We arrived on the sparkling shores of Lac D’Orient refreshed and ready to kick back and chill out. I had been to site we were heading for before, in my other life, with my ex-husband and 2 small boys in a motorhome. As we approached I remembered how we’d rented a pedalo with a slide and the fun we’d all had sliding off the back and also the pesky mosquitos’. It took me back and it always breaks my heart to think of 2 boys that had Mum and Dad together then, through no fault of their own, their world turned upside down. They are beautiful young men now and suprisingly grounded, their Dad and I have always been amiable but it still makes me sad – as lovely as they are now I miss the days when they were small and I could hold their little hands and a plaster and a cuddle solved most things. Back to reality, no children little or otherwise and some time to ourselves in the sunshine, life’s not all bad.
I reviewed the campsite, L’Epines Aux Moins, in Kylas Coolest Camping Part 2 post on this blog, hopefully you will find it here: https://kyla40.wordpress.com/2011/07/page/2/. The site is on the shores of the Petit Lac and less commercialized than the sites across the water. There is now a small shop and snack bar on site and free wi-fi on the terrace. The pitch sizes are good and we decided to pitch the Outwell instead of just the small 2 man. For two of us this was luxury once pitched with a bedroom and living area and the option to stand fully upright and pull on your knickers without the 2 man tent tussle. It also meant we could sit inside with just the fly nets up in the evening thus avoiding the mozzies. To be honest they weren’t as bad as I had remembered probably because although the day had been hot the evening cooled down a lot. Even so there were a few about and by the end of the 2 nights we could amuse ourselves comparing bites of varying sizes. Worth it though, the area and lake were as lovely as I remember them and we had the chance to relax and explore a little.
To be honest we did very little exploring for 2 days, choosing to laze about in the sunshine interspersed with the occasional dip in the lake. On one day we circumnavigated the entire lake, this is excellent cycling country but as we had no bikes (oh what a shame) we took Fugly car instead. For those who like water-sports there is a marina and water-sports centre near the larger campsites. We opted for the less active option of a meal and glass of wine in a small bar in one of the towns, Geroudet I believe, dotted around the lake. We went to bed early and got up late with nothing to do and no demands – after 2 days we learned that the weather was turning so decided to break camp and head south early the next morning. If the sun had continued to shine we would have happily stayed there, sampling champagne and possibly venturing back into Troyes of an evening but we are fickle campers and we hadn’t quite had our full dose of warm, sunny weather. So on a damp, cool, dismal morning we bundled the tent into the car and headed south for The Ardeche.