We came round in a big circle after Troyes, coming back via Sens and with another stop at Briare as we loved being right on the canal with the van.
We went to the castle of the fishermen at Bussiere which seemed very fitting for Bruce, and was a great place to visit with no pretentious displays, just honest everyday living stuff as it was a working castle, and they are now building up the gardens again which we looking lovely.
From there we stopped a while at a small town called Aubigny sur nere, which had been recommended to us by a man we met in Briare as it was so pretty, and where it was their market day. So we wandered around, bought some scummy new potatoes and some rhubarb which I hardly ever see in Spain. We also stumbled across this art exhibition which we looked at which had some great and really gothic work in it, although we managed to avoid buying any of it, as the piece we liked was 12000€!
From there we settled eventually for the night after few false stops on the way due to on aire being closed for a festival, another spot just not suitable, and another place not having anywhere decent to park at all and the camp site wanted to overcharge even though they had the prices on the sign outside – so we finally and thankfully found a tiny medieval village called Mennetou sur Cher. Really beautiful place, with the aire right by the canal, so perfect for a spot of fishing while we celebrated with a drink after a hard days holiday!
Mennetou was our set off point on the Sunday for the vide greniers. …and didn’t we do well! I think we got to 5 in the end, lost out on one that was planned due to not being able to find it, but also gained one on the way. We also found what must be the largest one ever in Bourges in the carrefour carpark. It was huge!