We’ve spent the past fortnight parked up & relaxing at Domaine des Guifettes just outside Luçon, France.
The campsite is very peaceful during the week but comes alive at weekends as it is a popular wedding venue. The post-wedding tradition in France entails a lead vehicle with an effigy of the bride & groom on the back leading a procession of cars decorated with ribbons & pom-poms slowly through town & beeping continually at everyone they pass. The wedding dos go on until the very early hours in the morning and include lots of speeches, singing & cheering before getting down to the serious disco mix at around 4ish – they sure do have some stamina!
Along with cycling & swimming every day we’ve also been embedded in domestic bliss, taking advantage of the washing machines & plentiful hot water on tap! We’ve even managed to deep-clean all the sky-lights, removing heaps of dead insects & grime – yuk!
We celebrated John’s birthday in some style with a lovely bottle of wine given to us by our camp neighbour in return for lending him an electricity cable. A gold medallion winner & the best wine in the world (FRENCH!) we were assured by the passionate patriot.
The whole area around Luçon towards the coast is reclaimed ancient marshland & is extremely flat, crisscrossed with drainage ditches and canals. We did set off for a day at L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer on the coast but were thwarted by closed roads for a local market so we headed back to Lidl where we were assured of a parking space.
As much as we love France, we’re finding it too expensive to do much and the weather feels to be on the turn. An email from fellow travellers Paul & Sylvia left us yearning for the more affordable & familiar surroundings of Alvor, Portugal. This life is nothing if not flexible so we’ll be setting off again this weekend, heading south & chasing the sun.