How beautiful it is to be sitting here in the sun at one of the many picnic tables provided by this charming campsite so near Versailles Palace. We arrived here yesterday lunchtime and, although it is very busy, we still had the choice between a few pitches, so we chose one that might enjoy some sunshine, as all the pitches are among the trees. We have pitch 106, which enjoys both, sun and shade.
The facilities here are wonderful and we are especially impressed with the very spacious and modern shower and washing facilities block. There is also a heated pool and a restaurant bar and you can order your bread at reception for the following day. We are booked for 3 nights and I can see this is a place I’d like to come back when we decide to visit Paris itself, as there are buses and trains nearby, which is far better than driving into the city and trying to find parking there. This campsite is a wonderful base from which to set off and explore Paris and its surrounding area.
We are here, of course, to visit Versailles Palace and we have tickets for tomorrow, which includes the Musical Fountains. We did a trial cycle ride yesterday afternoon and it’s just over 10 minutes from here, following the impressive Avenue de Paris: absolutely stunning, with all the classic buildings, including the Hôtel de Ville or Townhall.
The Palace is breathtaking, even from a distance as we were approaching, and the sheer amount of people around its gates made it slightly intimidating, but we are hoping that when we get there for 9 am tomorrow it won’t be quite so busy. There were lots of souvenir sellers too that reminded me of all the traders on the bridges in Rome when we visited the Vatican a few years ago.
On Saturday, we stopped at the lovely motorhome aire in Forges-les-Eaux in the Department of La Seine Maritime. It has room for 40 motorhomes, whith water and electricity supply as well as emptying facilities for €7.50 a night, payable to the guard who comes round in the evening.
From the aire, it’s only a 5-minute cycle ride to the town or to the lakes and woods of Epinay on the opposite direction. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and we thoroughly enjoyed our ride around the lake. This is another beautiful stop for future reference and I might even try the spa next time!