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08/9/2022 at 4:02pm
 Location: North Devon
 Outfit: Robens Fairbanks Coleman Phad X3
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At long last we got to use the ferry booking originally made in 2019. (Issues around term dates and potential need to quarantine having prevented us from going earlier.)
So, roof-box on and first trip abroad for the trusty Panda. Our combo was low enough to fit on a standard car deck YMMV.
Off the ferry in Roscoff at 6.30am and straight down to Bourgueil. Relieved to discover that the ATMB tag still worked.
Camping Municipal Capitaine De Bourgueil. Excellent large, shady pitch and a chance to have a go with the new Decathlon tarp.



Good cakes in the local Super U



We stayed three nights before heading north to slightly cooler climes at St Anne d'Auray

Absolutely massive pitches and a second conformation for the tarp.



Also on site while we were there, a converted coach which arrived towing a Mercedes on a trailer.



Croissants delivered here rather than having to fetch your own.



St Anne was worth a visit in its own right but is also handy for Guerande, Auray, Carnac etc. We hadn't really visited Southern Brittany before but we'll be back. A few tasters:









We'd have stayed longer but the site was about to be taken over by the local music festival so we headed on northwards.

Camping de Mesqueau has fees which automatically include electricity so after some helpful advice from members here and a trip to the supermarket it was time to adopt the power cable of shame.



Massive pitches again and another different deployment of the tarp.





I've posted pics of Plougasnou before so I'll leave it there.

We had an early return ferry so spent the last night in a hotel in Roscoff which deserves some time spending in it rather than just hoofing it on and off the ferry..





That's all folks.

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10/9/2022 at 11:11pm
 Location: North Herts
 Outfit: Monterey4 Cabanon E
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Looks lovely - and very dry!

Glad you managed to use your booking and it was worth the enforced wait and all the sweeter for it.

I do miss our mini 'aventures en france'.

I'm curious about your chairs: I bought a Helinox Sunset for me, and a Savannah for my OH last year (anniversary gifts) and they're great but (although not as much as now and Helinox also has more high back chairs in the range that are lighter than ours). What make are they and do you like them?

Looks like you have fun playing tarp origami!


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11/9/2022 at 7:22am
 Location: Staithes
 Outfit: Vantage Neo
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Looks lovely


11/9/2022 at 9:39am
 Location: North Devon
 Outfit: Robens Fairbanks Coleman Phad X3
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Quote: Originally posted by bridgeywidge on 10/9/2022

I'm curious about your chairs: I bought a Helinox Sunset for me, and a Savannah for my OH last year (anniversary gifts) and they're great but (although not as much as now and Helinox also has more high back chairs in the range that are lighter than ours). What make are they and do you like them?





Mine is a Robens Observer. OH wanted arms on hers so after much research bought one from Kilos. We're both happy with them. Probably not as light/compact as Helinox gear but light and compact enough for car-camping/lugging about at a festival and a lot cheaper.



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11/9/2022 at 9:40am
 Location: Devizes Wiltshire
 Outfit: MWB VW Crafter PVC
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Looks lovely, thanks for sharing!

DK

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11/9/2022 at 9:44am
 Location: high wycombe Bucks
 Outfit: Royal Winniepeg 4 Daxara trailer
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We have a Fiat Panda, in our stable of cars, and I love it been in a couple of crashes, but had it rebuilt. .Never thought about using it as a camping car. Well impressed by your set up.
Like the idea of camping lite..


via mobile 11/9/2022 at 11:36am
 Location: Shropshire
 Outfit: Bailey Unicorn Cadiz
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Glad you are enjoying it. We had 5 weeks in June and July. It was great to be back although really hot.

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via mobile 12/9/2022 at 11:27pm
 Location: North Herts
 Outfit: Monterey4 Cabanon E
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Sean, the Kilos and Robens chairs look good and great value alternatives to our Helinoxes. Just about as light and defo cheaper. The savanna has cup holders but my sunset does not so I bought the add on...it's solid so less packable. I can reach the ground easily so that's an option or our low aluminium stool/table if at camp. It's a pain that one cant locate these ro try out in person. I may have 'downgraded' albeit without knowing the sofofocance

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