Family visit

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Flag of France  , Midi-Pyrénées,
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My big brother is enjoying his vacation in the south of France as well. He is stationed at a camping close to Cahors so we arranged a family dinner together. The camping is located about an hour's drive away from Grenade, but we decide to first do some sightseeing before we head towards their campsite. Linda plotted a route on the map that took us past some nice scenic routes and old castles.

The breakfast was a simple, just croissant with yogurt, and it was served in the hotel dining room. We were the only guests in the hotel so we had the place all to ourselves. After breakfast we headed out, first to a supermarket (LeClerc). We were told that they would possibly sell a universal charger for Linda's laptop (as her power connector broke a few days ago when she tripped over the wire). They indeed had a universal charger. They sold just about anything in this supermarket, it was huge! We roamed around the aisles for a while ending up buying a lot of things. We got the charger, a new shaver for me, a new electric toothbrush, even a case for a 3.5” hard disk. We also got a lot of snacks, like nice duck pate, sausages, Serrano ham, cup noodles (which would later save our lives!) and a couple of bottles of wine. Building supermarkets is one thing that the French know how to do very well, awesome. It was about lunch time when we were done shopping around so we headed to a restaurant in the mall with a Japanese sounding name hoping to find some Sushi. It was indeed a Sushi place, but it did not look too appetizing, and it was very expensive. We decided to go for a safe bet, a Subway just across from the Japanese place. We had a chicken terriyaki sub which we shared.

We loaded up the car with our catch and headed out to the campsite, detouring along nice scenic roads and castles. At one point, Matt (our navigation system) had completely lost it and guided us through peoples' backyards over unpaved roads. I am glad this is a rental car, as it was not really healthy for it.

Around five-ish we reached the campsite where my brother had set up camp. He has a nice caravan with a big front tent attached to it. And for the kids they have a separate tent. The campsite was a nice little camping with only about 80 places, so not too crowded. It looked like a Dutch colony as almost 90 percent of the campers were Dutch. The place was easy to find, just behind the road. My brother had a good spot, close to the facilities and with nice shade. We had some wine and had a nice BBQ prepared by Esther. After dinner we got the grand tour of the camp site and got some ice creams at the camp bar for dessert. On the way Linda snapped some photos of Esther and Charlotte in the sunflower fields. It was fun to have a small family get together in the south of France.

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