We really enjoyed out stay near Angouleme, and having found the canal cycle path we decided to go all the way into Angouleme the following day.
We had to sit out some rain that morning but managed to get the bikes out that afternoon.
There’s some beautiful buildings on the way in, and once we almost killed ourselves cycling up a massive hill into the city centre, we then enjoyed the cafe culture around the little squares that we found – we have learnt to take our own flask of coffee, as even 2 white coffees can set you back about 6€!
From there we moved on the following morning towards La Rochelle, and although one aire we looked at had been shut down, we found a great place we’d never managed to stop at, at Port Minimes. Overlooking the harbour across the entrance from the town itself, with a waterbus if you needed it taking you right into the centre of the old town.
La Rochelle has a great cycle path system, so we loved pootling around that on Friday and Saturday before the massive storm set in with thunder and lightning, and hail! Not something we see very often in Spain, so in a weird way we enjoyed watching it from being tucked up inside the van.
The prime reason we’d moved this far up the country was to escape the worst of the weather, and get some vide greniers in on the Sunday, however sadly the forecast changed so much on the days prior to the weekend that the vides were cancelled. As it happened the worst forecast day was sunday but it turned out to be dry after 9am but very grey. So they could have happened! ! So, now Bruce has been hunting through and looking for better weather for us, and so we’re moving south on Tuesday, as it’s raining today (Monday). So we’re making the most of a day in the van, having parked up where we can get free wifi as well!