5th November 2013 Andernos Les Bains, France

We came here two years ago and it was so pretty, we came back! It is just west of Bordeaux and is well worth a visit.

It took us five hours driving time so we took about six hours to get here in total. Again, the weather was abysmal with strong winds adding to the experience. I (Angela) did some of the driving but when it got windy I gave up and handed the reins back to Dean.

The aire is next to the harbour with plenty of spaces to park and there were quite a few French camper vans there already. Dean parked up and I wandered off to where the payment bourne used to be, only to find it no longer there! There is a big board with information on it but no instructions where to pay.

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Once we’d got the gas on, we went for a walk and found the ‘aire de service’ where you pay for your stay along with any water you may  wish to purchase. The stay overnight costs just under 8 euros (no electric available) with a maximum of two night stays permitted.

As Dean had had a long day driving we paid for two nights then wandered into the village to get some fresh air. However, on the way back the   heavens opened and we got drenched.

The next day we took a walk along the harbour wall and Dean called into one of the many huts there and bought six oysters from a lovely, helpful French lady. We went to great pains to explain we did not want six kilos (as happened to us last time) but the lady knew what we wanted anyway so we needn’t have worried.

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During the evening we sat and listened to a couple of podcasts (Frank Skinner) while enjoying a bottle of red wine. There were a few more camper vans who joined us later on, including one who Dean noticed were using a candelabra with three candles as their form of lighting.

It was a British van and looked very cosy!

 

 

 

 

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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