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St Valerie-en-Caux and Le Crotoy, Thursday 21st Feb 2013

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Le Crotoy

Le Crotoy Quay with motorhome aire in background

 

It looks like fate has brought us back to this lovely town of Le Crotoy again, as our intention was to stop for the day and spend the night at Le Tréport, about 20 miles further south, but the motorhome aire on top of the cliff by the cable lift, or funicular, was a bit too exposed to the elements – if with beautiful views and good facilities – and being such a  bitterly cold day, we thought we might be better off at sea level, so here we are again, protected from the wind by the sand dunes and the town within easy reach.

Sea-side houses on Le Crotoy beach

Sea-side houses on Le Crotoy beach

 

How is this for a holiday resort home?  Le Crotoy sea-front

How is this for a holiday resort home? Right out of a fairy tale.  Le Crotoy sea-front

 

We’ve just been for a long walk along the beach and through the town, as it’s more sheltered than the marshes.  Back on 3rd of January, when we last came here, we had Sasha the Saluki with us and I can almost see her leaping about in the marshes, chasing the birds.  I am saddened that we no longer have her, as she turned out to be so destructive in the house when we were back at work.  Still, it’s just Adonis and I again doing the long walks, like in the good old days.

 

Le Crotoy beach

Le Crotoy beach

 

Yesterday, we stopped the night at the magnificent aire on the pier at St Valerie-en-Caux (free off season), right below the cliffs that remind me so much of Dover.  Again, it was a brilliant sunny, if cold, day and we enjoyed a long walk on the sea front and the marina.

 

St Valerie-en-Caux motorhome aire

St Valerie-en-Caux motorhome aire

 

St Valeir-en-Caux motorhome aire and lighthouse

St Valeir-en-Caux motorhome aire and lighthouse

 

 In the evening, we went for a wonderful meal at ‘Le Restaurant du Port’, run by Véronique et Olivier Warin, on 18 Quai d’Amont, right opposite where the fishing boats moor.  Earlier on in our walk we’d seen the fishermen arrive and unload their catch, so we knew the seafood served at the restaurant would be very fresh.  The restaurant is very pleasant indeed, smartly but simply decorated.  The hostess/waitress was charming and very friendly and efficient and the food was absolutely superb and delicious.  I had the Flan aux Poireaux (leek and smoked fish mousse) followed by the Poisson du Marché (or catch of the day), which consisted of 3 different kinds of fish (cod, sea bream and tuna) and to finish I had the mouth-watering crème brulée.  Adonis had a paté made of pig’s trotters and black pudding in a vinaigrette sauce, followed by scallops and a selection of cheeses.  We couldn’t have hoped for a better meal or setting and it was just the perfect treat to see us on our way back home.

 

Henry IV house and museum at St Valerie-en-Caux

Henry IV house and museum at St Valerie-en-Caux near Marina

 

St Valerie-en-Caux port and fishing boats

St Valerie-en-Caux port and fishing boats bringing in their catch

 

St Valerie-en-Caux Marina

St Valerie-en-Caux Marina

 

We reluctantly left the warmth of the restaurant to face the chilly night on our way back to the motorhome aire and slept peacefully all night, to be woken up by the sound of seagulls and the rising sun: total bliss!

 

Motorhome aire on cliff top at Le Treport

Motorhome aire on cliff top at Le Treport

 

It was an easy drive this morning from St Valerie-en-Caux to Le Crotoy, following the D925, past Dieppe and Le Tréport, where we only stopped for coffee and to fill up with water at the aire on the cliff top.  It was handy that payment at the services borne is done with credit cards and there is a choice of several services (stopping for 24 hours, 48 hours or just use the water and electricity for 1 hour for only €2.

 

Le Treport seen from cliff top

Le Treport seen from cliff top

 

So, after coffee and a few moments to enjoy the scenery and take pictures of marvellous view, we were on our merry way again and got here soon after midday.  It’s going to be another spectacular sunset today, as it’s been the whole week, ever since last Saturday at Boulogne-sur-Mer, where we’re heading for our final shop at huge Auchan once more tomorrow.

 

Le Treport from cliff top by funicular

Le Treport from cliff top by funicular

It will be Wissant’s aire (free all year round, but no water or electricity available) again after that for an early rise and departure from the Eurotunnel back to England on Saturday morning.

We’ll be back at Easter, so watch this space…

Ste Honorine des Pertes, Normandie, Tuesday, 19th February 2013

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Utah Beach

Chariot racing at Utah Beach

 

We are staying at this private motorhome aire on the D514 or Omaha Beach Road.  It has room for 35 motorhomes, the price of €6 includes electricity and it’s open all year.  There is only just another van here at the moment (just after midday), so we have lots of space around us as well as being nicely secluded by a hedge.  It’s very sunny and warm, as it’s been all week: just what I needed!

 

Monument to the American forces who landed at Utah Beach

Monument to the American forces who landed at Utah Beach

 

This morning we drove to Utah Beach, after spending the night at Isigny-sur-Mer, famous for its butter.  Once again, it was quite harrowing to see the monuments erected to the American soldiers fallen in WWII and frightening to see all the war paraphernalia left behind: tanks, air-raid guns, tank traps, etc.  There is also a museum here, but as we had already visited Arromanches and Juno’s previously, (http://fatimasaysell.com/2011/11/18/juno-beach-sun…t-october-2010/ ‎) we decided just to enjoy the walk in the sunshine and admire the enormous beach and the horses training on it for some sort of ‘chariot’ races.

WWII tank by museum

WWII tank by museum

 

Another tribute to the American forces

Another tribute to the American forces

 

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We thought the Utah Beach campsite would be open, as it said in the guide, but it’s shut until April, so we started making our slow way back east, and here we are at St Honorine-des-Pertes, between Omaha and Arromanches.

 

Tank traps by Museum

Tank traps by Museum

Utah marvellous and enormous beach today

Utah marvellous and enormous beach today

 

A lone chariot

A lone chariot

 

We also enjoyed our quiet stay at the aire at Isigny-sur-Mer yesterday, with the parking bays neatly separated by hedges.  It’s free and it had a borne for water which cost €2 for 100 litres.  The aire is on the Quay Neuf, on the Port de Plaisance, nicely signposted and easy to find.

 

Motorhome aire at Isigny-sur-Mer, neatly divided by hedges

Motorhome aire at Isigny-sur-Mer, neatly divided by hedges, Port de Plaisance

 

We strolled around town, which was very quiet, and to the end of the quay for some bird watching on the marshes and the lovely view out to Côte de Nacre.

 

Enjoying a refreshing beer at Port de Plaisance

Enjoying a refreshing beer at Port de Plaisance

 

Port de Plaisance

Port de Plaisance

 

Looking out at Cote de Nacre

Looking out at Cote  de Nacre

 

Tomorrow we’re heading northeast, to St Valerie-en-Caux, as we really liked it there last time, with its magnificent motorhome aire right on the pier under the white chalk cliffs so much like Dover.

St Valerie-en-Caux, Tuesday, 22nd February 2011

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Motorhome aire at St Valerie-en-Caux

It’s 6 pm.  I’m cooking Bolognese sauce and Adonis is trying hard to get the gas heater going.  It’s been working perfectly till now, but it’s just decided to play up after our afternoon walk.

A lovely day so far.  Got up at 8.30 am after a very quiet and dark night in the Forest of Eu and were on our way by 9.30.  We had a quick stop for bread and cake, made appointment with vet for Friday at 8.30 am and carried on the small road to Dieppe and then on the D925 to St Valerie.  We found marvellous free aire by the pier,set up, had coffee and went for long walk around Marina.  Came back for lunch and siesta and then I took Bramble for a short walk on the seafront under the cliffs that look just like Dover!

 

 

Adon put the hot water on and we both had a shower.  I even managed to wash my hair, which is quite a treat on this type of holiday.

I’m just looking out of the window and command a wonderful view of the cliffs, Falaise d’Amont, and the sea: all for free!

 

 

Marina at St Valerie-En-Caue

Cliffs at St Valerie-en-Caux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After shower we went to have a beer at the hotel de la Poste in front of the Town Hall, just to the side of the marina, and sat outside:  first time this year!

St Valerie-en-Caux pier and aire from the cliffs

Now waiting for Bolognese sauce to cook and Adonis to stop worrying about heater.

We might go to bird sanctuary north of Crotoy tomorrow, Parc Ornithologique du Marquenterre, back in the Bay of the Somme.

No luck with heater.