It’s no secret – we love glamping. Who doesn’t like the feeling of staying in an open meadow or a midnight stroll under the stars before retiring to bed in a teepee, tent, or caravan?
Over the years we’ve discovered some pretty special glamping sites including TUTC, Ladakh and Twelve Apostles Lodge, Melbourne. But glamping at those sites can get pretty darn expensive. So this year, we wanted to write about a few affordable and family-friendly glamping sites around the world. Add to this the fact that we’ve been craving a trip to our favourite continent, Europe, for a while now. Can you guess where this is going? Yep, we’re going glamping at one of Yelloh Village’s camps at La Chênaie next month. We’ve booked a wee cottage for ourselves on a campsite that has a heated swimming pool, a mini farm, and a spa that boasts of a sauna and hammam as well.
Fun things to do in the area
Of course, we can’t wait to see what the area has to offer. La Chênaie is conveniently located, close to Nantes, Pornic, and St. Nazaire. There is no dearth of things to do in this area and I’m sure we’ll discover even more activities once we are there but for now we are excited about these things in particular:
- Photographing the sumptuous Castle of The Dukes of Brittany
The gorgeous castle boasts of over five centuries of history. It is surround by picturesque gardens, which make for a pretty picture. But that’s not all – the castle’s interiors are a goldmine for history enthusiasts. There is a huge museum with intriguing exhibits and a residential Palace within the premises of the Castle of The Dukes of Brittany. The best part is that entry is free!
- Riding a giant elephant at Les Machines De L’ile de Nantes
Nowhere else in the world would we get to sightsee on top of a wooden elephant. This quirky pachyderm can be found at Les Machines De L’ile de Nantes. It ‘walks’ super slowly, so a fun ride is guaranteed. Just make sure you book ahead because the elephant sprays water on anyone who strays too close to it without a ticket.
- Driving around the French countryside
The city of Nantes is located by the Loire River at the edge of the Brittany region, so we are super excited to rent a car and explore the surrounding area. That’s because May and June are the months where flower fields are in full bloom in Europe – I’m hoping we’ll chance on a few of them at least.
- Relaxing at Pornic’s Beaches
Shhh this might be the #1 reason we chose the campsite at La Chênaie from Yelloh Village’s catalogue- it is close to the idyllic beaches in Pornic. Pornic isn’t on regular tourist trails as most tourists head straight to the French Riviera for beach holidays. So we’re excited to explore the beaches and shops at Pornic to see what they have to offer. We’ll report back for sure!
- Devouring crèpes by the dozen
We can’t be this close to Brittany and leave without have crêpes for breakfast every day right? Crêpe Brettonne is one of my favorite French dishes – while it lacks the finesse of French cuisine, it makes for a wholesome meal. I love the crisp exterior and could have it for every meal. Just writing about rustic crêpes in the French countryside is making me drool!
Planning future travels is keeping us busy (and excited!) this month. Are you going away for a holiday this summer? Tell us in the comments below 🙂 And if you have been to Nantes before, we’d love to hear suggestions from you 😀
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