Not too far to drive today. We stopped in Tarrascon-sur-Ariege where in 2003 we stayed on a lovely site by the river (well remembered as Bob spent the afternoon putting the scooter back together after it fell off the rack as we were driving through the Pyrenees in Spain). We fed the Tandy some fuel and then carried on to Foix.
This looked a lovely place to visit but definitely not today, in a motorhome. There was a big market right through the centre of town and a traffic jam. Vehicles parked everywhere and certainly nowhere for us so we had to carry on through.
A very pretty drive but by this point a bit damp as we drove through some very low cloud which the windscreen wipers declared to be rain. We are not doing rain at the moment so it was just wet cloud !
A few miles further along we returned to blue sky and some sunshine so were happy again.
We drove to St Girons first as Bob thought we might park and visit the town before going to the campsite but we also wanted to see neighbouring St Lizier
which meant finding somewhere else to park so we went to the campsite, 2 miles away at Audinac-les-Bains, first, instead.
Campsite reception was closed 11.45 – 17.30 which was rather odd. I tried both phone numbers posted on the door but only got a French recorded message saying try again later which was not helpful. We found a pitch and parked ourselves.
Bob got the scooter out of the garage and we rode first of all to lovely St Lizier. A medieval town, city even, as it has a cathedral. Lovely place indeed. We had lunch (galettes of course) in a café under the arches in front of the cathedral square then explored the narrow and very ancient streets some of which date back to Roman times. The Cathedral was of particular note as it has frescoes the walls and round the upper layer of the cloisters.
From St Lizier there we rode a few miles further along to St Girons, not as old a town and bigger, busier but it has a rather spectacular river frontage with 2 weirs. The camera and I had a lot of fun. We stopped for drinks on the
old bridge across the river then headed back to the campsite.
Reception was indeed open again at 5.30 as it said it would be so we booked in. The receptionist explained that they are not using ACSI as it cost them too much and we could see, having looked round the site, that could well be the case as there are only a few touring pitches (only 5 in use including us) though there are lots of statics. As we had to pay extra for electric hookup and we don’t need it we haven’t got it. Only downside is that the laptop screen is not as bright when it runs off battery.
We went for a walk round the site after dinner. A really lovely spot. Immaculately maintained. There is an old, derelict, chateau at one side, a small lake complete with a family of coypu and, to our surprise, a Victorian thermal spa. This now is the backdrop and support buildings for the campsite swimming pool. The campsite is very green, very peaceful and as we sat outside Tandy reading all we could hear was birdsong. Lovely.