Former TravelPod Member: lynnib

Joined: February 3rd, 2013
From: lives in Rugeley,United Kingdom
Languages: English, French

Europe » France June 1st 2017

Geo: 43.8696, 0.259101Before we knew it we were down to our final week of four at Le Lavandou and David still had a personal cycling challenge to undertake and one that he realised he would be doing solo without a bike buddy. The summit at the tiny chapel of Notre Dame des Anges is 780m (2559') and beyond the village of Pignans in the Maures mountain range so is no mean feat when pedalling from sea level. Indeed the whole expedition, including a couple of refreshment breaks, took him the best part of six hours and was therefore exhausted on his return. En route I received several texts giving his whereabouts so that I could let his cycling fans back at the site know how he was getting on. Quite an achievement for a 66 year ... read more
Pretty barge at Villeneuve-Les-Beziers
Restaurant La Cremade, beside Canal du Midi
Delicious pizza at La Cremade

Europe » France May 23rd 2017

Geo: 43.1432, 6.3813More than a week now since my last report though I did say that we would be relaxing at fewer locations this year on sites where we feel at home, which is the case here.One of my favourite villages near here is Bormes-Les-Mimosas, a popular tourist hotspot, I know, but I still love to meander its narrow cobbled streets and alleyways such as Rue Rompi Cuou which translates as 'Bone Shaker Street' due to its crazy paving surface. The buildings are all shades of yellow and ochre, cling to the hillside and remind me of some of the picturesque Italian locations such as Cinque Terre and Portofino, not that I've been to either. In the far distance you can also catch a glimpse of the Med too.Anyway, market day is Wednesday so that's where ... read more
Hat shop in Bormes-Les-Mimosas
'Bone Shaker Street', Bormes-Les-Mimosas
Le Petit Gourmet pizzeria, Saint Clair

Europe » France May 13th 2017

Geo: 43.1433, 6.38134Hard to believe we have been here well over a week now and despite not venturing far the days seem to be full, but with what? David has managed a few rides out on his bike, one of which was solo but the reason will be revealed later in this posting. Gordana was delighted to see us, it is hoped just because we are us, but also as a bike buddy for husband, Chris, since she doesn't like him to be out on his own. He's in his early 70's, but it's a safety thing.Thursday is market day in Le Lavandou and whilst not our favourite in the area it is within walking distance (about 20 minutes) and has the usual fresh fruit, veg, fish and cheese, there are also clothes, shoes, cheap watches, ... read more
Interesting lighting feature
Chris, me and Gordana at L'Hemingway
Bicycle made for two

Europe » France May 2nd 2017

Geo: 43.1433, 6.38118Well, Dear Reader, we're off again on our travels (this is our 5th big one since giving up working for a living) with car and caravan, albeit with a new outfit on both counts. Eating into the kids inheritance but our motto lately has been 'live your life'.Unusually, this year I have mapped out a day-by-day itinerary including three contrasting stops where we shall linger longer than usual since we have found sites where we really feel at home. Due to their popularity and the number of nights we wanted to book, we felt it prudent to reserve a pitch, even down to the same one we occupied last year. In addition, we have a few others lobbed into the mix either as night halts or areas that we thought worthy of a look ... read more
Fleurie from the Chapel of the Madonna
Quaint cottage, Eygalieres
Eygalieres and Alpilles

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Staffordshire » Rugeley August 19th 2016

Geo: 52.757, -1.93461We eventually left Rookesbury Park on Sunday, 7th August (Day 108) after spending many days getting to know Elena, our first grandchild. Precious moments, but a wrench having to say goodbye, for now at least. Thankfully the journey back to our home was straightforward and by lunchtime we were beginning the task of emptying our 'holiday home from home', preparing it for going back into storage until the next time. The day ended on a high too as we were reunited with our son and his girlfriend over a dinner of roast beef and all the trimmings prepared by Janet, my sister-in-law. She had obviously remembered our conversations about things we miss whilst away for long periods of time, and that was one of them. A perfect ending to a great trip.The caravan site ... read more
Early morning mist at Camping La Brouquere

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Wickham August 3rd 2016

Geo: 50.9065, -1.16286Our stay in the southern Loire at Camping Le Cormier at Obterre was very relaxing and enjoyable, particularly as we were blessed with lots of warmth and sunshine in a tranquil and friendly setting. Whilst we got out and about there was also a great deal of chilling out. As Le Tour drew to its conclusion, David was watching the ITV4 daily stages on a large screen which Mike had set up in the barn. On our last day he was out on his bike for a final French ride along the quiet lanes of the southern Loire before settling down to watch the final Paris stage during the afternoon.So we left Camping Le Cormier at Obterre after extending our original one week stay to eleven nights for our final transfer in France before ... read more
Hairdresser's sign, Loches
Loches photo frame
Riverside, Loches

Europe » France July 16th 2016

Geo: 46.9194, 1.037Our last few days at Cucuron in company of Eric and Anne were as enjoyable as ever. We went for a quiche-based light lunch in a little cafe cum tea room (La Calade) off the main busy street of Lourmarin on Thursday. The simple yet tasty food is prepared and served in a tiny courtyard by a couple of ladies, whilst in the shop you can purchase tea, coffee, pottery and the like. When on the campsite, there was much laughter, sharing of food and drink (they had Belgian chocolate too).On Sunday, we left La Moulin a Vent with happy memories to continue our leisurely journey northwards. Next stop, the spa town of Saint Galmier, home of Badoit mineral water, west of the huge conurbation of Lyon, to Camping Val de Coise. Being a ... read more
At La Calade, Lourmarin
Le Bonhomme, near Neret
Le Bonhomme, Neret

Europe » France July 7th 2016

Geo: 43.7561, 5.44552Cucuron is one of Provence's prettiest villages and every May it hosts one of its strangest festivals - Le Mai de Sainte Tulle which this year started on 28th May. It must be an intriguing sight to see a huge poplar tree, trimmed of its branches, with a child dressed in traditional costume sitting astride the trunk bearing the French tricolore flag, being carried through the streets to the church square. At the church, accompanied by much encouragement the tree is hoisted into position beside the front door. When the bells are rung, the village is safe for another year, and Provencal dancing ensues. The poplar then stays in this place until 14th August.Le Mai de Sainte Tulle dates back to 1720, the time of the Great Plague that killed 100,000 people in Marseille, ... read more
Old street, Cucuron
Cucuron with church
Mt. Ventoux from Menerbes

Europe » France July 2nd 2016

Geo: 43.7561, 5.44555It was with a heavy heart that we bade farewell to friends at the campsite near Le Lavandou on Monday morning, but all good things must come to an end, so our journey northwards began. The good bit was that we were not moving far and our destination was still in Provence.We last visited the Luberon in 2012 but our base was north of here at Saignon, near Apt. This time we were heading for Camping Le Moulin a Vent (windmill) just outside Cucuron. It was a relatively short transfer of about 100 miles, so fortunately we pulled in shortly before reception closed for the customary lunch at noon, otherwise we would have been waiting around 'til 3.The site is a small owner-managed affair, with Jocelyne and Pascale in charge, so after check-in we ... read more
Coffee time busker, Cucuron
Antique bike

Europe » France June 10th 2016

Geo: 43.1432, 6.38085It's been a while coming, but here's an update on where we are and what we have been doing (not a lot).Whilst the site at Sommieres had all the campsite bells and whistles, for me it lacked the more personal touches and ambience of the smaller owner-managed ones that we have enjoyed so much in the past. So, last week as we travelled to a familiar site which we visited in 2014, we had every intention of putting down roots for a considerable stay, of perhaps, two weeks. Yesterday, we added another week, such is the feeling of being 'at home' and contentment. You never know, we may even go beyond that.We are not alone in liking this peaceful oasis of calm as many fellow campers have been coming for years, some now store ... read more
Ancient bridge at Collobrieres
La Petite Fontaine, Collobrieres
Interior seating, La Petite Fontaine

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