France 2024 – Days 9 & 10

Day 9 Coulon cycle – 15th May,2024
Having been fed up with no cycling and despite still coughing and spluttering we decided to get out on the bikes today. A short route that would take us around the back lanes behind the campsite to Coulon – probably about 5 miles. It was good to get out and see the countryside and not the inside of Hlma. A stop in Coulon for a coffee and the back to Hilma for lunch. Although we live in a rural environ back in the UK cycling is much easier in France than at home. Less traffic, most (not all) drivers are courteous enough and seem not to get too frustrated and above all else less potholes! Bring on some more over the next few days please.

River Sevre - Coulon

Boats for hire – Coulon

Day 10 Vouvant – 16th May,2024
The weather is not being too kind to us, so we decide to up sticks for the day and discover more of this beautiful region. We check out our guides and find a small village called Vouvant mentioned in our ‘The Most Beautiful Villages in France‘ book. It is within easy reach about 20 miles away. A wonderful old medieval town, ruins of a castle (stronghold) built by William V and a fantastic church with huge arched ceilings that would put the Albert Hall acoustics to shame. There are plenty of posters advertising musical events throughout the season and from what we could make out an organ of some repute. Ice cream shop run by a young Brit lady who popped out to see her mum and decided to stay – excellent news for me as the Passion Fruit ice cream was a tasty treat before heading back to camp.

Typical small street in Vouvant – very pretty

Massive doors and intricate carvings at the church entrance

Carvings on the church at Vouvan

The Crypt – spooky

The old bridge in and out of Vouvant

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