Summer holiday 2002
Charente, France






Tuesday, 21th August
Day 12


Last night was a particularly stormy night. An impressive light show in the sky was accompanied by exceptionally loud thunder echoing through the valley, and a shower of rain. It felt like it was passing right over our heads. This morning it is dry again and cool. Thus we decide for a road trip! We will go to Angoulême and pay a visit to the huge department store there called GEANT. It is fairly straight forward driving to Angoulême, but pay attention now! The GEANT is situated in an area with a lot of other shops. The road connecting these shops is shaped like a cloverleaf with the shops positioned around the leaves. And of course there are roads connecting these clover shaped roads. It´s a bit confusing if your there for the first time whilst trying to locate the shop you want to go to.

The size of these department stores and its assortment is enormous! Furniture, electrical appliances, computers, CD´s, clothing, etc... The food section is also enormous. All kinds of deliciously looking food stuffs like cheeses, fresh bread and lots of fruit and vegetables. Actually they have lots of just about anything. As silly as it may sound, it is worth visiting the GEANT just for that. Oh, they have a restaurant there as well.

And oh what joy, McDonalds was represented also. Just what I needed! No, I am not a frequent visitor of McDonalds or any other of these grease pits. Just the opposite of that. However, next thing I know I am forced to follow the kids and the rest of the herd into this self-conceited snackbar that has the pretension to call itself a restaurant. What a laugh that is, and what an attitude that is! Truly this is the emperor Bokassa off all the snackbars, the snackbar that has crowned it self with the title of restaurant. There has got to be a law against a criminal act like this!

The thing I dislike most about these places is the offensive smell that forces its way up your nostrils when you enter one of these places. And it doesn´t matter where you are. In France or in the Netherlands, the UK or Germany, it is always the same sickening stench that hits you in the face when you open those doors. It just grosses me out, disgusting! I am always tempted to ask for the wine list when I am forcefully dragged in one of these grease pits. If you are a restaurant you have got to have a wine list to choose from. At least that is my opinion!

Unfortunately it is late in the afternoon and I do have an appetite. For food that is, not for this filthy road-kill! Yes, I ate some of that shit, I am so ashamed!

After this "culinary highlight" off the day, again we indulge the rest of the day in sun bathing and reading. Yes, again the kids enjoy themselves in the pool or the lake. No, I did not go out for a walk today. I am having a few beers instead. Again, yes. Hey!, everybody is entitled to at least one vice, you know! Besides, I have to flush away the dirty taste in my mouth, remember?

For the evening the animation team has planned something they call a "Fright-night". It is a quest around the park with assignments that have to be carried out. The kids form small groups and they go from one spooky post to the other. The older kids that hold these posts and hand out the assignments are dressed as ghost and corpses and are screaming out loud in the night as we approach. Not something quite suitable for the very young children I am afraid. Some of them are really scared due to the screaming and the ghostly appearances from the animation team members. At the end of the quest there is a large bonfire.












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Highslide JS
Bonfire night.

Bonfire night.



Highslide JS
Bonfire night.

Bonfire night.



Highslide JS
Bonfire night.

Bonfire night.



Highslide JS
Bonfire night.

Bonfire night.