Les Ecureills, Vendee

Trip Start Aug 18, 2006
Trip End Aug 29, 2006

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Having bought our first caravan, we decided to take it on holiday with us.  I was stressed to death towing it as I didn't like the weaving, especialy when we got caught in the lorry tracks.  The French "A" roads were quiet and offered far more sight-seeing opportunities than the Payage toll roads.  The GPS improved significantly my map reading from the year before, when we'd travel a mile passed our turn off before I got round to announcing it to Huw.  The journey was 500 miles from home - Wales-Newhaven-Diepe-Le Mans-Vendee and it only took us 24 hours.
The campsite was 300 Euros for 8 nights, and was a great site for young children up to 15 yrs of age.  We set up our pitch, only to realise after we'd roled out the awning that something was missing - yup, we'd left the awning poles back in Wales!!  Thankfully on the outskirts of Sable d'Olonne we found a caravan spares place and picked up a universal set - PHEW!
We'd taken our mountain bikes expecting a good bit of exercising, but the kids decided they wanted to pose around the swimming pool and sunbathe.   Nevertheless Huw and I took off on a cycle up to Talmont St Hillaire (4 miles away), and really enjoyed it.  We toured a castle that Richard the Lionheart had stayed in, and visited an Art Exhibition.
Jard sur Mer (a cycle ride away) offered a great choice of local fruit and vegtables, cheeses, wine, bread, dried sausage (which I got quite hooked on.)
  The area is superb for cycling, as it is very flat.  We rode down to the marina where the view was picture postcard-like, however the sea was freezing!
On the third night there was an almighty storm, which was fairly spectacular to watch and listen - fork lightning, thunder (like I'd never heard before) and rain (which must have been the size of golf balls.... incredibly the kids slept through it all.
Day four, Huw's friend (who we'd met up with down there), went sea fishing.  We spent that night eating his catches - fresh mackerel on the BBQ, mmmmm I can smell and taste it now.  
I know we should really travel on to other countries when we can, but I have to say that there is so much of France I want to see, I'm afraid we are going back in 2007 - down to the southern France..... any suggestions will be gratefully received.
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Les Ecureills, Vendee
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