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Published: September 19th 2012
Bob managed to get the scooter back into the garage again but only after moving the Tandy down from its ramps and out of the olive tree where it had taken up temporary residence with the ants. Once the scooter was in place and the garage repacked we set off for our next campsite, heading North.
This direction was very important as, so far we have only been going south, but have now run out of south to go to. North is a bit scary. We are hearing tales from home of ground frosts and needing cardigans, sweaters and central heating !
We really have, to date, done exceedingly well, weather wise and the plan, to spend the time on the south coast as late as possible into the trip, to make the best of the earlier September weather on the way down, has really paid off. I have been checking the weather forecasts for our remaining week and it does look as if we may be lucky for that as well, even if not quite as hot as it has been.
Today was forecast to be sunny and windy and that is exactly what we got. Quite
gusty as we drove some stretches up through the hills behind the coast and across to Marseilles. Clarissa Tomtom was allowed to use motorways today as long as they weren’t tolled but Bob had expected to go round Marseilles not virtually through the middle. There is in fact no real ringroad for this massive urban sprawl so impossible to miss it entirely but we were relieved when we came out the other side and set off up the motorway heading due north. The route up from the coast at Marseilles was not very attractive, very industrialised and few sights to spot along the way. We found this quite unusual as normally we like most of the areas we drive through in France.
Once at Avignon the route improved and everything became pretty again. We drove through on the way down and are now getting quite good at singing “sur le pont D’avignon, l’on y danse, l’on y danse”. Didn’t get stuck in traffic today but think there was an overturned truck blocking one of the main routes through on Friday (I was browsing the local paper in the campsite on Saturday, practicing my French !).
Avignon we carried on due north heading for the Ardeche. The lovely pastel painted buildings of Provence quite quickly gave way to the golden stones of the Vaucluse region. Heading northwest we drove through the rocky valley of the Cèze
which is filled with neatly laid out fields of lavender (all now chopped short) and vineyards. At Barjac the countryside changed again, to arable crops and then we were at our campsite, International Camping in Vallon Pont D’Arc. A lovely 4 star site on the banks of the Ardeche river, just by the bridge over the water. With warm pool, super sanitaires, free wifi we are very well pleased with our choice of campsite for the next couple of nights.
Though still very windy, the sun was out, no clouds and a gorgeous blue sky so I, of course, had my daily swim in the pool.
Tomorrow we will explore a little way along the beautiful Ardeche river on the scooter.
Tot: 0.055s; Tpl: 0.018s; cc: 11; qc: 29; dbt: 0.0076s; 1; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb