At Moissac again for what is to be our final stop before Christmas and where we are hoping to stay until at least Boxing Day before setting off for Portiragnes to spend the New Year with Adonis’s Mum and Dad.
I can’t believe that a week ago we were still in Galicia and that we have since crossed the whole north coast of Spain to Irún. It has been a very wet week; in fact, we have had rain everyday since we went to Fátima on 8th December. So much for winter in the sun!!!
Still, we have seen some truly lovely places and enjoyed long walks, rain or shine, and it is still much better than being at work (shameful, I know).
After Barreiros last Tuesday, we stopped at Playa de Rodiles near Villaviciosa in Asturias. This is not strictly speaking a motorhome aire, but a car park with large bays to accommodate buses, which are not in operation this time of year, so there were a couple more motorhomes taking advantage of the available space. This is a gorgeous beach, edged by a pine and eucalyptus wood with hundred of picnic tables, so I would imagine it gets very busy in the summer. It is also a surfers’ paradise and there were indeed a few young men braving the large waves and cold water and it made me wish we still had our wetsuits and surfboards. Perhaps we can get them again when we are more settled in the future.
We truly loved Playa de Rodiles and I was eying those houses on the hill, as I could definitely see myself living there quite happily…
On Thursday morning, we drove to Parque de Cabárceno, just south of Santander, recommended by our good friends John and Julie. The weather was awful, windy and very wet and we thought Storm Ana was still after us. Consequently, we couldn’t really enjoy a good view of the elephants and buffalo in the park, as they were at the far end and it wasn’t a very pleasant day to visit the park itself, but we did enjoy a spectacular flight display from our closest neighbours the egrets, for we were parked by the lake and they were practically outside our window: simply marvellous!
The rain followed us across the border into France on Friday, when we arrived at Anglet in Biarritz. The fire was free for the winter and it had free water and emptying facilities, but the best thing was its proximity to the beach. Again, it was blowing a gale and the local Authorities thought it appropriate to close the beach altogether. This was another very dramatic day out at sea with huge waves buffeting the pier and lighthouse with tremendous force. Once again, my camera was working overtime trying to capture the beauty of the moment. Judging by the amount of car parks and cafés on the seafront, I presume this must be a very popular resort in the summer, but deserted this time of year and all the more pleasant, I am sure.
On Saturday, we moved up a bit further north for our second visit to gorgeous Azur, by Étang de Soustons, where we stayed once more at the Camping Car Park aire for only €9.50 a night, but offering electricity, etc. Luckily, the weather improved slightly and I was able to enjoy a long walk with Beano to the far end of the lake in relative warmth and calm conditions. In fact, we were so pleased, we stayed 2 nights to have a break from the road and for Adonis to do some fishing.
Yesterday, we returned to the brilliant free aire by the campsite at Condom and paid another visit to the Armagnac co-op to treat ourselves to a bottle of this delicious drink for Christmas. It was raining again and it turned into freezing temperatures overnight, so this morning we woke up to a lovely, frosty and bright day.
And now we are all settled for Christmas in beautiful and historic Moissac, hoping the weather will continue bright and sunny. It was warm enough at lunchtime to sit outside enjoying a cold beer in the sun, as it should be. Yesterday afternoon, I made the most of the good weather to walk to the launderette and get my washing done and dry: an excellent service outside Casino Supermarket, 10 minutes’ walk from the aire.
This morning, I walked into town to order our chicken from the butcher’s and a Bûche de Noêl from the baker’s as well as to buy a few Christmas presents. I couldn’t resist going into the marvellous Abbey again as I suspected there might be something special for the season and, once there, I certainly wasn’t disappointed, for I found a most exquisite 700 year-old Nativity display. This place never ceases to amaze me!
There is a Marché Gourmand here on Saturday which we shall visit to get our vegetables and other seasonal goodies. I bet that will be very special too.
Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas