Friday 1 September 2023
|View from the covered market at Charroux|
Nido's parked up in the municipal campsite in the tiny hamlet of Miremont, in a valley in the north of the Auvergne. We've been here since Wednesday. It's a very quiet, peaceful spot with little traffic. These municipal campsites are amazing; there are hundreds of them all over France. Here, for the sum of €10.50 per night (about £8.90) we have a private grass pitch surrounded by beech hedges. We have electricity, toilets, unlimited hot showers and a hot-water washing up and clothes washing area. There are 34 pitches here and only five others are occupied at the moment. Most of these sites are run by the local commune (parish council); they usually open in April and close at the end of September. Although basic (ie no swimming pools, bars or restaurants) they are exactly what we like and long may they continue.
We had a lazy start to Tuesday morning, with a cup of tea and a read, before showers and breakfast. There were several way marked walking trails running from the village square in Noyant. We picked a 6km one that took us into the countryside. The signs were easy to follow so the walk was enjoyable without the need to hunt out routes and paths. We walked down some lovely quiet bridleways, past fields and mature oak trees, even passing a spices wholesaler stood on its own deep in the countryside.
After dinner we left Salty in the van and enjoyed an evening walk around the village. As we walked into the central citadel the church bells started to peal; a little off-key so we think it was may practice night for the new campanologists! The shops were now closed with only a couple of the bistros open, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves to wander up and down the narrow cobbled streets, taking a nosy at the gardens behind walled enclosures. A number of plots were derelict and Cathy was planning what she would do with the garden! We had another quiet night with big skies and views for miles.
|The little door on the left is for letters. I guess the big brother door is for parcels!|
|The little letter box|
|Tour road graffiti and a typical sculpture to celebrate the day|
|This was Peter Sagan's final Tour before retiring - one of the greats|
|The summit finish of the Puy de Dôme with 50km still to ride!|