2011 Hogarths on the move again - to places afar travel blog

After our ride

Having a bier

The markets

Another of those crepes

Our berth at Ladarvac

A fishing spot

Today we travel through the lock that takes us onto the Baise River. The riverside is mostly natural vegetation – quite high and dense trees and we can only see what is behind them at intervals. The vegetation usually comes right down to the water.

We see plenty of ducks, waders, hawks, beautiful blue kingfishers and a whole bunch we can’t name. Dragonflies hitch a ride on the ropes on the boat. We can see the occasional fish jumping in the water – a good size but not sure we want to eat from the river.

The locals do not share our caution and we see all sorts ‘fishing spots’ on the side of the river.

We originally planned to stay Vianne but were unable to get a berth so continue on to Ladarvac.

When I say we planned – we have actually left it up to the kids and they have mapped out the week.

We know there is an evening market in Vianne so it’s onto the bikes and a 4km pedal in the heat of the late afternoon.

The market is not quite set up so we have a quick look at the village – Parts of the wall and church is from the 11th century. We then have a beer before perusing the market and finally having our evening meal at one of the cafes.

Dessert is chocolate, strawberry and vanilla icecream – we thought in a dish and are surprised when we are given a paper wrapped ice cream – a bit like Neapolitan Eskimo pies without the chocolate.

We cycle back to our boat – at least it is now cooler.

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