Even though Kim and I have spent a lot of time in France before, we were keen to explore new corners of a country where we both feel at home- a feeling helped by the fact Kim speaks fluent French. And so, rather than make a beeline through the middle of the country, and deeper into Europe, a route that would have taken us through several places we’d been before, we opted for a more scenic route, eager to expand our horizons and discover new places together.
Leaving Northern France behind, we picked our way down the West Coast, staying in places we knew nothing about other than what we had seen on the internet, often deciding on a whim based on a few pictures we had seen. As humans, we are often drawn towards familiarity, opting to re-visit places we already know for fear of not having such a good time by risking a new, unknown destination. Yet, for us, the unknown has such a great appeal. Sure, we might have a few bad experiences along the way, but that’s a risk we’re prepared to take to discover new gems.
It’s this attitude that led us to Quiberon and Noirmoutier- two little coastal villages that made us wish we had more time to explore in greater detail than we did. Of the two, it was Noirmoutier that stole the show, with its lead back, easy-going island vibes fitting perfectly with our newfound pace of life. Our campsite, Huttopia Noirmoutier, one of several we have used on the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s European network, was set amongst a forest of pine trees on the water’s edge, offering easy access to the quaint village of Noirmoutier and a plethora of fresh produce from their exceptional bi-weekly market.