A fun-packed holiday with Spud

We had so much fun last year when we visited France for three weeks with our little dog Spud. We walked in woods, played on the beach and swam in lusciously warm lakes as we travelled all along the west coast in our rented camper-van.

We travelled from Poole on the fast ferry to minimise the journey time for all of us!

We travelled from Poole on the fast ferry to minimise the journey time for all of us! We had time for breakfast on the boat and then before we knew it we had arrived in Cherbourg. We drove along the coast for a couple of hours and found a hotel near the beach where we were all able to have a run around on the sand and splash about in the sea.

The next day after a wonderful breakfast we set off for Brest where we picked-up our rented camper-van. At first driving it was a bit overwhelming, it seemed as big as a juggernaut and we kept trying to change gear with the wrong hand. But we soon found our stride and started our journey wending our way south-wards.

We visited some great places on our travels including Carnac, La Rochelle and Blaye all the way down to Bordeaux. We found that even the smallest towns had good parking for camper vans and it was always easy to stop for a while, do a bit of shopping, have a lovely lunch or see the local sites. We took our bikes with us and Spud was very happy travelling in his basket on the back when his little legs were tired or it was a bit too hot.

The Camper was a great way to travel with a little dog - if the weather was a bit grotty or we fancied a change - we moved on...

Our little dog is a bit of a rufty-tufty all-terrain terrier. He didn't seem to have a lot in common with the little French dogs we met who all looked like they had just come from the doggie beauty parlour. He did his best to be friendly but I think the fact that mostly he looked like a grubby, sandy old mop meant they rather looked down their noses at him.

The Camper was a great way to travel with a little dog " if the weather was a bit grotty or we fancied a change - we moved on. All the sites we visited were so helpful and friendly and we had no trouble finding accommodation, even though we hadn't booked anywhere. Of course we were travelling in September, after the August rush.

All too soon it was time to come back. After dropping the camper van back to Brest we picked up our car and travelled to St. Malo for a couple of days - such a wonderful place. Whilst there we visited the vet to make sure Spud's paper-work was all in order for the return visit.

On the way to the ferry, we had a bit of spare time so we dropped in to visit Utah Beach. It was a really special place and wonderfully cared for and the visit touched us both.

We sorted out Spud's passport in the terminal building which is no fuss...

Then back to Cherbourg where we sorted out Spud's passport in the terminal building which is no fuss. I always get his microchip checked by our vet before we set off so that I know it works and where it is! Anyway, before we knew we were on the ferry and on our way home, still a little bit sandy and a little bit tired, but after a wonderful holiday.