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Le Crotoy, Thursday 3rd January 2013

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Le Crotoy as seen from motorhome aire.

Le Crotoy as seen from motorhome aire.

 

My first entry of the year happens to be on the Bay of the Somme on a misty, but warmish afternoon.  The thermometer in the van reads 17 °C and, as we haven’t had the heating on since 1.30 pm and it’s 4.45 pm now, the temperature inside can’t be very different from the outside.

 

Motorhome aire as seen from the Bay of the Somme

Motorhome aire as seen from the Bay of the Somme

 

We’ve just come back from a long walk with Sasha around the bay and the marshes and Sasha had a whale of a time leaping about, chasing the seagulls and the ducks.  I took lots of pictures all the way as I never tire of the beautiful sight of the town of Le Crotoy from the motorhome aire and the marshes.

 

Sasha enjoying herself on the marshes of the Bay of the Somme

Sasha enjoying herself on the marshes of the Bay of the Somme

 

 

Enjoying a long walk around the Bay

Enjoying a long walk and a run around the Bay

 

The aire still costs €5, plus €2 for the water and electricity borne if needed.  There are 8 vans here at the moment and it’s hard to imagine now how busy it was in the summer, with hardly any spaces left, even though the parking area is quite big, with room for 200 vehicles!

 

The Bay of the Somme

The Bay of the Somme

 

The Bay of the Somme

The Bay of the Somme and Le Crotoy

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our break at Amboise, as always, and left on 1st January for Montbizot, north of Le Mans, following mainly the D938/338 from the north of Tours.  Montbizot has a little aire with enough room for 6 motorhomes, but the water and electricity supply borne was switched off for the winter, but as we had topped up in Amboise, it didn’t really matter.  Again, the river Sarthe was overflowing and the walking area and path were waterlogged and flooded in parts, so walking was difficult and Wellington boots were a must!

After Montbizot, we carried on north on the D338 past Alenҫon and D438 to Broglie, where once again we had made an appointment with the vet to have Sasha wormed and checked before returning to England.  The guard came early in the evening to collect the €5 fee and we also bought a jeton (token) for water for €2.50 to last us until the end of the journey.  We were glad to see that everything was in working order.

It felt very strange this time round not to have Bramble with us, as we’ve been here so many times with him, especially during the walk along the Charentonne river.  Even the vet asked about him.  Still, Sasha loved the walk too and I hope it will be the first of many happy walks in this lovely village.

The vet was booked for 8.30 am, so we made an early start this morning and got here for 12.30 pm, following the A28, joining it at junction 14 north of Bernay and on past Rouen, but we had to take the A150 for a little while as the bridge was still closed on the Eastern side of the city and the traffic was diverted westwards.  We joined the A28 again at J.11 and followed the usual route past Abbeville to J.1 and D40 to Le Crotoy without any further disturbances to the traffic.

 

Le Crotoy

Le Crotoy

 

Various aquatic birds at the Bay of the Somme

Various aquatic birds at the Bay of the Somme

 

We are off to Auchan at Boulogne-sur-Mer for our final big shop to stock up on wine and beer before our final overnight stop at Wissant and going home.

We’ll be back in February!

Our parking spot at the motorhome aire of Le Crotoy

Our parking spot at the motorhome aire of Le Crotoy

 

 

Le Crotoy, Wednesday 23rd February 2011

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Wet day at Le Somme

A very wet and miserable day today.  We emptied grey water tank, filled up with fresh water and set off just after 9.30 am with the idea of stopping at Ault and having a walk in the bird sanctuary, but weather was so unpleasant and the aire facing medical centre so unattractive that we decided to go on.

We had a look further up north at Cayeux-sur-Mer, but we didn’t like the hefty fee at campsite of Vieille Eglise, so we carried on back to this lovely aire at Le Crotoy, where the views are so lovely and it’s easy to walk Bramble.

It hasn’t stopped raining, so not very inviting out there and Adon took Bramble for afternoon walk while I continued with my crochet.

It’s 5.15 pm now and we are thinking about going out for a meal tonight, which is the only thing that’s going to drag me out there today.

 

 

 

Pepo seems to be having a good time in Glasgow and Edinburgh and we’re keeping in touch by texting, which is a lot cheaper than phoning on mobiles.

 

 

We just liked this fishing boat

 

Adonis finally found out that problem with heater was a blown fuse and luckily we had spares, so it’s nice and warm now.

 

A ray of sunshine in the rain

Le Crotoy, 20th February 2011

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View of Le Crotoy from the motorhome aire

Half-term holiday in France again, this time in the Somme.

The quay at Le Croto

So here we are at the Crotoy in northwest France.  We set off from home yesterday at 12.30 pm and it was all plain sailing all the way to Audinghen, at the France Passion site in Cap Gris-Nez.  We did our shopping in Cite Europe, then drove down to our night stop: first time we’ve driven in the dark.  I warmed up a cheese tart, which we served with saucisson and salad,  and had an early night at bout 9.30 pm.

Got up at 8 am, had breakfast and did usual tidying up and were on the road again at 9.30 am.  It was a lovely drive on the N940 south, past Berck (with a slight diversion) and on to Le Crotoy.  I just want to mention how the signposts let us down again with little warning and ended up in Le Touquet before joining route to Berck, etc.

We finally made it to this fine spot just before 12 noon, went for a wander in town and bought some ‘moules’ for dinner, which I’m about to cook.  This a very large aire, with room for at least 50 motorhomes, free this time of year, but 5 Euros a night during the high season.  There is also a charge of 2E for water, as it is common in many aires.

The Motorhome aire at Le Crotoy

Le Crotoy is a lovely sea-fearing little town, famous for having been the imprisonment place of Joan of Arc, to whom there is a monument dedicated near the sea front.  Fish restaurants are the attraction here, so I expect we’ll enjoy a nice seafood meal before we leave.

Joan of Arc Monument at Le Crotoy

Got back to van for lunch and while Adonis had a siesta, a started crocheting my new project: a summer t-shirt.

The large aire at Le Crotoy

We’ve just been for long walk around the Bay of the Somme, and very beautiful it is too!  Just having aperitif before dinner and early night again, I expect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are not sure where we are going tomorrow.

The Bay of the Somme