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  • Day8

    Tours mit Anstrengung

    May 28 in France ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Beitrag von Emily:

    Leider sind Lulu und ich leicht erkältet, weswegen wir etwas erschöpft sind. Wir denken es kommt vom wenigen Schlaf, überfüllten Bahnen und von den vielen windigen Ecken. Deswegen holte ich morgens direkt Nasenspray aus der Apotheke gegenüber von Anas Haus. Im gleichen Zuge kauften wir uns Frühstück und verabschiedeten uns letztendlich von der lieben Ana. Wir sind ihr so sehr dankbar, dass sie uns aufgenommen hat. Es war eine wirklich schöne Zeit bei ihr!
    Wir traten die Fahrt nach Tours an. GoogleMaps führte uns wieder über weite grüne Felder und durch kleine Ortschaften, die mindestens aus dem 16. Jahrhundert stammen müssen.
    Die Anreise war wieder super und unsere Gastgeberin im Airbnb ist auch total nett. Etwas schüchtern, aber sehr hilfsbereit und freundlich.
    Trotz, dass wir so erschöpft waren rappelten wir uns noch auf und beschlossen Tours nochmal zu Fuß zu besuchen. Etwa 40 Minuten geht man von unserer Unterkunft in die City. Eher unspektakulär und langweilig. Wir holten uns wieder Essen aus dem Supermarkt und saßen uns auf eine nette Bank in der Sonne am Fluss. Das ist nämlich wirklich schön hier. Viel unberührte Natur und große Grünflächen.
    Zurück gingen wir einen anderen Weg, welcher so so süß war! Ganz alte verzierte Wohnhäuser, schmale Straßen und hohe Mauern. Hier kann man sich das frühere Leben richtig bildlich vorstellen.
    Nun liegen wir frisch geduscht im Bett und sind bereit für einen erholsamen Schlaf. Den brauchen wir, denn morgen geht es weiter. Ans Meer. Nach La Rochelle:)))
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    Rita Nielsen

    Wie fleißig ihr seid. Schlaft gut und gute Besserung 🤧 ihr Beiden 💕

    5/28/22Reply
    Emily Münch

    Dankeschön🧡 Die Nacht war sehr erholsam:) Haben mindestens 9 Stunden geschlafen☀️

    5/29/22Reply
    Corinna Westermann

    Auch ich wünsche euch gute Besserung. Passt auf euch auf 🍀

    5/28/22Reply
    Emily Münch

    Danke Cookie☺ Mit Nasenspray und gutem Bett hatten wir einen richtig guten Schlaf!!🥰

    5/29/22Reply
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  • Day45

    Camping Chateauroux

    April 12 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Der heutige Tag bestand aus Auto fahren. Der Campingplatz Le Rochat / Belle-Isle war das Ziel. Er ist ganzjährig geöffnet und eignet sich daher sehr gut als Transitplatz für Fahrten nach Portugal. Dafür ist er geeignet.
    Morgen geht es heim
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    juergenft

    Weiterhin gute Fahrt. Wollt Ihr wirklich die ganze Strecke in einem Rutsch fahren?

    4/12/22Reply
    Mo Cassel

    Ihr kennt das doch: Termine, Termine. Außerdem wollen wir am Samstag aufcampen am Main 😎😉

    4/12/22Reply
    juergenft

    👍 🤣

    4/12/22Reply
     
  • Day173

    Eigentlich

    March 10 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Eigentlich wollten wir heute auf einen weiteren Campingcar Campingplatz, aber wegen einer Baustelle war die direkte Zufahrt nicht möglich und die Umleitung konnten wir wegen unserer Größe und Gewicht nicht fahren. Ich habe dann in der Nähe einen kostenlosen Stellplatz gefunden und wir stehen jetzt hier. Denke Mal das wir es nicht schlecht getroffen haben. Direkt am kleinen Fluss und schöne Wege zum spazieren gehen. Die Temperaturen gefallen uns heute auch sehr gut. Wenn die Nacht ruhig wird werden wir wohl noch einen Tag länger bleiben.Read more

    Happy-Womo

    Zeit für nen ordentlichen Glühwein 🍷

    3/10/22Reply
     
  • Day46

    Quiet, lazy day at Gargilesse

    September 13, 2021 in France ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    We have had a lovely lazy day. Very therapeutic I think, though it goes against all instincts to be so idle!! This is a tiny place, so it didn’t take long to explore further than we did yesterday, but the houses and surrounding countryside is really exquisite. We had a bit of a walk after breakfast, discovered where we must walk out tomorrow, as even in small places like this the markings are hard to find among buildings.

    Having established that we walked along the little roads along the Gargilesse river (stream really) and got to where it joins the Creuse. We met a man on the bridge at the confluence who said that the river is very low at the moment because the dam (where we clambered) is under repair and is letting the water flow, so none building up as it usually would. It was very pretty though. And we went into the 12C Romanesque church. Very beautiful and amazing frescoes in the crypt.

    Came back to our room for a bit, and realised that there is nowhere to buy food for lunch today…so we went up to the bar where we had beers on arrival yesterday and had coffee/chocolate and they could offer a croissant! I remembered the muesli bars I have, and so we are quite ready for dinner at the George Sand restaurant tonight!

    This town is so small, but there is a constant flow of people coming through. Tourists I mean. Many retired-aged groups, or individuals, or cyclists and hikers. They appear, wander round, admire and take photos! We sat for a couple of hours on a bench in the place du château and watched the passing parade as we read our kindles. Very peaceful day. Our hotel is also very quiet. On Monday the restaurant is closed, so no passing people wanting lunch, and the whole place closed except for our secret hotel side entrance.

    Tomorrow we walk about 20kms to Crozant, and the walk sounds as if it continues on this gorgeous path of forests and rivers - and lakes - we will stay at the hôtel du Lac…sounds lovely! Hope there’s not too much clambering!
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    Samantha Gillett

    Beautiful picture

    9/14/21Reply
    Rebecca Thomas

    Soooooo pretty Rosie! The food sounds amazing, if slightly indulgent, but at those kilometres you’re worthy of every indulgence!

    9/14/21Reply
    Paul Farrell

    Fabulous snaps of the village and surroundings. Massive cathedral as usual with incredible old art works.

    9/18/21Reply
     
  • Day45

    At Gargilesse, very pretty village

    September 12, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Truly beautiful walk today, and only 14 kms, but there was one arduous section. We set off in the delicious cool, about 12° I think, and followed the path through just gorgeous woods, along a straight path that was once a train track, and through small villages and farms. Some ups and downs as we were near the Creuse, and it goes through a valley with fairly steep banks on each side.

    The difficult part came when we were well past half way, had walked by the river admiring the gorgeousness and came to a dam. Then the instructions were to go left up some steps and climb up between the rocks…and this did indeed involve clambering up the very steep hillside, grabbing branches, easier on hands and knees, but tricky with sticks and backpack… that didn’t last too long, but was a relief to reach the top!! Then it was quite easy, along roads and we knew we were only a couple of kms to Gargilesse.

    Just after our climb a man saw us and suggested a prettier way to walk here, through the woods instead of taking the road…at that point we didn’t feel at all like plunging back into the bush..he said there was a track, but they always have intersections and we felt we could get hopelessly lost! When we did arrive here, to this village on the side of a hill, we were glad we didn’t risk it, looking down at the wilderness! I think we disappointed the man…People here are so friendly and helpful everywhere we go…

    Arrived and had a beer at a little establishment as we walked in. From there we realised we could see our hotel - hotel des Artistes - just down the road…so easy this time. There are only 2 hotels anyway, and we did see a gîte, but a tiny village, totally picturesque, and a bit of an artists’ colony. George Sand is very big here (the other hotel is hotel George Sand!) as she lived here and loved the countryside here during her colourful life. Tonight we dine at our hotel, and tomorrow at George S, as our restaurant part is closed Monday. When we arrived at about 1.30 the restaurant was complet with Sunday lunch diners, and the fraught waitress didn’t want to deal with us (I can sympathise- she looked run off her feet!) but she took pity, our bags were there and she gave us the key…

    Amr found a much friendlier man - the boss I think - who was very friendly. He asked us how we had got out of Australia! He couldn’t believe we were here walking and having a holiday. The rules in Oz are getting notoriety everywhere it seems. Amr also found out from the man that we could have a bag of washing done for €7…excellent!

    We had an initial walk around, not far to go, and every house is charming. There is a château and a church that we will visit tomorrow, and explore down near the little river - the Gargilesse, which runs into the Creuse. But otherwise we will relax and enjoy our rest day and start walking again on Tuesday.
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    Ira Kowalski

    Divine countryside, Rosie.

    9/12/21Reply
    Olivia Sertori

    Hahahaha your face says it all!

    9/13/21Reply
    Samantha Gillett

    I can see why you didn't want to plunge back down again! Haha.

    9/14/21Reply
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  • Day44

    Argenton-sur-Creuse photos

    September 11, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    An extra instalment to show the beauty of this town, and to mention dinner - again! Just back from dining at this little 2 star hotel - le Cheval Noir - and of course it was perfect. We always have Paul approved glasses these days (except at the Vietnamese!) and the presentation and taste is amazing. Amr started with a lentil salad and foie gras, and I had a scallop and prawn dish, and he had a pork and veg (with mash to rival Paul’s) and I had fish…all perfect.

    The photos of the town are rather good as the light was so good, sun shining behind clouds..such a lovely place.
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    Denise Allen

    Great photo

    9/11/21Reply
    Denise Allen

    Looks wonderful

    9/11/21Reply
    Carolyn Anderson

    Great photos Rosie 👏👏 and food 😊😊

    9/11/21Reply
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  • Day44

    A delightful day - Argenton-sur-Creuse

    September 11, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Last night we had our Vietnamese dinner, lovely light meal, and lovely flavours that we haven’t had since before the lockdown in Sydney! Had breakfast in our cute little hotel - Hotel Élysée - which is on a corner by a roundabout. We of course had the window wide open, and there was quite a lot of noise going on when we went to bed - Friday night in the city, and people hooning round the roundabout…we are fairly used to noise and went to sleep, but in the early hours both woke to a lot of racket and closed the window - it was by then cool and airy - and there was absolute silence.! It was uncanny, realised there was double glazing on inspection, but it kept out every sound….Pity we didn’t realise it earlier, I would have overcome my need for fresh air!

    So this morning after breakfast at 9 sharp a taxi arrived to collect us and our bags. We were getting a 20 km lift to a tiny town so that we only had 15 kms to walk here - to Argenton-sur-Creuse….and the bags were carried on to the hotel! What a perfect system. And the walk today was also perfect…good signage, very pretty countryside through forests and rolling hills, and comfortable walking weather. We have finally, for the moment anyway, left the open expanses of grain fields, and walked through wooded paths, little country roads, past many castles and, being Saturday, we again even saw signs of a wedding at one of the castle entrances with flowers and names! Only 15 kms seemed a breeze after yesterday’s long effort, so we were very relaxed - had picnic lunch after about 10 kms, stopped for coffee/chocolate and wandered in at about 2.30. Hotel expected us, bags in room (excellent as upstairs, no ascenseur)!

    After the usual showering/washing and a bit of downtime we ventured out to see the town - it has been called the “Venice of Berry” so we were expecting something good. Well it didn’t disappoint - this is such a beautiful place. Venice made us think of canals, but there are none - just the Creuse river snaking through the town, and picturesque houses built on the banks, old bridges, just a lovely feel. And plenty of life, people out and about, enjoying a lovely Saturday. There is a high side of the town - a bit like Buda and Pest, and we climbed up to the high side where there is a chapel looking over the town. Then had a drink in the square and now back and relaxing before dinner, which is in the hotel tonight.

    Tomorrow should not be arduous either - 14 kms to Gargilesse, where we stay 2 nights. It is a small place, been named one of the “plus beaux villages de France “ so should be a pleasant sojourn.

    I will add photos here of the walk, and then make a separate entry for the Argenton photos, too many for one entry (you can only have 6) and they are so beautiful.
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    Hartley Cook

    Every now and then in France you absolutely feel like an Asian meal.

    9/12/21Reply
     
  • Day43

    At Châteauroux - a city

    September 10, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    A rather arduous day today, in total we have walked about 27 kms, including walking back to the chemin from Neuvy Pailloux (3 kms from the hotel) and extra walking now and then to see which route had signs! Anyway, we survived with no aches or pains, just rather tired!

    But again, I have the dinner from last night to report…again, it was amazing. Our hotel, which was rather equivalent to a roadside motel, produced the most beautiful food - in taste and presentation. Even a fancy and delicious amuse bouche to start. We drink local wine usually, not on the international market, but we love it. This dinner Amr started with a lentil and fish dish, and I had a gazpacho (with many side garnishes), Amr had fish and I had duck for mains. Both fantastic, and the accompanying vegetables were all little specialties in themselves…hard to describe. Imagine perfectly smooth mashed potato, wrapped in a cylinder of a very fine potato crisp, planted with chives and a nasturtium!

    Today I felt a little seedy, and I think it may be due to an overdose of this wonderful food - having to acclimatise to the butter and cream used to make it all so delicious. It doesn’t feel heavy at the time, but tonight we may seek out a Vietnamese meal (no hotel dinner tonight - we are on our own), and something very light.

    Setting off this morning it was cool - 18° - and some moisture in the air. It had rained quite heavily yesterday late afternoon, and a little during the night. After a while we took out ponchos, but refrained from actually putting them on, and it all cleared up, and during the long walk it was even sunny and a little too hot by the end. But a breeze, and mostly lovely walking conditions. One funny incident was when Amr was exploring a potential path (wrong as it turned out) - he saw 14 rusted Citroens from the 30s all sitting in a row in a field!!

    The first part was very pretty and comfortable but the last half of the walk got a little tedious as we approached Châteauroux. There was some highway walking, and then when we took the path around the city, a sort of ring road path, the signage through the fields got very poor and we just ploughed on and hoped, and then suddenly the signs would turn up again. It is always tedious entering cities, but we made it, and when we approached the centre Amr turned on his Google maps to lead us to the hotel. We got here just before 4 pm, so quite a long day. Cute hotel, small room, all good. We will sleep well tonight.
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    Anita Marovac

    You made it. Cheers 👍🤪

    9/10/21Reply
    Tony Gardner

    Any photo of the citroens? Tony

    9/11/21Reply
    Paul Farrell

    Quaint little town and love the roundabout! The food looked wow once again. The fish looked like it was cod or something with fluffy white flesh with a beurre blanc sauce. And the duck looked awesome also …you Just know that sauce would have been perfect. Would have gone very nicely with an elegant Loire red👌🏼

    9/18/21Reply
     
  • Day42

    Neuvy Pailloux - cooler and easier

    September 9, 2021 in France ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    First I will relate the end of yesterday, Wednesday, as again we had one of those surprise fabulous dinners. First we looked round Issoudun which was a more bustling small town than we’d almost seen anywhere. Shops were open and there were people visibly doing things and bars open in the main square. We tracked down our walking route out of town for this morning, not difficult, and then sat in the square for a beer. Still extremely hot.

    Dinner was 7.30, and in our little hotel. Arriving at the dining room we could see we were in for a treat. Immaculately set tables, Paul approved glasses, and lovely menu. I started with a “taboulé”of tuna, quinoa and herbs with an amazing sauce, Amr had carpaccio of tête de veau, we both had pan fried whole trout with amazing vegetables (note in the photo the little plastic bird that is in fact a lemon squeezer) (and don’t note my face which was still blazing from the heat). On the list for desserts and fromages there was “omelette norvégien” and I asked what it was, imagining some cheesy eggy thing, but she said meringue, and it turned out to be a sort of mini bomb alaska!! (I guess that’s where the Norwegian came in)…So we shared one! Such a lovely way to end rather a hot and less interesting day.

    So this morning we set off before 9 as we wanted to arrive at Neuvy Pailloux by 2pm, as Cécile had warned us that the hotel reception would be closed between 2 and 5. Easy, as only about 15 kms, and it turned out to be an easy and pleasant walk. It was still more of the same open plains - ploughed fields, sunflowers and today some rapeseed for the first time. But the difference was it was cool!! It did rain in the night, though not thunder, and the temperature had dropped to a very pleasant level, and there was mostly a high cloud cover - made all the difference. The directions were clear, and the signage good. We had to turn off the true path at Thizay - a small town, and come 2 kms off track to here and our hotel. I think it is the only place between Issoudun and Châteauroux where we go tomorrow, so will have to walk the extra kms back to the track, plus the 21 km on to Châteauroux, so a longer day tomorrow, but we know and will take it easy.

    Meanwhile we are having a wonderful afternoon of leisure in our big, airy room, catching up on reading, emails, news (Amr!) as the village of Neuvy Pailloux is tiny, and we have already seen it. Dinner here tonight. They were doing a roaring trade at lunch time, but I don’t anticipate an experience like last night (this hotel is on a big main road), but you never know - this is France.
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    Anita Marovac

    Wonderful photos. Still salivating over the delicious meal…

    9/10/21Reply
    Cathy Sertori

    How delightful! The rapeseed fields are so striking. Xx

    9/10/21Reply
    Hartley Cook

    Meal looks a ripper.

    9/12/21Reply
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  • Day41

    More conventional today - at Issoudun

    September 8, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    It is almost 4 o’clock and still so hot…it says 29°, feels like 31° on the app, and certainly feels like it. But am sitting up in a conventional hotel room in Issoudun, very nice, Amr is doing yoga and I must do some yin as I felt a tingle in my SI joint again…the thunderstorm is predicted for about 7 pm and I think it will be a relief and cool everything. I gather there has been a very cool and wet August and most people are delighted with the hot burst…but not me. It was good to get moving again after our lazy rest day in Bourges. It was better to be walking and doing something, than not getting the energy to get up when you don’t have to! But today we were very clever we thought.

    Our instructions were to walk from St Florent to Issoudun. We had walked more than 5 kms off the track to get to St Florent from Villeneuve, and from Villeneuve to Issoudun added up to about 23 looking at the instructions…total of possible 28 kms…so we called the taxi to get a lift back, and he was the same taxi that was booked to take our bags anyway, so no problems. And a bonus was that, as it was going to be so hot today still, we got the taxi to drop us at a closer town - Chârost - so we only had to walk about 17 kms by the time we got to the hotel - Les Trois Rois. Thank god, because I’m still boiling.

    Last night remained a delight..we had dinner outside by the pool…salad and a veg tart (all from the garden of course) and chicken and potatoes, goat cheese and melon. Just divine…still light till 8.30-9pm. We found out that the main house was once a Royal hunting lodge in the days when kings and princes went hunting. Now such a peaceful oasis.

    Went back to our little caravan after dinner - amazing how everything worked in that small space…Amr had to watch his head with one low beam, but otherwise all you could want..perfectly functioning bathroom, even a TV! It took a while for the cool evening air to enter and cool the place down - but Amr annoyingly fell fast asleep at 9.15!! It took we till after 11, because firstly it was much too early for me, and also I had to wait till the air got deliciously cooler…that is one thing here…there is usually just a big doona on the bed, so it is all or nothing…no chance of a light covering.

    Breakfast again outside by the pool and we hopped in the taxi with our luggage at 9 am. Uneventful walk, but still the vast fields in every direction, with occasional clumps of trees in the middle. Got a little off track on our way in through a boring rather industrial part, we cut across a field as we could see the main road we would soon need…came across a big supermarket and bought supplies for lunch, and for tomorrow, and walked on an sat in a little square on a shady seat, and found we were exactly where we should have arrived, from a different road, by the correct route. Easy to find our hotel, and now showered etc will go and explore before the storm…
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    Ira Kowalski

    Amr, you look right at home at the Royal Hunting Lodge.

    9/8/21Reply
    Olivia Sertori

    So many knobs!

    9/9/21Reply
    Cathy Sertori

    Great pic Amr!

    9/9/21Reply
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