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.
We went on the move next morning heading east to Toulouse and half way there we decide to make a stop in Lourdes, one of the great shrines in Europe to visit the Grotte Massabielle.
We travelled further to St. Gaudens and then via the Midi Pyrenees in to Spain to a small town of Bosset which is on the foot of Sierra Sascorjada. There we stayed over Night.
After an early start next morning we heading to Andorra but driving the small mountain roads from Vielha to Salardu, Port de la Bonaigua which has a stunning view from over 2000 meter. Unfortunately the fog has spoiled it but we still had a great time despite the road been very challenging for the Land cruiser.
Further to Vall d’Aneu, Sort and the Coll the Canto to Seo de Urgel which brings us to Andorra la Vella. We stopped for a meal and of course very cheap fuel. We wished the Land cruiser had bigger Diesel tanks.
We continued on afternoon via Pas de la Casa in to France and was heading to Perpignan where we planned to stay for a view days.
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.
We left home on a nice sunny day towards Folkestone where the Euro shuttle has been booked to get us to Calais in Northern France. We choosed deliberately the early morning train to avoid the traffic in southern England.
Near St. Valery-sur-Somme we had a bid of a nap which was very enjoyable and has given us the energy back to heading south. The weather was beautiful and the temperature was climbing up to 30 degrees. Luckily with the air conditioning on it was comfortable.
We passed Rouen, Evreux, Dreux, Chartres and Châteaudun and decided to stop over night in the small town of Cloyes-sur-le-Loir which is near Orleans.
Over time, I noticed the the windscreen wipers were starting to become out of alignment; obviously this is through the age of the car (and possibly the British weather!)
Luckily I was able to purchase the whole assembly for a decent price, and it was not very difficult to remove the old one.
Whilst the assembly was removed, this gave me a good opportunity to thoroughly clean it out.
Only four bolts was needed to remove the wiper motor, and to connect it to the new assembly was no problem.
We had another lovely day in the mountains. The weather was perfect for skiing, absolutely stunning views for miles around in the Zillertal Alps.
View from Penken to Mayrhofen in Zillertal
Après Ski by Michele at Pene e Vino in Mayrhofen