We are now at our first proper destination of our Easter holiday at Camping Lac de l’Uby in Barbotan-les-Thermes in the Gers department in the Midi Pyrénéés region. We arrived yesterday afternoon after having tried the motorhome aire at Lac de Clarens just south of Casteljaloux and, finding it shut just before 2 pm with a sign saying it’d open at precisely 2 pm! We waited until 2.20 pm and the place didn’t open, so we arrived here one day earlier than expected.
We have pitch number 134, right by the lake, where Adonis has set up his bivvy on his fishing swim and has just caught a 14 ½ lb (7kg) carp, not as big as last summer’s catch, but since he only se up ‘shop’ this morning, he can’t really complain. We are hoping to stay for another 4 nights and then we’ll move west to the coast at Lac de Leon.
I have just booked myself my holiday treat at Barbotan’s spa (or Thermes de Barbotan), what this lovely town is well known for. I have an appointment at 9.30 am for a kaolin bath followed by a facial cleansing. I can’t wait, as I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed one of those treatments, something I used to do regularly years ago.
The weather has been all over the place for, after a beautiful start yesterday morning at Verteuil-sur-Charente, it started pouring down in the early afternoon and continued with rain and wind for the rest of the day and part of the night. The temperatures are higher, thankfully, and we didn’t need the blanket last night (first time since November!) This morning the van felt much warmer and we had a bright start to the day, but the wind picked up and it’s not so pleasant sitting outside. Still, it was nice enough to cycle into Barbotan earlier on following the cycle path, which only takes 5 minutes.
The drive here was very straightforward from Verteuil-sur-Charente, following the A10 south to Angoulême, Barbezieux-St-Hilaire, St André-de-Cubax (just northeast of Bordeaux) and from there the D670 est to Libourne, past St Emilion and south to La Réole, D1113 to Marmande and finally D933 to Casteljaloux and Barbotan. The roads are excellent, except for one short stretch somewhere I’ve already forgotten about, and were mainly empty due to it being bank holiday Monday.
It looks like a lovely evening now with the sun dropping at the opposite side of the lake: a room with a view indeed!