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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.

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.