We rose at the crack of dawn (ish) and left Ile d’Oleron at 9am for an appointment with the Royan ferry at 11am. Well not an appointment actually….you just turn up, pay them 47 euros and they cart you over the Gironde estuary to the Médoc.
It is a 30 minute trip across the estuary and we passed the Cordouan Light, at the mouth of the Gironde. Started in 1584, this renaissance lighthouse, 7 km offshore, still functions.
This is the 1860 Pointe de Grave lighthouse which marks the way in to Verdon sur Mer, the northernmost tip of the Médoc, where the ferry docks.
An hours driving bought us to this aire on Lake Hourtin, the largest natural lake in France. A little pricy at €10-50 per night but there are generous sized pitches and 12 electricity points if you park in the central area.
There are good cycle paths here and in the afternoon we pedalled west to Hourtin Plage, a small resort village on the Atlantic coast. The trip was enlivened by my crashing into the dog cart, when Nia and I both turned to look at an interesting shrine at the same time. With both feet locked in to my pedals I ended up full length on the deck. Luckily there was only a little superficial damage to my knees and hands…no modelling for me for a few days. The Krays were startled, but unscathed.
By this time the storm clouds were gathering in the west and we sped back a lot quicker than we came.
I spotted this low tech motorhome on the early morning walk with the Krays on our last day. Neat, if maybe a little scary if the wind gets up.
There is a good walk by the port, peaceful in low season mode. There is one cafe which sells baguettes and croissants but all the other shops are shut.
There is a pretty promenade out in to the lake.
Penny was watching this guy fishing quietly at the mouth of the Port. He had no luck….no fish were harmed in the production of this blog.
I took some more shots with the lovely low eastern light then back to the motorhome (via the cafe) for a feast of crispy grilled bacon in baguettes before we set off south for Lake Biscarosse.