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Les Poissons d’Argent Aire, Petite Camargue, Gard, Friday 25th July 2014

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The very spacious new aire of Les Poissons d'Argent, Petite Camargue

The very spacious new aire of Les Poissons d’Argent, Petite Camargue

 

This has been a surprise! We’ve only found this wonderful aire between Le Grau-du-Roi and Aigues-Mortes thanks to the pre-loaded points of interest on our TomTom, as it does not appear on the Aires guide book. It is set in 20 hectares of nature in the Petite Camargue and it has a restaurant, with fishing included in the 9 daily fee (12 with electricity). The pitches are generous, with plenty of space for awning, tables and chairs outside. Although it is rather large, there are only around 20 vans here at the moment (6 pm). We are sitting inside waiting for the storm to pass, which is quite spectacular and almost welcome after a very humid day.

 

After the storm in La Petite Camargue.  Glad it's not my awning!

After the storm in La Petite Camargue. Glad it’s not my awning!

 

Our original plan today was to stop for the day and night just north east of here at the aire at the Port de Plaisance in Bellegarde, about 10 km south east of Nimes. We were there around 11 am and, although it was free and beautiful, with pitches separated by lovely hedges of Bougainvillea, it was too close to the very busy and noisy D38 and after our afternoon dog walk, we decided to make a move and try another aire at La Grande-Motte, outside one of the campsites there, but we didn’t like the look or the price of it, as for 16 the vans were parked like sardines and right by the main road again, so we headed towards one of the aires at Aigues-Mortes outside the city walls and found this one on our way there, so we came to have a look and were impressed by what we saw. We’d stop here a few days if we hadn’t agreed to visit Adonis’s parents tomorrow in Portiragnes.

 

Our spot at the attractive aire at Bellegarde

Our spot at the attractive aire at Bellegarde

 

Port de Plaisance at Bellegarde

Port de Plaisance at Bellegarde

 

Pleasant long walk along the canal at Bellegarde

Pleasant long walk along the canal at Bellegarde

 

In the evening of the 23rd July and of Adoni’s birthday eve, we went for a meal at Les Bronzés restaurant, right on Pampelonne beach and enjoyed one of the best meals ever: we shared a delicious large tapa of calamares served with a sweet chilli sauce and garlic dip, followed by a Thai chicken curry for me and Daurade (type of sea bream) for Adonis, accompanied by a jug of the house Rosé, which went down only too well and too quickly! All that, to go with the spectacular view of gigantic yachts on the Mediterranean sea, is going to be a hard act to follow: absolutely superb!

 

Lots of shade under the pine tress at Cuges-les-Pins

Lots of shade under the pine tress at Cuges-les-Pins

 

Yesterday morning, we had a total change of scenery at the aire amidst the pine woods of Cuges-les-Pins, very tranquil and relaxing for only 3 a day, with water but no electricity. We were lucky with the traffic, as we left Pampelonne before 9 am and the roads through St Tropez and Cagolin were quite empty at that point and, therefore, we had a very pleasant drive, unlike the day before when we arrived. There was, however, a very windy stretch just north of Bormes-les-Mimosas on the D98 towards Toulon, but Adonis handled it well and I was very glad not to be at the wheel.

 

Lovely scenery surrounding the aire at Cuges-les-Pins

Lovely scenery surrounding the aire at Cuges-les-Pins

 

It was still very hot up on that wooded hill and by 4 pm we felt in need of a cold shower, for which we used the water pipe provided to fill up motorhomes. Even Beano has a refreshing splash, as did the wasps, which seemed desperate for a drink, and we were more that happy to provide.

It’s Portiragnes tomorrow, where we intend to stop for a few days and have a break from the road. It will also be wonderful to have access to the Saysell’s swimming pool!

Plage de Pampelonne, Côte d’Azur, Var, Tuesday 23rd July 2014

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Amazing yachts at Plage de Pampelonne

Amazing yachts at Plage de Pampelonne

 

I really wanted to see what all the fuss was about in this area and I certainly have! Adonis wasn’t so sure about driving anywhere near la Côte d’Azur, but we were so near that is was a shame not to. We have been suitable impressed by the gigantic yachts that must cost millions of pounds moored just off shore and close enough to swim to. I must admit that while I was enjoying a swim in the gorgeous warm Mediterranean sea, I was tempted to swim up to one of them and ask them for a refreshing, cooling beer, but I managed to control myself even though the famous jingle of “Two pints of larger and a packet of crisps, please” kept ringing in my ear. I wonder who owns these monsters of the seas and what you have to do in life in order to be able to afford one if you are not Royalty or a Hollywood star! The mind boggles…

 

Close enough to  swim to

Close enough to swim to

 

We arrived here just before midday today after spending a very quiet and peaceful day a the France Passion site of Château des Demoiselles between Mui and La Motte, where we had a very warm reception by the hostess and where we did some Rosé and white wine tasting and, as usual, we walked away with half a dozen of their fine and refreshing product. We were told we could stop a couple of nights if we wanted (with plenty of shade at no extra cost) which was good to know, but we really wanted a water source for swimming and cooling off, so the obvious choice was to drive to the coast, a mere 12 miles away as the crow flies. We chose to come to this beach just south of St Tropez, hoping it would be a little quieter and not quite so manic as St Tropez itself or Ste Maxime to the north.

 

Our shady spot at Chateau des Demoiselles

Our shady spot at Chateau des Demoiselles France Passion site

 

Plenty of space around us

Plenty of space around us at Chateau des Demoiselles

 

The lovely and peaceful vineyard

The lovely and peaceful vineyard around us

 

Closer

Enjoying a walk through the vineyard

 

As expected and warned by the hostess at Les Demoiselles France Passion site, the moment we hit Ste Maxime the traffic slowed down to snail pace and we were bumper to bumper for about half an hour all the way to port Grimaud and les-marines-de-Cogolin, where we cut across on minor road D61 to Ramatuelle, a very pretty old town where we stopped for baguette and some Parma ham for lunch, as we are running low on supplies and need to stock up very soon.

 

Driving through Ste Maxime at snail pace

Driving through Ste Maxime at snail pace

 

We did not enjoy our drive on D559 at all, even at 10am, as it was already becoming unbearably hot, but it is the only and compulsory route between Ste Maxime and St Tropez. As the traffic was so painfully slow, I did manage to snap a few shots of the towns, which I think might be quite good.

 

Ste Maxime

Ste Maxime

 

Beano is not having a good time of it either, as I don’t think this intense heat really agrees with him and he’s had a runny tummy to boot. Goodness know what he’s scoffed down!

 

Trying to keep Beano cool swimming in the Med!

Trying to keep Beano cool swimming in the Med!

 

The traffic did ease out after Cogolin and I really enjoyed walking in the charming town of Ramatuelle, even though I didn’t have much time, as Adonis and Beano were waiting in the van on top of the hill in the baking sun.

We were lucky to get in this very busy aire, only 200 metres away from the beach, and were very happy to pay the 8 for the day, as it has water, toilets and cold showers (very welcome in this heat). It is also a very pleasant walk on the sandy path to the beach and we even have room to put out the awning!

 

The motorhome aire 200 metres away from the beach!

The motorhome aire 200 metres away from Pampelonne beach!

 

Our pitch at the motorhome aire.  Just about enough space for awning!

Our pitch at the motorhome aire: just about enough space for awning!

 

We have decided against going any further east and into Italy due to the awful traffic, so we’ll be going west again towards Portiragnes in the Herault Department to visit Adonis’s parents. Not sure where we’ll be staying tomorrow yet. Qué será, será…?