France
Charente-Maritime

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  • Day48

    On the Road Again

    October 7, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Driving in a foreign country can always be a rather stressful activity. Not only do you have the challenge of driving a completely unfamilar vehicle, but you also have the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car and a wrong side of the road to drive on. When you combine this with the challenge of navigating out of a big city, it is not a job for the faint hearted.

    At least we knew that the rental car agency was not far from our hotel in Nantes. Or at least it wouldn't have been if we had taken the correct route. We had awoken to the unwelcome sound of steady rain and this was still falling as we headed out the hotel door in search of the Alamo car rental company. With a name like that, I half expected Davy Crocket to be waiting for us with the car keys.

    Although we had Google's navigator to assist us, for some reason the navigation seemed to desert us at the critical time, only to reawaken in time to remind us that we had taken a much longer route than necessary. We even managed to include a couple of flights of stairs and a bridge crossing, just for good measure.

    We were probably not a pleasant sight when we arrived at the rental car office. The rain had saturated our bags and made us look like drowned rats. At least they were expecting us and they actually seemed to think that we would be pleased when they informed us that they had replaced our selected car with another of about twice the size. There was a good reason why we had chosen the compact Peugeot. When you are driving through medieval villages with narrow cobblestoned steets, the last thing you need is a giant SUV. But that is exactly what we were given.

    I had never even heard of a Peugeot 3008, let alone know how to drive one. All I could see was that it was huge. Genuinely huge. I immediately had awful premonitions of trying to park it in tiny parking lots and trying to squeeze it down streets that were designed for small horses. On a more positive note, it was supplied complete with a fancy GPS navigational system, which was just as well. Although we had taken our faithful TomTom GPS with us, when we went to turn it on we discovered that the last person we had loaned it to had somehow switched it to Spanish and we couldn't figure out how to return it to English.

    I sat in the driver's seat in the driveway of the rental car depot for what seemed like an eternity, before I finally mustered the courage to enter the motoring maelstrom of Nantes' peak hour traffic. The first few km were the worst, but gradually I discovered what each control did. The car even had some sort of undercar cameras which showed what the car was currently driving over. That was a first.

    Before long we were hurtling down the tollway at 135 kph. The rain was still pouring down, but I had found the windscreen wiper switch, so it wasn't too much of a problem. I still haven't discovered how to turn on the adaptive cruise control.

    Our destination for today was the moderate sized city of Rochefort. We safely arrived there around 3 pm and found that the city looked like it had been having a hard time of things. The shops were invariably run down, as were just about all the other buildings in the town. It was a far cry from the magnificent buildings we had seen in St Malo.

    The most amazing attraction we discovered in the city was a full size reconstruction of a sailing ship. We thought it was just some sort of museum piece, but it was actually intended as a playground for children. In case the thought of having your child swinging through the rigging about 10 m above the deck was enough to scare you, the sign did clearly warn that "it was only for children 6 years or older". I guess they do care about safety after all.

    We had booked an apartment for the night and were relieved when we were able to find a parking spot right outside the front door. A visit to the supermarket and boulangerie gave us all the ingredients we needed for a delicious dinner. We were even able to take advantage of the washing machine to catch up on our laundry.

    Tomorrow we continue our drive another 340 km to the Dordogne Region.
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  • Day78

    3000 km französische Atlantikküste

    September 4, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    ...solang ist es von der Bretagne bis zur spanischen Grenze, wo wir bald ankommen werden. Wir waren in der hübschen Stadt La Rochelle, natürlich bei Arcachon auf der größten Wanderdüne Europas (110 m hoch!) und leben nun ein paar Tage am südlichen Küstenabschnitt unter den typischen hohen Pinien an breiten Dünenstränden. Im September hat die Nachsaison begonnen: die Strandhütten kommen schon ins Winterlager, es gibt immer weniger Kinder um uns herum (was Bruno ärgert), entspannte Senioren und surfende Hippies. Davon werden wir uns nun mal einen zum Malen schnappen...

    ...as long as it is from Brittany to the Spanish border, where we will arrive soon. We were in the pretty town La Rochelle, of course near Arcachon on the largest shifting dune of Europe (110 m high!) and enjoy now the southern coastal section under the typical high pine trees at wide dune beaches. In September the off-season has begun: the beach posts are already coming to the winter camp, there are fewer and fewer children around us (which annoys Bruno), relaxed seniors and surfing hippies. Of it we will grab now times one for painting...
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  • Day39

    Day trip to La Rochelle

    July 28, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    After a slow start, Alan and Mel drove us to the coast to see the picturesque city of La Rochelle. We wandered from bar to bar around the waterfront and enjoyed Moules Frites at a restaurant - it was a perfect recovery day.Read more

  • Day11

    Luistertip

    September 17, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C
  • Day12

    Abendliche Überfahrt Richtung Bourdeaux

    August 12, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Wunderschön aber auch wunderschön überlaufen :-) haben bei 8 Camping Plätzen keinen Platz bekommen aber nun einen sehr schönen. Zum Abendbrot gibt es heute Touri gerecht Pizza und Burger.. Bissle Anpassung muss ja sein :-)Read more

  • Day11

    Little boat tour in the evening

    August 4, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Cruising on the Atlantique around Fort Boyard. Got really sick this time🤮😂 As it was only me, a family and the crew the captain allowed me to take over and to fully push the boat straight to Fort Boyard😁⛴ Was fun! And please take care of my outfit, wanted to bring a little bit style into the camping place🤷🏼‍♀️ I like that somebody said looks like Peg Bundy😂Read more

  • Day11

    Happy with my place I found

    August 4, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Near Fort Boyard... uhhh, so exciting as everybody knows it from the TV shows😂 The beach was full of tourists, not my world but took the obvious memory photo and sat down near the harbour with a glass of rosé vine d‘Oléron🥃 This is what I‘m looking for. Enjoying moments, watching people and not thinking about when I have to be home again or when the supermarket closes as I have to buy washing pouder yet. Thanks God to having this opportunity in life. And thanks to my grandparents who will hopefully look at me with a smile from above🖤🙏🏻Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Département de la Charente-Maritime, Departement de la Charente-Maritime, Charente-Maritime, Charente Maritimo, شارنت ماريتيم, Дэпартамент Шаранта Прыморская, Charente Marítim, Тинĕс енчи Шаранта, Charenta Marítima, شرانت-ماریتیم, Charente-Maritima, השראנט הימי, シャラント=マリティーム県, ზღვისპირა შარანტა, Carantonus Maritimus, Charente Maritime, Departement Charente-Maritime, Pajūrio Šaranta, Charanta Maritima, Приморская Шаранта, Приморски Шарант, Департаменти Шарантаи Наздибаҳрӣ, จังหวัดชาร็องต์-มารีตีม, Приморська Шаранта, 滨海夏朗德省

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