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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 …

 

Villey-le-Sec, Le Moselle, Tuesday 10th July 2012

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Our pitch by the river at Villey-le-Sec campsite

 

 

Today’s been the hottest and most enjoyable day of this holiday so far.  We are staying for a few days at this magnificent campsite right on the river Moselle.  Our pitch is barely 10 metres away from the river itself and Adonis has already found a ‘swim’ in which to fish, but not before doing battle with a very protective swan watching over his brood.  That was a sight to behold, funny and frightening at the same time!  My money was on the swan!

Adonis doing battle with the swans

 

Doing battle with the swans

 

We have provisionally booked for 3 days, but we might stay longer if the weather stays as hot as today: we’ve even had a swim in the river late in the afternoon to cool off a bit and didn’t feel cold at all either in the water or lying on the shore: that’s more like it!

The magnificent swan family

The Lillypad windblockers, however, have come in very handy again, as every now and then we get a cool gust of wind that would totally spoil my enjoyment sitting outdoors.

Yes, it is a wonderful campsite, quiet, with lots of space, the river, the fishing, the swimming and very clean and hot showers.  What else could you ask for?

Le Moselle river by Villey-le-Sec

 

I wasn’t so impressed with the showers at the campsite at Lac des Vieilles Forges, as I had another disappointing lukewarm one at 9 o’clock in the morning, when you really expect them to be hot, and it was the same in the gents’ block when Adonis tried in the evening.  I felt like complaining, but the reception seemed to be empty when we left.  We did, nevertheless, have a very pleasant walk around the lake and into the village itself and it looked like a charming place to live.  We never managed a swim in the lake, however, as Sunday turned out to be a wet and not very warm day.

After leaving the Base de Loisirs at the Vieilles Forges, we continued southeast towards Charleville-Méziers and took the A34 for a little while to junction 3 with the idea of following the D4/27 south along the Meuse river, but the signs left us again in true French fashion and somehow we mysteriously re-emerged north of where we were supposed to be at Douzy and ended up following the parallel D964 on the other side of the river, still charming and more direct, all the way to Stenay, just 24 km.

Canal by Motorhome aire at Stenay

Here we found once again an aire with a barrier which needed a code to be got from the Capitainerie nearby for only €7.  This is a most impressive aire, right where the canal and the river meet, very clean, with free toilets, hot showers and electricity all included in the €7 daily fee: definitely an aire to come back to in future and one to recommend to other motorhomers.  The fee also entitles you to a free entry ticket to the Musée Europeén de la Bière, or European Beer Museum, which we didn’t visit as we just wanted to relax in the sun by the canal.

So Adonis enjoyed his fishing and I my crochet and reading right by the canal mostly in the sun, although we did have a couple of quick outbursts of rain.

 

 

 

The most amusing part of the day, however, was after lunch, when a very enhibrated French motorhomer started singing ‘Coo Coo roo coo coo Paloma’  at the top of his voice along with the radio, but he must have fallen asleep soon after, being siesta time, as he was quiet for the rest of the afternoon, mercifully!

Stenay aire from cananl bridge

We also laughed at the smell from the pre-packed mussels we’d bought at Leclerc.  We’d never bought them before and will not buy them again in future for, although they tasted OK, it left the motorhome stinking to high heaven for a couple of hours afterwards, even with all the windows open!  What on earth do they put in them to preserve them?  It makes one shiver.  Lesson learned: Never put convenience over freshness!

 

Ample space at Stenay’s aire

Tonight we had a more pleasant experience with my home-made spaghetti Bolognese, cooked with fresh mince-beef: no nasty surprises there.

There’s a restaurant-bar at the campsite, so we might give it a go, as we haven’t celebrated our wedding anniversary properly yet due to Bramble’s passing a few days before and we were not really in the mood for any celebrations.

Swimming in the Moselle at Villey-le-Sec campsite

The D964 road from Stenay to Verdun and D903/904 from there to Toul and Villey-le-Sec is a very easy and scenic ride and only took a couple for hours, taking it very easy.  Who needs motorways anyway?

It looks like cycling along the opposite side of the river is a very popular activity and I might give it a go while Adonis is fishing…

 

Dam by villey-le-Sec

Our pitch at Villey-le-Sec viewed from opposite side of river