Dolus-d’Oléron to Yves

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It was a very quiet night, apart from some nocturnal bird calls, and we woke to rain. My plan was to visit those parts we’d not seen yesterday and so took the route along the North coast back to the bridge, which was very pleasant. With the rain came a mass exodus of holiday makers, with all roads converging at the only exit point clogged with traffic.

Back on the mainland, we took the country route North, stopping at the really attractive fortified town of Brouage. As it was raining and we’d been here before, we just stopped for an onboard simple bread and cheese lunch, before continuing on our way. There is decent free motorhome parking just outside the walls, and if you haven’t been, then we’d recommend it.

We’d never properly explored the coast beyond there, and so took in that area too, finally passing through the lovely little town of Soubise, before tackling the much larger Rochefort. Sophie enjoyed our drive theough this latter town, and I think it’s worth a visit. This Philistine was more excited by the fact that the town offered free motorhome services, but no free parking.

We were now heading in a La Rochelle direction, and in the spirit of the day, I tried to hug the coast, and so we came to the sea resort of Foras. We used a roadside parking space so as to visit its attractive fort, but overnight parking for motorhomes is limited and not free.

Our final destination looked great on the Park4night app, with highly rated reviews, but being the Saturday night of a French long weekend I didn’t hold out much hope of finding a space. I was very pleased to find I was wrong and there was only one other motorhome here right on the sea edge at Yves. We are parked alongside the iconic fishing huts of this area, and the view has met the approval of Sophie, so all is well.

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