eric olthwaite wrote:
Quiffy wrote:just been sorting out the final details and payments for our camping trip this morning. the wife's anxiety meant we swapped a site in italy for another in france. eurotunneling, driving and then building your own accommodation out in the open air whilst all the goons are catching up on their pub drinks over here is a wonderful prospect.
Actually, if we were taking kids this is what we'd do, but substituting a gîte rural
for the tenty bit.
i love a bit of camping but none of that proper camping lark. we've become very fussy about where we go, it's got to have wifi, nice pools, good shade on the pitch, rental for a proper fridge (got to have properly chilled drinks) and be in an interesting area. the kids have their own pop up tents they stay in, leaving us with a large walk in wardrobe, the only bugbear is having an inflatable mattress on the floor as the car and roofbox are so crammed that we can't afford the space to get a raised bed in.
in terms of the site, it can't have too many english on like you get in the dordogne, because they're either incredibly annoying loud public parenters who love ask loudly if tarquin's brushing his teeth properly or teenage yobs from sunderland who shit in the pool. we prefer to go to predominantly dutch sites as we haven't a clue what they're talking about, so the background chatter just adds to the ambience. sleeping in all that fresh air is great, it becomes quite hard to have a hangover and as central and southern france are warm enough at night you tend to stay up drinking til late under the stars.
you make sure you know which way east is to make sure you are in shade in the morning, so you don't get woken at silly o'clock because as soon as the sun comes up the tent normally gets too hot so you carefully work out where the shade is til about 9am. then last year you'd get up to be the first to go swimming in a pool like this....
and it looks even better from the other direction.
increasing doubt, decreasing hope, even my imaginary friend went and changed his mind.