From five stars to a billion stars…

After enjoying five-star luxury at Le Meurice in Paris, Heidi looks unsure about this camping idea as Rory sets up the tent after our late arrival in Île de Ré

After enjoying five-star luxury at Le Meurice in Paris, Heidi looks unsure about this camping idea as Rory sets up the tent after our late arrival in Île de Ré

After Paris our next stop was Île de Ré – the Parisians’ favourite chic seaside retreat, as stylish as the Hamptons and with heaps of Gallic charm. And after enjoying the five-star luxury of Le Meurice in Paris the night before, last night we were camping under billion of stars in the night sky!

We pitch our tent at Les Baleines campsite, at the western tip of the island – and what will almost certainly be the westernmost point on our three week tour of European countries.

All goes well until we wake up at 4.30am and discover that Rufus is missing. It seems that he managed to widen a small opening in the inner tent door and burrow his way out! After a moment’s panic we call his name and he casually reappears… but we must be more careful next time we’re camping with the dogs.

Today it was an early breakfast at the gorgeous St-Martin-de-Ré harbour and then out for a spot of cycling, the preferred mode of transport in Île de Ré, with Rufus and Heidi travelling in a trailer. Luckily they love it.

We return the bikes and drive on to another gorgeous harbour at La Flotte for a delicious seafood lunch at Hotel Restaurant Le Français. Here Rufus and Heidi were the star turn, being petted and stroked by a group of French children. Then it was back to the cool of an air-conditioned car and on to our next stay, Moulin de Salazar near Lauzerte…

Denise and Rory (Terriers on Tour road crew)

 

Rufus and Heidi in their cycle trailer, being taken on a tour of Saint-Martin-de-Ré by Denise

Rufus and Heidi in their cycle trailer, being taken on a tour of Saint-Martin-de-Ré by Denise

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Rufus and Heidi in their cycle trailer

Rufus and Heidi in their cycle trailer

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