Le Crotoy, Thursday 3rd January 2013

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Le Crotoy as seen from motorhome aire.

Le Crotoy as seen from motorhome aire.

 

My first entry of the year happens to be on the Bay of the Somme on a misty, but warmish afternoon.  The thermometer in the van reads 17 °C and, as we haven’t had the heating on since 1.30 pm and it’s 4.45 pm now, the temperature inside can’t be very different from the outside.

 

Motorhome aire as seen from the Bay of the Somme

Motorhome aire as seen from the Bay of the Somme

 

We’ve just come back from a long walk with Sasha around the bay and the marshes and Sasha had a whale of a time leaping about, chasing the seagulls and the ducks.  I took lots of pictures all the way as I never tire of the beautiful sight of the town of Le Crotoy from the motorhome aire and the marshes.

 

Sasha enjoying herself on the marshes of the Bay of the Somme

Sasha enjoying herself on the marshes of the Bay of the Somme

 

 

Enjoying a long walk around the Bay

Enjoying a long walk and a run around the Bay

 

The aire still costs €5, plus €2 for the water and electricity borne if needed.  There are 8 vans here at the moment and it’s hard to imagine now how busy it was in the summer, with hardly any spaces left, even though the parking area is quite big, with room for 200 vehicles!

 

The Bay of the Somme

The Bay of the Somme

 

The Bay of the Somme

The Bay of the Somme and Le Crotoy

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our break at Amboise, as always, and left on 1st January for Montbizot, north of Le Mans, following mainly the D938/338 from the north of Tours.  Montbizot has a little aire with enough room for 6 motorhomes, but the water and electricity supply borne was switched off for the winter, but as we had topped up in Amboise, it didn’t really matter.  Again, the river Sarthe was overflowing and the walking area and path were waterlogged and flooded in parts, so walking was difficult and Wellington boots were a must!

After Montbizot, we carried on north on the D338 past Alenҫon and D438 to Broglie, where once again we had made an appointment with the vet to have Sasha wormed and checked before returning to England.  The guard came early in the evening to collect the €5 fee and we also bought a jeton (token) for water for €2.50 to last us until the end of the journey.  We were glad to see that everything was in working order.

It felt very strange this time round not to have Bramble with us, as we’ve been here so many times with him, especially during the walk along the Charentonne river.  Even the vet asked about him.  Still, Sasha loved the walk too and I hope it will be the first of many happy walks in this lovely village.

The vet was booked for 8.30 am, so we made an early start this morning and got here for 12.30 pm, following the A28, joining it at junction 14 north of Bernay and on past Rouen, but we had to take the A150 for a little while as the bridge was still closed on the Eastern side of the city and the traffic was diverted westwards.  We joined the A28 again at J.11 and followed the usual route past Abbeville to J.1 and D40 to Le Crotoy without any further disturbances to the traffic.

 

Le Crotoy

Le Crotoy

 

Various aquatic birds at the Bay of the Somme

Various aquatic birds at the Bay of the Somme

 

We are off to Auchan at Boulogne-sur-Mer for our final big shop to stock up on wine and beer before our final overnight stop at Wissant and going home.

We’ll be back in February!

Our parking spot at the motorhome aire of Le Crotoy

Our parking spot at the motorhome aire of Le Crotoy

 

 

12 responses »

  1. Love reading about your Travels, looking forward to your hearing about your next trip..We will be over there in June ourselves.

    Have a safe Journey..Jonny_d

    • Hello, John, and thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to comment on it. I really hope you find my diaries useful, as I always enjoy reading about other people’s travels too. Do you have a motorhome too? I love the freedom that it gives us.
      I am glad you’ll be travelling in June and I hope you’ll enjoy your experience. We’ll be going back in the middle of February, as it is half-term, and then again at Easter. I’ll keep my blog update.
      Please call again.

    • I can see why! No matter how many times we see it, it never ceases to impress. We have been to St Valery sur Somme as well, but I seem to remember that staying in the motorhome was not quite as easy as Le Crotoy. I know there’s a campsite, but it was rather expensive. We love north west France and we are always discovering new and wonderful places. Thank you very much for reading and for your comment. Hope to see you here again soon. Kind regards.

  2. Hi Fatima – I wondered how far inadvance you had to book the vet at Broglie? We will be coming up from the La Rochelle area and will have to get our dog checked out by a vet and recommendation is always best. A fantastic blog and we discovered La Crotoy by accident on our last trip and hope to go back this time. If you could e-mail me that would be great. Thanks Paul

    • Hi Paul,

      Thank you very much for reading my blog and for your kind comments and I am glad is has proved helpful.

      We normally phone the vet 2 or 3 days in advance and have Beano seen to first thing in the morning (8.30 am) as we like to start travelling early. They are very good there and the vets speak English. The tel No. is 0033 232446730. Please let me know how you get on.

      • Thanks Fatima. We are off on Saturday to the La Rochelle and then inland for the Green Venice area before heading back north slowly. I will let you know how we get on at the vets and also the aire (which look great), Really enjoying your blog and we hope the good weather continues. Just one thing will whoever takes the call speak English as my French is poor?

      • Yes, they do. But if you wanted to say it in French, I normally say “Je voudrais prendre un rendez-vous avec le veterinaire pour mon chien avant de rentrer en Angleterre” And then I say the day of the week and time. My French is not perfect either, but it’s nice to try! Good luck and happy travelling! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  3. Thanks Fatima for the Broglie vet and aire. We got back from France on Saturday and saw the Broglie vet on Friday, all went very well. No issues at all and a reasonable price. The aire was also excellent, with the added bonus of a cycle track opposite and a footpath on the right as you exit the aire. Broglie itself was also lovely. Thanks again we will be going back.

  4. Hi Paul. So glad you liked Broglie and that everything went well with the vet. We love it there and it’s usually our last but one destination before coming home. We love the walk along the Charentone river and I can never take enough pictures of that old water mill: isn’t it charming! It is certainly a special place for us. Glad I was able to help. We just got back an hour ago and we’re catching up with our mail. We’ll be off again on 5th July. Happy travels! 🙂

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