After two relaxing days on Il de Re we headed over the Bridge to the City of La Rochelle. We found a great site near the old town , perfect location for site seeing. A car park that had an area for Motorhomes.
I had heard La Rochelle was nice but i never expected such a great place. The old town is set around the harbour with two towers as an entrance to the harbour. Lots of cafes and restaurants , just a great place to wander round.
We sat at a table and did a spot of people watching
Wednesday 1st May.
We set of early heading for Bordeaux. We noticed shops were closed but there where lots of people selling flowers at the side of the road . Lily of the valley flowers. The. French call it La Fete Du Muguet . (Lily of the Valley day )
We were heading for a vineyard a bit out of Bordeaux. We had been advised to give the town of Bordeaux a wide berth, but the place we were heading for was further out than we expected. as we were driving through the outskirts of Saint-Emilion we saw a motorhome sign. We followed the signs to a little vineyard called Chateau Gerbaud.
Wine tasting at 6pm and if you buy some wine it is free to stay. Bargain
Such a lovely setting surrounded by grape vines. all the restaurants where closed due to May Day but found a man cooking Pizza at the end of the road.
Thursday 2nd May
The Vineyard owner suggested we visit the town of Saint Emilion before we left and we are so glad we did .
Had to have. A cup of coffee in the square
And a spot of nail banging in the Church
Left Saint Emilion and headed for our next destination , the small town of Moliets-et-Maa on the Atlantic Ocean near the Spanish Border.
Always wanted to travel but never had the time. Now at the age of 57 i finally have some time and i am going to travel. Correction Helen my wife, Bruce the dog and i are going on a roadtrip. Initial plan 3 months going though Europe. Not too fixed but have pencilled a basic route.
We bought a motorhome and named her Molly. Now for some preparation. fairly boring but needed. Researched the net about driving abroad and bought a collection of items including Breathalyser, Safety triangle, Spare bulbs , head lamp beam converter and last but by no means least a Pet Passport for Bruce .
So the day after Brexit was delayed we went to vets picked up pet passport and booked ferry for April 25th from Poole to Cherbourg.
We had always planned to leave at end of April but would have had a problem with Bruce travelling if we had crashed out of EU without a deal. Luckily we are still in and that decision has been kicked down the road.
The Journey Begins
10am Thursday 25th April 2019 We leave The Marshes our home in Riseley and head for Poole ferry to Cherbourg. It was the first time we had taken a pet abroad, thought it might be complicated , it was very straight forward. They looked at pet passport and checked embedded chip. Drove onto ferry , left Bruce in Molly and took our seats.
Ferry took about four hours . Arrived to a rainy Cherbourg. Drove out off the town and headed for an Aire site i found on an App called Search for Sites. Had a few traffic issues on the way .
Arrived in Siouville-Hague as the sun was setting on our first day. Beautiful small village by the sea. The site was in a field close to the beach. Bruce had a great time racing around and discovering rock pools.
Friday 26th April
Early morning on the beach and then set off to Mont-Saint-Michel . Avoided the motorway and took local roads. Lots of nice french villages.
Path to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Saturday 27th April
Today we head for St-Malo. Not a long journey . Arrive in town around 11.00am. Found amazing site overlooking harbour.
Today is our 34th Wedding Anniversary so we set out to explore St Malo and find a restaurant to celebrate. Being a trip advisor fan we found a great place in the centre of the walled town ranked number 1 called Cargo Culte.
Ended the evening at CUNNINGHAM’s BAR near the harbour . They had a live band playing blues and harmonica.
Sunday 28th April
On the road again heading for La Rochelle . Long journey. Around 2pm getting hungry and cannot find restaurant still serving so stopped in village .
Found site near La Rochelle on the island of Il de Re. Got to use our AICT card and got a discount at a site next to sea.
After a long day on the road. Needed some food but did not want to go out and eat. We found a hole in the wall Pizza machine !!. Did not know they exist. Freshly cooked in about 4 Minutes. What a great idea.
Monday 29th April
Il de Re is a beautiful chic place. The more time we are here the more we like it. Lazy day. Chilling by the sea and started writing this blog.
Tuesday 30th April
What better way to start the day than buying fresh croissants and bread. I am not supposed to eat bread due to low carb diet but the french make such good bread.