18th January 2012 Parc Verger

For the last seven days we’ve been relaxing at the campsite Parc Verger, situated in the pretty village of Champagnac la Riviera, in the heart of the Limousin National Park.  It is owned and run by a very friendly couple, Bob and Di and we first came here back in 2009 when we first started out.

We overlook fields and to the right of our ‘van there are goats in the field adjacent.  The cockerel wakes us up in the morning to frosty views, with the baker coming onsite most days.  They have WiFi available, and we were offered it free of charge but we’re not sure if this is the case every time.  It is a campsite with a lovely atmosphere to it, you feel really secure and the other campers have been really welcoming.


For more information, see their website www.parcverger.com where you’ll gain more information about the surrounding area, prices and the site itself.  It is fully equipped to cope with any size vehicle, RVs (and yurts) are no problem!

Camp Site   Yurt


Despite both being full of cold, a couple of times this week we’ve rode or walked into the village of Oradour-sur-Vayre, about 4.5km away, along an old railway track that has been covered over.  It’s a very tranquil walk, but a bit laborious when you’re carrying your shopping back!  The track is about 500m from the entrance to the site, and if you go the other way you’ll reach Chalus about 11km away.


Almost Hereford!Disused railway walkVache

End of the line   Old Station

Champagnac la Riviera village itself is very pretty, with a bar/restaurant called Dino’s that is owned and run by a French gentleman and his English wife.  We understand it has a very good reputation as everything is home made, and there is also a Boulangerie just down the road.  The Church is well worth a visit too.


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We’re making final plans for our trip home towards Le Mans, then onto Calais with one more stop in between.  Our internet connection goes down after the 19th so we’ll update our website on our return to the UK…

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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