After all that walking up and down rather steep hills in the villages our knees ache and in need of a rest so we are now headed north and our journey home. We spent our first night at Camping Le Medieval situated just below the hilltop village of Saint-Thome, beneath a cliff and alongside a river in the Ardeche. There were only a few other campers here as the site closes at the end of the month and they have had a massive flood through the site knocking out half of it, causing a lot of devastation.
The following day we took the scenic route through the Ardeche Region heading towards Clermont-Ferrand. A beautiful drive, the mountains covered in the colours of autumn. From the campsite at Sainte-Thome we took the D107 then joined the N102 and the N88 towards Le Puy En Velay, the D906 that skirts the left hand side of Le Puy En Velay before rejoining the N102 to Brioude and continuing to Lempdes, the location for our overnight campsite stop.
Before we went to the campsite we made a slight detour along the Gorges de l’Alagnon and to the ancient town of Blesle, a beautiful old medieval town with many originals buildings and worth the detour if you have the time.
Camping Le Pont d’Alagnon is an ACSI site and at only €12 with free wifi is a reasonable overnight stop, especially if travelling on the A75.
Today we have taken the scenic route again enjoying the lovely countryside, through pretty villages, including Culan on the D943, stopping to take photos of the chateau, whilst dodging the tolled motorways apart from a short distance around Clermont-Ferrand €2.10 as the satnav has not been behaving itself, much to Tony’s annoyance! To make matters worse, Tony got flashed at, no not a pretty girl, but a speed camera just as we were coming out of a small village about 40 metres from the end of a 70km hour limit. I have had to console him all day with the fact that it is the first time we have had a speeding ticket in France. So, on our doormat when we get home, we will find a parking ticket and a speeding ticket!
We have now arrived just south of Tours in the small town of Montbezon and are staying overnight at Camping de la Grande Rouge an ACSI site at €14, a reasonable overnight stop and leaving us only 2 hrs driving tomorrow to meet up with friends and ex-colleagues in Angers for a Packard Bell reunion tomorrow night, before our return home on Sunday via Euro-tunnel.
Final post will be after we have arrived home!