Following our 5 relaxing days of cycling, fishing, walking, swimming, reading and crocheting at Dompierre-sur-Charente, we kept heading north and stopped at Vouvant, in the Vendée, another village classified as one of the most beautiful in France. We stayed at the large motorhome aire by the cemetery and walked to the village to look around and stretch our legs. It is indeed a very pretty village and we enjoyed our stroll through the streets and along the ancient ramparts, its Mélusine Tour and legend and the jaw-dropping stone carvings on the 11th century north portal arch of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church, where an unusual glass artworks exhibition was being held with some amazing and beautiful portraits and landscapes. Unfortunately, the church itself was closed for major restoration works and we couldn’t see its interior. Maybe next time.
The aire itself cost €5 a night, paid at the bakery in the square or to the guard who came round in the morning. It had water and emptying facilities, but no electricity.
The next day, we continued north to the Loire Valley and stayed at Chouzé-sur-Loire, between Saumur and Chinon on the D952. The motorhome aire here is free and very close to the church and village shops and only a short walk to the river, where we saw some old-fashioned boats taking tourists up and down with a guide giving out information onboard. This is another lovely spot and one to remember for future reference.
And I was rather taken with this charming and iconic old British telephone box used as a book-swapping facility. Isn’t it just brilliant? What a lovely surprise!