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Diary: 2017 June - Time for a holiday
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Description: A six day break in one of our favourite campsites
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Caravan Electrics and Church - 16/06/2017
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Our last two journeys have been plagued by faulty sidelights on the caravan, so today I was determined to make the necessary repairs to the 13 pin plug which electrifies the caravan when towing. This meant that we would have to search for a caravan shop that sold spare parts. In the end this was not too difficult as the local city of Brive-la Gaillarde had a Narbonne Accessories, a usually well stocked caravan and motorhome sales and accessory shop. So a drive there to purchase 2 sockets, one as a spare, then on the return trip we stopped off to look at a couple of old churches.

The first church in a tiny Hamlet of Saint Aulaire was, unfortunately locked up and inaccessible, so after a brief pause, we continued on or way back to the campsite.

In a small town called Ayen, we parked up next to a church, which looked old and went for an explore. The door to this church, The Eglese Sainte Madeleine was open so we entered the building. Stone built with a bare stone walls inside and sparsely decorated.

The original church was built in the twelfth century by the Bernard Family, in Ayen-Bas, who built or restored a lot of the churches in the area at that time. Over the centuries the church in Ayen-Bas, fell in to disrepair and, on the 6th May 1894 the decision was made to demolish the building.

A new church, the one we were now visiting in Ayen-Haut was built using just a few of the salvaged remains. The original church must have been spectacular.The replacement socket was fitted easily to the caravan on our return to Camping Belle Vue
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Camping Belle Vue - 13/06/2017
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Our next two campsites will be a little different, but to our first we have to get to our next campsite. We left Camping Valée Verte at about 11:00hrs and headed up passed Bess and on to the top and down the other drive, through beautiful villages with even better views. The trip to one of our top campsites, Camping Belle Vue, went smoothly. and we arrived to a warm welcome from Coco, the campsite dog and Simon, one of the owners as Cal was out shopping for our prebooked meal, our first meal out since the supermarket meal in Sicily with the 'Rabbit' people, Carmel, Peter and their 14 year old rabbit, Spooky.

We were shown to our pitch, and given our welcome drink. We pitched up and settled in and sat in the sun for the afternoon, before a beautiful meal prepared by Cal and served by Simon. The meals here are excellent both tasty and and well presented.

We shopped in Hautefort and stayed on the campsite the next day and continued the holiday as the temperature rose steadily towards the mid 30°C.

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