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Berck, Pas de Calais, Thursday 31st October 2013

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Berck seen from the beach

Berck seen from the beach

 

 I am delighted to say that John and Julie were absolutely right in recommending this top aire by the Base Nautique, Chemin aux Raisins, right by the enormous beach and lovely sand dunes, very much like Le Touquet-Paris-Plage. It only cost €6.50 a day and has room for 75 vehicles, but it’s free from November to March inclusive and there’s free water, although no electricity.

 

Berck's motorhome aire by the Base Nautique

Berck’s motorhome aire by the Base Nautique

 

We arrived here at around 1.15 pm, as we decided to do our big shop this morning instead of tomorrow, being Toussaints and a Bank Holiday here and we were not sure if Auchan in Boulogne-sur-Mer would be open.

 

Sand dunes on Berck's beach

Sand dunes on Berck’s beach

 

We had lunch a bit later than usual, followed by a rest after the long drive from Broglie (3 ½ hours plus shopping time), and have just returned from a very pleasant walk in a very strong wind on the magnificent beach and pier where we were able to have a good look at the seals resting there and, of course, I took loads of pictures!

 

Seals at the end of the pier

Seals at the end of the pier

 

I'll just have a rest!

I’ll just have a rest!

 

It's more fun with a partner

It’s more fun with a partner

 

Mingling with the seagulls

Mingling with the seagulls

 

Beano thoroughly loved chasing his ball on the hard sand despite it being blown into his eyes and getting his fur covered in it.

 

A great beach to chase a ball

A great beach to chase a ball

 

I can imagine what a wonderful place this will be in the summer months too, and again, this is another destination to come back to in the future, whatever the weather.

 

Lighthouse seen through the sand dunes

Lighthouse seen through the sand dunes

 

We also had a lovely sunny day in Broglie yesterday and it was great having a dog again to walk along the Charentonne river, with its picturesque water mill and beautiful views of the countryside around. We met a very friendly Dutch lady who’s moved here and we chatted with her in French for a while, as she spoke very clearly and was easy to understand. She told us she lived in one of the houses on the hill on the opposite side and that she regularly walks the round tour from her house down through the village, to the library by the motorhome aire and through the woods, which only takes one hour, so we might try this when Beano is a bit older and can walk for longer.

 

The water mill at Broglie by the Charentonne river

The water mill at Broglie by the Charentonne river

 

 I went to the local bakery for the daily baguette and cakes, then the butcher’s for a couple of delicious fillet stakes, which I cooked and served with chips, salad and bread.

 

Lovely views from the river walk

Lovely views from the river walk

 

The visit to the vet’s was quite straightforward, even though the nurse seemed quite surprised that the rabies vaccine was done in 2 separate doses in the UK and she queried me about this. Other than that, it was plain sailing and Beano is now wormed and ready to return home.

 

The Charentonne river at Broglie

The Charentonne river at Broglie

 

So, it’s Wissant’s aire tomorrow and another long walk on the beach, we hope.

 

Ferries heading for the UK

Ferries heading for the UK

 

Wissant, Pas de Calais, 28th August 2012

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This is just a picture blog.  Wissant is always the beginning and the end of our holidays, so it’s become an important place in our travels.  This time it was a beautiful sunny day, if a bit windy as always, which made it perfect for kite flying and surfing.  The sand dunes provide a welcome natural shelter against the wind.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and that you’ll come and visit this wonderful place in the north west of France.

 

Wissant, Pas de Calais

 

Wissant, Pas de Calais

 

 

Wissant, Pas de Calais

 

Sand dunes at Wissant

 

Sand dunes at Wissant

 

Kite flying on Wissant Beach

 

 

 Wissant Beach

 

 

kite flying on Wissant beach

 

Kite flying on Wissant Beach

 

Wissant Beach

 

Old Nazi Bunkers on Wissant beach

 

 

Old Nazi Bunkers on Wissant beach

 

Old Nazi Bunkers on Wissant beach

 

 

Wissant Beach

 

 

Sand dunes at Wissant

 

Sand dunes at Wissant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, Sunday 12th February 2012

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We are parked in the snow at the aire by the Sailing Club on the coldest day by far we’ve been in the motorhome.

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage motorhome aire in the snow

 

 

It’s funny to see it so empty and quiet – there is only one other motorhome next to us – as last time we came here at Easter 2011, it was chock-a-block with RVs, even down the road, parked like sardines.  There were quite a few people walking earlier on, but they’ve all left now, as it’s getting late in the afternoon and it will be dark within one hour or so.

 

 

 

 

We’ve just been for a very pleasant walk on the sand dunes and it seemed almost surreal to see them covered in snow.  Once again, we got carried away taking pictures, but it is such an unusual sight, that one feels compelled to catch and immortalise the moment.

Snowy sand dunes at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

 

We got up very early this morning (6.30 am) in order to catch the 11.20 am crossing to Calais from Folkestone.  We left the house at 8.15 am, after filling up with water and packing last minute items.  It was too cold to leave the water in the tank last night, as we didn’t want to risk it freezing and wrecking the water tank or pipes.  We made very good time and arrived in Folkestone at 10.40, but the train was delayed by 20 minutes and we finally arrived in Calais at 1.1 5 pm local time.

Snowy sand dunes at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

 

 

 

 

We didn’t feel like driving too far and, as it was snowing and the roads were covered in the white stuff and ice, we just settled for Le Touquet and were here just after 2.30pm.  I felt very tired and went straight for a siesta, while Adonis took Bramble for a walk in the snow.

 

 

 

 

I am really enjoying the peace and quiet here.  It looks like our neighbours are getting ready to depart, so we might well be the only ones camping here tonight.  Imagine that:  The only campers at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, the Hollywood of the Atlantic Coast!:  That’s definitely one for the books.

Snowy sand dunes at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

Snowy sand dunes at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This aire costs €9.50 for the night, plus €2 for 100 litres of water and electricity hook-up for 1 hour, which we don’t need as batteries are fully charged and water tank full.  I must note here that the Gendarmes come to check that you have a parking ticket!!!

Bramble chasing his ball on the snow.

 

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

 

Just like the Alps

 

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage