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Published: June 18th 2022
All packed up and on the way before 10am. The pittch behind ours had left really early which was handy as it gave us lots of space to manoevre. First of all the trailer onto the moho towbar and then Smart Arse up the trailer's little ramps all ready to follow faithfully behind.
We headed due south first of all and the traffic was quite heavy as had to use the major roads to get out of and past La Rochelle but we turned East towards Cognac and the landscape changed to far more interesting than the very flat area immmediately behind the coast. We have surely driven some of this route before as have certainly headed for Angouleme before. Perigeux we thought might be interesting and we couldn't remember being through before but though there was obviously an historical centre and some impressive ancient buildings it was mainly a bit of a mess so we won't bother going back. Not helped at all by the Tomtom. The Tomtom in the moho is a special for larger vehicles so it knows not to take us on rat-runs down 2 metre wide roads with acute right angle bends. It is proving
not too good at instructions re which turn to take off a roundabout (we've taken a couple one too soon which can be quite tricky to correct when that turn is a small cul-de-sac 😄 ) Been there, got the t-shirts 😄
In Perigeux it instructed Bob to keep to the right so he did. and ended up in the right hand turn lane which took us..... to a car park... a car park with narrow entrance and exit involving driving one wheel up over the kerb to get through. I had to get out so I could find the best way round to the exit without sideswiping any parked vehicles or accidentally ending up down the parking lane which was a dead end. Naughty Tomtom !
All in all a very pleasant drive today. Especially nice was the temperature as the moho cab has very good aircon and we were cool all the way. Harvesting season is obviously ripe and we passed field after field of golden crops ripe for the cutting. Lovely.
From Perigeux we went pretty well due south following signs for Sarlat which we know well but then turned towards Limeuil. Our campsite is
on the Vezere river just at its confuence with the Dordogne. The incredibly pretty town of Limeuil soars up just across the river. This is Camping Le Port de Limeuil and so far I am awarding it 5 stars, one of the best sites we have ever stayed on. Pool.... lovely. Bar.....open...... Pitch.... spacious.....Only possible downside is it seems to be at least 50% British which we are not accustomed to, we have travelled in some areas where we not met another Britain for a fortnight. This is though the Dordogne which is a favourite haunt of the British.
We settled everything in properly as we are here for 5 night and opened vents and windows and switched on fans in preparation for another hot night. A chill in the pool was a must followed by a drink at the bar, such a pleasure to sit outside in a lovely location to enjoy a beer. 0% in may case but who cares.
Today was special. Our 27th Wedding Anniversary and we did consider going out to dinner but will go out in a couple of days when we have found our way around. I made a Salade Nicoise
which is a favourite dish when in France and have to say it was Good. Then a stroll down to the river where someone kindly took an anniversary photo for me.
Hoping we will be able to sleep tonight. Not easy in this heat and this heat just keeps on giving. There are storms forecast for overnight Sunday / Monday but forecast is now showing rain during the next two days as well. Hopefully the daytime rain will be brief and at least it will reduce the temperatures to something a bit more manageable.
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