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St André-sur-Vieux Jonc, Ain Department, Saturday 27th July 2013

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Although we didn’t plan it this way, this has turned out to be the Holiday of the ‘Wine Routes’.

 

Following the Wine Routes.  Chardonnay grapes

Following the Wine Routes. Chardonnay grapes

 

After enjoying an afternoon walk around the vineyards at Merceuil and our Frankfurters with a cool Bourgogne Rouge in the evening, we carried on south the following morning on the D19 to Calon-sur-Saône, the N6 past Tournus and the D56 slightly south west to the motorhome aire at Lugny, travelling through beautiful Chardonnay country and the Chardonnay village itself, where the wine gets its name from.

 

Passing through Chardonnay

Passing through Chardonnay

 

It was an easy drive and we were there before 11am, which is a good thing, as travelling in the middle of the day in this heat is very unwise. The motorhome aire at Lugny is just outside a very simple and cheap campsite, with loads of shade, so we opted for the latter, as the former was in full-on sun and not really very sensible this time of year, and for the sake of €10 for the campsite it really was a non-brainer decisions.

 

Our shady spot at camping de Lugny only €10 a night.

Our shady spot at camping de Lugny only €10 a night.

 

After lunch, we walked down the hill to explore Lugny itself and ended up at the local Chardonnay Visitors’ Centre and wine tasting shop, totally unplanned, of course! Being unable to decide which variety we enjoyed the most, we settled on a selection of 6 different bottles, which we intend to take back home to England if we don’t succumb to temptation in the next 5 weeks.

 

Enjoying the views over Chardonnay country

Enjoying the views over Chardonnay country

 

View from the road outside Lugny campsite

View from the road outside Lugny campsite

 

The Chardonnay Visitors' Centre at Lugny

The Chardonnay Visitors’ Centre at Lugny

 

We really enjoyed the extremely quiet and cool campsite at Lugny and the fact that there was nobody at the Reception hut to book customers in, relying on people’s honesty once again to put their money for their stay in the envelopes provided, to be inserted in the postbox by hut, just like with the wine the night before at the France Passion site in Merceuil. I just love this laid-back and trusting attitude of the local folk in this part of eastern France.

 

A heavy walk back to campsite after purchasing our wine

A heavy walk back through vineyards to campsite after purchasing our wine

 

 

There was a storm in the night which seemed quite strong and intense for a few minutes, but which I believe sadly heavily damaged some of the vineyards around Beaune, where we’d been the night before, and I understand that the damage could run into thousands of euros in this area that produces some of the finest wines in the world!  What a shame!  I do hope they’ll be able to make up for it somehow.

 

Cluny

Cluny

 

On Wednesday morning, 24th July and Adonis’s birthday, we paid a visit to the historic town of Cluny, following the D82/D15 slightly south west, where we visited the famous Benedictine Abbey and walked around the old streets.  Amazing to think that the monks here had so much power they practically ruled Europe for centuries in the Middle Ages.

 

The Benedictine Abbey at Cluny

The Benedictine Abbey at Cluny

 

From a different angle

From a different angle

 

 

And another angle

And another angle

 

We left Cluny late in the morning for our short drive to Cormoranche-sur-Saône in the Ain Department, about 4 miles south of Macon, as we had been quite impressed with the campsite/base de loisirs here last year. Once again, we really enjoyed the cooling lake for swimming, fishing and rowing our boat and there are, of course, lots of entertainment for young families, including the huge inflatable castles of various shapes and descriptions.

 

The lake beach at Cormoranche-sur-Saone

The lake beach at Cormoranche-sur-Saone with children’s entertainment in the background

 

We had intended to stay 5 nights, but unfortunately, this time round it turned out to be quite noisy in the evening, first with our ‘neighbours’ talking and laughing until the wee hours in the morning, then a duo playing and singing on the beach until 11.30pm and last night a disco that went on till midnight. Although we appreciate that some people enjoy this type of entertainment in a campsite, it is not what we really look for whilst camping, so being Saturday today, we thought they might have another noisy ‘soirée’ and we voted on making a move. The 3 nights here cost us €62: not bad for high season.

 

Beach and larger lake at Cormoranche-sur-Saone

Beach and larger lake at Cormoranche-sur-Saone

 

Sailing and pedal boats at Cormoranche-sur-Saone

Sailing and pedal boats at Cormoranche-sur-Saone

 

An unexpected visitor in the evening at Cormoranche-sur-Saone

An unexpected visitor in the evening at Cormoranche-sur-Saone

 

 

After doing a quick shop at Super U in Pont-de-Veyle, we headed for the lakes a bit further south east on D2.  We first tried Parc des Oiseaux by Villars-les-Dombes, but couldn’t wild camp there and we didn’t fancy another campsite, so we tried other lakes around the area with no success, as parking wasn’t available. As it was almost lunchtime, we decided to head north again on D1083 to this aire just south of Bourg-en-Bresse, which has proved to be just right for us, with shade under the trees and a water supply with a hose, which I’ve just used to have a cold shower to cool off a bit. It’s still 34 °C inside the motorhome in the shade.

 

The free aire at St André-sur-Vieux Jonc

The free aire at St André-sur-Vieux Jonc

 

This aire is free with free water and emptying facilities, but no electricity; the bays are clearly separated by grassy patches and bushes and have gravel pitches: not bad at all!

 

We’re going to try another France Passion site tomorrow at Hauteville-Lompness before heading for the lake at Aix-les-Bains in the Savoie Department.

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

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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.

 

Nantua

 

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