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Published: September 16th 2012
Another glorious day. We are being so lucky with this lovely weather. Only had two lots of rain so far, once overnight and for one morning. This sunshine is especially welcome today as we head for the south coast at Sanary-Sur-Mer where we plan to stay for a few days. I really, really want a swim in the sea.
I was outside campsite reception before 8.30 determined this time to get a baguette and croissant for breakfast. Very first in the ever lengthening queue when the door was opened at 8.35. Bet there was none left by 9 am as the campsite is completely full and campsite management don’t seem to have expected that. We had lots to pack away as the scooter was still out of the Tandy garage after last night’s trip down to town but we were up and away by 10am.
Very scenic route, all the way to the sea really with plenty of winding, narrow roads, lots of lovely views across the countryside and soaring, rocky ravines and more medieval towns perched on top of tiny pinnacles of rock. I tried but failed to spot any fields of purple lavender but maybe
it has all been beheaded by now. We drove through the centre of a couple with 3.5 ton restrictions and kidded ourselves that the Tandy plus us was less than that. Bonnieux looked well worth a visit but it was heaving with people, being a Sunday and a lovely day so no real chance to stop.
Clarissa Tomtom behaved pretty well and only took us on one unnecessary rat run to shave 100 metres off the journey. We drove from Sanary to Gordes last June, going in the opposite direction but though some of today’s route was the same, most of it was different.
Bob spotted a Carrefour at Gardanne and pulled in for fuel and so I could get a few essential food supplies. Right out of olives !
Very nearly got myself shut in a shop again. Realised that the supermarket closed at 12.30 and it was already noon. I grabbed a trolley and shopped on the run, never easy in a totally unfamiliar large supermarket. Tried to ask someone where I might find the “Tissue de Cuisine”, this being the best translation I could come up with for “kitchen roll”. She couldn’t quite work
one out what I meant but having found it and showed her I think it might be called “Essuie tout” (wipe everything). I think I did really well to gather together all I needed and still get out by 12.30 just as they were dropping the grills on the doors. Even managed to grab a couple of Guu puds. Bob had a baguette sandwich waiting for me and after a quick lunch we carried on our way.
We came to the sea at Bandol and everywhere was packed, the road with cars and the beach with people. Sunday of course. Glad we didn’t want to park the Tandy because there would have been no chance.
10 minutes later at our campsite, Campasun Mas de Pierredon, we were able to book one of the pitches with its own sanitaire block, same row but different pitch that we used last June. Another 10 minutes later and we were in the lovely pool. Warm water, a pleasure after the icy pool at Gordes and then a read by the pool in lovely sunshine. Bliss.
The campsite had filled up quite a lot by evening and really not many spare pitches
given that we are now in the middle of September.
Tomorrow my plan is to swim in the Mediterranean (as well as the pool). There is very little which will detract me from that plan, nothing in fact short of being eaten by a crocodile. Also fancy a trip down to Sanary seafront early(ish) in the morning as there is a daily market and it is excellent.
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