Cormoranche-sur-Saone campsite, Thursday 26th July 2012


Cormoranche sur Saone


We are now at another wonderful campsite after spending a day at the magnificent motorhome aire at Nantua in the Department of L’Ain, just over 20km east of Bourg-en-Bresse.  It was quite an easy drive from Charchilla on the D470, D27 and D31, with just one motorway junction on the A40 from J10 south of Oyonnax to J9.




We were not prepared for the staggering beauty of Nantua, probably one of the most impressive views we’ve had from an aire, and we thought about starting a competition amongst fellow motorhomers: posting pictures of ‘aires with a view’; that’s an idea!

Our bay at Nantua motorhome aire

View of lake from motorhome aire at Nantua










We had a very hot and relaxing day at Nantua, parked right by the lake, and enjoyed long swims in its soothing cooling waters.  We tried to find a restaurant to celebrate Adonis’ birthday, but didn’t really fancy the menus on offer and ended up having a chilli con carne and postponed the celebration until we find somewhere suitable in our travels.


Evening light at Nantua


A gendarme lady came early in the evening to collect the €7 fee for the night, which we were more than happy to pay for such a fantastic spot with clean toilets, fresh water, emptying and recycling facilities.

We left Nantua yesterday morning and did a small shop at Intermarché just outside the town.  We then headed west back on the A40 to J7 south of Bourg-en-Bresse and on the D1079 towards Macon, where we headed south on the D28, past Crottet and Grièges and followed directions to this campsite at Cormoranche-sur-Saone.


Sailing in lake at Cormoranche sur Saone











This is just perfect for us, with large pitches enclosed by mature hedges, plenty of shade, which is very welcome in this heat (36°C inside the van in the shade), an enormous lake to swim, fish and practise our rowing skills in our inflatable boat and there is even a mini theme-park for young families, with lots of inflatable castles type of attractions of various shapes (pirate ship, forest and slides included), sailing, paddling boats, canoes, etc.  The shower and washing facilities block is immaculately kept and you can also order your bread from one day to the next from the bar.  There is even a ‘mobile supermarket’ (épicier ambulant) in a van that comes from 6 to 7 pm.  No need to leave the site!


Practising my rowing skills at Cormoranche sur Saone

Plenty of activities for the young at Cormoranche sur Saone











We have booked for 5 nights and are really looking forward to chilling out here.

Once again the internet connection has been a problem.  The first night it was out of service, as someone apparently crashed the system by sending thousands of e-mails, and this morning I was given a pass for one hour only, but it was very slow again.  I’ll have another go tomorrow.


Fishing at Cormoranche sur Saone

Ready to spend the night by lake at Cormoranche sur Saone











Adonis is fishing now in the far side of the lake and we had to take his stuff on our bikes, as it was too far to walk with all the bulky and heavy gear.  We must have been quite a sight, armed with an arsenal of fishing rods, a huge net, landing mat, binoculars, and camera round our necks!


Stunning sunset at Cormoranche sur Saone


I am going to enjoy my Kindle now: reading Paulo Coelho’s ‘Eleven Minutes’, brilliant as always!


Cormoranche sur Saone

Our hedge-enclosed pitch at Cormoranche sur Saone











Sailing and canoeing at Cormoranche sur Saone



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