A week in the Ardeche

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Our last 7 or so nights have been spent in the Ardeche region of Southern France. The Ardeche region is famous for the massive gorge carving through it. The gorge is spectacular, and the rock crags are great too!

Our campground is based just out of an ancient little village called Chauzon, where the average road is wide enough for about 3/4 of one car. The campground is packed with Germans as it is school holidays in Germany. As far as we're aware, there are no other english speaking people there at all; and we suspect the French are staying away too! The German contingent are rather imposing, and the children are cheeky little buggers. Some evil adolescent stole two pairs of my knickers from the washing line right outside our tent - while I was having a cup of tea inside! NOT impressed at all.

We've had several beautiful warm days climbing next to the river on limestone crags. The majority of the climbing is very hard, and it's taken a bit of getting used to. We managed to catch up with Kirsty, a friend from home, and her mate Pat for a bit of climbing on the weekend. Yesterday the weather wasn't so flash so we visited Pont d'Arc - a large natural limestone arch in the Ardeche Gorge.

Last night the sky opened, and it poured all night. Bone rattling thunder and lightning kept us awake for hours, and the river that now runs through the middle of our tent is somewhat inconvenient. The insects taking refuge in our tent think it's marvellous that someone would erect such a large shelter in the middle of a river though!

Still no word on our jobs, we're waiting on confirmation. We're a little bit worried we might have to start looking for employment elsewhere, or change our travel plans drastically. Hopefully we'll know in the next few days.


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