It has felt like ages since I last had a moment to get on here. You forget how much you have to catch up with after being away for a week (mainly washing) and then with G starting back to nursery school as soon as we returned it has been all systems go.
We had a wonderful week away in France and camped with a company called Camping Indigo. We stayed at their site Oleron Les Pins which is one of two sites they have on Ile D’Oleron. We took the night crossing across from Portsmouth to Caen with Brittany Ferries and were really impressed with how easy, quick and comfortable it was. We booked a 4 berth cabin with ensuite facilities and it all felt very civilised. The boat even had a soft play area that we had to wrestle G out of when it was bedtime.
After a long journey it was bliss to arrive to our tent, knowing that everything we could need had been provided and we could settle in straight away. We booked a Wood and Canvas Tent IV. The tents are pretty spacious and we asked to have the same pitch as last year as there was plenty of space around the tent for us to spread out. We only discovered when we were there but as a new addition this year they have added some new tents with a shower and a loo (our friends had booked one of these) and they were absolutely amazing. We were very jealous when we were traipsing over to the shower block after a long day at the beach and they only had to ‘nip’ back to their tent. They had a Sweet Wood and Canvas tent which I would highly recommend for first time campers.
The island has miles of cycle paths and is all relatively flat so we ditched the car and cycled most places which meant we all came home a lot healthier than when we left. The facilities at the campsite were really good and much improved from last year. We had decided to go back as the tents and the location were fantastic but the cleanliness of the communal facilities were not great but this year they were excellent. Ile D’Oleron is famous for shellfish, especially mussels and oysters which we did indulge in and G loved the mussels. He would have eaten them for every meal if we had let him.
We loved the camping (even if we did get attacked by mosquitoes on a daily basis) and the freedom for G was wonderful. He loved the beach and we set up a little croquet set by the tent which gave him hours of fun. The beaches were clean, with wide expanses of sand, so although the car parking was a nightmare (lucky we had the bikes) they never felt over crowded.
I would really recommend Camping Indigo and even though Ile D’Oleron is a good 6 hour drive from the Brittany ports it was well worth it. So now the only dilemma we face is where do we go next year?
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