples’ heads. Bear in mind the crown was entirely family based.

Still, no one seemed bothered. The French have such a different way of doing things. It was a real community atmosphere. No pushing or rushing, and each time the show lulled for a few seconds, everyone clapped politely. Mind you, a fat woman with a huge ass sat down, adjusted her rump, then moved back 6 inches and actually sat right on my sandaled foot, totally “eclipsing” it, dead center. It was warm and soft but frightening. She didn’t even flinch when I “withdrew” it.

On another subject, I read on the Internet that the French take their holidays from 15th July to 15th August. So far our camping neighbours have been either retired French couples, Netherlands, German, Dutch or English fogies with caravans. So generally peaceful. Last night, the 15th, a French family in an RV arrived, parked 6 feet from us (in a near empty field) and then proceeded to turn their TV on at 10 in the evening. With all their windows open. .. Like we are camped in a one star site, with no facilities so we can have peace, and we want to hear French TV!?!?! Cretins. We watched a movie on the laptop with our headphones on to drown it out (oh the irony).

At about midnight they all moved about in their camper like elephants, for an hour, with someone coming outside and flashing his torch through our tent, and generally being arses. I loudly made a sarcastic comment about really enjoying being the subject of a searchlight. They quietened down after that, though I suspect it was purely coincidence.

We called them “The Louds”. A term picked up from Pete and Mary which they use to refer to some neighbours they have at their country cabin.

Fortunately, The Louds left this morning so we are all set for another stunning day.

I’m buying a longer extension cable so we can camp further from where the RVs go in future.

Posting from Carcassonne on "stolen" wifi :-)

Oh - here is a movie of our canoe trip!

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Quatre Glace et trios chickens

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Wine time!

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Slightly misleading picture. We passed Pomerol and went to St Emilion (Bordeaux region), purely because it’s renowned to be the prettiest wine village/region in the area.

It did not disappoint! On arrival we had a walk around the town and it’s stunning. All old sand stone and medieval. When you approach the area the 1st thing you notice is that every inch of ground is occupied by vines. Miles and miles of them, as far as you can see. We even saw a roundabout that had vines in the middle.

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(Kirst at St emilion – Vines as far as the eye can see – hmmmm)

Such a pretty town, all cobbled and steep with more wine shops than you can throw a grape at – one wine shop per eight people who live there. But first, lunch was in order, so we found a restaurant with a lovely terrace and feasted. I had the local traditional dish – confit du canard, which has always been a favourite. K had Margaret du canard. Poor ducks.

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We worked off lunch with a further exploration of the town which is no easy feat , given the steepness of all the streets.

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Every time you round a corner you are greeted with a new scene that takes your breath away.

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We had a poke around a few wine shops and it’s a different world. Wine here is less than half the price of wine back home in the UK. I saw one of my favourites – Chateau Les Ormes De Pez, 1998, for £40 – I’d have to pay over £100 at home. It was a drool fest! – every shop had a selection of wines that you can only dream about. A lot of Pomerol and St Emilion of course, and plenty of superb vintages of Petrus. Shame a Petrus is not in our current budget, even at half price. P.s. 2004 was clearly a bad year for St Emilion. Always when we saw a 2004 it was 1/3rd the price of the years either side. There is a chance I got that year wrong so don’t go and bin your 2004!

Once we were acclimatised we settled on a pitch at a campsite that cost 30 Euros a day – far too much, but it was well located. We stayed there for three nights. A lovely place though.

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They were cheeky beggars - they charged 50 Cents just to freeze a blue block for you, and the wi-fi was pricey. Still, nice area so we lumped it.

Like I said, shockingly cheap wine. We bought St Emilion 1998 Grand Cru from the campsite shop for £10 a go. Drank it like cola. What a treat. Was kind of surreal walking round seeing EVERYONE drinking Grand Cru and Grand Cru Classe St Emilions with their crap camping dinners.

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(these little ducklings – “cheep cheeps” as K called them, came up with their mother and walked right across our pic nic blanket – was far too cute so I fed them mackeroons. They’d take my whole finger at the same time, and my toes, and peck at my legs – got through all our spare food : - ) )

After a day or so we set off on a day trip to the Dune du Piya – on the coast opposite the Cap Feret. It’s the largest sand dune in Europe. A real sight to behold. You can see right out to see to the Cap Feret, and when you turn around, all you can see is forest.

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(Easy way up)

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(My parents friends, Liz and Alistair live over there...)

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(The fun way down)

On the way back we popped into a garage to get the tracking sorted on the car. It was way out and pulling to the right, exasperated by the fact we are driving on the right side of the road – so the camber was pulling even more. You couldn’t take your hands off the wheel for more than a second or you’d be in trouble. So we got it sorted – though we did get bored waiting the 45 minutes it took….

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We moved on today to Beynac – 2 and a half hours further down the Dordogne. There are two opposing castles here, either side of the river, and lots of other sights to see, not to mention canoeing the Dordogne – which we are doing on Sunday – 5 hours down the river – lovely!

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(Saw this on the way – tractor that straddles the vines. Not sure why, but it looked cool)

After nosing around we’ve got a pitch on a super basic site. No facilities really, just pitched up by the river. We did go and have a look at the more comprehensive campsites nearby but just got that feeling again that you end up being isolated.

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(Our new view – that’s the Dordogne)

So! – Tomorrow – sightseeing, Sunday – canoeing, Monday, well, it’s Bastille day so we are off to Sarlat to watch the fireworks!

Update – Sunday.

All set-up in Benyac we popped across the river to see Chateau Castelnaud. It sits on one side of the Dordogne, opposite another chateau - Chateau Beynac. They two families feuded for centuries apparently. French hey!

It was a great castle to visit. It was loaded with rebuild trebuchets, mangonels, cannons, all that kind of stuff, which I love (lots of wasted years on computer games attackign castles).

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We picked a good day too - no English there so we got our won touur guide to ourselves. She explained all the technicalities of seige warfare and defense - most of which I know anyhow but a few new ones were in there to be learnt.

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(Yo! chuck us a rock)

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(Whoever lived here had commanding views)

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With that kind of view, you get the chance to play with things like.....

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Loads of windy stairs, and best of all, you could go to the top and out on the ramparts. Something you dont' often get a chance to do.

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(This one is clearly for the drinking man)

A great visit all in all, and we could not resist....

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Today we went on a canoo trip down the Dordogne. We had multiple choices of departure pionts (they van you up to the start with your boat) - we of course chose the 22 kilometre one, assuming the shorter ones were gay.

I'm typing this with a sore neck and back. Kirstin has sore hips and neck. It was really pretty, and some of the sections were fast / rapid, but we had a headwind some of the time and by half way were were knackered!

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(This is, I promise, a Confit de Canard Pizza! - I had to try it. Still not convinced duck and cheese go together)

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An exhausting but very scenic trip! - I'd have more pics but I took mainly video to make a small montage which I'll post next time I find wifi.

Back to the tent shortly to have another BBQ. We bought a rack and we make our own under a tree :-)

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Bastile day tomorrow. We considered rushing the 4 hours down to Carcassonne to catch the mega foreworks but by all accounts it gets madly busy and you need to be there by noon so we'll stay here and catch the local ones.

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