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Montreuil-sur-Mer, Friday 26th August 2011


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




Condette Woods, Friday 3rd June 2011


Camping wild at Condette Woods

We are somewhere between Hardelot-Plage and Le Portel (Boulogne-sur-Mer).

It was very hot yesterday, spent totally in campsite, sunbathing, reading and swimming in pool, and finished with a lovely couscous meal in the town’s couscousserie.  Thus we finished our stay in Les Andelys and felt very sorry to leave again.

So we set off this morning just after 9 am and headed for Montreuil-sur-Mer to take Bramble to vet again before returning home.  The appointment was for 2 pm, but when we got there we found 3 other people waiting with their pets and were not seen till about 2.30.  After buying orange juice and tobacco for Adonis, we were on our way again just before 3pm headed for Le Touquet-Plage, but it was absolutely chock-a-block with caravans, some even parked outside aire near the exit road, really packed like sardines, so we decided to try St Cécile Plage by Camiers and some dunes nearby, but it was all banned to motorhomes, so we started heading north towards Le Portel, where there’s supposed to be another aire, but we found this parking space in the woods and decided to stop for a walk for Bramble.  We should be alright here tonight too, as there are no signs saying otherwise.

Condette Woods

Condette Woods

Tomorrow will be just a short drive to Boulogne hypermarket and then Wissant’s aire, so we may spend one day on the beach yet, wind permitting.





Jus drinking bottle of cider (Cidre Bouché fermier Le Pressoir d’Or, Silver Medal 2009) given to us as a gift by the management at L’ÎLe des Trois Rois campsite: lovely and sweet after a hot and tiring day. THANK YOU.  Thinking of you now!

île des Trois Rois, Les Andelys, Wednesday 1st June 2011


Monet's Garden and house

We had a lovely morning visiting Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny.  We got there before 10.30 am, but there was already a small queue, like 10 people before us.  It was quite an experience to see his painting hanging on the walls as he had them while he still lived there:  I didn’t expect so many and they were all beautiful, full of life and poetry.  I didn’t expect quite so many people either, with coach loads from schools, American and Japanese tourists, etc.  By the time we left at midday, it was positively heaving with visitors and more coaches were arriving.  I felt we were leaving at the right time.




The gardens are gorgeous, of course, very much like an English country garden, but much much bigger, and the famous bridge over the water lily pond with barge is just spectacular, surrounded by tall bamboo and all kinds of wild flowers: a real treat for the eye.      I was particularly taken and impressed by the blue Canterbury Bells, which I’d never seen before and I’ve promised myself I must get some to plant next spring.

Water lily pond

We took lots of pictures, although we had to wait a bit to get a good spot on the bridge without getting lots of other people in it!  I am glad we went at this time of year when there are so many different varieties of flowers adding to the colour palette of the garden.

Posing on famous water lily pond and bridge










It’s been a hot day, but the wind has lifted again this evening.  I made bacon with saute potatoes and French omelette for dinner and it almost turned out to be another day of disaster in the kitchen.  First I dropped an egg, which broke and spilled its contents almost under the fridge, making almost impossible to pick up and clean.  Then I burned my hand on handle of saucepan, at it was above grill, which shoot flames and heat upwards.  After that, I dropped small frying pan just before I cracked my egg for my omelette and, finally, I slipped on step outside van when I was serving and taking things out.  Why do all these things happen all at once?  It’s like a butterfly effect or a domino rally: one things falls after another.  Luckily food was well cooked and delicious and I didn’t get hurt.

Water lily pond

Adonis (Peter) at Monet's Garden



We are going to spend another day here and then head off for Montreuil-sur-Mer again for ritual visit to vet before returning to England.  We might try and stop the night at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage for a change and do shopping at Boulogne: we’ll see.







Water lily pond

Poppy field in Giverny

Beautiful Canterbury bells

Montreuil-sur-Mer, Friday 29th April 2011


Pitch at La Fontaine des Clercs at Montreuil

Here we are again before before our return home for the obligatory visit to the vet.  We arrived at lunchtime after following the A28 and A16 from Broglie, so it was an easy drive all the way.  We were surprised that nobody came to collect the daily fee for the aire, so we saved 5 Euros!

I was hoping to watch the Royal Wedding on television when we got to campsite, but we couldn’t get a reception, so I asked Pepo to tape it for me, which he has, and I look forward to watching it when we get home on Sunday.  I also tried the internet, but the reception was weak and had to knock that on the head too.  So I spent the afternoon reading while Adonis had siesta and then I took Bramble for walk.  Again I was frustrated in my efforts, as walk around ramparts had been closed for maintenance and we couldn’t follow the usual route around city walls that we enjoy so much.


City walls at Montreuil-sur-Mer

We took Bramble to the vet at 6 pm and then had a drink outside café on the square, where a storm started raging 2 hours ago and hasn’t stopped since.  We tried to sit it out while we drank, but as it didn’t look like it was going to stop any time soon, we took our chances and ran all the way to campsite, getting drenched in the attempt, but made it back in one piece at least.     It sort of reminded me that this is the place where ‘Les Miserables’ was set, and it did feel pretty miserable. We quickly dried ourselves and heated up chili con carne and rice for dinner.  Pepo phoned while I was getting dinner ready and said he had friends round and sounded very happy.

Montreuil in the rain






I am going to read some more and then will go to bed.




Montreuil-sur-Mer in the rain

Having a hug with Bramble

Montreuil-sur-Mer, Thursday 24th February 2011


Montreuil-sur-mer city walls



Here we are again at the charming and welcoming site of Les Fontaines des Clerks.  We arrived very early, just before 11 am, after usual breakfast, emptying toilet and dirty water and stopping for bagette on the way.






Coffee and cake time


I must mention that I made it my mission to try as many cakes from the various boulangeries-patisseries we visit as we possibly can and so far the tarte aux framboises (raspberry tart) wins hands down, followed closely by pistachio mil-feuille.

Nice and lazy day today with usual walk around city walls and a stop for money and beer.  I cooked merquez and couscous and just finished the Paris-Brest cake from yesterday, delicious again, with a distinct flavour of hazelnuts.


walk around city walls



I’ve made very good progress on my crochet t-shirt and I’ll be reading a bit more Brando’s biography, ‘Songs my mother taught me’ (which I am really enjoying), later on.

The weather has been much better than yesterday – no rain at least – and much warmer.

view from city walls




Adonis’s been suffering from sciatica and he’s planning to go to the doctor’s when we get back home.  Pepo’s having a great time in Scotland and Bramble is going to the vet’s first thing tomorrow.



Montreuil-sur-Mer, Monday 1st November 2010


We are now at La Fontaine des Clercs campsite again and it’s warm and dry, unlike the last time we were here and, instead of having a take-away pizza from delivery van, I’m cooking a paella with the remainder of my pork and bacon as probably the ‘last supper’ in the van on this break.

Morning light at Juno

We had a lovely walk this morning on Juno beach with a beautiful diaphanous light that I’d love to capture in a picture if I had the right knowledge and equipment. 

Cosy's Bunker

I took more pictures of ‘Cosy’s Bunker’ from further down the beach as it really showed it tilted and half buried in the sand.  I also took a picture of Canadian double cross and flag as a sign of respect for the brave fallen soldiers all those years ago.


Canadian Double Cross and Flag at Juno Beach

We set off in this direction at around 10 am and had a job parking just to buy a baguette in the various little towns on the way.  We finally managed to find a spot in Pont L’évêque, but had to queue behind half a dozen people, and more came behind me.  Maybe it had something to do with being ‘All Saints Day’ bank holiday, as I’d never seen that before.


Pont de Normandie

Then we carried on to Pont de Normandie, where we crossed the magnificent bridge over the estuary, overlooking Le Havre on the left and the Natural Reserve of the Seine Estuary on the right: a stunning sight in its autumm colours.  We made good progress on almost empty roads and got here before 2 pm.  We set up, had lunch, siesta, paid the receptionist our standard 18 E, took Bramble for a walk around old city walls (which we all love), had shower and sat down to read and relax and then cook.  We are now waiting for the first paella I’ve ever cooked in my new ‘paellera’.  I look forward to the results.

Autumn Colours at the Seine Estuary

Off to vet tomorrow morning at 8.30 and then Calais, although we are thinking about having a look at Touquet Paris-Plage first, as we don’t want to arrive at Citi Europe too early and I’d rather spend the morning somewhere more scenic and riveting than Carrefour car park.

Le Touquet Paris-Plage