We stayed in a gite last night, our first experience of this concept.
The family built their own new house right next door to their former family home and farm of several generations, and converted the former family house into a 17 bed gite. There were 8 others staying for the night. We had a group meal outdoors at the gite (there was no restaurant or grocery store in town).
We left at 7:10 am in the morning as we had 15 km to cover. An hour into the walk, we spotted a shepherd with his dog driving the sheep.
About 8 km into the walk, we came across this chapel that was originally built in the tenth century.
What goes up must come down. We had a steep drop to our final destination of the day. On the way down we ran into “Mignonne,” the donkey. Guillaume with his family had rented the donkey for 5 days. Amyn and Sakkar were interested in the idea of employing a donkey, so I got all the scoop!
Cost for five days €250 + transport cost of €250 (to transport the donkey back home) if you rent one way. No food cost for the donkey, as he (in this particular case, she) will eat along the way. Make sure to let the donkey have water every 3 days (they are like camel). It can carry up to 50 KG on its back (so a few people can share one).
This is the family who used the donkey. Apparently Mognonne is very stubborn and and decided she wasn’t going any further down the steep trail. The father, Guillaume, was about to lead her out across a horizontal road, and down. The 3-year old boy sometimes rode the donkey. The 5-year old walked, as did the others, including the baby on mom’s or dad’s back.