Category Archives: France

French windows, shutters and doors

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I know this is a bit of a lame topic, but I have to admit that over the last two years travelling through France, I seem to have developed an obsession with French windows, shutter and doors, often staring at them for ages and losing my husband in the process of photographing them.

There is not much to say, just that I think they are beautiful and I will understand if nobody else agrees with me or people find the topic boring or uninteresting.

For those of you who might be interested, here are some that caught me eye.

Arles, Provence

 

Arles, Provence

 

 

Arles, Provence

 

Arles, Provence

 

Mers-les-Bains, Le Somme

 

Mers-les-Bains, Le Somme

 

Mers-les-Bains, Le Somme

 

St-Cirq Lapopie, Le Lot

 

St-Cirq Lapopie, Le Lot

 

Rouen

 

Rouen

 

Rouen

 

Tours

 

Tours

 

Tours

 

 

Montreuil-sur-Mer, Friday 26th August 2011

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Aire at Le Crotoy

We had a very pleasant day yesterday in Le Crotoy.  We arrived at about 11 am and it felt much cooler than the Loir, but later on the sun came out and it was quite hot by lunchtime.  I sat outside and finished my book just after lunch and had to wear my hat and sunglasses, making the most of the last days of summer.

Thousands of seagulls and 1 cormorant

 

I took Bramble for a long walk around the bay, which was packed with thousands of gulls and one lonely cormorant.  I went back after walk to capture the light and freeze the moment in photographs.

We went for a meal in the evening and shared a pot of Moules Marinière for starters and then I had sole and Adonis had scallops.  It was all delicious and it was great not having to do the washing up for a change.

 

 

 

Which way to go? The Bay at Le Crotoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Startling Starling display

 

 

 

I’d like to mention the beautiful display of thousands of starlings last night fluttering around trees and over our heads by the Jeanne of Arc monument.  It was truly spectacular and we couldn’t take our eyes off it, as couldn’t anyone else.

Startling starling display

 

 

 

 

 

There was a storm in the night and it rained quite heavily, which kept me up for a while.  I had to come down to shut windows and sky lights as the rain was coming through.

 

 

 

Jeanne of Arc Monument at Le Crotoy

This morning we decided to try somewhere new like Quend Plage, just over 10 km north of Le Crotoy, but the aire we found wasn’t quite on the beach and it didn’t have any facilities, so we came to tried and tested camping La Fontaine des Clercs.  As alwasys, it’s been raining, but we like the old town and we are ready for the vet tomorrow.

Some restaurants and hotels on the sea front

We’ll set off for City Europe on Sunday morning and then we’ll try our luck with the strike early on Monday morning.  We’ll be back in October, perhaps this time to Bretagne.

Sunset at Le Crotoy, Bay of the Somme

 

 

 

Broglie, Wednesday 24th August 2011

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Taking a stroll in Broglie

 

Good drive up here, just got a bit lost around L’Aigle as road we wanted (D919) wasn’t signposted and we took wrong exit of D926.  Still, I soon spotted mistake and retracted our steps back to L’Aigle and got it right 2nd time round!

 

 

We got here for 11 am and after lunch and Bramble’s walk, we had a beer in town and looked for a restaurant for tonight.  There are 3, but one was closed for holidays, one doesn’t open on Wednesdays and the other was a Kebab place.  Poor Adonis cycled uphill to find restaurant outside town, only to find out they only open at lunchtimes and Saturday evenings.  We had no choice but to warm up a tin of Cassoulet for Adonis and some left over Bolognese sauce, which I served with rice for a change, for myself.

 

 

 

Broglie

Tomorrow we are heading for Le Crotoy for a seafood restaurant.  I want to end this holiday on a high note!!!

Broglie

 

Madeleine-Bouvet, Tuesday 23rd August 2011

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Motorhome aire at Madeleine-Bouvet

 

We spent a very quiet night except for the thunder at around 4 am, which made the van shake, but, surprisingly, there was not much rain.  It was close and muggy, but all in all we all slept well and got up at 8 am.  After breakfast, walking Bramble, emptying grey water, loo and filling up with water for FREE, we set off on the D5 towards St Calais, then the D1 to La ferté-Bernard, the D323 and 923 to Nogent-Le-Rotrou and D928 to La Loupe, where we stopped for bread and got lost trying to get out, as we couldn’t see the D920 signposted anywhere and had to do a bit of a loop to find it.

Madeleine-Bouvet

We got here at 11.45 and I walked Br. round the pond.  It’s a lot cooler today (24°C), but pleasant.  People are fishing here, so Adon will have a go later.  We’re right on the edge of the pond and it’s quiet, so he could get lucky today.  I tried to phone vet in Montreuil-sur-Mer, but answer phone came on.  I’ll try again this afternoon.

Madeleine-Bouvet

 

Only 6 days to go!  Tomorrow will probably be Broglie, then 2 more nights before we need the vet.  Don’t know if we’ll try to get a Sunday evening train or not.  Our lovely journey is drawing to a close for the summer of 2011. 😦

 

Madeleine-Bouvet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motorhome aire at Madeleine-Bouvet

 

Savigny-sur-Braye, Monday 22nd August 2011

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Aire at Savigny-sur-BrayeSo we spent 3 days at Lac des Varennes and very nice and hot it was too.  We did a lot of swimming and I felt very proud of myself yesterday when I swam to the other side of the lake and back, which must be well over 100 meters altogether.  It was so hot all I wanted to do was be in the water.  Adonis tried fishing, but being school holidays, it was far too busy with swimmers, canoes, paddling boats, etc and he didn’t catch anything, although other people did.  Still, we’ll go back in October when it’s quieter and better for fishing.

We left this morning at 10 and headed for Leclerc in Château-du-Loir and followed the D305, passed La Chartre-sur-le-Loir towards Troo, hoping to find a wild camping place by the river there, but access was blocked, so we continued to aire at Montoire-sur-le-Loir, but we didn’t like the location and tried this one instead, which is just perfect and has a free water tap and toilets.

swimming in the river by motorhome aire

swimming in the river by motorhome aire

We arrived just before lunch and we loved it.  I took Bramble for a walk along the river bank and then Adon went for a swim with him too.  We’re parked in front of the municipal campsite, by the tennis courts and park.   It’s all very quiet, considering the location and there’s little traffic on the D9, which we followed and is right behind us.

View from the walk in the park

I cooked Spaghetti Bolognese and it was lovely after so long not having it.  It’s still very hot.  Hope we’ll sleep well tonight,

Having a play in the park

 

 

Lac des Varennes, Saturday 20th August 2011

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We arrived here yesterday and plan to stay for 3 more days.  It’s been very hot: 24 °C yesterday and 29 forecast for today and 26 for tomorrow.  Adonis’s been fishing, although so far he hasn’t caught anything, but he’s had a couple of bleeps on his buzzers!!!

Lac des Varennes

 

We met a lovely couple yesterday, Rob and Debby, and had a good laugh with them in the evening, sharing some wine and beer.   They are on a 3-month tour in their Rapido, which they showed us around and very nice it was too: our next van, I think.  Funny how they couldn’t get their satellite dish going either, just like ours!  They are planning to go  to the south of Italy and, as our holiday is coming to an end soon, I can’t but feel a little bit jealous of their adventure just beginning.  They’ve just left, unfortunately, as I really enjoyed their company.  I hope they have a wonderful time.

 

 

 

Sheltering from the sun

 

It’s a lot busier here now of course, but we still have a large pitch right by the lake, so Adon doesn’t have far to go and Bramble can cool off when he starts panting in the heat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a cooling swim

 

We’ve been swimming too and the water is lovely and warm, so we’re all happy.  I’m going to try and revise my German a little bit so that I don’t forget what I’ve learned so far.  I’m seriously thinking about enrolling in German lessons in September…

Cooling off in the lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying an evening meal in the sun

 

Neung-sur-Beuvron, Wednesday, 17th August 2011

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Lots of space at Neung-sur-Beuvron campsite

 

Back in this wonderful municipal campsite.  We had a lovely hot evening last night and really enjoyed Moules Marinière and salmon with garlic and rosemary.  We got up early this morning and left aire at 9.15 am.  We had a quick stop to buy baguette and made it here for 11 am.  I did a lot of washing (€4, which included tumble drier), had a shower and relaxed until lunchtime.

 

 

 

 

It rained heavily after lunch and we had a siesta.  Wifi is free here and I’ve just checked my FB messages, etc.  It will be nice to catch up with the news later on, as we’ve been unable to get a British paper.  Have the riots ended yet?

 

Enjoying a swim in campsite grounds

Adonis cycled into town and bought me Marie France magazine, so I look forward to reading that.  I’ve also started reading ‘The Memory Game’ by Nicci French and I am enjoying that too.

Hear the peace and quiet!

‘House Rules’ by Jodie Picoult was excellent, but I did guess the end!  Cooking pork chops and chips tonight and tomorrow we’re hoping to have a relaxing time in campsite and maybe cycle to town.

Long dog walk

 

Enjoying the sun (taken Easter 2010)