The next few blog posts are a 'shortened' account of our adventures each day:
Friday 19th June
Took the evening ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe. Drove for a good few hours before finding a service station to pull over and nap in - I'll add a VW golf is not a very comfy bed...
Saturday 20th June
Arrived in La Brenne around 8am. Our first stop was Le Blanc, probably the biggest town in the National Park. We had stumbled upon market day - quite an experience for two very tired people whose French is barely GCSE level... From the visuals though I'm pretty sure we were offered dead chickens with their heads still attached and various forms of rabbit.
Driving away from the hustle and bustle, we found a lovely quiet spot on the edge of Etang Purais - one of the two thousand or so lakes in La Brenne. On arrival in to the car park we were greeted by some beautiful butterflies including Marbled brown, Brimstone, and Marbled fritillary. Just a few yards away from the car park there is a bird hide looking out over the lake. Here we saw lots of Whiskered terns fishing, Red-crested pochard, Tufted duck, Purple heron, Great crested grebe, and a Coypu swimming amongst the lillies.
|Just keep swimming - Coypu|
|Hummingbird Hawk-moth in the garden|