Le Mans – St. Martin-en-Campagne
Early start. Packed and ready to go @ 9:15hrs we meet the couple from Kent to travel to the vet together. The wife speaks French and so we hope that having the tablets and getting our pet passports stamped should be a doddle. We turn up early in what at first glance appears to be a residential area. The vet, Dr. Thomas, is situated on the ground floor of a block of flats and sees us 1.5hrs early. Bonus. He [who looks more like a butcher than a vet and does not speak a single word of English] doesn’t seem to be familiar with the new rules & regulations though and questions why we’re having them done 3 days before we travel back to the UK when he is used to doing them the actual day before departure. We produce the DEFRA documentation and after a short consultation with the French speaking wife he is happy to do it anyway [for the record, the period for having tapeworm treatment IS 5 – 1 days prior to departure). He’s a little old school [translate: heavy handed…..] but I remembered to bring some pate and we manage to get all the tablets down. He also applied a tick treatment [which is a capsule squeezed onto the back of the neck) and with our passports stamped & dated [important: passports must be stamped, not just signed] he charges us €70 for 2 dogs and off we go.
We carry on upwards and head for St. Martin-en-Campagne nr Dieppe.
Our camp site is disappointing [only one mother/baby toilet/shower/washroom cubicle is open and it isn’t as clean as the ones we’ve been to so far.]
Still, we quickly set up and head off to the surrounding area.
Little did we know that behind the impressive cliff coastline is a nuclear power plant and that there’d been a [minor] incident the week before! One to avoid in future……
But with the sun out we make the best of it and take the dogs to the beach and through the little village.
On the way back to the camp site the dogs find a dead snake in the bushes next to the pavement and on closer inspection we see the snake’s living mate right next to it.
Back at Domaine Les Goélands we put sausages and a massive steak on the barbie and have it with Humus, Doritos and spinach salad washed down with a 2010 Domain du Prieure de Saint Amans [awarded a gold medal and available at Lidl in France for €1.99, scandalous! ^-^].