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Les Settons, Nièvre, Wednesday 30th December 2015

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Les Settons

Les Settons

 

We woke up to a beautiful frosty morning in La Porte d’Alsace on Monday, with icicles hanging from the wheel’s arch below the heating outlet, with the thermometer saying -2°C.

 

We set off on the D419 again and A36 past Belfort and Montbéliard to junction 7, as we needed to do a shop, and tried our luck on the national road D633 and got lucky at L’Isle-le-Doubs, where we found an Intermarché to buy provisions for the next 3 days.  From there, it was a short drive to Baume-les-Dames, which we found covered in frost and were spoilt for choice of pitches at this large aire, as there was only one more van getting ready to leave.  We hooked up and filled up with water and, after lunch, had a lovely long walk along the canal and river Doubs.  The Reception hut at the motorhome aire opened at 5.30pm for payments, by which time there were about 8 motorhomes to stay for the night.  The fee was €9.90, which is a fair price to pay this time of year, as it is good of them to keep the water and services running in freezing weather.

 

Our spot at aire in Baume-les-Dames

Our spot at aire in Baume-les-Dames

 

Motorhome aire and Marina from far side of canal

Motorhome aire and Marina from far side of canal

 

Beautiful colours in Baume-les-Dames

Beautiful colours in Baume-les-Dames

 

Baume-les-Dames and bridge

Baume-les-Dames and bridge

 

I loved the original Christmas decorations outside this house!

I loved the original Christmas decorations outside this house!

 

We left in the morning a bit later than usual to give the frost a chance to melt and carried on the A36 past Besançon and Dole to Seurre in the Saône-et-Loire, where we stopped for the day yesterday.  The aire here has been moved to behind a line of alpine trees and it is not on the Marina itself and, as there was an old caravan parked there, we decided to park closer to the Capitainerie to enjoy the view of the Marina and the river.  This is a very pleasant stop with a nice walk along the river and into town, but not much to do there, as the museum and church were both shut, which we thought would have been interesting to visit. Maybe some other time…

 

The lovely walk on the river Saône at Seurre

The lovely walk on the river Saône at Seurre

 

Pretty Seurre on river Saône

Pretty Seurre on river Saône

 

From Seurre, we followed the D973 past Beaune to Autun, where we had anextended coffee break this morning at the aire by lake and Roman Theatre.  The lake had been drained to get all the fish out, but the walk through the Roman Theatre was quite a treat, despite the heavy fog, and we thought it might be nice to return in spring when the lake has been filled again and to visit the rest of the town.  On the way out, we saw the two Roman Gates too, which are quite impressive.

 

A very atmospheric Roman Theatre in the fog, Autun

A very atmospheric Roman Theatre in the fog, Autun

The Roman Theatre at Autun

The Roman Theatre with stage at Autun

 

You have to admire these ancient walls

You have to admire these ancient walls

 

Close up of Roman bricks

Close up of Roman bricks

Roman gate at Autun

Roman gate at Autun

 

Roman gate on our way out of Autun

Roman gate on our way out of Autun

Still seeking a lake, we headed north on the D960 to Lac des Settons, near Montsauche-les-Settons, part of the Grands Lacs du Morvan, where we finally stopped for the day and night.  It really is beautiful here and I can see this would be a very popular summer holiday resort, as there are various outlets for boat rides around the lake, as well as bars, restaurants, hotels and a campsite.  We went for a long walk around the lake and both sides seem perfect for a family summer holiday.

 

Walking around Lac Settons admiring the beautiful colours

Walking around Lac Settons admiring the beautiful colours, motorhome aire in centre background

 

Light and shade contrast

Light and shade contrast

 

This gorgeous building houses the Tourist Information Office

This gorgeous building houses the Tourist Information Office

 

It’s been a bit warmer today, temperaturesrising to 7°C, and we’ve had a lovely sunset.  Tomorrow, we are heading for Chiddes, about 18 miles south of Château-Chinon.

Baume-les-Dames, Le Doubs, Sunday 22nd July 2012

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Baume-les-Dames

 

We are back in France on this lovely aire in the Department of Le Doubs river, right by the canal, with toilets and showers (for which you need a token that you can buy for €1.50 from the reception from 6pm) and all the other usual facilities: water, etc.  It has space for 38 motorhomes, but it’s very quiet and peaceful.  This was the aire of the year in 2006 and I can see why.

 

Motorhome aire at Baume-les-Dames

Baume-les-Dames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got here just after 10.30 am after a short drive from our last night’s stop at Chavannes-sur-l’Étang in the Haut Rhine department.  Again, that was another charming, clean and tranquil stop along the way, where tours were organised from La Porte d’Alsace leaving at 8.30 am to discover the wonders and cuisine of the region.  We were also asked to complete a questionnaire about the facilities on offer at the aire itself (first time ever), so these people really care about making life comfortable and pleasant to the like of us, fellow motorhomers.

 

Baume-les-Dames

Baume-les-Dames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

motorhome aire at Chavannes-sur-l’Etang

 

We just love the tranquillity and serenity of these rural areas and one can almost hear the fabulous Bethowen’s  Pastoral symphony or Delius and Vaughan Williams’ enchanting works.

Crossing the border from our final stop in Germany, however, was a bit of a nightmare.  After our stop at Füssen we went to Überlingen on the Bodensee lake, where again we were lucky to find a space in the very popular Stellplatz for €10 a night.  We cycled into the town and along the Bondensee and enjoyed a drink at one of the café/restaurants along the front.  The town was very lively getting ready for their summer festivities, which reminded us of Friedrichshafen last year.

 

Überlingen

A rare picture together at Überlingen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day we followed the A31 northwest to join motorway 98 southwest past Singen and Schaffhausen, which happens to be in Switzerland and where we had to buy the obligatory motorway pass for €40 (£30), but the signposts weren’t very clear and we couldn’t see the directions and exits to where we wanted to go (Waldshut-Tiengen and Laufenburg), so when we saw the sign for Germany we took that exit, which took us back north to Blumberg.  At this point we decided it would be better to use the Satnav again, which took about 5 minutes to position itself, but eventually directed us towards Titisee-Nuestadt, further north than we intended, even though it was a beautiful drive and lovely to see the Black Forest again.  We continued N.W. towards Freiburg and S.W on the 5 motorway to junction 65 at Neunberg and over the Rhine and border across to France.

 

Enjoying a drink at lovely cafe in Überlingen

Überlingen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We needed to do some shopping and when we saw a big Carrefour hypermarket outside Mulhouse, we got off the road D39, but they had put up height barriers and we just couldn’t get in.  We tried going round the road, but this took us back to the  A35 motorway heading north yet again towards Ensisheim and got stuck on it for 10km to the next junction 31 where we had to make another U-Turn.  Exasperated, we gave us on unwelcoming Carrefour and went back south to Altkirch and west to Chavannes-sur-l’Étang, just 12km east of Belfort.  We finally found a wonderful Super U – with NO height barrier – where we got some local delicacies like tuna and tomato quiche, which was utterly delicious if a bit pricy at €10 for ½ Kg, and finally arrived at the aire just before 2pm, about 2 hours later than intended!!!

At least we are enjoying a full day in the sun here at Baume-les-Dames, where we might even stop 2 nights just to make up for yesterday’s frustratingly long drive.

 

Baume-les-Dames