The Journey Has Begun

I must be feeling relaxed. I can’t even remember how long we’ve been in France. Maybe it was that last glass of wine I had last night. Maybe it’s that it doesn’t matter what day it is, or how long we’ve been away. Life is certainly a lot more relaxed without the need to count the days.


So what have we been up to? Out first stop was a lovely wooded car park with facilities for motorhomes which we found on a great website called We arrived early evening and quickly set ourselves up, although after 10 minutes of sitting at a funny angle decided it was best to try out the blocks for the first time and get the motorhome level.

The next day we woke at 5am. Usually this might be annoying, but it was the dawn chorus that woke us. The birds were welcoming us, and what a welcome it was. We love the countryside and all that comes with it, and even at that early hour we had smiles on our faces. Despite being a little tired we decided to do the 5 hours drive to Parc Naturel Regional due Marais Poitevin, about 20 miles east of La Rochelle.


Just before arriving we stopped off at the ruins of Saint-Pierre de Maillezais. Entry is €6 and well worth it. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.


It was late afternoon when we left the abbey and we were both looking forward to pulling over for a few days. So you can imagine our disappointment when we arrived at the small camping area to find a lump of concrete blocking our access. Luckily there were a few other options in the area and within an hour we were set up at a small motorhome site on the edge of the pretty village of Coulon. It wouldn’t be my first choice of campsite, being by the road into the village, but it’s perfectly situated for exploring the area so we’ll stay for a few days.


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