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Épagne, Canal du Somme, Thursday 7th June 2012


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



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