Category: Family Holidays

Family Day Out at Anglesey Sea Zoo

Anglesey Sea Zoo StarfishWe had a great day out at the Anglesey Sea Zoo during our Summer holiday in Anglesey. Our kids loved getting close to the sea creatures. We have been to various Sea Life Centres over the years and this is a similar set up.

I checked the website prior to going to make sure it was open and to check for any special Covid advice. The numbers are limited, there is a marked route around the place and visitors are asked to wear masks. we found that most people were wearing masks and following the routes whilst a couple of families just ignored all the advice, which was a shame for the staff and owners of the place.

Sea Creatures at the Sea Zoo Anglesey

The kids loved looking at all the tanks of sea-life and they particularly liked the lobsters and the starfish.

Seahorses are always a hit with the kids, although there were just a few small tanks with seahorses.

The jellyfish tanks were spectacular with short facts about them alongside the tanks.

Food and Drinks at Anglesey Sea Zoo

There is a cafe serving food and drinks on site.

I don’t know if we caught them on a bad day, but the service was shocking and the food was very average. We waited over an hour for basic lunch items. The coffee was poor, which made the wait feel even worse. Maybe Covid was to blame (like so many things)!

Extra Outdoor Facilities for KidsAnglesey Sea Zoo Octopus

There is a decent play area outside, including wooden obstacles to climb and play on. Also there are some bikes and trikes for younger ones to play on. There is an inflatable bouncy castle with slide and obstacles. Due to Covid restrictions, numbers were very limited and kids had a short turn. Luckily it was quiet and a bit cold during our visit so there weren’t many kids about and our kids got on the bouncy castle quite quickly. I wouldn’t have fancied queuing on a busy day.

Anglesey Sea Zoo also has its own crazy golf course which is an additional cost.

The sea zoo is a fairly small site, but there is enough to see for a wander with kids for an hour or two. We paid just over £30 for a family of four which we felt was good value, especially given that we returned for free for a second visit. We booked in advance due to Covid and paid by card on the door.

See the link for the Anglesey Sea Zoo to book your place.

Overall this was a good place to visit as our kids loved it so much that they asked to go back again later that week.

Family Holiday in Cottage in Anglesey, North Wales

We had a great time in Anglesey this Summer. We spent a week staying in a cottage near Pentre Berw. When I was searching for accommodation I liked the remote location of the cottage whilst being close to lots of beaches and local attractions. Normally I would prioritise being close to other families so that our kids could make friends, however this has been no ordinary year and being in a quiet location with lots of space and just one family nearby seemed ideal. Our cottage was smart with everything we needed. We had plenty of safe outdoor space allowing the kids to play out and play on their scooters.

Anglesey Beaches

Broad Beach near RhosneigrWe were blessed with some amazing weather which meant we spent most of our days exploring the beautiful beaches nearby. Many people had recommended Newborough Beach, so we headed there on our first day. When we got close, we were advised by men in high vis jackets that it was full. We headed West and we found ourselves on a beautiful quiet beach called Traeth LLydan (also known as Broad Beach). This stunning beach is near Rhosneigr and was perfect for us. We brought our own food most days as there are no shops or facilities on the beach, however there were shops and restaurants in Rhosneigr. There is an RAF airfield near to Rhosneigr and we saw the most amazing display whilst on the beach one day.

We also visited Benllech beach one day, but this was too busy for me. There were lots of people setting up camp with little regard to social distancing. I decided it was time to leave when a family arrived and practically prodded me and my daughter with their windbreaker poles. We parked in the town and there is a very steep hill down to the beach, which meant a long trudge back to the car. The beach itself was pretty and there were rockpools to explore, but I preferred the quieter beaches on the South coast of Anglesey.

Eating Out in Anglesey

We did not eat out as much as we would normally do on a holiday due to Covid restrictions and concerns. We did get out one afternoon to an amazing restaurant called the Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr. It is located close to our favourite beach (Traeth Llydan) and the food is amazing and the views are spectacular. There are various seafood dishes, as well as family favourites. I had a great big dish of mussels which was gorgeous and the kids enjoyed their freshly cooked nuggets and sausages. We all loved it and the staff were doing all they could to maintain social distance and help customers enjoy their meals safely. If you can only have one meal out in Anglesey then this may be the best place to go. Check out the website for the Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr.

I had a list of restaurants that I wanted to try so I am hoping we can get back there in the near future. The Sea Shanty Cafe in Trearddur Bay looks amazing with a great big selection of ice creams.    Also Catch 22 in Valley looks like a lovely restaurant with good quality food and a nice setting.

Days Out in Anglesey

There are lots of visitor attractions on Anglesey including the Anglesey Sea Zoo, the Pili Palas Nature World, Baumaris Castle, Beaumaris Gaol, South Stack RSPB Cliffs and various nature reserves. Some of the nature reserves were closed due to Covid and Beaumaris Castle offered limited restricted access to visitors.

Our kids loved the Anglesey Sea Zoo and we even returned (with free entry within 7 days of first visit). The cafe was a bit of a disaster for us as we waited about an hour for basic lunch and the coffee was poor, so I couldn’t recommend eating there, although Covid restrictions may have played a part. Pili Palas is a fun day out for the kids and my girls loved the talks about the animals.

Beaumaris Gaol Anglesey day out

Beaumaris Gaol is an unusual family outing, but I had read lots of positive reports on Tripadvisor so we decided to visit. We wore masks in line with Cold requirements and numbers were limited as the cells and corridors are quite small. We quite enjoyed the short tour. It is a Victorian prison with a dark history, but there are some interesting tales and our kids liked it.

South Stack is worth a visit as it is beautiful. We couldn’t get right inside the lighthouse due to Covid restrictions, but it was worth the drive for a pretty view and there are lots of puffins to spot in Spring.

Anglesey or Cornwall?

We have enjoyed family holidays in Cornwall and there are more larger family attractions in the area, but I thought Anglesey was more beautiful, a lot less busy and for us, it is much closer to home. The main attractions and beaches are easily within an hour’s drive, while everything felt like a long journey in Cornwall. Overall I kept feeling that Anglesey was a better location for a family holiday than Cornwall. We were blessed with lots of beautiful weather and we haven’t always been so lucky in Cornwall so maybe this affects my preference.

Cottage Holiday on Farm in North Devon

We had a great family summer holiday in North Devon in July 2018. Our accommodation was one of six cottages on a working farm near Barnstaple.

Every year I think hard about what we want from a holiday. This year’s top priority for me was a separate bedroom for the kids. They are an absolute nightmare to get to sleep when we are all squashed into a small room. A common feature of the All Inclusive package holidays that we have tried. I wanted the kids to be amongst children of a similar age. They make friends quite easily and it is an important part of our holiday. I did not want a busy noisy place. Another desire was for somewhere that felt safe, with a little freedom to roam about and explore. I like sunny weather, but I was prepared to compromise if I could tick all my other boxes. Lower Hearson Farm was a great choice for us.

Each morning and afternoon, we met farmer Graeme and other guests to go and feed the animals. We all loved this and it was a good reason to get up and out early (9am).

All the children were welcome to have a cuddle and stroke with Fudge the guinea pig. Then we went to feed the hens and checked for eggs. We then went to the hungry squealing pigs and fed them and the sheep.

There was plenty of space for the kids to play and there was a trampoline and play area, as well as picnic benches dotted about so we had a few barbecues during our fortnight. We were lucky to meet some lovely people during our stay and the kids made friends with kids of a similar age throughout our stay.

We were within an hour’s drive of lots of lovely places. We had several days out during our fortnight. The local beaches were stunning and we made the most of them on the sunnier days.

We particularly enjoyed Croyde Beach and Woolacombe. Ilfracombe was worth a look for a day out. The Milky Way was a hit with the kids with lots to see and do. I wrote a blog post about our day out – Family Day Out at Milky Way.

Clovelly was a beautiful village. I wrote a blog about our day out in Clovelly too. Barnstaple was our nearest big town and there was a nice park, a welcoming ParkRun and some nice restaurants and shops, as well as supermarkets.

Exmoor Zoo was another fun day out with lots of talks and hand-son sessions. My kids loved meeting the cute pets and the creepy crawlies and feeding the wallabies.

The one thing I did miss was the hot sunshine of the Canaries or other holidays abroad.

I love the feeling of stepping out into warm sunshine in the mornings. However the weather was ok and some days were lovely. We did have some rain, which I accepted was likely and we had indoor crafty stuff for such days. In fact, we left glorious sunshine up North (weeks and weeks on end of glorious sunshine), to meet heavy rain down in Devon.

Our crazy heatwave of 2018 was very unexpected, but made me less in need of a sunny break so our family holiday in North Devon was a lovely break in a beautiful area.

Family Day Out at Woolacombe, North Devon

Woolacombe Beach

During our family holiday in North Devon we went to a few beaches in the area. One of our favourites was Woolacombe beach.

Here’s how to find it: Nr Braunton, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7DL

We went to Woolacombe during the height of Summer so it was a popular place for a day out, but there was plenty of space on the beach as you can see from the photo.

Combesgate Beach is close to Woolacombe Beach (600 metres away) and offers rock pools for the kids to explore.

Parking in Woolacombe

There were lots of cars entering the town. However we were pleased to discover there was extensive parking near the beach. Apparently there are over 2,000 spaces. We ended up on the edge of a hill and spaces were a bit tight and awkward, but there were better spaces if you kept driving.

Who Visits Woolacombe?

Woolacombe Beach is popular with surfers and families. It is a massive beach area so there is no need to fight for a spot.

The beach is dog friendly, but it is huge so we didn’t encounter any during our day on the beach.

Our kids absolutely loved playing on the beach and in the sea. It was nice to have plenty of space. The kids ran around a lot, jumped over the waves and built sandcastles.

Eating in Woolacombe Town

The town is family small but it offers a range of places to eat.  It was busy in town and we were concerned that we wouldn’t find somewhere to eat. Many of the places were completely full. We settled on a fish and chips restaurant that was not on a main street and we were lucky to get a table and served quickly. The crowds that followed us had to wait a bit longer.

Family Day Out at Clovelly, North Devon

Family Day Out in Clovelly

What a gem of a place! I knew nothing of Clovelly before discovering a flyer whilst staying in a cottage in North Devon. Clovelly is a little fishing village that is traffic-free, other than donkeys and sledges to deliver supplies and the odd Land Rover to deliver hotel guests to their accommodation.

We were delighted to discover no charge for the car park. Then we were a little taken aback at the £20 admission charge to visit the village. However once we had made our way to the picturesque historic harbour, we justified the expense.

Accessibility to Clovelly

The journey down to the village involves a very steep hill that winds down to the harbour (about 400 feet down). It was sunny and lovely the day that we visited, but I imagine it could be very slippy on a wet and miserable day.

I wouldn’t recommend this place to people with accessibility issues. We did see a couple of parents with buggies, but it didn’t look much fun. Most wheelchair users would find this place a nightmare. We had a chat with a man in his eighties who had retired to Clovelly. He makes the walk up and down the hill each day to keep himself fit. I think this would be a challenge for older people that struggle to walk far.

Our kids and grandparents managed the walk pretty well. We took our time and enjoyed the views as we entered this pretty village. We also had an ice cream and a drink on the way.

Things to See in Clovelly

There are some lovely shops in Clovelly including gift shops, art shops and sweet shops. We bought some small sweet gifts including Clovelly specific items like notepads and pens and also more generic items. The Water Babies book is for sale in a few shops as this was written by Charles Kingsley who spent a lot of time in Clovelly. A small museum in the village is dedicated to him.

There is a short film explaining the history of the Clovelly. It is quite interesting for adults and short enough for kids to sit through. This runs every few minutes in the main entrance and gift shop. There are lots of lovely cafes, pubs and restaurants.

There are museums and craft workshops, including a fisherman’s cottage museum that you can walk through and see how a typical village house would have looked in the 1930’s. My young kids quite enjoyed the walk around cottage. There was a sweet art gallery/shop showing various materials and techniques which you could also purchase.

Donkey stables are located at the top of the hill with the offer of rides for little ones.

There is a lifeboat station that we wanted to look round, but we were told this was not an option as the staff were too busy. We did notice a bunch of guys drinking tea and chatting inside so that was a shame.

At the bottom of the hill beyond the harbour, there is a beautiful stone beach. Our kids loved finding pretty stones and it was very relaxing to sit and enjoy the sea view.

If you fancy a visit to Clovelly, check out the Clovelly website.

If driving to Clovelly, you should be aware that your Sat Nav may not recognise the village of Clovelly as there are no roads for cars in the actual village of Clovelly. There are plenty of signs in and around Bideford.

 

Family Day Out in Portmeirion in North Wales

Why Visit Portmeirion?

Having visited Portmeirion when I was younger, I was keen to return with my own family. So whilst in North Wales last Autumn with my kids and extended family we made a day of it.

We all had our reasons to visit the intriguing village of Portmeirion. I wanted to bring back nice memories from my childhood. My sister in law is a photographer so wanted to capture the beautiful scenery. My parents love to see wildlife and attractive buildings and gardens. The kids are always easily sold on the promise of an ice cream parlour.

Things to do at Portmeirion

Portmeirion is a beautiful village created by an architect called Clough Williams-Ellis (1883-1978). This visitor site is a collection of striking buildings in a beautiful setting. The area appears to be a microclimate as Portmeirion hosts a wide variety of flowers, trees and wildlife. We were lucky to visit on a dry day and enjoyed the sights.

There are lovely little cafes and shops with quality items. We enjoyed browsing the children’s toys and the local Portmeirion crockery.

There is a little road train that takes visitors on a short trip around the forest. We were lucky to see the gorgeous colours of many autumnal leaves and some pretty evergreens. I loved the views of vibrant red leaves of Japanese Maple trees across the lily pond.

Overall Thoughts on Portmeirion

We all had a lovely day out here. There was limited entertainment for children during our visit, but we had three young kids that played well together. Kids could be bored wandering round if they like to be entertained. If they’re happy with a game of hide and seek then they may be happy. The coffee in the cafe/restaurant was lovely with a small selection of cakes.

One big disappointment was that the ice cream parlours ran out of many flavours of ice cream. My promise was somewhat unfulfilled when we could only get a whipped style ice cream in a basic cafe bar.

Family Day Out at Milky Way, North Devon

Milky Way Day Out North Devon During our holiday in North Devon we had the pleasure of visiting The Milky Way. This is a family day out with a variety of attractions located near Clovelly.

Our kids (aged 3 and 7) loved it here. There were rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, a maze, a train, live sessions (owls, magic, Science), Sci-Fi memorabilia and loads more.

I was not sure what to expect from this place. Having read reviews online I was a little concerned about the fun value. However there was loads to keep our kids entertained and provide a really fun day out.

When we first arrived it did seem a bit of a small scale family run affair. This is not in any way like Alton Towers or one of the big theme parks. However this is part of the charm of the place. There is so much to do for young kids. We were constantly moving ours along to the next thing as they could have spent all day in the indoor play gym or the outdoor play area or the maze.

Milky Way Indoor Sessions/Shows

There were indoor sessions throughout the day including birds of prey, fun and educational shows.

We saw Merlin (Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist). He did juggling, magic and illusions.

He later did a Science session, which maintained the attention of the kids. We had a chat with him after the show and he was a really nice guy.

My girls particularly enjoyed seeing the owls session. This was run by a lovely lady who welcomed lots of questions.

Milky Way Rides

The familiar Caterpillar ride is always a winner with young kids. My three year old went on several times with her grandparents.

Whilst the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster was a real hit with our 7 year old (minimum 1.2m tall). She loved going on this larger ride and it was perfect for her.

The Clone Zone was the first thing we experienced as we entered the Milky Way. After quite a queue, we followed a guide round this alien-themed walk-through. This was finished off with a short ride and a squeeze through a tight exit. My eldest was quite scared and afraid of the unexpected alien encounters. However my youngest thought it was great and wanted to go on again. The grandparents joined in too and survived the experience! There were also some bumper cars, but we didn’t try these.

Indoor Play Gym

Our kids had a great time in here. They could have stayed all day. We all enjoyed the big slide with sacks to ride. Whilst the kids were too scared, Daddy couldn’t resist the death slide, which was quite a big drop. I didn’t see many kids try this one.

Food and Drinks

We brought some and bought some from the cafe.

Picnic areas are dotted about and the food we bought was ok, reasonably priced and as you’d expect from a day out.

Overall we all had a great day out. I thought it would be busier, but we fell lucky as there was a large agricultural show that day, which may have affected the number of visitors.

As a family of young kids, parents and grandparents we all enjoyed the day. It helped that the weather was generally pretty good. There were lots of things to do indoors and outdoors, however it would have been a shame to miss the rides and the maze.

If you are interested in Sci-Fi the Milky Way has a large area dedicated to models and memorabilia.

The gift shop is reasonably priced (refreshing) and well stocked.

If you would like to find out more about The Milky Way and book tickets, the go to the website at themilkyway.co.uk .

Giving up All Inclusive Hotels for a Eurocamp Holiday

Eurocamp family holiday by aeroplaneWould I recommend a Eurocamp holiday? Can it compare to the luxury of an All Inclusive Hotel? Simple answer – Yes! We have been on a few Eurocamp holidays now to Italy and France and each time we have all had a great break.

The kids love the freedom of Eurocamp. We all love the quiet and freedom that we have experienced with Eurocamp.

I must admit, we have booked child-friendly (more expensive) campsites and made sure there was plenty to offer for our kids.

We have been lucky to have nice pitches/positions on our campsites. Our girls have enjoyed a little freedom to make friends and play around the caravan. We sit on our veranda and watch them play, which means we are all happy.

The Joy of All Inclusive Holidays

When we had only one child who was a toddler, we had some lovely All Inclusive Hotel holidays. We didn’t need to worry about school holidays so we had a wide selection of hotels in lovely locations for a reasonable price. Our hotels offered nice food and drinks, paid for in advance. We had kid’s clubs and pools to play in with lots of space. Sometimes we had a reasonable sized room with a double bed and a cot in, other times we were blessed with a large family suite, an out of season bonus.

Family Holidays in School Holidays

As a family of four, looking for breaks during school holidays, we are struggling to find the same level of accommodation for anywhere near a reasonable price. We tend to find small rooms, once known as a Double Room, squeezing a cot and a single bed alongside the double and now called a Family Room. The hotels are rammed full of people affecting everything from sunbed allocation to queuing for breakfast. We reached a monumental decision during an all inclusive holiday in Portugal. During our evening meal, our daughter asked if she could have an ice cream. David and I looked at each other as we watched children helping themselves to the ice cream with their hands and said “Not tonight sweetheart”. We both said “Never again!”

Eurocamp Family Holidays

Eurocamp is a different kind of holiday. It can take a little adjustment when you’re used to the luxury of an All Inclusive hotel. However having a school aged child, plus a toddler, changes the wish list. For us, a Eurocamp holiday seems to tick more of our holiday requirements.

I never thought I would go looking for a camping holiday. I didn’t see the attraction of a caravan. Despite having enjoyed many Eurocamp holidays as a child. In my mind I thought I’d miss someone pouring me a coffee as I sat at a table in a dining hall. However I discovered that I could make my own coffee and enjoy it in my PJs on the veranda looking out at a pretty view in peaceful surroundings. I thought I’d miss the vast choice of meals in the dining room, but I discovered that we could do what we want during the day and have our own meal when we wanted it. Also I can make simple meals that I know the kids will like or we can eat out whenever we feel like it.

Links

You may like to read about our family Eurocamp holiday to Saint Avit Loisirs in Le Bugue in the Dordogne.

If you would like to browse or book Eurocamp holidays, check out the Eurocamp website.

One Suitcase for a Family of Four for a Week – Minimal Packing

packed suitcase with passportSo, we have the challenge of minimal packing with just one case for a week’s worth of clothes and stuff for a family holiday. We recently booked flights for a family holiday and we decided to book one case between the four of us as the price of an extra bag seemed pricey. Baggage allowance varies quite a bit between airlines and we are used to a generous 22Kg and 10Kg of hand luggage with Jet2. This time we have booked with TUI (Thompson) and they only offer 5Kg of hand luggage per person and we have paid for one 20Kg bag. I have just double-checked the TUI FAQs to be sure.

Previously we have needed extra space for baby items, such as nappies and wipes, however I am hoping we can manage with one case. With a charge of £50 per case, it makes me think about our packing. I’d rather buy an extra pair of sandals than pay out an extra £50 for another bag (even if I can’t fit the sandals in the case!)

Minimal Holiday Packing

We are going self catering and plan to eat out in restaurants most evenings. I will try and squeeze in some tea and coffee as well as a few packets of pasta that are invaluable for the kids. I like to have an outfit for every day and an outfit for every evening. Then we will all have something to change into when we go out. I will plan an outfit for every day and night for each of us. I am thinking one pair of sandals and a pair of pumps/trainers each. I’ll try! We will each wear the bulky pumps/trainers for the flight. We will have a washing machine so we could bring fewer items and wash if necessary. I will bring a couple of sample sachets of washing liquid and conditioner. I will also bring a small container of washing up liquid.

Holiday Weather

We are lucky as we are heading to a fairly guaranteed warm climate in the Canary Islands. This means we can pack for warm weather with a few extra items to allow for any cooler times, like in the evenings. The Canaries rarely dip below 20 degrees during the day. I’m expecting warm days and slightly cooler evenings. I will pack a couple of cardigans each and a fleece for any cool times. I will probably dress me and my girls in a cardigan and fleece for the flight.

Holiday Packing List

I always like a list, but when it comes to minimal packing, I know that a list will prevent me going overboard. I have a tendency to pack everything we need and then continue to add extra items over the next few days. Sticking to  list will help avoid this.

Packing Minimal Toiletries

I have various sample sized containers for moisturiser and make up that I have acquired through special offers and bonus buys. They save loads of space. Also I will bring cleanser wipes to replace the usual eye make up remover, facial cleanser and stack of cotton wool pads. I will bring a small tube of toothpaste rather than my usual pump loaded container. I will bring roll on deodorant in stead of a large can of aerosol. Where possible, I will decant small amounts of hair products into mini containers.

Hope this is useful for anyone planning an minimal packing holiday. If you are planning a UK self catering break then it may be useful to read my blog post about Things to pack for a caravan holiday.

Flying to a Eurocamp Holiday

For a while I wondered if it was possible to fly to a Eurocamp holiday without the use of a car. I went on lots of Eurocamp holidays as a child and we always drove to our campsite, including a ferry crossing.

I wanted to introduce my own young family to the joys of Eurocamp, but did not fancy the long drive either side of the holiday with little ones. I decided that flying to a Eurocamp holiday was the only way for us to get the most out of this luxury camping option with a toddler and an older sister.

Eurocamp By Air

View from a plane window

Since wondering about the possibility of Eurocamp without a car, we have been on a couple of Eurocamp holidays with a hire car from the airport. We have also been on a Eurocamp holiday with back up from my parents in their car. My brother joined us on one of our Eurocamp holidays without any car, relying on flights and train travel through Italy with his son and girlfriend.

Eurocamp have started to acknowledge the flying option, but it is clearly not a common choice amongst Eurocamp holidaymakers.

The easiest of these three options for us has to be travelling by aeroplane with a hire car and back up boot space from my parents. My Dad’s car has a large boot and plenty of space in the back so we benefited from that when my parents drove to the campsite in the Dordogne in France and we met them there. They spent three days driving and we travelled in a matter of hours, including a flight from our local airport. Our transfer from the airport in our hire car was under an hour.

Limited Luggage

When we flew without the use of a car, we kept our luggage to a minimum. We hired a cot and bed linen and towels from the campsite as there was no way we could carry them. We had to accept that we couldn’t bring much food or cooking items. Normally I would pack breakfast cereals and cooking oil and herbs, but that wasn’t an option when travelling with little ones to a campsite in Italy.

Getting Out and About

One of the big problems with travelling by plane to a Eurocamp holiday is that the campsites tend to be in rural spots in the middle of nowhere. If you don’t have a car it can be difficult to to get out and about to see things and the transport options are often limited. We chose a campsite with lots of activities on site and within walking distance of a beach. It was nice for a few days, but I think a fortnight would have been too much.

Top Tips for Flying to a Eurocamp HolidayEurocamp family holiday by aeroplane

Choose a Eurocamp site that is within easy reach of public transport and ideally places to walk to and things to see and do.

Choose a Eurocamp site that has good facilities on site, ideally a decent supermarket, restaurant and activities for the kids.

Prepare to buy bulky essentials when you get there, such as washing up liquid, breakfast cereals, cooking basics.

Hire bed linen and towels from the campsite. Carrying your own bed linen and towels takes up loads of room.

If you would like to read about our holiday to a Eurocamp site in the Dordogne, please click on the Sacred Hour blog post Eurocamp St Avit Loisirs Campsite, Le Bugue, Dordogne, France.