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Published: September 24th 2012
We left the campsite bright and early as nothing to keep us there. Mme Campsite Owner, who after careful consideration, I have renamed Mme. Nasty Knickers, ignored me when I got out of the Tandy at the site entrance to put our rubbish in the bin so I reciprocated as couldn't think of anyhing I wanted to say to her. Customer first is what I was taught but she must have trained at a different company.
Less than 5 miles into the trip and we hit, or nearly anyway, our first obstacle. A tree right across and blocking the road. In fact the tree was so neatly down it was almost wedged, top and bottom at either side. We were, and still are, puzzled as to how it came to fall and land so neatly. Did it jump or was it pushed ? We tried to move it but it was far too heavy for just us. We were about to turn round, as no way the Tandy could hurdle it when a van came the other way and a couple of burly men jumped out, and with the aid of a passing cylclist men handled it off
the road. We carried on our way.
We did pass by some amazingly tidy fields today. Looked as if the farmers had been out sweeping them at dawn and as for the lovely ivory white cows of this region. I can only conclude that they are showered before being let out to graze, not a pooey cow bottom in sight.
Little excitement for the rest of the drive through what quickly became the very flat countyside of the Loire. I did see two young deer in the middle of an open field and feared for their safety as on Sundays lots of Frenchmen go out with their guns to see what poor defenceless animal they can shoot, for the fun of it. Next I spotted a dozen wild boar in the forest. I told Bob and he thought I said I was bored !
I suggested a stop at Bourges as we had plenty of time and we haven’t visited before. The guide book suggested it was worth seeing so we drove into the centre and found a space in a big car park. We found ourselves heading into a big convention centre where
some sort of exposition was taking place. No idea what but there was some odd music, drums and then the sound of bagpipes as well as a miscellaneous selection of stalls.
We carried on regardless and found the historical part of the city and its Cathedral. Very wide and reminiscent in design to Paris’s Notre Dame, flying buttresses and all. The morning service was taking place so we looked round quietly and then had a wander outside. Absolutely beautifully planted gardens, just beyond the cathedral and quite a number of timbered buildings. Excellent for a couple of hours on the tourist trail.
We arrived at Beaugency on the Loire by mid afternoon and found a spot on our favourite and free aire, right on the north bank of the river. Time for a walk along the river and then into town for a drink, or in my case a nougat icecream plus chantilly and chocolate sauce. Naughty but very nice.
After dinner we went out again, to the bar by the bridge where we had our usual grand crèmes. As we were walking back it started to spot with rain and we only made it to the
Tandy just in time before it started to thunder and the sky all across the river lit up with fork lightening. Still raining as I type this but we are not surprised as it has been really warm today, up into the high 20s and more and more humid.
We are taking two days to get to Calais so will have plenty of time to stop off at the supermarket tomorrow en route for our next campsite and can stock up with wine for Bob and lots of special foods for my store cupboard.
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