We left home on Thursday and have taken a reasonably leisurely drive through France taking advantage of the non-toll roads. I say leisurely but we have driven 777 miles so far it just takes longer to cover the distances when you don’t use the toll motorways. However, we really enjoy the driving and passing through the many varied towns and villages in France.
On our first day, we stopped for lunch at the Aire at Pont de L’Arche situated south of Rouen and alongside the river Seine. The Aire is very close to the town so really convenient for an overnight stop with numerous restaurants and a boulangerie to fetch your bread and croissants in the morning!
We continued to our overnight stop at an Aire in the town of Chateaudun, between Chartes and Tours, a lovely Aire with good facilities next to a river and overlooked by the huge Chateau above.
The Aire book states that the Aire holds a maximum of 10 camper spaces and we were number 11 but found a spot to park followed by another 3 campers that evening!
On day two we headed for an Aire north of Bordeaux just off the N10 at the village of Laruscade and next to a small lake.
It should have been an easy drive from Poitiers to the Aire using the N10 however, the navigator put in the wrong co-ordinates for the Aire (E instead of W) and we were slightly diverted off our route in Angouleme but soon got back on track again by ignoring the satnav and following the road signs to Bordeaux. The navigator was insisting that the co-ordinates must have been wrong in the book (as she checked them again) and the driver was blaming the satnav! The navigator did own up to her error after she re-checked the co-ordinates for a second time upon arrival at the Aire!
Today, day three, we took the scenic route along the Atlantic coast from Arcachon to Bayonne on the D652. Although the weather was pretty awful at times with numerous deluges of rain, we did manage to find a break in the weather and called in to look at the beach at Moliets, one of the best in France according to my guide book. It didn’t disappoint it was vast and the Atlantic waves were rolling in to accommodate the surfers.
We continued down the coast passing through some lovely little coastal towns and through some wonderful pine forests.
We arrived at the Aire in Anglet, just north of Biarritz and outside Bayonne and took a walk along the coastal path that runs along the back of the beach at Anglet and below the Aire.
The Aire is pretty good with all facilities but most spots are on a slope, soon rectified with levelling blocks.
Tomorrow we will head into Spain and see how far we decide to go.