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Gérardmer Lac, Vosges, Tuesday 16th July 2013

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The very pleasant Lac de Gerardmer

The very pleasant Lac de Gerardmer

 

 

Since leaving Cornée de Réchicourt on Sunday morning, we’ve been making our way south following the Alsace Wine Route or Route des Vins d’Alsace, with just one stop at the very convenient and attractive aire at Niderviller, still on the Moselle department, right on the Port de Plaisance. We found this a bit pricey at 10 a night plus €2 electricity, but it did include toilets and showers, which operated by a swipe card, to be had for a further deposit of €20. We weren’t at all surprised to find mainly German motorhomes here, as we don’t think the French would pay this much for an aire. We were happy to pay, though, as we had already enjoyed a couple of free nights and a very cheap campsite at Givet previously. So we had a very relaxing day there, as we arrived by 10.30 am and even enjoyed a swim in the canal to cool off, for it has been very hot every day.

 

Port de Plesance at Neverville

Port de Plaisance and motorhome aire at Niderviller

 

 

On Monday morning, we went back towards Sarrebourg to join the N4 east at junction 45 and then south on D1044 and D422 towards Molsheim and D35 to Obernai, where we stopped for the day at the Vallons d’Ehn municipal campsite to start our tour of Alsace, in the Bas Rhin Department. The campsite is very pleasant and with plenty of shade, very much needed this time of year, as well as the usual high standards of maintenance of grounds, shower blocks, etc. It also has a very convenient little shop and they sell fresh baguettes and croissants every morning without needing to order them the night before. There are also various take-away vans that supply the site on different days of the week, like pizzas or roast chicken. The very reasonable daily price of €18.60 also includes wife access, of which we made good use to update FB pages, etc.

Following the Alsace Wine Route

Following the Alsace Wine Route, Obernai

 

The town of Obernai itself is another fairy-tale picturesque town, typical of the Alsace region, with its stunning timber-framed and pastel coloured houses, bursting with geranium window-boxes and original shop signs. Like in Kaysersberg last year, we fell in love with the place and decided to go out for a meal in the evening as a belated wedding anniversary treat. We opted for ‘Le Dime’ restaurant to enjoy a typical Alsace meal and very nice and hearty it was too! We started with an onion tart and green salad for myself and escargots (snails) for Adonis, followed by a beef, pork and lamb stew and a rib of pork respectively. We both struggled to finish our main courses, as the portions were very generous indeed. I reckon mine would have fed 2 people at least! So much so, that I could hardly manage any breakfast this morning and just had an apricot and a coffee.

The incredibly beautiful and picturesque Obernai

The incredibly beautiful and picturesque Obernai

 

Obernai

Obernai

 

Obernai

Obernai

 

Obernai

Obernai

 

 

 

Enjoying an typical Alsace meal

Enjoying an typical Alsace meal at Le Dime restaurant, Obernai

 

My very generous and filling hot pot

My very generous and filling hot pot

 

We left the campsite just after 9 this morning and continued south on the sublime Route des Vins d’Alsace on the D422/1422 out of Obernai, past Sélestat and on to Ribeauvillé on the D1083 south of Sélestat, D42 and D1b. We were there for 10.30 am, so we went for a gentle stroll to admire yet another gorgeous town and where we bought 2 bottles of Alsace Gewürztraminer to enjoy later on. We didn’t really like the aire to stop for the day, so we continued on south west, past Kaysersberg on D415 and admiring the view every kilometer of the way. This is really stunningly beautiful countryside, with all the steep vineyards on the wooded hills and I kept taking pictures as we travelled along.

 

Hill vineyards in Alsace wine route

Hill vineyards in Alsace wine route

 

Rebeauville

Ribeauville 

 

 

Ribeauville

Ribeauville

 

 

An original front of house in Ribeauvillé

An original front of house in Ribeauvillé

 

The road got a bit steep and windy by Col du Bonhomme (over 900 meters high), but eased up after Fraize on the same road. From there we went south on the D8 to Gérardmer, where we stopped for the rest of the day at the motorhome aire near the town centre and only a few minutes’ walk to the beautiful lake.

Lac de Geradmer

Lac de Geradmer

 

We enjoyed a couple of hours swimming and resting on the shore, as it’s been another scorcher of a day, so swimming and shade are a must.

 

Entertainment for the young at Lac de Gerarmer

Entertainment for the young at Lac de Gerarmer

 

The motorhome aire is €4 a night, but there is no electricity and there’s a €2 supplement for water. There are, however, free toilets that ‘clean’ themselves automatically after each use!

The very spacious motorhome aire at Lac de Gerardmer

The very spacious motorhome aire at Lac de Gerardmer

 

High street at Lac de Gerardmer

High street at Lac de Gerardmer

 

Tomorrow we’re heading further west to Corre, in the Haute Saone Department, where we are hoping to stop at the aire on the river leisure centre or Fluvial Loisirs.

Cornée de Réchicourt, Moselle Department, Saturday 13th July 2013

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The lovely arboretum at Cornee de Rechicourt

The lovely arboretum at Cornee de Rechicourt with motorhome in background

 

 

I can’t believe we’ve been travelling for a week already! The weather has been very hot throughout and much better than our first week last year. We were heading for the motorhome aire at Rhodes in the Moselle department to stop for a day or two, but it seemed to have been taken over by cars and the campsite next door was full, being a Saturday, so after looking at map and checking info from Motorhome Facts Forum website on the Tomtom, we headed south to this gem of a place, with an arboretum and all! Not the easiest of places to find, so if it hadn’t been for that extra bit of information from the forum, we might have had to drive for a bit longer, but we are grateful that we didn’t have to, as it was already midday and getting too hot for comfort again.

 

Arboretum at Cornee de Rechicourt

 Fishing at Cornee de Rechicourt

 

We’ve had a very relaxing week since leaving the lovely campsite at Givet with just one overnight stop at the superb Stenay motorhome aire (8 to include services, showers, toilets, electricity, wifi and free entry to the local beer museum), right on the canal de l’Est, off the Meuse river.

 

The charming Stenay

The charming Stenay

 

The superb Stenay Motorhome aire

The superb Stenay Motorhome aire

 

On Tuesday morning, we followed the road D964 south to Verdun, St Mihiel and Commercy, joined the N4 east at Void-Vacon towards Toul and Nancy to stop for a few days at the relaxing Villey-le-Sec campsite, just half way between Toul and Nancy on the D909. We were here last year too and we had really enjoyed the peace and quiet of the site, so we were very happy just to chill by the river, where we swam, fished and paddled our little inflatable boat in order to bait the river and avoid using a sling after Adonis’s accident back in April.

 

The very peaceful pitch at Villey-le-Sec campsite

The very peaceful pitch at Villey-le-Sec campsite

 

 

Baiting the river safely from dinghy. No accidents this time.

Baiting the river safely from dinghy. No accidents this time.

 

The restaurant at Velley-le-Sec campsite

The restaurant at Velley-le-Sec campsite

 

Unfortunately, Adonis didn’t catch anything this time round, but it was just good to unwind. There are quite a few extremely large transport barges and smaller pleasure boats going up and down the river, so maybe that had an effect on the lack of fish taking the bait.

  

Huge barges going down the Moselle

Huge barges going down the Moselle

 

Still, I loved seeing the family of swans we encountered last year, when the parents chased Adonis away from their nest, as all the cygnets are now grown up and they were gliding up and down the river all together, all 10 of them! I took loads of pictures of this wonderful sight!

 

The cygnets all grown up travelling together

The cygnets all grown up travelling together

 

The cygnets by our pitch

The cygnets by our pitch

 

As we were running out of food supplies, we left the campsite this morning and headed east on the A31 after doing our shopping at Leclerc in Dommartin, just outside Toul (J. 15). We passed Nancy, St Nicolas-de-Port and Luneville to join the N4 again in a north easterly direction towards Sarrebourg and where the road goes west again and becomes the D955 before taking the exit to Rhodes and the Parc Animalier.

 

Adonis is fishing now and I’ll keep brushing up my French before getting my crochet hooks and yarn out.

 

Adonis fishing at Cornee de Rechicourt

Adonis fishing at Cornee de Rechicourt

 

We’ll be heading for Alsace tomorrow, or maybe not, if we decide to stay here 2 nights …