France – Camping, Loire Valley

Where we stayed: Domaine de L’Etang campsite, just south of Angers. It’s part of the Sites et Paysages chain of ‘campsites in beautiful regions to connect you with nature.’ We have found these to be friendly, well run sites  with swimming pools, a shop, good facilities; everything you might need. Camping de l’etang was next to a large fun park, we could buy a discounted weekly pass with our stay. Between the swimming pools, the park and Brissac Quince the nearby town, we happily whiled away a week.

The sun shone and we relaxed some more, enjoying a bit of warmth after the cooler climes of Brittany. Quiet usually descended about 10pm, only to be broken by shouts of ‘Ou est Papa?’ and ‘Papa! Peepee!’ from the neighbouring tent during the night; phrases which will ever endure in our family camping history.

What we did:

It was just a short walk along the river to Brissac-Quince. We walked in for the produce market (and sampled pancakes from the market and the best ever chocolate eclairs from the patisserie). We walked in one evening to see the town cycling club setting off as we had drinks in the square. (Here we had a stilted conversation with a french roofer who had worked in England and was keen to talk to us. In french.)

Most of our time was spent at the Parc Etang, a leisure park with numerous bouncy castles, pedalo boats, slides, an inflatable total wipeout challenge (!), a raft and rope bridge across the lake and much more. The crazy golf if not up to much but Eldest has a fascination with any kind of crazy golf so we got to know it quite well. Youngest braved the toboggan slide (once), preferring the bouncy castles. There’s a small beach beside the lake and zones for swimming. Prices are reasonable, (see the website). It’s very popular with the locals which is a good endorsement, it does get busy on warm days and at the weekends.It was a great place to meet our up-country Auntie, Uncle and cousins. The kids seemed to think nothing of meeting up with each other in France, they loved the freedom of exploring the campsite in the evening, walkie talkies in hand.

Other things to do:

Chateau Brissac looks like a good day out and its only a short walk from the campsite. Not for our kids this time though.

Angers is an ancient city with a rich culture and history. The impressive Chateau d’Angers overlooking the river Maine is surrounded by walls and towers, it’s moat is now given over to gardens. Saint Maurice cathedral is revered for its architecture as well as the traditional half timbered houses nearby.

Terra Botanica ‘Extraordinary gardens’ a botanical theme park with attractions; a boat ride, monorail, carousel, 4 d cinema. We didn’t try this one, but others did and recommended it.

Puy de Fou is another theme park, this time drawing on historical events, myths and legends. The park is a setting for various shows involving stunts, circus acts and lots more to entertain and inspire judging by the trip advisor reviews.

Again, not many pictures, taking a holiday and not blog snaps I’m afraid!

No relation, from the Parc l’Etang website.
Parc l’etang



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Returning from Brissac

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