second to third week...still cant work this damn keyboard.
28.07.2009 - 05.08.2009 26 °C
Lots of ground covered since I last updated. as i said, these internet cafes are hard to come by!
last monday evening in la rochelle we went for some dinner in the area. ended up most put off by rude waitor who was clearly unimpressed with our attempts at French. And on top of that our muscles were cold! :/
not to be put off we went for some churros at the harbour and watched some locals breakdancing in the street. it was ace! till i realised i had forgotten my sunnies and had to go back to dreaded restaurant to get them! got them back ok...panic over!
tues we set off to Jarnac, which is just east of Cognac. it was beautiful, and sunny! Aire was in carpark next to river, public swimming pool and campsite. even had its on little restaurant.
went a wander in town shortly after we arrived at 1130. found local market where we bought lunch and dinner stuffs. had our first attempt at french buchers! bought the wrong kind of lunch meat but we managed to throw it in with dinner
spent afternoon on banks of river. was great to just chill out for a bit.
next day we made up for all our chillin by going canoeing along the charante river, and then went to the Corvoisier distillery for tour and tasting. very interesting, shame I dont like brandy all that much!
sad to leave Jarnac but we couldnt stay. made a loooooong drive to Biscarrosse Plage on wednesday. aire was in forrest down towards beach. didnt have food in so went for pizza. cal napped while i sat outside in the sunshine. went to beach for a little while when cal FINALLY got a shot of his bodyboard!
had light dinner then spent evening chilling out reading, and watching sunset on the beach.
thursday i was promised a whole day at the beach! made picnic, and found a quite spot away from noisy children. had a shot at bodyboarding. it was great fun, althought i did manage to flash a few folk when a massive wave knocked me off the board. also got a faceful off sand lol. left beach tired, sunburnt and v. sandy!
biscarrosse was a lovelly aire, and first one we had to pay for!
friday morning after breakfast we set off to Lac De Leon. just a stopover place on way to Biarritz. managed to get a shower (luxury) and do some laundry (more luxury) however the heavens opened around 3pm and didnt stop.
early start sunday for Biarritz. arrived at 1130 after some stressful driving in busy town. managed to find space in busy aire with spot for leccy too! still no sunshine :/ so went for a wander around town. its a nice place, but without sunshine I was being huffy.watched surfers and had a good explore. back to van for dinner. decided to go back into town on bikes this time (was a long walk) and get some dessert. i finally got to try a magnum temptation and we went to a bar for some beer. delighted when we got back to van to realise we missed payment van so saved ourselves 10euro! :D
monday we set off on looooooooooooooooong windy roads to Larun (surprise surprise we were driving and the sun came out!) where im currently writing from. i never get travel sick but these roads were tought going on my tummy! managed to soldier on and was relieved to come off windy path and eventually arrive in Laruns. didnt get here till 1500 so had quick bite to eat before heading to tourist office to ask about walks and a poster call had seen for Pelote game. A what game I hear you cry? google it, it'll take me too long to type it out. its a local game played in the basque region with big wicker gloves and a very hard and fast ball. went to watch a final i think. i was a bit board but i think cal was missing any sort of sport.
tuesday we went for a walk in the pyrenees around Lac D'Ayous. drive there was nerve racking. very narrow windy roads, i was sweating before id walked anywhere! there was even cows in the road! had to park off road too. bad enough in a car never mind a 2.6m tall van! was worth it though...the views were spectacular and if i'd remembered my usb for the camera i'd upload pictures to show you because it was breathtaking. Had a swim in mountain lakes to cool down. it was exhausting walk, 6h round trip and i've got sore legs and sore feet to prove it too. went out for dinner and then came across an Irish folk band (who were in fact French) listened to them play for a while then back to van for bedtime. we were tired!!
today we're heading east towards Ax Le Thermes and stopping somewhere on the way. checking into Barca hotel on Sunday so should be able to update somewhere from big city!