Back to my trip around Spain. The first stop in France was the Loire valley. After driving down from Calais we spent a freezing first night in a campsite outside Tours. It was late May & the camping season hadn't yet begun so we climbed the fence & pitched our tents out of view of the road.
Next day we visited one of the fairy-tale chateaus of the Loire; Azay-le-rideau before setting up camp at a great site next to the river in Chinon opposite the impressive old fortress.
After lunch the next day in Angouleme we moved onto Bordeaux. We explored the city on foot a little then drove around looking for a camp-site. We didn't have GPS or internet access so looking for camp-sites became pot-luck. Sometimes it took hours but often we found them by following our noses. The further south we moved the warmer the nights became but of course that means mosquitoes too. The camp at Bordeaux lac had a huge pond full of croaking frogs, mozzies the size of pigeons, hooting owls & a mooing cow! That was a restless night.
Next day we crossed the border into Northern Spain-first stop San Sebastian.
The North coast of Spain is really quite beautiful-as we drove onto Bilbao we passed through some stunning landscape. On the coastal road at Islares we found a great resort campsite with an incredible beach.
Our next destination was Bilbao . . .
The Guggenheim was our first major museum-the building is remarkable.
Louis Bourgeois' 'Mother' and Jeff Koons' 'Puppy' are the key installations.