This half term holiday’s gone very quickly indeed and, weather wise, it has been a tale of two halves.
The break started sunny and warm, spending our first day (Saturday 22nd October) at the lovely aire in St-Nicolas-de-Bliquetuit, in the Seine Maritime, just north west of Rouen. This is in fact the first motorhome aire we ever used back in the summer of 2010 and we still remember how impressed we were by it, not only because it is free, but more importantly because of its stunning views over the river Seine and across to Caudebec-en-Caux. We love watching the big barges and cruises going up and down the river and we were lucky enough to witness a cruise from Babel, Switzerland, doing a turn in order to dock for the day as we were having lunch.
From the river Seine, we headed south for the river Sarthe, where we wild camped at a charming spot near St Jean d’Assé, just north of Montbizot and Le Mans, recommended by Park-4-Night and quite rightly so. We were accompanied by a lone fisherman, who left late in the afternoon when the rain started.
From here, it was only a short drive to our main holiday destination at Lac des Varennes near Marçon, east of Château-du-Loir, between Le Mans and Tours, and a favourite stop of ours this time of year as it is very peaceful and Adonis can enjoy his carp fishing for a few days. Unfortunately, the weather turned sour, overcast and cool for the next 5 days and we only saw the sun on our last afternoon there, Friday 28th October, when it was truly lovely. Once again, Adonis came empty-handed from his fishing endeavours, except for a 3lb bream. He was disappointed about the fact that he couldn’t christen his new rods and cradle. Sob!
Véretz was our next stop on the river Cher, south east of Tours, and our second stop at one of the Camping-Car Park aires. This is a beautiful spot, formerly a municipal campsite, with pitches separated by hedges and lovely chesnut trees in glorious autumn colours. It also offers a delightful long walk along the river to exercise Beano and my ageing bones, so no doubt we’ll come back again.
Another short drive took us to magical Blois on Sunday morning, but I’ll tell you about that next time!