In the Charente we mostly holidayed with our caravan at a small site at Bignac,near Angouleme. Our children loved it there, and wanted to return every year. It was a relaxing holiday for us as they were able to make friends and keep themselves occupied at the pool, lake, boules or tennis.
|The Charente department|
|Camping Marco de Bignac (from their brochure)|
Winter holidays were spent skiing, staying mostly at the small village of Chatel in the Portes du Soleil ski area.
In 2004 we decided the time had come to buy a property and that Chatel in the Haute Savoie was just the place!
The campsite at Chatel was full, so we booked a small site at St Paul en Chablais in the hills above Evian les Bains as our property hunting base.
|St Paul en Chablais, Haute Savoie.|
|Our apartment (the one with the yellow sale boards) with the Memises behind.|
The developer was building some new apartments, and to show us the quality of the build took us into another block, which was a year old ,where unexpectedly a re-sale had just come on to the market.
We were staggered by the views from the balcony of Lac Leman.
|Lac Leman from our balcony, looking west.|
The apartment was the right size and prices were lower than at Chatel. Tim knew straight away that we had found 'the one'. Being Libran it took me a little longer!! Within a day we had signed our first contract.
The rest is history (as they say). Or for readers of this blog the history will be the future, as periodically I blog about this beautiful area and the wonderful time we had there.