In the Loire

Welcome to Digoin

Welcome to Digoin

Yesterday we left Salbris mid morning and drove 130 miles east to Digoin, a small town about 80 miles to the north of Lyon.
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The Aire

The Aire

There is a good aire here, essentially a very large car park overlooking the Loire and close to the ‘Lateral canal of the Loire’ which crosses the Loire a few hundred yards upstream from the aire.

Looking Upstream from the Aire

Looking Upstream from the Aire

There is plenty of good walking close to the aire; you can walk up and down the Loire on both banks.

Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall

And there is even a beginners climbing wall next to the aire (not so easy if you are wearing sandals).

Canal Bridge over the Loire

Canal Bridge over the Loire

Crossing Traffic

Crossing Traffic

We walked over the canal, then down onto the far bank, downstream to the road bridge then back to Mavis.

The Canal

The Canal

There looks to be a good cycle path by the canal which we will explore at some stage.

Boats are raised up in a lock by the bridge.

Boats are raised up in a lock by the bridge.

Just Puttering Along

Just Puttering Along

Sunbathing by the Loire

Sunbathing by the Loire

Those of you who have been following us for more than a few weeks will know that we swung through Van Gogh land….Arles…in March. Our friend Jane has sent us some interesting comments about the artist which I will quote in full for any art lovers out there:

‘I knew Van Gogh was up to something down there in La Sud, so it was interesting to hear that this was where he hung out and painted stuff. I don’t know much about him at all, but I think there was something about an ear? I think he may have bitten off his own ear. He was very poor and often hungry, so he may have eaten it with a green salad. He was a genius, of course. Very few people can successfully bite off their own ear.’

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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3 comments on “In the Loire
  1. crbtaylor says:

    We still enjoy your travels and blogs, especially as you are now ptting coordinates etc on the places you stay. as we are fellow cyclists and dog owners you give us lots of idea. Keep up the good work!!

    • Hi Colin
      Are you on your travels at the moment? Thanks for the feedback. When I have a moment I am going to set up some separate blog pages with more details on the campsites and aires we stay at.
      We are going to take the bikes out on the canal (well next to it) this afternoon.
      Peter

  2. crbtaylor says:

    Been back in the Uk for 3 weeks now, the van is having some warranty work done, then hopefully in July we will tour the UK a little before heading, with the van, to Iceland in September then from there well travel south to Portugal/Spain for winter. Unfortuneatly we can’t take our dog to Iceland so have arranged for our son to bring her to Northern France in early October. Well thats the plan!!!!

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