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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!

 

 

Gaumont-sur-Garonne, Lot-et-Garonne Department, Tuesday 14th August 2012

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Gaumont-sur-Garonne motorhome aire

 

We’ve just finished our dinner of Flammekueche with onions and lardons accompanied by the most delicious fresh Marmande tomatoes that we purchased from a lady by the side of the canal on this most fantastic little aire.

 

Having dinner right by the canal

Unusually for us, we travelled after lunch as the aire we had chosen to stop for the day at Casteljaloux was full, even though we arrived there by 11am, so we were forced to find somewhere nearby to stop for lunch and we took our chances down the D6 slightly north east to Le Mas d’Agenais, right on the Garonne river.

 

Le Mas d’Agenais

 

A barge down the canal at Le Mas d’Agenais

 

We found a nice spot by Le-Boat offices in the shade of a tree and we had lunch there, a quick siesta and a swim in the river, as it was extremely hot in the van and needed to cool off.  While we were resting, the sun had shifted and we felt we were being baked alive inside the motorhome, so we felt it was wise to go and find some shaded further down the river on the D143, only about 6km downstream and, as we crossed the little bridge over the canal, we spotted a few motorhomes on the side we’d just come from, so we did a u-turn as soon as it was possible to do so and came back to this little gem on the Garonne, which seems to be free too and has space for 10 vehicles.

 

Fishing at Gaumont-sur-Garonne aire

 

It’s been a very easy day all in all after returning our key to the Tourist Information Office in Barbotan-les-Thermes just after 9am and doing our shopping at Intermarché in Cazaubon.  We then followed the N524 past Gabarrer to join the D933 at Lapeyrade and north to Casteljaloux, which looked very lively by the lake Lac de Clarens, similar to Samatan’s.  It would have cost £10 a night, but it wasn’t meant to be, so since we are full of water and everything is charged up, we can afford to ‘wild camp’ for a couple of nights if necessary and for free!

 

Our parking spot at Gaumont-sur-Garonne aire

We have bought a set of Petanque boules, so next time we stop by a suitable ‘sandy’ pitch, we can try our skills at this ultimate French game.

Adonis is fishing on the canal, not even 5 metres away from the van.  We must remember these golden moments when things get difficult or depressing in the winter.  Thank goodness for pictures!

We’ve met a nice fellow from Liverpool with his dog, the first British motorhomer we’ve seen in weeks!

Our parking spot at Gaumont-sur-Garonne aire

 

 

 

Our parking spot at Gaumont-sur-Garonne aire