Saturday 1st June
Once again, we are back in our favourite campsite and It’s busy!
We didn’t realise that Thursday was a public holiday in France, Ascension Day, and most people took yesterday as a bridging day to turn it into a four-day weekend. This, coupled with the good weather forecast, has brought all of the inhabitants of Bordeaux to the coast for a bit of R&R.
It was tricky to persuade the nice people in Reception to find two camper van pitches together, especially for a week. Yes, a week! We are planning to stay here for seven nights. Wendy managed to convince them that, as we had boards to put under the wheels, we wouldn’t sink into the soft sand on one of the pitches we wanted.
Gosh it’s hot! The heat has charged the air with the heady aroma of Le Tedey that mixture of pine resin, sun cream, and a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that reeks of summer holidays and good times. Wendy is in danger of hyperventilating; she is so busy inhaling it!
A quick tour of the site has shown that nothing much has changed since last year. The bar is under new management, and they’ve copied my use of tasteful garden lights (no, they are not Love Island lights, Jamie). And put up a few pointless signs in bright colours that gives the hint they might be trying too hard. The prices have gone up too. Never mind they are staying open late to show the Champions League final between Spurs v Liverpool tonight.
Now that we are back on familiar territory the four of us have had a chance to look back at our time in Iberia and here is our list of some of the highlights from the trip.
Our Favourite …
Campsite is Camping A’ Vouga in Louro
Town or city is Porto
Beach is A’ Vouga in Louro
Scenic location is the Cares Gorge in the Picos De Europa
Historical site is Merida for its Teatro Romano, Amphitheatre and Aqueduct
Bizarre place is the Capela dos Ossos, the Ossuary
Restaurant is Casa Canene in Llanes
Home-cooked meal is Paella
Cycle ride is Villa Cha to Villa da Conde
Beer is Estrella Galicia
Tapas is Carvalho Wine and Tapas Bar in Peso da Régua
Non-campsite stop is Pinhão by the river Douro
Crazy experience is the evening in the Writers’ Corner Restaurant in Pinhão
Quirkiest Toilets are in Camping Naranjo des Bulnes in Arenas des Cabrales
Holiday Romance is Rio and Didi in Vila Cha
Sweet Treat is the Portuguese Pastel De Nata egg custard tart
Coffee is anywhere in Portugal
Wine is ‘What have you got?’