I know, I know readers, a slightly improved title but I know what you are saying, can she really not put more effort into it. Or as my teacher would say in my end of year report “could try harder”.The excuse is the heat. I, we, shouldn’t complain but it is the English in us. It is so nice to see the sun but oh boy is it hot. It just drains you. Our days have become very boring with little sight-seeing and just sitting under the umbrella or bobbing about in the sea. So as not to bore my dear followers I decided that it would be better for everyone if I just produce a weekly post.We ended up staying on the campsite at Blois Plage on the beautiful Ile d’Re for four nights, set up underneath the pine trees. Enjoying life and people watching over our evening G & T and sampling the local olives.We met a lovely couple John and Avril from Wales, retired and thoroughly enjoying this lifestyle even with the string of disasters theyhave had over their 9 week trip which included a tussle on the motorway with a juggernaut which peeled off large sections of new camper bodywork (now gafer taped back on) and John reversing over his wife whilst she guided him back into a pitch. The motorbike trailer caught her leg and it required 16 stiches in theater.All recounted in good humor over a glass or two of wine as you do. Hopefully the notes we made of their recommendations to visit will make sense in the future and what not to do when parking.We had another enjoyable day trip out on the scooter and stopped for a lovely lunch alongside the harbour in Saint Martin. It was just as busy as when we last visited back in 2014 with my parents for a long weekend before our trip down to the Italian lakes.
We eventually moved on up the coast and our choice was St Jean de Monts. There are three Aires to choose, although one is just a basic car park. We opted for the one in the town. €12.50 for 24 hours paid on exit, there is electricity included but only 24 points for 40 vehicles, water and waste facilities also included. The individual parking bays are nice and wide so each van had enough to have the awning half the way out and table chairs set up. It is about a 5 minute walk to a very large and busy beach.The sand is very fine which meant the water was murky and I was a real wuss as their was seaweed that I couldn’t see only feel around my ankles which I can’t stand and to top it off quite a few jellyfish. So it was one quick dip to cool off and a hasty retreat out. Then the flies started settling so we packed up and went back to Bella.After dinner, and as it finally started to cool, we wandered along the sea front. It feels very touristy with restaurants and amusement arcades, not really our sort of thing.As you probably guess we opted to move on the next morning and unfortunately our first choice was closed because of a kite surfing competition so we headed to the Island of Noirmointier and the Huttopia campsite Indigo situated on the North East coast.At this time of year it is a bit pricey at €32 a night but the position is perfect. Right on the beach and about a 30 minutes walk in to the town. We ended up staying 3 nights and now we have the maps out again working out where we will next aim for our final week.