Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fancy a day out?

We made a terrific new discovery at the end of Feb (incredible that we've been here five years and still find new treats).

We put our bikes on the back of the car and went to St Palais sur Mer, just North of Royan. We parked in the town centre and followed one of the cycle trails along the coast and then inland through the pine forest to the zoo at La Palmyre.

The trail was glorious with plenty of undulations when going through the dunes. There and back took about 2 hours with the two girls loving every minute. Afterwards we took a picnic onto the superb beach and followed it up with ice creams at one of the sea front cafés.

It's a picturesque town and I'm not quite sure why we've never discovered it before.

I really do think we have the best of both Worlds here in the Charente valley. Undulating countryside with pretty and lively towns yet comfortable striking distance of the coast. We struck lucky when we landed up here!

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