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Quend-Plage-les Pins, Thursday, 1st January 2015

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Sand dunes on Quend-Plage-les Pins

Sand dunes on Quend-Plage-les Pins

On this first day of the new year, we find ourselves back at the motorhome aire at Quend-Plage-les Pins, as when we came here last Saturday, the weather was rather atrocious and we didn’t get to enjoy a long walk on the beach as we had intended. So, after 4 very cold days at Broglie and La Suze-sur-Sarthe, we thought we would like to give it another go and we haven’t been disappointed.

The stunning setting sun at Quend-Plage-les Pins

The stunning setting sun at Quend-Plage-les Pins

We’ve just come back from said second attempt and it was just absolutely lovely, with a beautiful sky lit by a stunning setting sun and the tide completely out, which gave us masses of sandy beach to stroll on and for Beano to enjoy some proper ball-chasing time. It is obviously a very popular area for walkers, judging by the number of people joining us, even on this cold, winter day.

Belle Dune Eco Village

Belle Dune Eco Village

On the way down, we walked through what looks like a brand new Eco Village by the motorhome aire, and very charming it looks too, but I have the feeling that it is more a holiday complex rather than permanent homes, as most of the houses looked quite small. Still, it is very pretty indeed.

Closer

Closer

So we went back to Broglie yesterday after our two-day stay at La Suze-sur-Sarthe, which turned out to be free after all, as nobody came to collect fees and the paying machine was out of order. At Broglie, we took Beano for his pet-passport check and worming tablet, which made him very sick, and spent another very pleasant afternoon at the aire and walking along the Charentonne river to the water mill and beyond.

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This morning, we got talking to a couple of ladies parked next to us on their 8-week break heading for Almería in south east Spain, as their 2 leisure batteries had packed up and their van wouldn’t start, so Adonis helped with a jump-start so that they could go merrily on their way to warmer climates. It just made us feel very grateful for our Elddis Autostratus serving us so well and not letting us down in the freezing cold. Our heating has worked very well, both on gas and electric, and it only takes a few minutes first thing in the morning to warm it up enough for me to get out of bed.

A very cold morning at Broglie's motorhome aire

Broglie’s motorhome aire

This is it for now. We’ll do our shop in Auchan in Boulogne-sur-Mer tomorrow and then we’ll spend the rest of the day at Wissant, where we hope to go for another long walk on the gorgeous beach.

The start of a stunning sunset at Quen-Plage-les Pins, seen from the motorhome aire

The start of a stunning sunset at Quen-Plage-les Pins, seen from the motorhome aire

Take 2

Take 2

Take 3: fire in the sky!

Take 3: fire in the sky!

We’ll be on the road again at Easter and we hope it’ll be much warmer then.

La Suze-sur-Sarthe, Sarthe, Tuesday 30th December 2014

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Charming La Suze-sur-Sarthe

Charming La Suze-sur-Sarthe

We have spent two very cold, but with bright blue skies, days at this charming (and one of our favourites), motorhome aire (N47° 53.333′ E000° 01.850′). It would normally cost 5 a day to include overnight stay, water and electricity, but the paying machine is out of order and the water’s been turned off due to the freezing weather, although the electricity hook-ups are still working, thank goodness, as we have needed the heating on all the time and it would have used up a lot of our gas. The aire was full last night at the far end (8 vehicles), but there would have been ample more space right by the river if needed.

All spaces taken up at the motorhome aire at La Suze-sur-Sarthe

All spaces taken up at the motorhome aire at La Suze-sur-Sarthe

We have enjoyed lovely leisurely walks along the river Sarthe and Adonis has had a couple of fishing sessions, albeit in short bursts, due to the biting cold. We walked into town in order to buy some bottled water from the local Carrefour Market, as we fancied a shower today and didn’t want to use up all our reserves in the tank. The funny thing is, as I started writing this, it looks like the water has been turned on again and we have now topped up, which will see us for the next 3 days.

The quaint bridge at La Suze-sur-Sarthe

The quaint bridge at La Suze-sur-Sarthe

Looking upstream from the bridge with quay and motorhome aire on left

Looking upstream from the bridge with quay and motorhome aire on left

Enjoying the peaceful sights along the River Sarthe

Enjoying the peaceful sights along the River Sarthe

Which one to pick?

Which one to pick?

We also had a very pleasant stay and long walks along the Charentonne river at beautiful Broglie, where we probably spent the coldest night ever during our motorhoming trips. It’d been -5°C during the night and yesterday morning we woke up to frost on the inside of the windows in the above-cabin sleeping quarters! It really was a shock to the system and it was a while before I got up after Adonis bravely climbed ‘downstairs’ to switch the heating on. Tonight, as we have electricity, we intend to leave the heating on, so, hopefully, it won’t be so unpleasant in the morning.

Walking along the Charentonne river at Broglie

Walking along the Charentonne river at Broglie

The Charentonne River

The Charentonne River

While at Broglie, I walked to the vet’s to make an appointment for tomorrow, as we’ll be going back to England on Saturday morning and Broglie is the most convenient place to take Beano for his pet-passport check, they are very friendly and they know us now.

The water mill at Broglie, where time seems to have stopped

The water mill at Broglie, where time seems to have stopped

This short break is going all too fast from my liking. Sometimes I wish I could just stop time…

Motorhome aire at Broglie

Lovely soothing light Motorhome aire at Broglie

La Suze-sur-Sarthe, Wednesday 28th Dec 2011

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aire at La Suze-sur-Sarthe

Well, I’ve got to take my hat off to the French: they’ve done it again.  We’ve found another superb aire right on the river Sarthe, just 10 km southwest of Le Mans.  We’ve already decided we want to spend a couple of days here and Adonis has bought himself a 2-day fishing permit.  I definitely don’t want to move either.

The aire is right next door to the campsite, which is closed this time of year, and for 3€ a day you get free water and electricity hook-up included in your parking fee.  Where else but in France would you find that?  It’s got room for about 20 motorhomes, according to the aire guide, but there are only four at the moment.  We are a couple of minutes’ walk from the town centre, where all the shops are and where I’ve just been for a walk.  There is, of course, a very handy river walk for dogs, so we really don’t want for anything.

 

We had a very quiet night last night at La Mailleraye-sur-Seine and slept until 8 o’clock this morning after watching the first two episodes of The West Wing until 9 o’clock, as we were tired and had an early night.  We really enjoyed the programme and look forward to the next episode(s) tonight.

La Suze-sur-Sarthe from riverside walk.

It was still dark when we got up this morning at 8, but the fog had lifted and I took a few pictures of the aire, still illuminated by street lamps, and the opposite side of the river bank.

We left again at around 9.15 am and carried on the D913 to Bourgtheroulde-Infreville, where we joined the D438 southwest to Broglie to top up with water using the jetons we bought last time we were here.  We had a panic moment when we tried to empty the grey water tank and nothing would come out and Adonis used his plastic tube to check for any blockages, but still nothing would come out.  We tried using the plunger on sink and unscrewing the draining hole, but to no avail, so Adonis resorted to unscrewing the big tank cap underneath the van and that did it, except that there was hardly any water in it and we found out that’s what the problem was: not enough grey water in waste tank.  We can only assume the outside tap had been left opened the last time we emptied the tank and it had been emptying itself all the time as we used it!

La Suze-sur-Sarthe from riverside walk.

Panic over, we carried on our merry way on the D438 past Alenҫon and the D338 to Le Mans, then the D23 to Allonnes and finally here for 2 o’clock.

It’s nearly 5 pm now: Adon is fishing, I’m going to crochet for a bit and then cook Spaghetti Bolognese.  We weren’t that impressed with those Vietnamese spring rolls last night, as they had more crab than king prawn, and will not be buying them again.

A hapy man: fishing available too

 

 

 

 

 

One more thing: I navigated all the way through today without taking my eyes off the map and the road and I’m pleased to say we did not get lost or take a wrong turn.  Anyway, Homer Simpson was getting on my nerves!!!

 

And Father Christmas came by boat!

 

As it is getting dark, I can see the Father Christmas and Rudolf decoration on the boat on the river: Really pretty and original!