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Heurteauville, Seine Maritime, Tuesday 31st May 2015

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Motorhome aire by river Seine at Heurteauille

We have booked Beano at the vet at Neufchatel-en-Bray for tomorrow morning, but we are not sure yet whether we’ll stay there for the night or carry on north.  We shall see…

We have found a new and lovely aire in this area of Les Boucles de la Seine (Bends of the Seine) near Jumièges and La Mailleraye-sur-Seine, both of which we have stayed at before, so we knew we would like this one too. 

It was very easy getting here on the A28 all the way from junction 20, north of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, if not necessarely cheap at €38 (£29), plus another €2 for a very short track of the A13 south west of Rouen to get on to the D313 to Heurteauville.  We were here for lunch and we have just been for a walk along the river Seine with Beano and, despite it being windy and showery, it is a very pleasant walk and site.  It costs €5 a night per pitch plus 50C per person per day and there are extra charges for EHU (€4) and for fresh water and emptying facilities, including chemical toilets at an extra €4.  Registration is requied on arrival and payment is at time of departure, when the manager will open exit gate after transaction.  I find this kind of thing runs more like a campsite than an aire – which offers more freedom of movement and suits our character better – and can’t help feeling conned and probably won’t come here again, as for a couple more euros we could have stayed at a proper campsite with showers, washing facilities, etc, but we didn’t want a campsite this time.

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Afternoon walk along the river Seine

Our original intention was to spend 4 days at the campsite in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, but the weather was really dreadful and not good for fishing, as river was too high and fast, so we left this morning after just 2 days: a shame, for it is a charming site and village and we love it here too, but it was no fun being shut away in the van for the best part of 2 days, only going out to get baguette and cake and I didn’t even get round to taking any picture

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Quaint farm building by the river Seine

We have booked Beano at the vet at Neufchâtel-en-Bray for tomorrow morning, but we are not sure yet whether we’ll stay there for the night or carry on north.  We shall see

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Parked by the flagpole at Heurteauville mtorhome aire

Jumièges, Tuesday 14th February 2012

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Jumièges, Regional Parc de Brotonne

We are at the aire and cark park by the Base de Loisirs du Parc Regional de Brotonne on Les Boucles de La Seine Normande.  It’s very well kept and it has hedges deviding the various pitches for a bit of privacy, even though we are the only ones here.  The only drawback is that there is no water supply this time of year and even the tops of the taps in the washing-up block have been taken off.

In fact, We haven’t been very lucky in the water department today.   We tried to top up our water tank at Broglie’s aire this morning, but the jeton (token) got stuck in the slot on the machine and it wouldn’t start the water supply.  Adonis tried to dislodge it using a sharp knife, but to no avail.  We were a bit annoyed that we had wasted our  €2.50 for nothing and Adonis covered the slot with masking tape to prevent other users from wasting their money too.  Hopefully the maintenance people will see it and fix it soon.

 

 

We started our way back north on the D438 to Bourgtheroulde-Infreville, where we  joined the D313 northwest to Le Pont de Brotonne to cross to the east side of the river Seine.  We stopped briefly at La Mailleraye-sur-Seine to try our luck with the water, but once again, after  using another €2.50 jeton, which actually dropped in this time, the water failed to flow again.  We were really annoyed at this for wasting €5 in total trying to top us our supply of the essential mineral and feel these machines should be better maintained in the winter or just close them altogether instead of making people waste their hard-earned money this way.  We don’t know if this cold weather has frozen the water or the pipes, as we don’t think the supply would have been cut off, as the aire is supposed to be open and ready for use all year round.

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So angry and frustrated, we stopped at a nearby Lidl and I bought 6  2-litre bottles of mineral water for €1.12, which should be plenty for 2 days.

It’s warming up now and the snow is beginning to melt, but I’d rather keep buying bottled water than wasting our jetons:  we’ll save them for the Easter holidays.  I wouldn’t normally buy bottled water, as it goes against my environmentally-friendly principals, but this was an emergency and couldn’t be helped.

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We are hoping to drive into Rouen first thing in the morning to visit the cathedral and then we’ll head up northwest again.

I’d like to mention that the ‘Memory Foam’ mattress we bought to go on top of the overhead bed mattress really works a treat and we are both sleeping much better and are not suffering from backache any more.

Parking at aire at Jumièges