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Étang Neuf, Neuilly-sur-Eure, Orne Department, Thursday 23rd October 2014

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Beautiful Etang Neuf at Neuilly-sur-Eure

Beautiful Etang Neuf at Neuilly-sur-Eure

 

We have enjoyed five fabulously lazy days at this marvellous and peaceful carp fishing lake just north west of Chartres and it is with a heavy heart that we’ve just packed all the bulky stuff prior to our departure tomorrow. There are some places that you just simply don’t want to leave and this is surely one of them, so I expect we’ll come back next Easter.

The pitches are enormous, at least 20 metres across and about 15 m. from the lake, so we estimate we’ve had 300 m² solidly for our use. There is also a hut with a shower and a toilet, both immaculately clean, and a sink for washing up with a hosepipe to fill up the tank.

A very spacious pitch at Etang Neuf

A very spacious pitch at Etang Neuf

 

 

We have also benefited from a couple of very sunny days and just one rainy day and today has been overcast but warm. Adonis has caught 2 carp so far and he still has a couple more hours before tonight’s dinner, so he might yet catch another! All in all, it has been a wonderful 5-day break and we are already looking forward to our next visit.

The first carp!

The first carp!

 

And the second!

And the second!

 

I developed a morning routine of walking Beano after breakfast, followed by a shower and a cycle ride to the village for baguette and croissants, which took me around 12 minutes each way, making that my daily exercise. I really love the walk around the lake with Beano, watching the herons and the coots gliding in the water.

 

Walking around lake.  Our pitch from the far side

Walking around lake. Our pitch from the far side

 

We spent our first day, Saturday 18th, at pretty medieval town of Pont-de-l’Arche, just south east of Rouen. It was a very hot day (25°C outside) and sat on the grass by the river Eure, as well as walking along it to Les Damps and enjoying a beer in the sun outside one of the bars in the town square. This is another wonderful free motorhome aire with a charming view of the church of Notre-Dame-des-Arts and the river. We noticed that the access to the green by the river had been blocked by big boulders, perhaps to stop the New Age travellers from camping on it, like it happened at Easter.

 

Notre-Dame-des-Arts Chuch at medieval Pont-de-l'Arche

Notre-Dame-des-Arts Chuch at medieval Pont-de-l’Arche

 

Medieval Pont-de-l'Arche

Medieval Pont-de-l’Arche

 

I will mention that we were badly delayed leaving England at the Eurotunnel terminal, as we sat inside the train for 45 minutes due to a technical fault and we didn’t arrive in Calais until 9.10 pm, which is a bit too late for our liking, for we still had to heat up our usual pizza and had to content ourselves with some crisps during the crossing, being rather hungry by then. I suppose we travel so frequently that these things must be expected from time to time.

Tomorrow we’re heading for Les Roches l’Évêque near Vendôme and then to Amboise for a couple of days.

La Ferté-Macé, Orne Department, Tuesday 29th October 2013

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The lovely beach on the lake at la Ferté-Macé

The lovely beach on the lake at la Ferté-Macé

 

We are at another beautiful aire at the Base de Loisirs of la Ferté-Macé as a one stop-over before the vet’s appointment at Broglie tomorrow.

 

The lake

The lake

 

We had originally planned to stop further south at Javron-les-Chapelles in the Mayenne department but, although it was pleasant enough, flat and in the middle of the town, it wasn’t really what we are attracted to to spend the day and we thought this would be a more attractive spot for the day. It certainly is charming, as most – if not all – Bases de Loisirs are, and it has the bonus of fishing and a long dog walk around the lake. It is free and it has 6 pitches, but the emptying facilities seem to be at Place de Needstadt in the town itself, not at Parking de la Brochardière, where we are at the moment.

 

Our parking spot at la Ferté-Macé Base de Loisirs

Our parking spot at la Ferté-Macé Base de Loisirs

 

This seems to be the perfect place to come with a young family in the summer, with plenty of facilities on offer like golf, parkour, kayaking, etc as well as a wonderful play area right on the beach for the young ones. It is popular even today, sunny and showery in late October, with quite a few people just coming for lunch and moving on again, perhaps to work, or walking their children and dogs.

 

The children's play area on the beach

The large and well equipped children’s play area on the beach

 

So Adonis’s been fishing and I’ve been walking Beano and crocheting and we are all happy.

 

Walking around the lake at Ferté-Macé

Walking around the lake at Ferté-Macé

 

We had a very easy drive this morning from Pont Réan at Guichen in Ile-et-Vilaine department, joining the D117 to south of Rennes and the N157/E50 due east to north of Laval, N165 to Mayenne and N12 north east to Javron-les-Chapelles. It was still early enough in the morning to try a different destination, so we went up north on D218 and D916 to just north of Bagnoles-de-l’Orne

 

Walking around the lake

Walking around the lake

 

I would certainly like to come back here in the summer months to enjoy that beach and a relaxing day in the sun.

So, it’s Broglie tomorrow and we might try the aire at Berck on Thursday, as John and Julie were quite impressed with it and highly recommended it.