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Le Crotoy, Somme, Thursday 5th November 2015

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Le Crotoy Bay at low tide

Le Crotoy Bay at low tide

Our stay at Broglie was very quiet and peaceful, with only one other motorhome staying for the night. We enjoyed our usual walks around the water gardens, where we fed the ducks, and along the Charentonne river to the old water mill, with Beano off the lead now, as he is getting very good with his recall, long last!

After our visit to the vet first thing in the morning, we set off from Broglie at about 9 o’clock and followed our usual route to Le Crotoy, still one of our favourite spots on our return journey.

 

Too many potholes at Le Crotoy motorhome aire

Too many potholes at Le Crotoy motorhome aire

We were a bit disappointed, however, with the poor state of the motorhome aire, which is in desperate need of repair, being as it is full of potholes, made a lot worse by the recent rain, and one needs to constantly change direction to avoid them: it really felt like a mine field. Given that the aire is always busy and that the fee has increased to €6 a day, there is no excuse for such poor maintenance and it seems a bit complacent on the part of the local council, as motorhomers also spend a fair bit of money in the bars and restaurants in town, which no doubt helps the local economy. We can only hope that Mayor will take notice and carry out the necessary repair work.

 

The entrance to the motorhome aire: simply not good enough

The entrance to the motorhome aire: simply not good enough

Our walk around the bay had a totally different feel to it today, as the tide was completely out and the landscape looked completely alien. It was lovely, though, and we thoroughly enjoyed it, as usual.

Walking around bay at Le Crotoy

Walking around bay at Le Crotoy

 

Bay of the Somme

Bay of the Somme

Bay of the Somme and Le Crotoy

Bay of the Somme and Le Crotoy

In the evening, we went to the Restaurant du Port and enjoyed a most exquisite seafood dinner of mussels in Roquefort sauce, fresh prawns and sole. I can’t wait for next time!

It’s shopping at Auchan in Boulogne-sur-Mer and Wissant for the rest of the day tomorrow, with our Eurotunnel crossing on Saturday. We’ll be back on the road on 18th December for our Christmas holiday in Alsace!

Wissant, Pas de Calais, Tuesday 1st September 2015

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Attractive Rugles

Attractive Rugles

We arrived at Wissant’s aire early enough this morning to be able to pick and choose a bay for our day and overnight stay, which is quite a luxury here these days, as the last couple of times we tried, it was absolutely packed and we ended up in Escalles or Audinghen, but, as it happens, there were only 3 other motorhomes on our arrival at 11 am. I am very pleased about this because I really enjoy our walks on the wonderful beach and it looks like the weather is brightening up a bit after a very wet day yesterday at Le Crotoy.

motorhome aire at Rugles

motorhome aire at Rugles

After La Fresnaye-sur-Chédouet, we travelled just a little further north east to the very attractive motorhome aire at Rugles, right by the park and the old water mill, which was free and also provided a free electricity hook-up and water, which is very unusual indeed! It was a hot day again and we enjoyed strolling along the old village and park, although we were slightly disappointed about the fact that most of the shops, including the butcher and pizza takeaway, were closed so I ended up making a Spanish omelette after a quick visit to the local grocery store, which was open, fortunately.

Water mill in background at Rugles

Water mill in background at Rugles

Looking toward the village from Rugles Park

Looking toward the village from Rugles Park

From Rugles it was only a short drive slightly north west to Broglie, where we spent all day Saturday and Sunday and, luckily, the weather remained sunny and very warm and we were able to eat outside and walk Beano along the Charentonne river to the lovely old water mill. On Sunday morning, there was a car boot sale by the aquatic gardens and we went to have a look, but there wasn’t anything of particular use to us.

Quaint Broglie

Quaint Broglie from Aquatic Gardens

Broglie

Broglie

Broglie

Broglie

Feeding the ducks in Broglie

Feeding the ducks in Broglie by aquatic gardens

The wonderful motorhome aire at Broglie

The wonderful motorhome aire at Broglie

I took Beano for his Pet Passport check at the vet’s on Monday morning and we left Broglie just after 9 am for Le Crotoy, which we so much like and always makes the end of the holiday that little bit more pleasant. The weather turned nasty again though, raining most of the morning and early afternoon, but it cleared sufficiently to allow us a long walk along the bay with Beano, where we can safely let him off the lead so that he can enjoy a good run to his heart’s content.

Beano's walk on the Bay of the Somme

Beano’s walk on the Bay of the Somme on a bleak summer’s day

We went for another seafood meal at Le Saint Pierre restaurant on the seafront and, as always, we were most impressed with the quality and freshness of the food, as well as the friendly and efficient service.

A very wet Le Crotoy, but beautiful all the same

A very wet Le Crotoy and motorhome aire, but beautiful all the same

I’ve just been for another walk with Beano on the newly built promenade at Wissant, but I hadn’t been there very long when a young gendarme approached me on his bike and told me the dog wasn’t allowed on the promenade and that I had to walk ‘in the street’. Very surprised by this, I got off the promenade and started walking on the road, following another dog walker a bit further on, but to my astonishment, the gendarme came cycling behind me again and said the dog wasn’t allowed there either!!! I felt most indignant about this and took off to a side street and started walking back to the aire without having been able to take any pictures and cursing under my breath at this most ridiculous of rules and I fear that until Beano and I develop the ability to fly, we won’t be going to Wissant’s promenade ever again!

The tide was right up and there wasn’t a patch of sand available, but I bet dogs won’t be allowed there either now that it has been all tarted up. I still think this goes absolutely against the wonderful and relaxed French attitude of ‘laissez faire’. Quel dommage! 

And so it ends a wonderful holiday that last lasted for 8 weeks and 4 days and I feel I am ready to start all over again, but it is home tomorrow morning and we’ll be back on the road again on 23rd October for 2 weeks for our autumn half-term break.

Le Crotoy, Somme, Friday 31st October 2014

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Marina by motorhome aire

Marina by motorhome aire

 

I just can’t seem to get enough of this place on the Bay of the Somme. We always end up here on our one but last day of travelling before crossing back to England and I never tire of its simple beauty, serenity and how the changing light plays on the water and buildings alike.

 

The Bay of the Somme and Le Crotoy in the background

The Bay of the Somme and Le Crotoy in the background

 

It was a lovely morning and the promise of a great day, so just after breakfast, while Adonis was walking Beano on the Bay, I couldn’t help myself and grabbed my camera to try and capture that wonderful morning light in this most charming and soothing town. Let the photos speak for themselves.

 

An old fishing boat

An old fishing boat on the Bay

 

The replica of the old fishing boat

The replica of the old fishing boat

 

The large Motorhome aire right on the Bay

The large Motorhome aire right on the Bay

 

I so would like to see this kind of thing in the UK: a welcoming stopping place JUST for motorhomes on a beautiful spot at a very reasonable price!

 

I so would like to see this kind of thing in the UK!  Stopping places just for motorhomes

 

 

Camping Des Bords de l’Eure, Chartres, Tuesday 28th October 2014

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Stunning Chartres Cathedral

Stunning Chartres Cathedral

 

We have spent two lovely days at this charming and convenient campsite by the river Eure, enjoying all the space around us under oak tress and with a superb walk just outside along the river which, will take you all the way to the city, a mere 3 km away. As usual, the pitches are very generous and the shower and toilet blocks are immaculate, which makes any stay all the more pleasant. We’ve only paid €30.44 for the two nights, electricity included, thanks to our ACSI card.

 

Our generous pitch at Camping Des Bords de l'Eure

Our generous pitch at Camping Des Bords de l’Eure

 

We came here, of course, mainly to visit the famous Cathedral, which is very impressive indeed, with some jaw-dropping architectural features, not to speak of its intricate carvings inside and outside, especially around the choir. The most amazing thing about it is that it was built in only 30 years, during the first quarter of the XIII century and thus, it has great architectural unity of the Gothic period. I was very impressed by the flying buttresses and the triple portals on three of the entrances, with stunning detailed stone carvings, the stained-glass windows, in particular the amazing blue of Notre-Dame de la Belle Verrière (or Blue Virgin Window), simply exquisite, but they are all superb, all 172 of them, almost all of which date back to the XIII, forming one of the most important samples of medieval stained-glass in the world!

 

One of the Triple Portals of Chartres Cathedral

One of the jaw-dropping  Triple Portals of Chartres Cathedral

 

Close-u of Portal stone carvings

Close-u of Portal stone carvings

 

Stone carvings above door

Stone carvings above door

 

Stunning Notre Dame de la Belle Vierge or Blue Virgin stained- glass  window

Stunning Notre Dame de la Belle Verriere or Blue Virgin stained- glass window

 

Magnificent Rose Window

Magnificent Rose Window

 

Exquisite choir stone carvings

Exquisite choir stone carvings

 

Flamboyant flying buttresses

Flamboyant flying buttresses

 

A sun dial

Angel holding a sundial

 

Another sundial?

I love this clock

 

 

Near the Choir there is another religious wonder: The Sainte Voile, or Holy Veil, safely kept in an elaborate guilded frame, said to have been worn by the Virgin Mary when she gave birth to Jesus. Belonging first to the Imperial Treasury of Constantinople, but offered to Charlemagne by the Empress Irene when the Emperor proposed marriage to her in 802, it has been in Chartres since 876, when Charles the Bald presented it to the town, and the Cathedral was built because the Holy Veil survived the fire of 1194. Amazing!

 

The Holy Veil (worn my Mary when giving birth to Jesus)

The Holy Veil (worn my Mary when giving birth to Jesus), the reason behind the building of the Cathedral

 

On the way back from the Cathedral, we stopped briefly at the Church of St Pierre, a former Benedictine Monastery of the VII century , which also exhibits very impressive architecture.

 

Church of St Peter's

Church of St Pierre with beautiful flying buttresses

 

Since leaving Étang Neuf last Friday, we have stopped at various motorhomes aires, the first one being Les Roches l’Évêque in the Loir-et-Cher department. This is a very pretty free aire by the river with some lovely chrysanthemums at the edge of an allotment, but I would have liked a better walk nearby for Beano, as we couldn’t walk along the river bank because both ends of the aire were closed off. Still, it was quiet and peaceful and we had a lovely view of the river and cliffs above.

 

A very pretty location for motorhome aire at Les Roches l'Eveque

A very pretty location for free motorhome aire at Les Roches l’Eveque

 

We spent Saturday in beautiful Amboise, at the gated motorhome aire (€12 a day, but can be paid by the hour too) on Ile d’Or, right in the middle of the river Loire, with stunning views of the Château and town.  As always, we enjoyed a walk in the town and watching the world go by whilst having a coffee and a delicious cake at Bigot Café and Patisserie, founded in 1913 and just exquisite.

 

Gorgeous Amboise seen from Ile d'Or on the River Loire

Gorgeous Amboise seen from Ile d’Or on the River Loire

 

Amboise Chateau

Amboise Chateau

 

As the clocks went back on Sunday morning, we enjoyed that extra hour in bed, still getting up at around 8 o’clockish by the new autumn time, and after breakfast and dog-walk, we joined the D952 east, past Blois and followed diversion signs south of Blois to continue on D951 to Lailly-en-Val, about 12 miles south west of Orléans. Here, we stopped for the day at the pretty aire by the lake, where Adonis enjoyed a spot of fishing after lunch and even managed to catch a 17 lb carp, which really put the icing on the cake.

 

Driving past Blois

Driving past Blois on the River Loire

 

This aire is also free and has free water and public toilets. The area around the lake proved to be very popular with the locals and, being a beautiful warm and sunny Sunday, there were quite a few people fishing and walking and children playing in the playground.

 

Motorhome aire at Lailly-en-Val

Motorhome aire at Lailly-en-Val

 

Enjoying a walk round the lake on a sunny Sunday afternoon

Enjoying a walk round the lake on a sunny Sunday afternoon

 

Round the lake at pretty Lailly-en-Val

Round the lake at pretty Lailly-en-Val

 

We left yesterday morning to join the A10 at J.15, just south west of Orléans to J.12 to join the N154 to Chartres, where we arrived for 10.30 am, after a very bumpy ride on some sections of the road that had been prepared for resurfacing.

 

We have made an appointment at the vet in Pont de l’Arche for tomorrow afternoon, so that’s where we’ll spend the day. After that, it will probably be Le Crotoy on the Bay of the Somme, still one of my favourite stops in France, followed by Escalles and home on Saturday morning.

 

Broglie, Le Crotoy and Wissant, 16th-18th April 2014

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Bhe Bay of the Somme at Le Crotoy

Bhe Bay of the Somme at Le Crotoy

 

We finished our Easter escapade staying at the usual reliable motorhome aires. Broglie’s aire is an excellent base to take Beano to the vet’s for his check up before returning to England and to have a relaxing walk along the Charentone river. The aire is beautifully kept, with hard standing, but grassy areas for picnics and is still only 5 a night (same price as 4 years ago), which is collected by a guard in the evening, and it has a borne for water and electricity that works with a jeton or token. It has room for 8 vehicles, but we were the only ones there for most of the day. It is just a little gem of a place and the village is also quaint and picturesque, with all the facilities one could need.

 

The charming aire at Broglie by the Charentone river

The charming aire at Broglie by the Charentone river

 

Quaint and charming Broglie

Quaint and charming Broglie

 

We spent a hot day at a very busy aire at Le Crotoy. We had never seen it so busy and it felt a bit crowded, but with such wonderful views of the Bay of the Somme and the town itself, it is hardly surprising that it’s so popular. We went on our usual walk around the bay and, as always, my camera seemed to be working overtime, as it is a kind of place that seems different every time we go due to the light changing. I just can’t get enough of this place.

 

Broglie to Wissant April 14 014

 

The forever beautiful, Le Crotoy

The forever beautiful, Le Crotoy

 

This gull crossed my path just as the camera was shooting

This gull crossed my path just as the camera was shooting

 

Broglie to Wissant April 14 004

 

My favourite photo of the holidays.

My favourite photo of the holidays.

 

At Wissant, we were surprised and disappointed to see how many motorhomers show complete disregard for local residents and rules, parking in the zones clearly marked for buses, even when there wasn’t any more room in these either, and causing total chaos when the buses finally arrived at the end of their day. We watched in amazement and dismay as the buses struggled to get in the aire, as it had been blocked by one of the ‘illegally’ parked motorhomes, and felt sorry for the bus drivers knocking on the vans’ doors, but the occupiers had gone into town and there was nobody to move these vehicles. Totally shameful and unacceptable, in our opinion. I fear that this kind of inconsiderate selfish people will spoil it for the rest of us in the long run and tighter measures will be introduced. I hope the aire won’t shut altogether, but it wouldn’t surprise me either. We might stop up the road at Escalles on our next trip, as we keep seeing in on our way down and it looks more spacious. We’ll see.

 

Unacceptable parking at Wissant aire

Unacceptable parking at Wissant aire

 

Buses struggling to get into aire due to bad parking

Buses struggling to get into aire due to bad parking

Le Crotoy in a Different Light, Thursday 2nd January 2014

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Magnificent sunset

Magnificent sunset

 

 

We have been here many times and this quaint little fishing town still remains one of our favourite spots in western France. The amazing thing about it is that it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen it, it always looks different with the changing of the tides and the light reflected in the bay of the Somme. It is simply a beautiful and relaxing way to finish our holiday, taking a long stroll over the sand dunes above the marshes and along the pier back into town.

 

A gentle stroll on the sand dunes

A gentle stroll on the sand dunes

 

If you have a motorhome, you simply must come here. The aire is just by the bay and the marina for only 5€ a day and you’ll be spoilt for choice of fish restaurants, all very reasonably priced. Even in January, there are about 20 campervans staying at the motorhome aire, and it’s not just the motorhomers, whole families with children of all ages come out in the afternoon to enjoy this glorious sight and the sun.

 

The marshes on the Bay of the Somme

The marshes on the Bay of the Somme

 

We did not make it to Normandy, as we stayed that extra day at Lake Bounty, but still no fish! So we headed for Brogley on Wednesday to take Beano to the vet’s first thing on Thursday morning before coming to Le Crotoy. Tomorrow is shopping at Au Chan at Boulogne-sur-Mer (exit 31 on A16) and then back to Wissant, where we are hoping to enjoy a nice long and no doubt windy walk on the beach again.  It will be an early start on Saturday morning for our crossing back to England in the Channel Tunnel.

 

Beano enjoying his first wakl on the Bay of the Somme

Beano enjoying his first wakl on the Bay of the Somme

 

Not sure if we’ll come back in February.  I feel I’d like to wait till the weather warms up a bit at Easter time and we’ll have more time to go further down south. We’ll see.

 

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

 

The ever changing sands on the Bay of the Somme

The ever changing sands on the Bay of the Somme

 

I simply love this boat

I simply love this boat

 

The Marina and town in the background

The Marina and town in the background with lens flare 

 

I love this one too!

I love this one too!  Just look at that sun!

 

From a different angle

From a different angle

 

The Marina bathed in the light of the setting sun

The Marina bathed in the light of the setting sun

 

I just couldn't stop taking pictures

I just couldn’t stop taking pictures

 

 

Just one more!

Just one more!

 

 

 

 

 

Le Crotoy, Somme, Wednesday 28th August 2013

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Charming Le Crotoy - Let the light speak for itself

Charming Le Crotoy – Let the light speak for itself

 

 This is our last day of this superb summer holiday and we can’t think of a better place to spend it than at this jewel of a fishing town on the bay of the Somme. Another regular in our travels, it never ceases to charm and delight us in equal measure and yet, every time we see it, it seems to be different, perhaps due to that brilliant light reflected on the water changing with the seasons.

 

I never tire of looking at this view

I never tire of looking at this view

 

The shimmering light

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The shimmering light

 

 

The wonderful motorhome aire right on the bay still only costs €5 a day and the borne for water and electricity €2, which we don’t need. This is the ideal spot to set off for long walks around the bay, along the beach or into town. We have done all these and today it seemed a bit sad not to have a dog with us to join us in our rambles, but still very enjoyable all the same.

 

The motorhome aire, right of the Bay of the Somme

The motorhome aire, right of the Bay of the Somme

 

Motorhome aire from a distance on the Bay

Motorhome aire from a distance on the Bay

 

One of the aspects we like the most about this town is all the various fish restaurants and today we decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal out, being our last day and all. So we went to the popular ‘Le Saint Pierre’ (pure coincidence, of course) on 30 Quay Courbet, right on the sea front and where everything is happening. We had some delicious mussels in Roquefort sauce followed by king prawns, all very fresh and served in very generous portions. Adonis couldn’t really manage the king prawns, so all the more for me! All that, with a bottle of Muscadet, a coffee and a cognac only came up to €44.50, and what a perfect way to finish the holiday!

 

Le Crotoy: full of treasures

Le Crotoy: full of treasures

 

Yesterday, we spent the day at equally quaint and picturesque Broglie, just south of Bernay in the Eure Department, where I enjoyed a stroll along the aquatic gardens and, even tough most of the plants are coming to the end of their flowering period and glory, it is still a very pleasant, charming and relaxing way to spend half and hour or so.  The aire here still stands at €5, plus a borne for water which operates with a token (jeton) for €2.50 to be bought from the Mairie or from the caretakers who come round to collect the daily fee in the evening.

 

Magnificent Broglie, from the Aquatic Gardens

Magnificent Broglie, from the Aquatic Gardens

 

Aquatic Gardens, Broglie

Aquatic Gardens, Broglie

Aquatic Gardens, Broglie

Aquatic Gardens, Broglie

 

Bullrushes

Bullrushes

 

 

Water reeds

Water reeds

 

We are going home tomorrow, 2 days earlier than planned, in order to pick up our new puppy, Beano, a Jack Russell Terrier born on 24th June. It is always nice to have something special to look forward to after a marvellous holiday.

 

Broglie

Broglie

St Valerie-en-Caux and Le Crotoy, Thursday 21st Feb 2013

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Le Crotoy

Le Crotoy Quay with motorhome aire in background

 

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.

Sea-side houses on Le Crotoy beach

Sea-side houses on Le Crotoy beach

 

How is this for a holiday resort home?  Le Crotoy sea-front

How is this for a holiday resort home? Right out of a fairy tale.  Le Crotoy sea-front

 

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.

 

Le Crotoy beach

Le Crotoy beach

 

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.

 

St Valerie-en-Caux motorhome aire

St Valerie-en-Caux motorhome aire

 

St Valeir-en-Caux motorhome aire and lighthouse

St Valeir-en-Caux motorhome aire and lighthouse

 

 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.

 

Henry IV house and museum at St Valerie-en-Caux

Henry IV house and museum at St Valerie-en-Caux near Marina

 

St Valerie-en-Caux port and fishing boats

St Valerie-en-Caux port and fishing boats bringing in their catch

 

St Valerie-en-Caux Marina

St Valerie-en-Caux Marina

 

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!

 

Motorhome aire on cliff top at Le Treport

Motorhome aire on cliff top at Le Treport

 

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.

 

Le Treport seen from cliff top

Le Treport seen from cliff top

 

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.

 

Le Treport from cliff top by funicular

Le Treport from cliff top by funicular

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…

Le Crotoy, Thursday 3rd January 2013

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Le Crotoy as seen from motorhome aire.

Le Crotoy as seen from motorhome aire.

 

My first entry of the year happens to be on the Bay of the Somme on a misty, but warmish afternoon.  The thermometer in the van reads 17 °C and, as we haven’t had the heating on since 1.30 pm and it’s 4.45 pm now, the temperature inside can’t be very different from the outside.

 

Motorhome aire as seen from the Bay of the Somme

Motorhome aire as seen from the Bay of the Somme

 

We’ve just come back from a long walk with Sasha around the bay and the marshes and Sasha had a whale of a time leaping about, chasing the seagulls and the ducks.  I took lots of pictures all the way as I never tire of the beautiful sight of the town of Le Crotoy from the motorhome aire and the marshes.

 

Sasha enjoying herself on the marshes of the Bay of the Somme

Sasha enjoying herself on the marshes of the Bay of the Somme

 

 

Enjoying a long walk around the Bay

Enjoying a long walk and a run around the Bay

 

The aire still costs €5, plus €2 for the water and electricity borne if needed.  There are 8 vans here at the moment and it’s hard to imagine now how busy it was in the summer, with hardly any spaces left, even though the parking area is quite big, with room for 200 vehicles!

 

The Bay of the Somme

The Bay of the Somme

 

The Bay of the Somme

The Bay of the Somme and Le Crotoy

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our break at Amboise, as always, and left on 1st January for Montbizot, north of Le Mans, following mainly the D938/338 from the north of Tours.  Montbizot has a little aire with enough room for 6 motorhomes, but the water and electricity supply borne was switched off for the winter, but as we had topped up in Amboise, it didn’t really matter.  Again, the river Sarthe was overflowing and the walking area and path were waterlogged and flooded in parts, so walking was difficult and Wellington boots were a must!

After Montbizot, we carried on north on the D338 past Alenҫon and D438 to Broglie, where once again we had made an appointment with the vet to have Sasha wormed and checked before returning to England.  The guard came early in the evening to collect the €5 fee and we also bought a jeton (token) for water for €2.50 to last us until the end of the journey.  We were glad to see that everything was in working order.

It felt very strange this time round not to have Bramble with us, as we’ve been here so many times with him, especially during the walk along the Charentonne river.  Even the vet asked about him.  Still, Sasha loved the walk too and I hope it will be the first of many happy walks in this lovely village.

The vet was booked for 8.30 am, so we made an early start this morning and got here for 12.30 pm, following the A28, joining it at junction 14 north of Bernay and on past Rouen, but we had to take the A150 for a little while as the bridge was still closed on the Eastern side of the city and the traffic was diverted westwards.  We joined the A28 again at J.11 and followed the usual route past Abbeville to J.1 and D40 to Le Crotoy without any further disturbances to the traffic.

 

Le Crotoy

Le Crotoy

 

Various aquatic birds at the Bay of the Somme

Various aquatic birds at the Bay of the Somme

 

We are off to Auchan at Boulogne-sur-Mer for our final big shop to stock up on wine and beer before our final overnight stop at Wissant and going home.

We’ll be back in February!

Our parking spot at the motorhome aire of Le Crotoy

Our parking spot at the motorhome aire of Le Crotoy

 

 

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