aflook wrote:... views, historic towns and all forms of art ...
If you like also some short cycling in the night, maybe this might be for you.
In the sequence below: Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Carcassonne
aflook wrote:Thanks djb. Yes I enjoyed the Pyrenees last year and I'm looking forward to seeing a different part this time. Not planning on lingering there as in Santander I'm meeting a friend for 2 weeks' touring in the Picos de Europa, so plenty of mountains then! I, too enjoyed EV6, though I did find myself yearning for the hills.
It's not that I'm not planning for rest days, I just haven't decided where yet. I might take some time in Nantes as I didn't stop there last time.
I found cycling past the D-Day beaches very moving, but don't wish to re-visit yet.
As for visas just don't get me started......
My favourite place in Western France?
My house, of course!
Very visited, but I liked Arcachon near Bordeaux, which is nearyour route. Former convalescence resort, briefly home to Alexandre Dumas.
Well worth camping at Camping Municipal de la Citadelle in Blaye, on the Garonne estuary not far north of Bordeaux. You pitch inside the walls of the citadel itself, a short walk from the nice little port of Blaye.
A little off your route, the old walled city of Angouleme is home to the Comic Strip museum which may be of artistic interest. http://www.angouleme-tourisme.co.uk/
Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Carcassonne
aflook wrote:So if I want to visit the Marais Poitevin, would I do best to stop at Damvix, Coulon or Le Mazeau? Or somewhere else? Anyone know these places?
I stayed in Mauze sur le Mignon. A very pleasant municipal site near the canal on the road towards Saint Hilaire. The Marais is very different and I found it quite mesmerising, little tiny roads with algae covered waterways for punts. There are also the larger waterways in the more touristy parts of the Marais.
simonhill wrote:djb, a word of warning if you are hitting these fair shores in the summer.
The Brexit thing has divided our nation like nothing I have known. Until you know who you're talking to, you may want to steer clear of the topic.
I and many here are happy to take our normal self depreciating approach. This is not so for everyone.
I hope you don't mind me mentioning this.
Morzedec wrote:Hello, although the Marais abounds with campsites (try the one at Maille) two that you ought definitely to avoid are those at Damvix and Arcais! These are the tourist camping 'hotspots', and even if you can find a place to pitch your tent between the 000s of campervans that will be there, these sites are busy, expensive, and because of the crowds not always the cleanest.
djb wrote:re Arcachonne, seems to me that it was in that area, Les Landes, that there is a neat bike path that goes through cultivated pine forests, below Bordeaux somewhere, near the coast.
I just remember how neat it was, although this was a looong time ago and is probably different now.
aflook wrote:... looks like there are some lanes through forests just below Gujan Mestras. Would that be it?
ConRAD wrote:aflook wrote:... looks like there are some lanes through forests just below Gujan Mestras. Would that be it?