Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne, Conques and a broken windscreen!

March 25, 2018

We drove all day - something we're probably going to avoid doing again if we can, but there were some very pretty sights on the way.

We finally arrived (in the dark) at Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne.  We were treated to this view in the morning, then had a hot shower in the freezing cold!

 Unfortunately, as we were leaving the Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne, a 4x4 towing a horse box on the opposite side of the road overtook a car, and because they were going way too fast as they drove by, they flung a big stone into our windscreen.  There then began a day of attempting to speak to our insurance company, Carglass in France (tricky when your French is terrible) and Autoglass.  We tried going into a Carglass armed with a French translation from a friend (thanks Jenny) and Google Translate, but unfortunately it would seem they don't stock replacement windscreens for T25s in France!  So we are waiting four days but they have said we can continue to drive despite the crack growing every day, and we will (hopefully) get the new window fitted in Bayonne on Tuesday.  Our concern is because of the rust around the window frame, some of the metalwork may come out when the old window is removed which would mean much bigger problems.  So we have decided to make the most of the next few days in case we are stuck in Bayonne for a while!  

 

We drove to Conques on the understanding that it is the village that Disney's Beauty and the Beast films were based on, and we were not disappointed!  

The weather wasn't great which was a shame for taking photos, but because it's out of season there was hardly anyone there.  That also meant that the shops, restaurants, hotels and campsites were mainly all shut, but that thankfully isn't a problem and we found a lovely place to wild camp that evening.  

 

 

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