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Sanguinet, Friday 22nd April 2011


Sanguinet exquisite aire

We are now right in the National Park of Landes de Gascogne, in a small aire by the Lac de Cazaux et de Sanguinet.  We are parked under some trees and it’s very quiet and peaceful.

As we feared, the campsite at Leon got a bit too busy and noisy, with the two families camped right behind us having a bit of a party until nearly midnight.  The pool was also crowded in the afternoon and we felt the lovely tranquil atmosphere was lost and didn’t feel like staying any longer.  Still, we enjoyed 5 days of peace and quiet and can’t complain.

So we packed after breakfast and left soon after 10.30 am, with a quick stop at Carrefour in Léon, and then followed the A652 to Mimizan (nice to see it in the sun, as last time we were there 9 years ago it rained for 6 days solid), then the D626 to Pontenx-les-Forges and finally the D46 here, just over 30 km northwest of Mimizan Plage.

Welcome shade at aire of Sanguinet

A walkway between the lakes










It’s now 5.50 pm and has just started to rain: the first proper rain we’ve seen since we left England.  Adonis’s been injured on his leg by Bramble launching forward and catching him between his chair and the chain Bramble was attached to.  To be honest, Adonis looks like he’s been in the jungle, with lots of scratches, spots and now a wound for good measure, on both legs!

Chalets at Sanguinet lake beach

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


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 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