The next day we drove through Parthenay, and had hoped to stop, as the old medieval walls and towers were hugely impressive as we entered the town. Unfortunately, with it being market day, and not having researched parking for motorhomes, it wasn’t possible! Not one space free.
We carried on the journey stopping at my ancestral town of Pamproux in the Deux-Sevres. The first of my ‘de Faye’ ancestors, who were Huguenots (French Protestants), fled France at the time of the religious persecution, settling in Jersey in the Channel Islands in 1720.
We 3 vans parked up in the little aire and took a stroll, with the dogs, through the town centre and down to the lavoir and watercourse with ducks and swans. Not wanting to go way off course I asked a passing Frenchman the route to the aire, and he kindly directed us along a pleasant country footpath where we wended our way back.
Pamproux aire – small free aire in a quiet rural location and convenient to the village
From Bougon it was on to Niort where we parked up in the aire and explored the extensive town for an hour or so. Plenty of lovely shops and eateries, but on this occasion, we just did a walkabout the two of us, iPod in hand for photos, and arranged to see the others back at the vans later.