Tag Archives: Midi Pyrénéés

Day 1 of 5-Day Challenge

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I have been nominated by Darlene Foster for The Five Day Challenge, which involves as follows:  Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.

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I have chosen this picture of my husband fishing at Lac de l’Uby in the region of the Midi Pyrénées in southern France because I think this picture truly tells who we are and what is important to us. In the centre is Adonis, casting his bait for carp fishing, to the right is my bike (my preferred mode of transport when travelling) and in the foreground our old motorhome, in which we travelled very happily for the last 5 years, with our tables and chairs outside, all this in the most stunning sunset, with some of the sun rays reflecting on the motorhome. I took the picture, of course, which is something I love doing, especially in spectacular setting such as this.

I would now like to nominate my fellow blogger and friend Emily Carter Mitchell from http://bellaremyphotography.com/ for this challenge. She is a very keen and accomplished wildlife photographer and I am always in awe at her photos of birds, flowers and all creatures great and small.

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!