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Heurteauville, Seine Maritime, Tuesday 31st May 2015

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Motorhome aire by river Seine at Heurteauille

We have booked Beano at the vet at Neufchatel-en-Bray for tomorrow morning, but we are not sure yet whether we’ll stay there for the night or carry on north.  We shall see…

We have found a new and lovely aire in this area of Les Boucles de la Seine (Bends of the Seine) near Jumièges and La Mailleraye-sur-Seine, both of which we have stayed at before, so we knew we would like this one too. 

It was very easy getting here on the A28 all the way from junction 20, north of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, if not necessarely cheap at €38 (£29), plus another €2 for a very short track of the A13 south west of Rouen to get on to the D313 to Heurteauville.  We were here for lunch and we have just been for a walk along the river Seine with Beano and, despite it being windy and showery, it is a very pleasant walk and site.  It costs €5 a night per pitch plus 50C per person per day and there are extra charges for EHU (€4) and for fresh water and emptying facilities, including chemical toilets at an extra €4.  Registration is requied on arrival and payment is at time of departure, when the manager will open exit gate after transaction.  I find this kind of thing runs more like a campsite than an aire – which offers more freedom of movement and suits our character better – and can’t help feeling conned and probably won’t come here again, as for a couple more euros we could have stayed at a proper campsite with showers, washing facilities, etc, but we didn’t want a campsite this time.

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Afternoon walk along the river Seine

Our original intention was to spend 4 days at the campsite in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, but the weather was really dreadful and not good for fishing, as river was too high and fast, so we left this morning after just 2 days: a shame, for it is a charming site and village and we love it here too, but it was no fun being shut away in the van for the best part of 2 days, only going out to get baguette and cake and I didn’t even get round to taking any picture

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Quaint farm building by the river Seine

We have booked Beano at the vet at Neufchâtel-en-Bray for tomorrow morning, but we are not sure yet whether we’ll stay there for the night or carry on north.  We shall see

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Parked by the flagpole at Heurteauville mtorhome aire

Huttopia, Versailles campsite, Yvelines, Monday 27th May 2013

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Huttopia Camping, Versailles

Huttopia Camping, Versailles

 

 

 How beautiful it is to be sitting here in the sun at one of the many picnic tables provided by this charming campsite so near Versailles Palace. We arrived here yesterday lunchtime and, although it is very busy, we still had the choice between a few pitches, so we chose one that might enjoy some sunshine, as all the pitches are among the trees. We have pitch 106, which enjoys both, sun and shade.

 

 

Enjoying a drink, reading and crocheting in the sun at the available picnic tables

Enjoying a drink, reading and crocheting in the sun at the available picnic tables

 

 

The facilities here are wonderful and we are especially impressed with the very spacious and modern shower and washing facilities block. There is also a heated pool and a restaurant bar and you can order your bread at reception for the following day. We are booked for 3 nights and I can see this is a place I’d like to come back when we decide to visit Paris itself, as there are buses and trains nearby, which is far better than driving into the city and trying to find parking there. This campsite is a wonderful base from which to set off and explore Paris and its surrounding area.

 

Light and shade at the campsite

Light and shade at the campsite

 

We are here, of course, to visit Versailles Palace and we have tickets for tomorrow, which includes the Musical Fountains. We did a trial cycle ride yesterday afternoon and it’s just over 10 minutes from here, following the impressive Avenue de Paris: absolutely stunning, with all the classic buildings, including the Hôtel de Ville or Townhall.

 

Hotel de Ville at Versailles

Hotel de Ville at Versailles

 

The Palace is breathtaking, even from a distance as we were approaching, and the sheer amount of people around its gates made it slightly intimidating, but we are hoping that when we get there for 9 am tomorrow it won’t be quite so busy. There were lots of souvenir sellers too that reminded me of all the traders on the bridges in Rome when we visited the Vatican a few years ago.

 

Approaching the Palace of Versailles on our trial cycle ride

Approaching the Palace of Versailles on our trial cycle ride

 

A bit closer with the street sellers trying to make a living selling souvenirs

A bit closer with the street sellers trying to make a living selling souvenirs

 

On Saturday, we stopped at the lovely motorhome aire in Forges-les-Eaux in the Department of La Seine Maritime. It has room for 40 motorhomes, whith water and electricity supply as well as emptying facilities for 7.50 a night, payable to the guard who comes round in the evening.

 

Motorhome aire at Forges-les-Eaux

Motorhome aire at Forges-les-Eaux

 

The view from the motorhome aire

The view from the motorhome aire

 

From the aire, it’s only a 5-minute cycle ride to the town or to the lakes and woods of Epinay on the opposite direction. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and we thoroughly enjoyed our ride around the lake. This is another beautiful stop for future reference and I might even try the spa next time!

 

The Tourist Information Office at Forges-les-Eaux

The Tourist Information Office at Forges-les-Eaux, Rue Albert Bochet

 

Cycling around the Lake and Epinay Woods

Cycling around the Lake and Epinay Woods

 

Scalpture at Epinay Lake

Scalpture at Epinay Lake

 

The Casino from the Park by Bois de l'Epinay

The Casino from the Park by Bois de l’Epinay