On Sunday we drove 200 miles up the A75 (mainly), across the Millau bridge, to arrive at the riverside aire in Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
The aire ( N 46.312146 E 3.296693) was surprisingly quiet for Easter. Our pitch overlooks the Sioule, a tributary of the Allier, and a variety of birdlife was spotted from our kitchen window.
There were loads of ducks dabbling about, and every so often a kingfisher would shoot past…a streak of blue. We even saw an osprey, clutching its fish supper, the night we arrived. Googling it, I discovered that the Allier is a favoured migration route for ospreys heading north to breed in the Spring.
We are here to visit the vet on Tuesday for the pre channel crossing treatments. On Monday we walked up the Route de Brialles, an 8 mile loop walk through the vineyards above Saint Pourcain, thanks to a map supplied by the tourist office ..open on Easter Monday…brilliant service.
These guys were practising their display routine on the car park by the tourist office. Its a pity there wasn’t even one helmet between the three of them; the guy on the back, who kept falling off, could have used it.
The walk also includes woodland, and this small fishing lake.
This old Chapel is on a hill on the far point of the walk, surrounded by vineyards.