Travelling in Europe in the Off season gives you a different perspective. We travelled in the early spring before the summer holidays. The towns whose multiple car parks alert us that this is a tourist town are deserted of both people and cars. Not only can we park in the closest car park to the town, often we can park in the town.
Camping off-season gave us a whole set of different problems in Europe. Prior to the summer holidays when it becomes open slather for tourists the camping site proprietors often close down their camp grounds and take their own holidays. Luckily this only necessitated staying in one hotel and far from giving us a luxurious night, sleeping in a bed, we longed for our little self-erecting tent.
Being country dwellers in Australia we appreciated our sole occupancy of many of these tourist routes. Had we come in the summer I doubt that we would have seen as many of the towns that we did. We avoided the cities by following our compass, following exits that took us in the direction we were heading for. We had no particular destinations in mind.
Many of the camping grounds we stayed at were like five-star resorts with pools surrounded by lounge chairs. In summer I imagine these would have been filled with happy campers and the sound of children playing would fill the air.
And the Ardeche would be filled with canoes and those enjoying themselves in the river.
And again this terraced camp site would have been dotted with tents.
and even more people
and tents and camper vans.
Picnic tables would also have been filled.
For the locals though, off season meant that their sailing craft remained furled and anchored on the shores of Lake Geneva rather than having their sails filled with the wind sending them flying around the lake as they would in the summer months.
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