Roullet-St-Estèphe, Charente, Saturday 11th April 2015

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Roullet-St-Estèphe from motorhome aire

Roullet-St-Estèphe from motorhome aire

We had such a wonderful and relaxing time at Camping Lac de l’Uby, in the Gers Department in the Midi Pyrénées region, that I even forgot to write in my diary!

We arrived one day earlier than arranged, so they gave us a temporary pitch for the day before we could set up at the pitch we’d booked, 134, which is just perfect for access to the lake for fishing and proximity to shower block and washing facilities.

Our pitch at Camping Lac d'Uby

Our pitch at Camping Lac d’Uby

There we met up with some of the people we met last year, who seem to go there every year for the heart treatments at Barbotan-les-Thermes, just down the road. I was delighted to see Dany and her husband again and we even spent a couple of hours crocheting together, as she was quite keen to learn how to crochet with wire and beads, and we made a necklace together, which was also great to improve my conversational French.

Adonis bringing in one of his many catches!

Adonis bringing in one of his many catches!

Adonis was extremely successful with his fishing, catching an amazing total of 11 carp, ranging from 8 to 14kg, and he really was the star of the show, with some of the other campers coming to see and photograph what he’d caught.

Fellow campers coming to admire Adonis's catch

Fellow campers coming to admire Adonis’s catch

And another carp

And another carp

A nice looking fish and fisherman!

A nice looking fish and fisherman!

I had my usual Spa treatment at Barbotan, this time the Soin Sérénité, which included a full body massage, a kaolin bath, a hydromassage bath and access to the steam room and jacuzzi: just heavenly!

Barbotan-les-Thermes Spa Hotel and gardens

Barbotan-les-Thermes Spa Hotel and gardens

Barbotan-les-Thermes

Barbotan-les-Thermes

We were having such a fantastic time in the sun and warmth that we booked 2 extra nights and only left this morning and we have decided that next year we’ll book for 2 weeks and drive there straight from Calais. It was really hot at times, needing sunblock and hats and swimwear, and we had the most amazing and idyllic sunsets right in front of us.

Idyllic sunset at Lac de l'Uby

Idyllic sunset at Lac de l’Uby

We did a small shop this morning at Supermarché at Cazaubon before joining the motorways A65 at Roquefort and A62 at Langon towards Bordeaux and A10/N10 to Angoulême.

This motorhome aire at Roullet-St-Estèphe is just about 5 miles south west of Angoulême, it has enough space for about 20 vehicles and is surrounded by green fields and only 5 minutes walk to the village. It’s free, it has a water tap and emptying facilities and a few picnic tables. There is also a lovely dog walk and a YPO motorhome and accessories centre and shop.

Roullet-St-Estèphe motorhome aire, surrounded by lovely fields

Roullet-St-Estèphe motorhome aire, surrounded by lovely fields

Tomorrow, we are hoping to make it as far north as Marboué, just north of Châteaudun, and then Pont de l’Arche for Monday to take Beano to the vet on Tuesday morning, but if Marboué proves too ambitious, we might cut the journey short and stop at Villedômer, just south of Château-Renault.

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    • They certainly are! I’ve been going there for the last 3 years and can’t wait for next year now! Glad you like the sunset picture: it makes the end to the day all the more special.

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