Christmas 1982 I joined Wing spans tour for a long weekend in France,the group met at Terminal 1 at Heathrow early on Wednesday morning,our BA flight was at 0830hrs and arrived at Charles de Gaulle Paris at 1030hrs local time.
A volkswagen 9 seater micro bus had been booked for our use,we collected it from Europa car and left the airport for our journey east.The local sign posts were a headache as we journeyed east.
We stopped for lunch at Beton- Bazoches,a small village with a good restaurant which introduced us to
Provence style cuisine.
There was a 100c Bean geese present on the waters edge and a variety of wildfowl,this was eclipsed by a White tailed Eagle flying towards its favourite on an old tree,we scoped it at some distance and its obvious white tail made it an adult.
One of our party called Andy had a hankering for local cheese(I met Andy at Stockers 10 years later).
The meal that evening was Guinea fowl with it's head intact trust the French ,Happy New Year.
The New year started cold and misty we drove back to Lac Foret D'Orient it was all quiet on the Western Front apart from 14 Common Eiders,however the yacht basin held Red necked and Black necked Grebes.
The last day we saw the White tailed Eagle being mobbed by Hooded gulls and 14 Smew was the final touch.After lunch we drove to Paris to conclude a long weekend in France.