we decided to stay a couple of extra days in Dol de Bretagne, see a little
more of the area and take our time planning where we were going to go
next..... we settled on a little town called Brissac-Quince about 17km south
east of Angers in the Louire valley and having arrived today I must say it
was a cracking choice. The site is superb, fantastic facilities and the
pitches are very nice, we thought the last site was good but this is even
We decided to take the scenic route today as well, letting the TomTom plan us
the "shortest" route but that took us about three and a half hours to do one
hundred and sevnteen miles...... very, very scenic! We even took in some
unmade roads once we got to the wine region, there really is a lot of grapes
being grown around here and the gravel raods between the vinyards are really
well kept - fortunately.
The camp site is actually on a vinyard (L'etang - which produces red, white
and rose D'Anjou wines which you can buy in the site shop - DANGEROUS!) :-)
It seems a little odd being sat here in a tent, cross legged at a small table
typing this to the gentle hiss of the gas lamp sat on the corner of the
table...... a bit of a contrast of things really, but very nice. Oh, this
site actually has internet access as well so it should be relatively easy to
keep adding to the blog and uploading new pictures.
I can't believe the food here - everything is fresh, there is very little
frozen, ready meal type stuff in the shops, in fact it's even difficuly to
get sauces for things like stir frys or currys...... to be honest though it's
great, every farm seems to sell it's own produce so you can just drop in and
buy what you want (or whatever they have). We tried out some French burgers
the other day as well - they are actully minced steak, just like burgers
ought to be, and there are two versions, one with 15% fat and one with 5% fat
- no other additives allowed, they are superb, not at all like the crap we
get at home!
I never mentionedthe bird that was doing all the screeching did I...... it
was a buzzard. We've seen loads of buzzards, hawks and falcons hunting the
fields (or sitting conveniently on a wire so that I can pull up and try to
identify them) - while we were travelling today Claire was driving and I
actually saw a falcon stoop into a field and catch it's prey, unfortunately
we couldn't stop to see what it was :-(
We haven't had much humour today either just lots of packing up, travelling
and pitching camp.... There is one bit that made us both smile - there are
some horses and a couple of donkeys in the field behind us and one of the
campers went over to do horse impressions to the horse obviously making an
ass out of himself!
Ok, it's time to get off to bed now (Claire turned in a hour ago) so that we
can go exploring the area tomorrow.
Ah, the owls have just started screeching.... sounds like a little owl.......
Bye for now,
Ian and Claire