Schools are back and the autumn chill has begun. But before we light the woodburner we thought we’d give you a summary of our holiday this summer.
At the start of August we packed up our faithful 30 year old campervan and headed for France.
We love a road trip but for the first time we had actually planned a route and booked places to stay. We normally wing it but being school holidays we thought we ought to put some plans in place.
We feared we would lose out on discovering new places by chance and that there would be no elements of surprise.
As it turns out, we came upon some amazing places. We cycled the Voie Verte veloroute in the Dordogne and came across some little gems of architecture in Brittany and Ile de Re.
A highlight was our visit to the stunning Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ‘The overhanging gardens of Marquessac’ The gardens are perched high up on a plateau in the Dordogne valley. Aside from the beautiful box topiary hedges we discovered quirky treehouses, traditional heath huts, rope walks through the woodland, poet huts and water channels that cut through the hillside gently crossing under paths gathering in intermittent ‘water wells’ before the final drop to the waterfall.
We had a very happy and inspiring 3 weeks and do you know what? Planning means we had more time to discover! Lesson learnt.
See more of our pictures over on our Instagram feed