23 April 2011 - Written by Caroline
We arrive at our first campsite and are told it is one Euro for five minutes of shower. We go for a long walk along the beach and then head for the camps showers. Off we go, laden with towels and euros and find a strange token system. Reception is closed. We stay dirty.
We leave the next morning, so decide to shower at the next campsite, just an hour and a halfs drive. Still a little weary from our packing extravaganza, we do not ask about showers when we check in… and it is tokens again. And, guess what? Reception is closed. No problem. We have a shower in the van. This will be the inaugural van shower. Very exciting. Until Alan exclaims…the shower head has mysteriously cracked and water is spurting out all angles but down. Not to worry, we turn the shower head on its side. It feels more like being spat at by a fountain nymph, but nevertheless, we smell better.
Day 3, we walk 8 miles to the beautiful seaside town of Tourquet. On our return, we arm ourselves with tokens, and I am very much looking forward to this shower. It is 10.30pm, by the time that we get to the bathrooms, I prepare everything, so I get my full five minutes of shower time, down to taking the lid off of my shampoo! Drop the token into the machine. The only thing that happens is an empty clanging sound of the token dropping. No water. I remain circumspect about it all and go for the good old strip wash option. Day 4, I have the most thoroughly lovely shower. We also have superglue on board, so will attempt to fix the van shower for when we are off grid.