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Camping Punta Lago, Lac de Léon, Landes, Sunday 7th April13

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A very generous pitch at Punta Lago campsite

A very generous pitch at Punta Lago campsite

 

I am so glad to be here for the third time and so happy to see that it’s just as good as we remembered it.  We first came here on a very hot August day in 2010, after a long journey from the north coast of Spain and were rewarded with this wonderful campsite with 2 swimming pools – one outdoors and one heated indoors with 2 Jacuzzis – very generous pitches separated by hedges and lots of space, all within a 5-minute walk to the Lac de Léon, even more beautiful.  We came back at Easter in 2011 and it was still quite hot, so we’ve tried it once again and, even though the weather is not as hot as last time for this time of year, it is still warm enough to sit outside in the sun, especially when the breeze drops.

 

It has been a long and cold winter in most places, so just to be able to sit outside or to walk around in shorts is a luxury not to be taken for granted.

 

The heated indoor pool all to ourselves

The heated indoor pool all to ourselves

 

It’s our second day here and, as before, I joined the Aquagym class this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it, though it wasn’t as busy as last time, being after Easter now.  Still, more room for the rest of us.  We have also enjoyed swimming in the ‘empty’ (no people) heated pool and a relaxing time in the Jacuzzi, all included in the €20 fee per day for the 2 of us, the van and the electricity supply: very reasonable indeed.

 

Enjoying a relaxing time in the jacuzzi

Enjoying a relaxing time in the jacuzzi

 

The outdoor pool

The outdoor pool

 

 We have also been for cycle rides around the lake, taking in all the gorgeous views from various angles and getting busy with the camera.

 

Lac de Léon

Lac de Léon

 

The Pedalos at Lac de Léon

The Pedalos at Lac de Léon

 

Lac de Léon

Lac de Léon

 

It’s all very quiet and most pitches are empty, but there are young families in the bungalows, albeit not many, unlike last time.

 

We have one more day here and then we’ll start to make our ‘very’ slow journey north, hoping to stop at Verteuil-sur-Charente again, then Lac des Varennes on the Vallée du Loir for 4 days and finally at our usual stop-over aires on the way to Calais (Broglie and Wissant).

 

Lac de Léon

Lac de Léon

 

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Lac de Léon

Lac de Léon

 

Lac de Léon

Lac de Léon

 

Lac de Léon

Lac de Léon

Lac de Léon

Lac de Léon

 

 

 

Punta Lago, Léon, Thursday 21st April 2011

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Lac de Léon, Landes

I think it’s Easter Thursday today, judging by the amount of people who arrived last night and this morning, and all the games organised for the children.  Most of the holiday makers seem to be Spanish, so the campsite is getting quite lively. 

I’ve been trying to keep fit – apart from cycling into town and walking Bramble – so I joined the stretching class yesterday and the aquagym today, which was very popular, with over 30 people in the pool, which was just big enough, even though it is 12 metres long!  It felt a bit surreal, as the instructor was playing mainly Spanish and Mexican music, including the Gypsy Kings and Julio Iglesias singing in French.  She also had a few Spanish phrases written down on a card, which I found quite touching, and tried very hard to pronounce them properly, asking for our help.  I’d like to go back on Saturday again.

Adonis’s been busy fishing and cycling to village and had his gears fixed at the very reasonable price of 15E.  He was so pleased he gave the repair man 20E.

We’ve also witnessed what looked like some kind of aeroplane firefighting training and it was quite fascinating to watch them come down to collect water from the lake and then drop it again.  I’d never seen that before.

Last night we had a roast chicken and chips takeaway, which is very popular here, and was absolutely delicious.  We have one thigh left for lunch and tonight I’m just making pasta with pesto: nice, quick and easy!

Lac de Léon, Landes

Firefighting training at Lac de Léon, Landes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pepo’s been phoning every day and he seems a bit lonely, to the point when he’s almost decided to carry on studying at Northbrook College and not Glasgow.  He’s there now for his interview in about one hour’s time (12 noon in GB).  He’s found a youth hostel for the 2 nights he needs to stay up there and he seems to have managed quite well without any help from ‘so called’ friends, who let him down at last minute and couldn’t put him up.  I think he’s learning the painful fact that  friends can’t always be relied upon and at the end of the day you’re on your own when you reach a certain age.  He sounds happy and confident, though, and I’m sure he’ll sail through the interview.

Lac de Léon, Landes

It’s a bit overcast and cooler today, but still warm enough to be sitting outside in my bikini.

The German classes are going well, moving on to buying tickets at railway station, asking for information about departure and arrival times, etc.

Punta Lago, Leon, Landes, Tuesday 19th April 2011

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A nice couple of lazy days here at Punta Lago campsite, and very nice and quiet it is too!

Lac de Léon,

We cycled into Léon yesterday to get some more food and then just relaxed by van and had a swim in both, the heated and unheated pools in campsite, as well as a go in the Jacuzzi.  There are not many people in the campsite, so the pools were quiet and uncrowded, especially the unheated, which was virtually empty, except for a little girl and her toddler brother watched by their parents and 2 teenage girls.

We walked to the lake with Bramble again and he enjoyed his splashing about, chasing his ball there.

Bramble cooling down in lake

 

I cooked Merguez with couscous and did a lot of reading: 2 more Canterbury Tales – the Second Nun’s and the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tales.

Today Adon went fishing early in the morning, at around 7ish, and I stayed in bed till 8.30.  I had breakfast on my own and took Bramble to lake again, then I cycled into Léon to buy a baguette and tobacco for Adon and to send a postcard to Pepo.

 

Léon

Léon is a very pretty little town and I took a couple of pictures.  After that, I did a couple of units on my German book and Adonis arrived from his fishing adventure, but he didn’t catch anything.

 

 

Bramble having a good splash in Lac de Léon

It’s just before lunch now and Adon is doing his crossword.  We are thinking about cycling to beach tomorrow, about 10 km, and see what that’s like.  I am cooking chili con carne tonight, but before that, I must carry on sewing my puppy and reading Dickens.

I love the peace and quiet here and I am loath to think of leaving.  I could easily retire in a pace like this!

Sewing 'puppy