It looks like fate has brought us back to this lovely town of Le Crotoy again, as our intention was to stop for the day and spend the night at Le Tréport, about 20 miles further south, but the motorhome aire on top of the cliff by the cable lift, or funicular, was a bit too exposed to the elements – if with beautiful views and good facilities – and being such a bitterly cold day, we thought we might be better off at sea level, so here we are again, protected from the wind by the sand dunes and the town within easy reach.
We’ve just been for a long walk along the beach and through the town, as it’s more sheltered than the marshes. Back on 3rd of January, when we last came here, we had Sasha the Saluki with us and I can almost see her leaping about in the marshes, chasing the birds. I am saddened that we no longer have her, as she turned out to be so destructive in the house when we were back at work. Still, it’s just Adonis and I again doing the long walks, like in the good old days.
Yesterday, we stopped the night at the magnificent aire on the pier at St Valerie-en-Caux (free off season), right below the cliffs that remind me so much of Dover. Again, it was a brilliant sunny, if cold, day and we enjoyed a long walk on the sea front and the marina.
In the evening, we went for a wonderful meal at ‘Le Restaurant du Port’, run by Véronique et Olivier Warin, on 18 Quai d’Amont, right opposite where the fishing boats moor. Earlier on in our walk we’d seen the fishermen arrive and unload their catch, so we knew the seafood served at the restaurant would be very fresh. The restaurant is very pleasant indeed, smartly but simply decorated. The hostess/waitress was charming and very friendly and efficient and the food was absolutely superb and delicious. I had the Flan aux Poireaux (leek and smoked fish mousse) followed by the Poisson du Marché (or catch of the day), which consisted of 3 different kinds of fish (cod, sea bream and tuna) and to finish I had the mouth-watering crème brulée. Adonis had a paté made of pig’s trotters and black pudding in a vinaigrette sauce, followed by scallops and a selection of cheeses. We couldn’t have hoped for a better meal or setting and it was just the perfect treat to see us on our way back home.
We reluctantly left the warmth of the restaurant to face the chilly night on our way back to the motorhome aire and slept peacefully all night, to be woken up by the sound of seagulls and the rising sun: total bliss!
It was an easy drive this morning from St Valerie-en-Caux to Le Crotoy, following the D925, past Dieppe and Le Tréport, where we only stopped for coffee and to fill up with water at the aire on the cliff top. It was handy that payment at the services borne is done with credit cards and there is a choice of several services (stopping for 24 hours, 48 hours or just use the water and electricity for 1 hour for only €2.
So, after coffee and a few moments to enjoy the scenery and take pictures of marvellous view, we were on our merry way again and got here soon after midday. It’s going to be another spectacular sunset today, as it’s been the whole week, ever since last Saturday at Boulogne-sur-Mer, where we’re heading for our final shop at huge Auchan once more tomorrow.
It will be Wissant’s aire (free all year round, but no water or electricity available) again after that for an early rise and departure from the Eurotunnel back to England on Saturday morning.
We’ll be back at Easter, so watch this space…