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Pont-de-L’Arche, Eure, Friday 29th March 2013

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Motorhome aire at Pont-de-L'Arche

Motorhome aire at Pont-de-L’Arche

 

We’re on the banks of the river Eure, just south of Rouen, after driving on the first sunny day (did I say sunny???) we’ve seen for a long time.  We saw this very pleasant motorhome aire when we crossed the bridge north of the town on our way to what we thought would be our final destination for the day at Le Vaudreuil (lat 49° 15’ 29” N Long 1° 12’ 30” E), but we didn’t find the aire there all that attractive or welcoming – although it might have been alright in an emergency- and turned back to Pont-de-L’Arche hoping to find a space, as it was already 2 pm.  We were lucky another motorhome left soon after we arrived and we were quick to move and take over this prime spot with a wonderful view of the river and the church of Nôtre Dame des Arts on the hill.  The aire doesn’t appear on the Guide Officiel aires de Services Camping Cars, but it does exist and it’s free!

 

Prime parking spot right by the river Eure

Prime parking spot right by the river Eure

 

View of motorhome aire at Pont-de-L'Arche form above

View of motorhome aire at Pont-de-L’Arche form above

 

We’ve just come back from a walk around the small town in the sun (yes, in the sun!) – if still only 4°C – and had a look inside the impressive Gothic church I’ve just mentioned.  We also enjoyed the half-timbered houses, so old and rickety and typical of this area, and took a few pictures of all these quaint sights.

 

The Church of Notre Dame des Arts

The Church of Notre Dame des Arts

 

Impressive stained-glass window in church

Impressive stained-glass window in church

 

Half timbered houses

Half timbered houses

 

half timbered houses

half timbered houses

 

Half timbered houses.

Half timbered houses.

 

 

For the first time ever, we were delayed by a whole hour at the Eurotunnel terminal, as there seemed to be a technical fault of some sort in the tunnel itself, so we didn’t leave England till about 7.45 pm and arrived in Calais at 9.20 pm local time, being one hour ahead of GMT.  We drove down to the aire at Wissant and luckily there were still a few spaces left, so we quickly parked and heated up our pizza in the oven for a very late supper.

We were a bit tired after such a long day and went to bed after pizza without even bothering to do the washing up (very much unlike me!)

 

We were woken up this morning by one of the buses that usually park there for the night, blaring out some horrendous ‘circus-type’ music at the tender hour of 6.30 am.  I couldn’t go back to sleep after that, but stayed in the warmth under the bed covers until 8 am and still the temperature was only 5°C.  I let Adonis do his usual chores ‘downstairs’ first and put the heating on, so when I finally ventured down to the living quarters it was already a balmy 10°C.  Thank God our Elddis Autostratus has such an effective and fast gas heater!  I couldn’t do this otherwise in the winter (I know it’s spring, but the temperatures haven’t caught up yet with the dates).

 

We left Wissant just before 9 am and headed for Auchan at Boulogne-sur-Mer as usual for our big shop to see us through the Easter weekend.  We were on the road again by 10.45 am and followed the A16 to Abbeville and A28 to northeast of Rouen, where we found that the Matilda bridge is still shut (3 months now!), so we took the D6015 south, which runs alongside the river Seine, and very beautiful it was too and a nice and welcome change to our usual route.

Tomorrow we’ll be heading for Marbué in the Eure et Loir department; it should take just under 3 hours.

 

Pont-de-l'Arche

Pont-de-l’Arche

 

Marbué, Sunday 10th July 2011

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Marbué

In France again!  Left work early on Friday, just after 11 am, and got back home with plenty of time to put finishing touches and load last minute food/toiletry items in van and we were off by 1.30pm.  They let us board an early train (16.45) and arrived in Calais at 18.15, local time.  There was plenty of room at Wissant aire and spent a quiet night there after walking Bramble and eating pizza (this time I remembered to take if off plastic base!

Marbué aire

On Saturday morning we headed for Boulogne to do our weekly shopping and finally made it to Broglie aire by 2.30 pm without any incidents.  I cooked some mussels à la Marinière, followed by baked bream with new potatoes and, despite oven keeping blowing out, it turned out quite crispy on the outside and nicely cooked on the inside!

Adonis also managed to get our new ‘Multimo’ satellite dish going, which we bought as a wedding anniversary present (5th July), so we enjoyed channel 4 News last night.

Marbué aire

We’ve also been experimenting with coffee bags instead of cafetière, which broke before departure, and, after not getting it quite right the first couple of times, I’ve just produced a lovely cup to rival anything from a cafetière.  The reason behind it is to save water needed to rinse coffee jug and plunger, which has been a problem when water is in short supply.

Marbué aire

It was an early drive this morning from Broglie to Marbué, especially after I spotted TomTom was trying to take us through small country lanes (white D roads on our Atlas) instead of the more comfortable and wider yellow and red roads (Regional and National  roads).  I was very pleased with myself for having a better brain than the computer and getting here without any major traumas at precisely 12 noon.

We’ve had lunch, siesta, walk, coffee and apple tart and Adonis is just setting off for the river Loir for a spot of fishing before dinner.  I am going to revise my German, which I haven’t really done since Monday, and then start on my famous chili con carne.

 

 

Marbué aire

Marbué aire