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Lac de l’Uby, Gers, Thursday 31st March 2016

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Stunning sunset at Lac de l’Uby whilst Adonis enjoys a spot of evening carp fishing

 

We have been on the road for a whole week now, but we have finally arrived at our holiday destination at Les Rives du Lac, Lac de l’Uby, between Barbotan les Thermes and Cazaubon, in the heart of Gascogne country.  We got here on Tuesday morning, but we had to wait for the campsite to open for the season yesterday, so we spent a very plesant and sunny afternoon at the motorhome aire by the Tourist Information Office in Barbotan les Thermes and gardens before driving to the lake for the evening, as Wednesday morning is market day in town and parking is not allowed there, as some of the market stalls are placed in that car park.  It was just lovely being parked near the lake and we were able to take Beano for a walk along the shore.

 

The wonderful thermal baths at Barbotan les Thermes

The wonderful thermal baths at Barbotan les Thermes

 

 

Early Wednesday morning, we thought we’d make the most of the warm and sunny weather and we walked into Barbotan to buy some food at the market and came back with a tub of Paella, a punnet of delicious ripe strawberries, some radishes and, of course, our daily baguette and cake.

 

By the time we came back, the campsite had already opened and we duly checked in and set up for the week.  We were able to have lunch and dinner outside in the sun and indeed spent all afternoon and early evening outdoors by the lake, soaking up the much needed rays of sunshine and loving the early spring warmth.

 

Setting up camp for the week

Setting up camp for the week

 

Our pitch seen from across the lake

Our pitch seen from across the lake

 

Adonis got very lucky with his fishing on our first day here and caught a 19 lb (9 kg) carp soon after our evening meal and his luck has continued today with 3 more carp of 17, 25 and 29 lb respectively, even though the sunny weather has left us for now and it has been a very wet and blastery day.  Still, the weather is supposed to improve again for the weekend and we still have another week here, as we are leaving on Friday 8th April.

 

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The first carp of the holiday at Lac de l’Uby in the early evening

 

On the journey down, we stopped at our usual motorhome aires at Wissant, Pont de l’Arche, where we bought some lovely Nids de Pâques (Easter Nest cakes) for our morning coffee break, Villedômer, Verteuil-sur-Charente and a new one for us, Capian, near Bordeaux.

 

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Delicious Nids de Pâques from Pont de l’Arche bakery

 
 
 

Villdômer motorhome aire, one of our favourite stops

Villdômer motorhome aire, one of our favourite stops

 

We really liked the aire at Capian, which also offered a nice dog walk for Beano, past the cemetery and on the edge of the vineyards towards the woods at the far end.  We didn’t visit the Châteaux this time as we still had quite a bit of wine from our shop at Bouloge-sur-Mer, but we’ll make a point of buying some of the local products next time we are in the area.

 

The very attractive motorhome aire at Capian amongst the vineyeards

The very attractive motorhome aire at Capian amongst the vineyeards

 

We also tried stopping at La Bastide d’Armagnac aire, but it was mainly on grass and, as it had been raining, we didn’t think it would be very sensible to park there, although it would have been lovely in drier weather.  We finally stopped briefly at Notre Dame des Cyclistes chapel, but it was closed and couldn’t visit inside, althogh we still managed a couple of photos outiside in the rain.

 

Getting wet at Notre Dame des Cyclistes

Getting wet at Notre Dame des Cyclistes

 

I loved this gate at Notre Dame des Cyclistes

I loved this gate at Notre Dame des Cyclistes

 

I am afraid to say I have a bone to pick with the Lady of the Cyclists as I had a puncture on my bike this morning on the way back from the wonderful bakery at Cazaubon, just opposite the Château, and had to walk back (about 15 minutes), but Adonis has replaced the inner tube and hopefully, I’ll cycle into Barbotan les Thermes tomorrow and take some pictures of this most charming of towns.

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.

Barbotan-les-Thermes, Gers, Tuesday 2nd April 2013

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Our pitch at Camping du Lac de l'Uby

Our pitch and fishing swim at Camping Lac de l’Uby

 

We are now at our first proper destination of our Easter holiday at Camping Lac de l’Uby in Barbotan-les-Thermes in the Gers department in the Midi Pyrénéés region.  We arrived yesterday afternoon after having tried the motorhome aire at Lac de Clarens just south of Casteljaloux and, finding it shut just before 2 pm with a sign saying it’d open at precisely 2 pm!  We waited until 2.20 pm and the place didn’t open, so we arrived here one day earlier than expected.

 

Adonis with his prize catch

Adonis with his prize catch

 

We have pitch number 134, right by the lake, where Adonis has set up his bivvy on his fishing swim and has just caught a 14 ½ lb (7kg) carp, not as big as last summer’s catch, but since he only se up ‘shop’ this morning, he can’t really complain.  We are hoping to stay for another 4 nights and then we’ll move west to the coast at Lac de Leon.

I have just booked myself my holiday treat at Barbotan’s spa (or Thermes de Barbotan), what this lovely town is well known for.  I have an appointment at 9.30 am for a kaolin bath followed by a facial cleansing.  I can’t wait, as I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed one of those treatments, something I used to do regularly years ago.

 

The weather turned misty at Lac de l'Uby

The weather turned misty at Lac de l’Uby

 

The weather has been all over the place for, after a beautiful start yesterday morning at Verteuil-sur-Charente, it started pouring down in the early afternoon and continued with rain and wind for the rest of the day and part of the night.  The temperatures are higher, thankfully, and we didn’t need the blanket last night (first time since November!)  This morning the van felt much warmer and we had a bright start to the day, but the wind picked up and it’s not so pleasant sitting outside.  Still, it was nice enough to cycle into Barbotan earlier on following the cycle path, which only takes 5 minutes.

 

Our pitch and motorhome seen from the opposite side of lake

Our pitch and motorhome seen from the opposite side of lake

 

The drive here was very straightforward from Verteuil-sur-Charente, following the A10 south to Angoulême, Barbezieux-St-Hilaire, St André-de-Cubax (just northeast of Bordeaux) and from there the D670 est to Libourne, past St Emilion and south to La Réole, D1113 to Marmande and finally D933 to Casteljaloux and Barbotan.  The roads are excellent, except for one short stretch somewhere I’ve already forgotten about, and were mainly empty due to it being bank holiday Monday.

 

A little Weir at Lac de l'Uby

A little Weir at Lac de l’Uby

 

Lovely sunset on the opposite side of lake

Lovely sunset on the opposite side of lake

 

It looks like a lovely evening now with the sun dropping at the opposite side of the lake: a room with a view indeed!

 

Priceless sunset!

Priceless sunset!