Our plan today was to stay on another aire just west of Bordeaux, in a village called Andernos les Bains. The journey took only three hours but it was really boring as 75% was on the A63, the main truck route between Spain and France.
Dean has been coming down with a cold for the last couple of days and it hit him with a vengeance today, but he still drove bless him. (I did offer, but he declined) We arrived about 2pm so had plenty of time to go and explore the village. There were a couple of other units already there, so we figured out how to pay (by card, the instructions were in six different languages) then got wrapped up warm and set off.
The village is next to the harbour where oysters are the speciality, and the houses and streets are really pretty. We were parked right next to a grass bank, behind which was the harbour. The shops were just opening up again for the afternoon so we did some window shopping, and finally we’ve been able to purchase some decent, freshly ground coffee beans! No more Bonka!
On our way back to the ‘van (it was starting to get really cold by now) we called into one of the shops by the harbour and bought some oysters for Dean. Something was lost in translation as we nearly ended up with three dozen oysters! The guy was lovely though and realised what we were after (deciphered our rubbish French, more like) and opened them for him. When we returned to the ‘van and watched others coming back we then twigged that most people buy them by the dozen – lesson learnt for next time!