The weather turned out to be full on sunshine for the next ten days so we booked into a 4* campsite at Sylvamar, Labenne-Ocean €16pn (ACSI 1564) and Charlie
didn’t move for 9 nights! The site was so peaceful for the first few days, then came the weekend, more than 1000 Spanish flooded the site just for the weekend.
We were expecting wild party’s, drunken loutishness (not only from me) & not getting any sleep, but come 11:00 pm…silence, all retired, not a sound and they don’t get up too early
either. Bliss. Gracies.
Many years ago, I remember seeing a nature program that covered the subject of ‘cork’. I remember being amazed that wine corks actually came from a natural product. I had no idea, nor had I really given it any thought, I just assumed it was a mashed up man-made balsa type product, but here in lower France Cork trees are common, but then so is the need for masses of them, wine. There were many on the camp site, I suspect it was once a tree/cork farm. The idea is, you strip the bark (cork) off & it will grow back over years & the cycle repeats, sustainable!
We enjoyed our little holiday here, going for short & long cycle rides, see map! This one took us about 2.5 hours return, but we do keep stopping to look for a bit of free food.
The beach was close by & we had Frankie out on more than one occasion, zooming down the coast road to have a walk on the next a deserted beach….bliss.
After 9 days of 20-25* & sunshine the forecast was for the return of rain, so we headed off south. Moliets-et-Maa 43.85091 1.38188, no WiFi or TV and the site was €13.50 & all it has to offer was a windy walk to a beach. It rained all night & the morning, time to move on again. This time we found a 4-5 day sunshine window, so we headed for Biarritz, home of the
new rich (circa 1820-1900).
Most of Biarritz looks like it was copied & pasted from Blackpool or Brighton 1920, not that it doesn’t fit. It seems to fit very well, swanky hotels, superb (unaffordable) 4* Michelin restaurants offering top grub to the ones who can afford it. We had a 4* olive bread and cheese lunch (Lidl) in Charlie & bloody nice it was too!
The sea views in Biarritz are fantastic. The coast is so photogenic, if I had a decent camara, I could sit there for hours trying to get the perfect shot of the sun sinking out of the blue sky into the atlantic. I’m sure many have,… Google it. (If it’s fantastic photos you want, your on the wrong blog) most of these pictures a taken with a iPhone 4s.
In the same car park as we locked up the bikes to walk around Biarritz, we found this bute little pea-green Mini, about to race from Madrid to Marrakesh, looks like they are from St. Albans, so good luck to Owen Turner & Rachel Vestey, we will try to follow it on the web. Stick one in there for the brits!
There was a lull in the plan (what plan?)….
A. Lets go to Lourdes!
W. Errr…OK, any reason..?
A. Yes, you said it wasn’t very far off our route (to Barcelona) & I want to go & see all the miracle stuff!
W. Ok, pack up, let’s go. (Planning meeting over & we hit the road within half an hour)
Lourdes is a bit of a trek from Biarritz so we plan to stop in a free car park in “Pau” on the way. We got to Pau, come 1pm we are sitting in the main square Pau, in the persisting down rain with nothing to look forward to for the rest of the afternoon but more of the same and (amazingly) super slow WiFi.
So we had lunch, time to move on. We did exhaust the ‘To Pau’, pun to death too.
This makes a great toaster…
Bye for now, Lourdes next.