Tottie’s Travels – Adventures in the Auvergne
Tottie takes to the road!
Just back from a short break away. I needed an enforced absence from Facebook to get on and finish editing Book III in the Sell the Pig series.
I actually ventured just outside my beloved Auvergne into the next departément, the Loire, and stayed on a delightful campsite not very far from Montbrison. I’d booked myself into a ‘chaletravane’ for four nights, basically an old caravan with two double beds in, and a spacious chalet built onto the side of it, which had a fold-away double bed settee and a kitchen/dining area. Very nice, impeccably clean, and on a working farm.
I opted for the bed-settee and in fact, apart from storage, didn’t use the caravan part at all as it was quite chilly at night and that was the cold part of the construction.
The dogs and I did a lot of walking, discovering the surrounding areas. We probably didn’t go all that far in actual distance, but as we managed to find old mule tracks going up and down very steep river valleys, it felt like a respectable amount of walking.
We found a beautiful walk though a very big beechwood heading towards a village called Bard
and then emerging into open grazing land with views back to the village
We found an amazing bird observation point for an important migratory route, with views to Mont Blanc in the distance, on a clear day, which unfortunately it wasn’t
One evening I dined en famille with the owners, which was very nice, and on Sunday I treated myself to lunch out at the excellent Auberge de Conol. Coincidentally, I had eaten there last yet when going exploring with Alex and had no idea I was going back to the same area.
After lunch I discovered a honey producer and the kind man was foolish enough to let me loose with little spoons and pots of honey to taste. I could put Winnie the Poo to shame in the honey-eating stakes! I came away with two big jars, one of honey from the local fir trees and one a mixed flowers one, heavy on the broad-leaved lime flowers, as that’s a particular fragrance of mine.
Our route back home took us over the top of the Col du Béal where there was still enough snow to block my usual route home so I took the slightly longer way down, after the dogs and I had had a nice walk over the top of the Col to look at the viewpoint. I saw a short-toed eagle close enough to count the feathers in his wings!
Really nice break, and I think, maybe, possibly, just about, I have finished tinkering about with Book III, so it should be coming to a Kindle near you soon – watch this space!
Judi Hilton, Maine. USA
31st March 2014 @ 7:53 pm
Love your descriptive nature! Have been in the
Loire area and actually have great pix of Mt. Blanc w/o clouds.
31st March 2014 @ 8:17 pm
Brill photo of the dogs, love it!
31st March 2014 @ 10:41 pm
How adventurous you are, especially given the cold weather! We’ve only been to Paris and the south of France; it’s good to visit other regions with you,
31st March 2014 @ 11:07 pm
Glad you have a great break–looks like fun!
1st April 2014 @ 9:06 am
like the sound of your holiday so peaceful