Summer holiday 2002
Charente, France






Wednesday, 15th August
Day 6


Sunny and warm, what a way to start the day! We decide to go to the weekly market at Piégut-Pluviers. Since this market starts quite early and closes at 12:00, we leave for Piégut at 9:00. Having arrived at our destination, we start looking for a place to park the car. This turns out to be somewhat difficult, since we are not the only ones here trying to do just that. The small village is totally overcrowded with visitors for the market. It is a bit "the law of the jungle" here. If you can find an empty spot then just park your car, because so does the rest of the world. The police seems to tolerate this behaviour, at least on market days.

As I said, Piégut-Pluviers is normally a quiet village, but during the weekly market it is over crowded. We merge with the enormous mass of people that is already out shopping. Listening left and right, I can hear at least three to four other European languages, other then French. The market is concentrated along the country road (D91) that cuts the village in two. The choice of goods offered here is impressive; you can buy just about everything here. Fruit, bread, vegetables, dairy products, clothes, agricultural machines, household equipment and lots more. We stay till around eleven pm. Then we leave for le Chat.

Because we were short of bread, we have bought some fresh French-stick bread and quite a large round bread and some olives (for me). The large round bread has a crispy, thick layered crust, which is a treat. The French bread in general is quite tasty, I think. And so does the rest of the family. When we arrive at le Chat the kids ask for something "nice". Generally this is a referral to candy. So I ask what they have in mind. May we have some of that bread and some goat's cheese, please? Not exactly what I expected, but ok!

The rest of the day we enjoy the beautiful weather and the quiet of le Chat and we indulge in some sun bathing and reading. The kids are out playing and swimming in either the lake or the pool with some friends they made earlier.











Thursday, 16th August
Day 7


Again the day starts out sunny and warm, what a luxury! We have done our shopping the previous day, so we "take the day of" and we stay at the park. We indulge the rest of the day in sun bathing and reading. I take upon me the responsibility to reduce the bear supply to nil, and the kids enjoye themselves in the pool or the lake.

We manage to stay motionless until dusk. What an achievement, I am so proud of myself! The animation team has organised a children´s Playback show that will start at eight o´clock in the evening. So, I have to make an attempt to move, or else we will be late. That proves to bee slightly difficult after a long day of doing absolutely nothing.

Nevertheless, we are there in time to see the start of the show. The end of the show is scheduled at ten o´clock in the evening, so I go along because by then it will be pitch black. Even though there are some lights (not that many) available throughout the park, we don´t want the kids to roam around by themselves that late at night. I go in with them and watch the show start. It is quite amusing actually. I therefore stay for about half an hour, after which I strategically take position in the bar.

Sorry, that is it. Nothing exiting happened today. We will try to do better tomorrow.












and welcome!






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Piégut-Pluviers - the weekly market.

Piégut-Pluviers
the weekly market.



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Overview of the market public.

Overview of the market public.



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Produce stand.

Produce stand.



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Bread, bread, bread and bread!

Bread, bread, bread and bread!