We are now at the motorhome aire in the beautiful medieval town of Uzerche, right by the river Vezère in the Correze Department. There are supposed to be 30 pitches for motorhomes, but there are only two of us here and the rest is just being used as the town car park. In fact, when we arrived here at 11 am this morning, there was a NO ENTRY sign on the way in as there is supposed to be a market here every 20th of the month and every Saturday, when motorhomes would not be allowed from 6 am to 1 pm. Luckily for us it’s been pouring down with rain for most of the day and there weren’t many merchants at all, not even half a dozen, so they let us through without too much resistance and we were able to hook up to the electricity outlet for free. The water tap outside the old station building has been neutralised, but Adonis’s just filled up using the sink the the toilets, which happen to be open.
This really is a wonderful aire, with stunning views of the old town and the clifftop and with a tarmacked footpath along the river, perfect for dog walks. I am amazed that this is totally FREE, even the electricity, in such a pretty and peaceful place. Hats off to the French again.
As we got here so early, we had plenty of time to wander around the town and visit St Peter’s Church or Église St Pierre, a fortified church with an amazing XIth century crypt, one of the oldest in the Limousin. the views from outside the church, on Place de la Lunade overlooking the river valley, are quite staggering and we took our time photographing the views all around us.
Another peculiarity of this town are the ‘Maisons à Tourelles’, or turret houses, with their typical cone-shaped roofs, just like witches’ hats, dating from XV and XVI centuries, as is the XIV century Porte Béchaire, one of the nine original gates allowing access to the town: all well worth a visit, even on a rainy day like today. In fact, the whole place is so full of amazing buildings and walls to look at that even the rain couldn’t spoil our visit and enjoyment of this remarkable little town.
Yesterday we stopped at Lac de St Pardoux, just off junction 25 on the A20 on our way down south from Montrésor. It was our second choice after deciding the original aire we were heading for at Béssines-sur-Gartempe (also off the A20 at J.24) wasn’t quite up to Adonis’s liking and we thought the stay by the lake might be much more pleasant, which indeed was! We had made very good time coming down from Montrésor on the D755 and D975, past Châtillon-sur-Indre, Azay-Le-Ferron and Le Blanc and then the D675 to Le Dorat and east on D942 and D45 to Béssines-sur-Gartempe, all fantastic straight roads until the D45, where we encountered some very interesting, almost hairpin, bends.
We really thought that the aire at Santrop beach by Lac de St Pardoux would make a fantastic stop in warmer weather and, again, we’d love to come back at Easter or early in the summer before the crowds arrive. Sasha had a whale of a time leaping and charging about on the sandy beach and it was great to see her running around without worrying about traffic at all. There was another motorhome when we arrived there, but it left early in the afternoon, so once again, we had the place completely to ourselves and another FREE night stay. There is a motorhome service borne which operates with €3.50 for 100 litres of water and 1 hour electricity, but we didn’t need either, although it’s good to know for future reference.
Tomorrow we’re travelling towards Toulouse and we’ll decide where to stop when we get there.