Friday, 19 September 2014

September 19th 2014: France: South to Bordeaux

Monty the Motorhome is comfortably sunning himself at the ACSI campsite in Bordeaux. Still good weather!

We didn’t intend to come this far today, but then decided it would be better to be in Bordeaux on a Saturday rather than a Sunday, or even a Monday when a lot of places seem to remain closed.

So on the road fairly early and en route stopping at Talmont one of the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’ (an association of 156 of the most beautiful villages in France). Talmont sits on a rocky peak overlooking the Gironde estuary; it still has its original layout as a "bastide", built in 1284 by Edward I who ruled both Britain and parts of France. Towering above the village, the magnificent church of Sainte Radegonde, is still protected by ramparts. In the village, whitewashed houses and blue shutters peep out behind autumn flowers.

We could have stayed in this area all day and may return - it looks good for some gentle cycling.

Anyway we pressed on South and arrived at the campsite early afternoon. Once again we found it busy, with very few places left. Once pitched we just relaxed - Ruth used the site swimming pool, then we both sun-bathed poolside. 

Tonight it will just be a simple evening meal, with perhaps a wander around the area later. Just depends how much wine is consumed with tea.

Monty spreading his wings in the hot sunshine

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