Sadly, we had to leave the Camargue and made our way home again. We travelled via the Millau with the stunning bridge and Clermont Ferrand and stopped over night at Bourges.
Next day we travelled to the Valley of the Kings and visited Chartres which is a very beautiful town and worth the visit. The Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Chartres is stunning but also the streets of old Chartres are very interesting to explore. We wished we could have stayed a bit longer but we had booked the shuttle back to England.
A new day and we planned to go to the Abbey of Saint-Roman which is near Nimes and Avignon. Only one and a half hour drive on a beautiful day again. It also called the Aiguille uplands on the lower valley on the right bank of the Rhone river.
Apparently in the 5th century, hermits who were disciples of Saint Romanus settled on this rock. Anyway in the 7th or 8th century the eastern monastic style of the desert Fathers of Egypt adopted the teachings of Saint Benedict and became a Benedictine Abbey.
We could see the Abbey Chapel, Cave tomb on the terrace, monk’s living quarter, a medieval wine press and much more. Well worth the visit.
We had another enjoyable day in the Camargue. Very hot day again. Unbelievable it is September now. We travelled to the south coast to a small town called Salin-de-Giraud. Not a lot there and everything closed over lunch time. We moved on and head to Port-St-Louis-du-Rhone, which is just around the corner. We discovered we had to board a ferry, which brings us over the River Rhone as on the river delta is no bridges.
Very nice port and a lot of yachts. Some folks must have a lot of money. We have seen a very nice sailing boat which came over from the Caribbean. Must be lovely to sail around the world.
Very nice place and we have spend the hole afternoon here before we headed back to our camp site.
We left Perpignan and travelled North-east to the Camargue. It is only a 2 hours drive and arrived in Aigues-Mortes which is between Montpelier and Arles in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon.
Camargue is very well known for their white wild horses and of course an opportunity for Diane to ride one of the horses. She had an enjoyable time despite the high air temperature.
We also had the chance to watch the local “Cowboys” round up the bulls, which was very interesting the way they work.
We found a nice place to stop at Ste-Marie-Plage, just north of Perpignan with a lovely and clean sand beach. Also the camp side was great and first class. We had direct access to the beach and it took us only a minutes walk. Weather could be not better.
Very clean beach
We had the swimming pool for our self. Hardly any people there.
Camp side between the trees and very quiet.
On the edges of the Beauce plain and the Loir Valley is the town of Chateaudun and is presided over by a massive and beautiful chateau. It is definitely recommended to visit which we have done. The view from the castle and the surroundings with many 16th-century houses is stunning. We could not ask for better weather.
A couple of days later we moved on heading south again, passing by Vendome, Chateau-Renault, Amboise, Blere, Loche and got totally lost near Chatellerault thanks our backroad driving. In Poitiers we decided to go on to the toll motorway as we lost to much time.
We passed by Limoges and on to the back roads towards Perigueux we found a lovely camping side at Antonne-et-Trigonant. We stayed only one night as we want to move on to the Atlantic coast.
Again back on to the toll motorway, passing by Bordeaux, which we have visited a view years before and close to the Spanish border near Biarritz we found a camp side in Ondres on the Golfe de Cascogne which was a total disaster as soon we had the roof tent sorted it started raining for the whole night. Not very enjoyable. Also the Camp side was not up to our taste and we moved on as soon we could.
Arriving in the Alps on our annual vacation, we are very fortunate with fresh snow. this has given us the opportunity to test the Nokian Hakkapeliitta in their full potential.
We had no snow chains with us, despite it being mandatory on the roads with which we have driven through. Even driving down the mountains we had no issues.
We are very happy with the tyres and of course with the Land Cruiser.
We have definitely made the right choice with the brand of winter tyre used.