9 Jun 18 – Apt
Yesterday we decided we would move on to a small town called Apt. It had a decent review in the Rough Guide to France and it was especially recommended to visit on a Saturday for the vibrant market. We were convinced that we were making this decision on a Thursday and therefore we were moving on Friday to be in situ for an early walk to the market on Saturday. Yikes!! It turned out to be Friday already. Retirement huh!
So, after a quick revision we decided on an early departure from St Remy on Saturday morning. It would have been earlier if I had remembered to check whether the campsite accepted card payments. I did not have enough cash, so we had to make a slightly tricky visit to the town in the van for a cash dispenser. Another lesson learnt!
We arrived at the Municipal campsite in Apt and quickly parked ourselves. It is very handy for the town, just a short stroll over the bridge. The market was in full swing and we made sure we didn’t miss anything. We bought a few essentials and after a quick exploration, returned to the van for a very late lunch.
On Sunday we went back for a look around the town without the hustle and bustle. The atmosphere was quite different. There are many small streets with a real mixture of well kept, attractive buildings alongside run down, slightly derelict properties. It seemed rather gloomy today although in the main squares there were eateries open and people sitting out enjoying the sun. The public buildings were splendid as seems to be usual in most towns. There was a nice little park with a strange fountain and the main street bedecked with flowers.
It is a place of contrasts and quite pleasant for a short stay. The municipal campsite was a bit quirky but cheap, and we rather enjoyed it.
On the Monday we went for a drive along the D900 into the hills and had our lunch overlooking verdant fields and woodland. We did not realise we would be driving along this road again on the next leg of our travels……