An abundance of Lakes and Forests…

We left Camping De la L’aigrette on Monday 30th Sept waving goodbye and wishing the site owner well on our way out, we’d enjoyed our time there and honestly the time went by really quickly… we decided to drive 4 hrs further South in the hopes of perhaps gradually finding a warmer climate.

We arrived at Camping Les Rives du Lac, Geraudot, at around 3pm, we are booked here for 6 days and we were given quite a large good sized hardstanding pitch and managed again to pitch up relatively hassle free thankfully, the site is pleasant the staff friendly and welcoming and the site has spotlessly clean & hot showers and toilets etc we also got 2 loads of washing cleaned and dried for a total of €10.

The site itself is situated again next to a rather impressive lake this one is massive though and Toffi was not impressed when she found it to be a nature reserve that meant she was not allowed near the lovely sandy beach that lead to the water’s edge… Luckily for her there was a 2 mile forest walk adjacent which she got to enjoy several times instead… We were musing as to why France has so many lovely lakes and after a spot of research it was found that the lakes not only look pretty and attract wildlife but they also act as flood defences and collect/store excess water which to be fair makes perfect sense over the flat terrain of mainland France…

 

 

 

We took a stroll to see what the town was like to be fair it’s a fairly lowkey, quiet & small town with a few champagne sellers and a bar/post office, Mayors office and church but we did keep bumping into a film crew who were stopping traffic etc while filming an actor driving up and down the village roads etc hopefully we can be spotted in the final  background as unpaid extras… (p.s we have no idea what film etc was being filmed)

 

The next day we decided to walk through the forest to somewhere called Lac du Temple and again ran into the same film crew holding back traffic whilst filming on the road alongside the forest, we’d failed to find the Temple du Lac on our 1st attempt but managed on our 2nd although after expecting to find a temple and lake or something similar it was a little disheartening to find it was just another massive Lake the size of a large reservoir with a 10km walk just along one part of its stretch…

 

So after researching the area it turns out we were just 15 or so kms away from the medieval city of Troyes and with parts of the city dating back to the 1500’s we decided a trip to the city was a must, the driving was a little unsettling as it is in any unfamiliar city but we were grateful to find the city gave free parking for 2 hrs at lunch (siesta) time I guess to encourage lunch time dining which is when the French eat much of their main meals in discounted restaurants where you can get an absolutely gorgeous tasting 3 course meal for just €11 each…

The city did not let us down the old buildings were amazing & the old city was clean and vibrant with diners and people going about their business or relaxing on their lunch breaks, the day had a brisk cold feel to it & we had Toffi the dog with us so unfortunately lunch was out of the question for us, but some of the lush sweet smells of lovingly prepared food emanating from the restaurants as we passed were absolute torture for my hungry belly…

 

The campsite here is really busy for passing and overnight stays with plenty of people more than a few being Brits who were travelling down and trying to chase the sun but we decided we were in no rush so stayed 6 nights and on the 6th October it was time for us to move on…

We decided to drive 160 km southwards in the hope a brief catch up with Lilly and Steve again as we pass on down through France, however little did we know how eventful this part of our journey was going to be… But I’ll talk more about that in my next post…

For now Take care,

Donna x

Camping Les Rives Du Lac      Coords N48º 18’10”  E4º20’16”    €16 Per night