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Carro, Bouches du Rhône, Friday 9th August 2013

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Motorhome aire at Carro, right by the Mediterranean

Motorhome aire at Carro, right by the Mediterranean

 

 We have made it to the Mediterranean at last and it’s only taken us 5 weeks! We’ve been here for 2 days at the motorhome aire on Quay Vérandy. We thought this aire was actually going to be in Martigues, which is where we were hoping to stay, but after driving around in Martigues looking for it without success, we entered the co-ordinates given on the aires guide book (‘Le Guide Officiel Aires de Services Camping Cars’: Lat 43º 19′ 46” N Long 5º 2′ 23” E) and it brought us here, about 6 or 7 miles further south!

Taking a walk on the rocky landscape

Taking a walk (and a beer) on the rocky landscape – motorhome aire in background

 

The drive from St Remy de Provence was very easy, following the D99 west to join the D570 south to Arles and from there gently south east on N113 and N568. We just had a quick stop at Supermarché to stock up on food and we were here for 12 noon.

 

Carro

Carro beach

 

It’s still hot here, but very windy, maybe experiencing some of that famous Provençal Mistral, so much so that the wind pushed the motorhome off the levelling blocks earlier on when we were actually inside! It definitely rocked us like never before!

 

Cove and beach

Cove and beach – great for snorkelling

 

Still, it’s been very sunny for the last couple of days and we have enjoyed a few swims in the warm Mediterranean sea. We have also made the most of our snorkelling gear and have enjoyed a very peaceful time spotting the various fish around the rocks surrounding the beach. There is something very special and magical about swimming with the fish, oblivious to everything else, listening only to the sound of your breathing: it’s almost like being on another planet.

 

Strange sights at the fish market

Strange sights at the fish market

 

Carro is mainly a fishing village and this morning we bought some mussels directly from one of the port’s fish stalls by the aire. It was definitely the most popular stall in the market and we had to queue for a few minutes to get our kilo, which I cooked à la Marinière for lunch: fresh and delicious!

 

Preparing the mussels for lunch.  Can't get them fresher than that!

Preparing the mussels for lunch. Can’t get them fresher than that!

 

 

We feel really privileged here on this aire right by the sea: we’re a mere 50 metres from the water’s edge and just 5 minutes’ walk from the little beach in the cove, nicely sheltered and supervised during the day. It’s funny, though, how only around the corner from here, in the open sea, it’s really rough and a few people are enjoying windsurfing and body boarding in the strong current and waves.

 

The rough sea round the corner, perfect for windsurfing, etc

The rough sea round the corner, perfect for windsurfing, etc

 

This aire costs 10 a day, payable at the entrance by credit card: same system as in Bourget-du-Lac, and there is no electricity either, but plenty of water.

 

I just like this seagull hovering over the boats

I just like this seagull in the sun

 

Tomorrow we’re heading for a France Passion bull farm in the Camargue, which should be really different to everything we’ve seen so far.

 

Seagulls enjoying a meal

Carro and marina

Lathuile, Lac Annecy, Haute Savoie, Tuesday 30th July 2013

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The beautiful view from Lathuile Motorhone aire

The beautiful view from Lathuile Motorhone aire

 

 

We didn’t make it to Hauteville-Lompness as we had planned simply because it was too hot to try that hill and it seemed more sensible to head for the lakes instead. So we set the Tomtom for Le Bourget-du-Lac and we got there for 11.30am, with plenty of time to enjoy a swim and a cold beer before lunch.

 

Camp International l'Ile des Cygnes

Camping International de l’Ile aux Cygnes

 

The motorhome aire at Bourget-du-Lac, just north of Chambery, is right outside the Camping International de L’IIe aux Cygnes and we paid 21 for 2 nights, with full access to the campsite facilities, including the lake and and free wifi. The system operates by card payment in advance and you get a gate code for going in and out. The pitches are of a reasonable size (big enough to get the awning out) and they are separated by logs screwed onto the ground. We were lucky to park under a tree, which provided welcome and much needed shade.

 

The motorhome aire outside Camping International de l'Ile aux Cygnes

The motorhome aire outside Camping International de l’Ile aux Cygnes

 

It was very hot when we arrived and we enjoyed several swims in the lake throughout the day, but in the evening the storm approached through the mountains, accompanied by heavy rain, which didn’t stop until lunchtime the following day. There was one particular clap of thunder that was right above us in the night which shook the van and made me sit up in bed, as it felt like a bomb had gone off nearby. Fortunately, the storm moved away, if not the rain, and I eventually fell asleep sometime in the wee hours of the morning.

 

Enjoying the sun at Lac de Bourget before the storm

Enjoying the sun at Lac de Bourget before the storm

 

Before the storm, however, we met a lovely couple from Manchester, Julie and John, and had a very pleasant evening chatting, drinking and swapping experiences with them.

 

Part of the Marina at Lac de Bourget

Part of the Marina at Lac du Bourget

 

As it was such a wet morning yesterday, I took the opportunity to catch up with my FB friends and family, as well as checking my mail and Twitter messages.

 

The gardens at the Abbey at Bourget du Lac

The gardens at the Priory at Bourget du Lac

 

The Priory Gardens, Bourget du Lac

The relaxing Priory Gardens, Bourget du Lac

 

The weather improved in the afternoon and we went for a stroll around the town of Bourget-du-Lac and visited the priory and Thomas II Chateau, which at one point, from 1438 to 1456, belonged to the Seyssel family, of local renown and power! Are we related to this family? One can only speculate…

 

Thomas II Chateau, which belonged to the Seysell family for a few years before fire

Thomas II Chateau, which was entrusted to the Seysselfamily for a few years before fire struck

 

Chateau entrusted to the Seyssel family until fire struck

Chateau entrusted to the Seyssel family until fire struck

 

Mr Saysell at the Seyssel Chateau

Mr Saysell at the Seyssel Chateau

 

The views from Thomas II chateau

The views from Thomas II chateau

 

After enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of Lac du Bourget for 2 days and saying goodbye to Julie and John, we left this morning for Lac Annecy. We were planning to stay at the campsite Les Rives du Lac at Sévrier, but it was full, so we kept driving around the lake until we found something suitable, so here we are at this motorhome aire at Lathuile (190 Route de la Porte, 74210), an organic farm just by Bout du Lac, or end of the lake, on the far south shore of Lac Annecy, and very nice it is too! We have water, electricity and plenty of shade under the oak trees, with a short stroll of just over 5 minutes to the lake itself. It costs 8 per night, plus €2 for electricity, collected by the farmer, Michèle Cavagnod, at around 7.30pm.

 

The motorhome aire at Lathuile, Bout du Lac, Lac Annecy

The motorhome aire at Lathuile, Bout du Lac, Lac Annecy.  Plenty of shade here.

 

We might stay here more than one night before heading south again, slowly making our way to Provence.