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October 4, 2019

Chez Gendron.


The third day of travelling took us from Tours down to the Bordeaux region, to Chez Gendron.  Camping Chez Gendron is an idyllic campsite in the vineyards of Blaye, in the south west of France.  during the year there was an announcement on Facebook that it had changed hands, so we were a little concerned that it may have  lost some of its charm.  The only thing that seems to have changed, apart from the restaurant still being open in October, is that the chickens have gained their freedom.  They now wander around the wooded campsite, which came as a surprise to our friend Emma’s dogs.


The journey was an uneventful 280km of motorway until we turned off at Mirambeau.  Ten minutes later we were in a different world, remove the vehicles and it could be a different century.  Vineyards predominate the gently rolling hills around the village of St. Palais-de-Baye.  The campsite itself is terraced and runs down from the vineyards to a chestnut and oak woodland, perfect for dogs.  As previously stated there are chickens, who share the site with ducks, ponies and a donkey, with goats in a paddock nearby.  


This place is so laid back and relaxed and makes the perfect break from the endless miles of motorway travel.








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