Lac de Panthier Camping, Vandenesse-en-Auxois, Côte d’Or, Sunday 21st July 2013

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Lac de Panthier camping

Lac de Panthier camping – Restaurant area

 

 

We have spent 3 very sunny and hot days at this strategically placed campsite ‘with a view’, about 24 miles west of Dijon (Lat 47º 14′ 12” N Long 4º 37′ 40” E). Our very large pitch, No 14, is about 20 meters from the lake beach and amongst the trees, so we have also enjoyed some welcome shade in the heat of the day.

 

Our generous pitch, a stone-throw away from the lake

Our generous pitch, a stone-throw away from the lake

 

Enjoying a paella on our generous pitch so near the lake

Enjoying a paella on our generous pitch so near the lake

 

 

 

Our pitch seen from the lake beach

Camping seen from the lake beach

 

We arrived late on Friday evening after deciding that the parking place at Lac de Liez by Langres wasn’t really appropriate as it didn’t have any shade at all, so we left after lunch, a rest and a swim at 3 pm.

 

Lac de Liez

Lac de Liez

 

 

Again, we have enjoyed some relaxing time swimming, fishing and rowing in the lake and early this morning, just after breakfast, I went on a cycle ride around the lake before the day got too hot. It’s a beautiful ride, which took me just ½ hour, including a few stops to take pictures of the wonderful views all the way round.

 

Views of lake taken during morning cycle ride

Views of lake taken during morning cycle ride

 

Views of lake taken during morning cycle ride

Views of lake taken during morning cycle ride

 

Views around lake taken during morning cycle ride

Views around lake taken during morning cycle ride

 

Views of lake taken during morning cycle ride

Views of lake taken during morning cycle ride

 

 

This site has a shop, a restaurant, an indoor pool (which I made good use of first thing in the morning), a sauna and a fitness room with cycling machines, all included in the price, although I have to say that being so hot outdoors, I don’t really feel like a sauna, but other people were using it. There is also, of course, fishing in the lake and Adonis has been making the most of it, even if he has to walk to the far side of it. I think that, all in all, the daily price of 28 for us in the height of the season with all those facilities provided is very reasonable and I am more than happy to pay for it.

 

Adonis baiting the lake for his fishing sessions

Adonis baiting the lake for his fishing sessions

 

 

Attractive children's play area at camping Lac de Panthier

Attractive children’s play area at camping Lac de Panthier

 

 

Being Sunday afternoon, it’s very busy on the lake right now and we had a bit of a drama earlier on when an ambulance and helicopter were called to assist someone on the beach. I don’t know exactly what happened, as I was happily crocheting away outside our van with my back to the beach, when I suddenly saw a few people coming over to our pitch looking at the lake. Then I heard the paramedics shouting for people to evacuate the beach to make room for the helicopter and I saw another paramedic performing CPR on someone near the water with all the holidaymakers and day-trippers standing on the side of the road or, in our case, from the campsite, as it is higher up and commanded a better view. I think the person in need of help must have been all right in the end, as I also saw the paramedics holding a drip bag above him/her for a while and they all left with a smile and everyone rushed to the beach again.

 

our van high up above lake and under the trees

our van high up above lake and under the trees

 

We followed the Tomtom out of Corre on Friday morning, deciding to take us on the ‘interregional’ and less congested road (yellow on our Michelin atlas) on the D44 to Fay-la-Forêt and the N19 to Langres, where we visited the market and had a stroll in the old town. We then headed for the lake for lunch and a swim, but decided to try our luck with a better parking space at Reservoir de Charmes, but that didn’t work out either. After consulting the camping guide, Adonis chose this 4* site and we have been very happy with his choice, especially after arriving all hot and bothered at 6 pm on Friday evening.

 

Quaint Langres with summer Fete decorations

Quaint Langres with summer Fete decorations

 

 

As we are in the heart of Burgandy (or Bourgogne), we are planning to stay at one of the many France Passion sites in the area, so we’re heading towards Beaune and we also plan to visit Cluny. We might then spend a few days at the lovely campsite of Cormoranche-sur-Saone, like we did last year, as we were very impressed with it.

 

 

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