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Camping de L’Ile des Trois Rois, Les Andelys, Eure Department, Sunday 25th May 2014

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Les Andelys on the river Seine

Les Andelys on the river Seine

 

Shock! Horror! I’ve left my digital camera behind and I’m kicking myself: How can I possibly write a travelling blog without pictures? Is it worth doing at all, I wonder? Well, luckily 21st century technology has given us mobile phones with in-built cameras, some of them very good and, between Adonis and I, I think we have captured some beautiful images, even though my laptop is refusing to upload mine, just my luck!

 

Our overnight stop at Escalles, Pas de Calais

Our beautiful overnight stop at Escalles, Pas de Calais

 

We decided against stopping at Wissant aire on Friday night, as we weren’t very impressed with some motorhomers’ parking on our last day of the Easter holidays, causing mayhem with the buses, as quite a few vans did not respect the buses parking lanes and the whole thing seemed overcrowded. So, instead, we opted to stop at the bus/motorhome car park in Escalles, just a little up the road from Wissant and it turned out to be much more pleasant. We were the only ones there till about 9 o’clock and we enjoyed a lovely evening walk up the hill of Mont d’Hubert, which commands stunning views of both, Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez, with Wissant in between. I think we’ll probably make this our future overnight stop before our crossing back to England on the Eurotunnel, even though it has no facilities at all.

 

The magnificent view from Mont Hubert over Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris Nez and Wissant

The magnificent view from Mont d’ Hubert over Cap Blanc Nez , Cap Gris Nez and Wissant

 

Stunning sunset on Mont Hubert

Stunning sunset on Mont d’Hubert

 

Yesterday morning, we did our usual shopping at Auchan in Boulogne-sur-Mer (J. 31 of A16), topped up with diesel and followed the motorway all the way to Beauvais (23), which meant we were there for just after 1 pm, including ½ hour coffee stop on the way.

 

View from car park & Motorhome aire at Beauvais with Cathedral in background

View from car park & Motorhome aire at Beauvais with Cathedral in centre

 

We stayed at the free motorhome aire (N49º 25.455′ E002º 04.810′) with adjacent car park which overlooks the cathedral and with steps down into town. The view from these steps is quite impressive and this seems like a popular place for people to pose and take pictures of the town and cathedral below, as we did too.

 

Beauvais Cathedral

Beauvais Cathedral

 

Front of Beauvais Cathedral

Front of Beauvais Cathedral

 

 

We had a quick look inside St Étienne church, where a wedding was about to take place, and then we carried on into town for a beer and a walk to the cathedral and the Galerie Nationale de la Tapisserie, which has the same stature as Gobelins and Aubusson and where you can see tapestries being made. Both places well worth a visit and free of charge. We also enjoyed a walk through the rose garden near St Étienne Church, even though is was raining at that point.

 

The impressive aisle inside Cathedral

The impressive aisle inside Cathedral

 

 

This morning we followed the D927 straight south to Auvers-sur-Oise, where we stopped for about 90 minutes to enjoy la Irisiade or Iris/Flower Festival at the Château, which was absolutely lovely with some unusual and amazing flower arrangements all around the château’s gardens and we were particularly impressed with the school children’s efforts and the melon carvings and table-top flower dressings for special occasions: absolutely stunning!

 

The Chateau at Auvers-sur-Oise

The Chateau at Auvers-sur-Oise

 

The gardens at Chateau de Auvers-sur-Oise

The gardens at Chateau d ‘Auvers-sur-Oise

 

I must mention the horrible road leading to the campsite at Auvers-sur-Oise. We knew the campsite would be shut, but were hoping to park outside, which we did, but the road is in desperate need of repair and not one we would like to travel on again.

 

Artist at work on the flower festival/Irisiade

Artist at work on the flower festival/Irisiade.  Painting on plastic

 

Children's work for the Flower Festival

Children’s work for the Flower Festival

 

A bin covered in flowers.  I love this idea!

La Fleurbelle:  A bin covered in flowers. I love this idea!

 

Stunning table flower arrangements

Stunning table flower arrangements

 

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Amazing Melon Carvings

Amazing Melon Carvings

 

Street Art too!

Street Art too!

After battling with the traffic to get out of town and through Pontoise, we had an easy drive to Les Andelys on the N14, D14 and D125, so we were here for 1.30 pm and lunch was a bit later than usual.

 

The lovely L'Ile des Trois Rois camping

The lovely L’Ile des Trois Rois camping: Chateau Gaillar above our motorhome

 

L’Ile des Trois Rois camping is just as lovely as it’s always been and I always feel happy to be here. The staff are very nice, helpful and friendly and the views of Château Gaillard beautiful and almost surreal, especially at night when it’s lit. We have pitch No 14, as the receptionist recommended it for fishing and Adonis is very happy with his ‘swim’. Let’s hope he catches something…

 

our generous pitch No 14

our generous pitch No 14

 

I love to walk around this campsite and photograph the mobile homes’ gardens, as the owners seem to take great pride in adorning them with beautiful flower displays, tubs and sculptures. I could easily make this my home. We have booked for 3 days, but we might squeeze another one in if we can.

 

Chateau Gaillard

Chateau Gaillard and excercise area at l’Ile des Trois Rois Camping

 

Bridge over the river Seine seen from l'Ile des Trois Rois

Bridge over the river Seine  at Les Andelys and l’Ile des Trois Rois Camping on left

 

Some elaborate garden display at l'Ile des Trois Rois Camping

Some elaborate garden display at l’Ile des Trois Rois Camping right by the River Seine

 

recycled boot!

recycled boot!

Épagne, Canal du Somme, Thursday 7th June 2012

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Le Canal du Somme by Epagne bridge

It has been a very rainy day, with just a few breaks of sun every now and then.

We packed everything in the van last night – groundsheet, chairs, etc – before we went out for our French meal treat.  We gently strolled into the village of Le Petit Andely and settled for the Mistral restaurant, offering specialities from Provence.  It was a very enjoyable evening with very friendly service who spoke English, but we insisted with our improving French.  I had a ‘Terrine de volaille’ with salad in a vinaigrette for starter and a rabbit stew for main course and Adonis had the warm goat’s cheese with honey followed by a beef stiffado  served with some sort of macaroni cheese, which Adon couldn’t manage.  We thought this to be a weird combination, but I suppose this is the beauty of travelling and trying new and unusual things.  We finished with a lemon tart and a coffee and slowly wandered back to the campsite, enjoying the evening sun along the river Seine.  A perfect finish to a relaxing day.

Le Canal du Somme

 

We were ready to leave by 9.30 this morning and joined the D316 from Le Grand Andely and D6014 northwest to Rouen and back on the A28 before the tunnel at J13 all the way to J5, where we got off to join the D928 northeast to Abbeville and try our luck at finding a wild spot to spend the day by the canal du Somme.  Our efforts paid off and we found a charming, quiet parking place by the bridge at Épagne, where we’ve been since lunchtime.

We had a very wet dog walk along the canal and managed to take a few pictures of this great find.  We can really appreciate how wonderful it is now that the sun has finally broken through.

A view whilst walking the dog by Le Canal du Somme

 

It must be said that the weather hasn’t been on our side at all during this break and only enjoyed one very hot day on the day we arrived at Les Andelys last Saturday.  The rest of the time has been mainly cloudy and windy with a few showers for good measure.  Still, it’s been very relaxing and, as always, L’Île des Trois Rois is a fantastic campsite to chill by the river Seine, with very friendly and helpful staff and excellent facilities.

Adonis was happy because he caught 2 carp, which always helps to make it a successful trip, but he forgot to bring his ‘other’ landing net for quick fishing and can’t fish tonight as he can’t be bothered to get the bikes off the rack and climb on top of the van, where he keeps his fishing rods and other related paraphernalia.

We’re off to Boulogne-sur-Mer tomorrow morning for our ritual shopping trip before returning home on Saturday morning after spending Friday night at very convenient aire at Wissant, just 20 minutes south of the Eurotunnel terminal at Calais.

So, we’ll celebrate tonight with some Toulouse sausages, chips, French stick and Baron de Lestac Bordeaux.

Next time we write it will be during our summer holidays in early July!  Until then, cheers!

Le Canal du Somme by Epagne bridge

 

L’Île des Trois Rois, Les Andelys, Sunday 3rd June 2012

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Our pitch at L’Ile des Trois Rois and Chateau Gaillard in background

We are back at one of our favourite campsites in France, right on the river Seine.  We arrived yesterday afternoon after a longer than normal drive due to an accident involving  a bus and a pony trailer on the A28 between Abbeville and Rouen.  Luckily for us, by the time we joined the long queue of traffic, the tailback was by J. 7 to Amiens and we were quick to take it, but even then the traffic slowed down again by next toll at J. 12 on the A29, with only one paying booth for an unusual amount of vehicles that had also taken the same exit to avoid getting stuck for ours.  Apparently the bus was carrying 34 Britons and resulted in one major injury and 2 minor ones, but luckily no casualties apart from the pony in the trailer.

Lillypond at L’Ile des Trois Rois campsite

 

It was a very hot day yesterday, 30 °C inside the van in the shade in mid-afternoon, and we enjoyed a cool swim in the pool for us and in the lake for Bramble.

We are on a very generous pitch, at number 108, and we have loads of space and access to the river for Adonis to fish.  As always, we are also enjoying the marvellous view of Château Gaillard on top of the hill and the bridge crossing the river, as well as all the huge barges and pleasure boats drifting by on the river.

You really get a sense of space here.

 

There is a fête going on with a Medieval theme by the river bank just a short distance away from the campsite and I went there this morning after buying baguette for lunch.  They are selling just about everything, but my favourite has to be the saucisson seller, from whom I bought 5 for 10€.  There was also some beautiful glass jewellery, where I treated myself to a pendant and a fabulous Art Gallery marquee, where I spent quite some time admiring the original paintings, sculptures and various types of Art works.  I was even introduced to one of the painters – Louise Gatter – whose work I really enjoyed: the kind of work I would have bought had I had that kind of money available.  Her style reminded me of Frida Kahlo’s work.  Children can take part in various medieval activities like archery, chain-mail making and fighting and cooking was being done in cauldron and cattle drums.

Medieval Fete at Les Andelys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medieval Fete at Les Andelys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medieval Fete at Les Andelys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are hoping to go back early this evening to enjoy the local brews and soak up the atmosphere.

The weather has taken a turn for the worse again and we had a big and noisy storm last night, so I hope it’ll be dry later on and to see the sun again soon.  Our new Lillypad windblocks we bought at Newbury’s Motorhome Show are proving their worth and doing a fantastic job in keeping the strong winds at bay and it was possible to enjoy our lunch outside despite this very blowy day!

Enjoying dinner outdoors

 

Les Andelys, Monday 30th May 2011

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Chateau Gaillard seen from campsite

So here we are again in gorgeous and perfect Les Andelys, at the île des Trois Roys campsite.  I’ve just been enjoying the use of the latest addition to the site a FREE outdoor gym: absolutely brilliant and great fun!  It also comes with a magnificent view of Chateau Gaillard on the hill top.

Trying out the new gym at the campsite

We got here on Saturday lunchtime after spending the night at Wissant aire.  We were schedules on the 6.50 pm crossing, but we somehow jumped the queue and set off half an hour before allocated time!

Trying out the new gym at the campsite

Wissant was slightly less windy than last time, but I still wouldn’t like to spend too long there, beautiful as it is, unless I was surfing, of course. It’s been very tranquil here since we arrived, with just a couple of outings into town to get bread and groceries.  It was Mother’s day here yesterday and I was given a red rose at the Carrefour supermarket: What a beautiful gesture!  Only in France! We have also got internet access, so Adonis has been checking the weather forecast, which seems set to be sunny and warm.  It’s been trying to rain for about an hour now, but only a few drops have actually materialised.   Adonis’s been fishing most of the time and I’ve been reading my ‘Marie France’ magazine and revising my German, so I can get both languages flowing, hopefully.

Adonis' fishing swim at campsite

We plan to stay here till Friday morning, when we have to take Bramble to vet yet again!

working out at campsite