Bling buying trip….One excuse we can use or state for our travels is that I need to go to good quality car boot sales in order to stock up on ‘bling’ for my baglets.
France is by far the best place for this, I have found that out over various trips away in Spain, Portugal France and Germany. By far the prettiest pieces have been french, and a good price as well, as it all counts!
So….. you know where this is going don’t you…. due to recent sales I needed to get more bling, so we’re away again, en France!
We left right after the Fair at Jalon, and made it up to Zaragoza that night, a good 5 hours drive by Bruce, but it got us a fair way to our first mission. Monday 16th May is a holiday in France, Pentacost, and as such I managed to find a couple of car boot sales or vide greniers as they are called here en France. So Bazet was our mission for Monday, start the holiday, sorry, buying trip with a vide. With an early start on Monday morning we got there about midday, and managed that plus another one about 40km away. Then time for a relax and slow down of pace, you can do too much too soon on these trips.
We moved on to Lauzun, which is a pretty little village with a beautiful lake, although nothing much in the actual village.
We spent a couple of nights there, walking around the lake and watching the ducklings.
Mr Muppet enjoyed his run on damp grass although he wasn’t too enamoured with the horse in the field behind our van, so we turned the van rounds he wouldn’t just bark the whole time. (And believe me, he would, – he has been known to bark at a podcast of the Archers that I was listening to once at home, because he heard horses clip-clopping in it, so he came rushing through from the lounge grrr-ing and barking but couldn’t quite work out where the noise was coming from!).
Lauzun is fairly close to Eymet (about 8 km ) where they have an interesting market on a Thursday, so we wandered about there this morning, taking our own coffee as we almost got stung 3€ each for coffee once!
France is such a beautiful country, but the cost of living is horrendous compared to Spain, so we travel around trying to live as cheaply as possible , so taking our own coffee is part of that! – as is making the most of tasting the goodies at the markets when offered….. as if we bought everything on offer we’d be broke in a very short time, not to mention run out of space in the van! As it was this time I hadn’t run my fridge down at home very much, or my freezer, so both were rammed full (as well as Deb taking a bag of frozen goodies to baby sit for me!)…. so much so every time I open the freezer door at the moment I have to hold a hand in front of it, in case my foot gets broken by a falling frozen food item!
Here’s a couple more photos of a few places we stopped at on the way through to Lauzun.