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Pont-de-l’Arche, Eure Department, Saturday 29th March 2014

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Church of Nôtre Dâme des Arts, Pont de l'Arche

Church of Nôtre Dâme des Arts, Pont de l’Arche

 

We are back at this lovely motorhome aire, one year to the day, and it looks even better today, as the sun’s been shining all day and it’s hot – 24 ºC inside – and very pleasant indeed outside. For the first time this year, we’ve gone out for a walk in shorts and t-shirts and sat outside a café in town and enjoyed a beer in the sun. I hope this will keep up for the next 3 weeks, but that’s too much to hope for…

 

Going for a strol in town in the sun

Going for a stroll in town in the sun

 

Old half-timber houses at Pont-de-l'Arche

Old half-timber houses at Pont-de-l’Arche

 

We left England yesterday evening on the 5.20 pm Eurotunnel crossing as always, which wasn’t very busy at all. We only just made it by the skin of our teeth, for the traffic on the M25 was bad and we had to crawl along for a while. So we were in Calais for 7 pm, local time, and found a very busy aire at Wissant, with only the bus lanes available, which we are loathe to use as you could be moved on, so we parked on the far side from the road by the houses and the little lane leading to the town, which is not a proper bay but not really in the way of traffic flow.

 

Enjoying a beer in town outdoors

Enjoying a beer in town outdoors

 

I had made a pizza at home to cook in the van and, although I kept turning it every few minutes, somehow it managed to catch fire and in a matter of seconds the van was engulfed in smoke and I could hardly see Adonis at the other end. After opening the windows, moving the shelf a bit higher and turning the oven control down, I got busy with a tea-towel waving it and shaking it about in order to clear the smoke. 10 minutes later, we had our lovely home-made pizza, slightly charred at one end on the bottom, but very edible and tasty, which we enjoyed with a bottle of Californian Cabernet-Sauvignon. Must remember to move shelf up next time at the beginning of cooking time, but I believe the pizza base caught fire because I put a generous amount of olive oil when making dough, as it makes it taste a lot better. Live and learn.

 

Old Wall Tower at Pont de l'Arche

Old Wall Tower at Pont de l’Arche

 

We had an early start this morning, as Adonis woke up and came down at 7.30 am and I followed some 15 minutes later and we were ready to leave Wissant by 8.30 am en route to Auchan at Boulogne-sur-Mer, where we tend to do our big shop for the week and fill up with diesel. We were out by 10 am and didn’t stop until we got to Pont-de-l’Arche (just south east of Rouen) at 12.30 pm, so very good going indeed.

 

View of river from the hill

View of river from the hill

 

We were surprised to see that the field adjacent to the motorhome aire had been taken over by travellers and at lunch-time there were quite a few cars and caravans coming in and out of their camp, which was a bit irritating as they turned in and out of it just behind us with a very narrow margin and I feared they might hit us, but luckily they were good drivers and no accident occurred and it’s all quiet now at 5 pm. They were very good neighbours.

 

The river Eure by motorhome aire

The river Eure by motorhome aire

 

This is still a beautiful aire by the river Eure and with lovely views of both, the river bank and the town itself, with the church of Nôtre Dâme des Arts on the hill right above. The campsite at the other end of the aire is open now and it looks very pretty, with lots of blossom on the trees at the moment, so that could be a possibility if the aire is full.

 

Campsite by the river Eure at Pont-de-l'Arche

Pretty Campsite by the river Eure at Pont-de-l’Arche

 

 

We are going to Meung-sur-Loire tomorrow, south of Orleans, a new route for us and I am really excited about going to a new place.

 

 

 

Épagne, Canal du Somme, Thursday 7th June 2012

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Le Canal du Somme by Epagne bridge

It has been a very rainy day, with just a few breaks of sun every now and then.

We packed everything in the van last night – groundsheet, chairs, etc – before we went out for our French meal treat.  We gently strolled into the village of Le Petit Andely and settled for the Mistral restaurant, offering specialities from Provence.  It was a very enjoyable evening with very friendly service who spoke English, but we insisted with our improving French.  I had a ‘Terrine de volaille’ with salad in a vinaigrette for starter and a rabbit stew for main course and Adonis had the warm goat’s cheese with honey followed by a beef stiffado  served with some sort of macaroni cheese, which Adon couldn’t manage.  We thought this to be a weird combination, but I suppose this is the beauty of travelling and trying new and unusual things.  We finished with a lemon tart and a coffee and slowly wandered back to the campsite, enjoying the evening sun along the river Seine.  A perfect finish to a relaxing day.

Le Canal du Somme

 

We were ready to leave by 9.30 this morning and joined the D316 from Le Grand Andely and D6014 northwest to Rouen and back on the A28 before the tunnel at J13 all the way to J5, where we got off to join the D928 northeast to Abbeville and try our luck at finding a wild spot to spend the day by the canal du Somme.  Our efforts paid off and we found a charming, quiet parking place by the bridge at Épagne, where we’ve been since lunchtime.

We had a very wet dog walk along the canal and managed to take a few pictures of this great find.  We can really appreciate how wonderful it is now that the sun has finally broken through.

A view whilst walking the dog by Le Canal du Somme

 

It must be said that the weather hasn’t been on our side at all during this break and only enjoyed one very hot day on the day we arrived at Les Andelys last Saturday.  The rest of the time has been mainly cloudy and windy with a few showers for good measure.  Still, it’s been very relaxing and, as always, L’Île des Trois Rois is a fantastic campsite to chill by the river Seine, with very friendly and helpful staff and excellent facilities.

Adonis was happy because he caught 2 carp, which always helps to make it a successful trip, but he forgot to bring his ‘other’ landing net for quick fishing and can’t fish tonight as he can’t be bothered to get the bikes off the rack and climb on top of the van, where he keeps his fishing rods and other related paraphernalia.

We’re off to Boulogne-sur-Mer tomorrow morning for our ritual shopping trip before returning home on Saturday morning after spending Friday night at very convenient aire at Wissant, just 20 minutes south of the Eurotunnel terminal at Calais.

So, we’ll celebrate tonight with some Toulouse sausages, chips, French stick and Baron de Lestac Bordeaux.

Next time we write it will be during our summer holidays in early July!  Until then, cheers!

Le Canal du Somme by Epagne bridge

 

Wissant Aire, Saturday 4th June 2011

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Our last day of this May half-term holiday.  We made an early start again and tried to find the aire at Le Portel on the coast, but signposting wasn’t very good – in true French fashion – and gave up after crossing town from one end to the other.  As we were just on the south end of Boulogne-sur-Mer (junction 31), we decided to head for the A16 and straight for the shopping centre at St Martin, but in doing so we found an unexpected aire towards the north side of the town, just by Terlincthun, so we stopped there to empty toilet and have a quick look around.  It seemed quite spacious and pleasant enough, with facilities to top up fresh water as well as emptying grey and black water.

After doing shopping at Auchan in Boulogne, we made our way here and arrived by 11.45 am, with a few spaces still available that quickly filled up:  all gone within two hours at most!

I must note that I had to throw away my new flip-flops after stepping on some ‘poo’ somewhere while walking Bramble, as I couldn’t bring myself to washing them in the van.  I also lost Bramble’s ball, which went in the wrong direction and ended up in the brambles and stingy nettles.  Poor Bramble tried to retrieve it, being in his nature and breed, but even him couldn’t get to it!

A very busy aire at Wissant

The beach was heaving with people, the tide was right in and there wasn’t much room to throw the ball there, that’s why we ended in the field across the road.

Some idiot has actually dared to empty their toilet on the grey water facilities and it turned my stomach to see it when I emptied my washing up bowl.  It just goes to show again that some people are not qualified or meant for this kind of travelling.

The crossing is at 10.50 am, so another early start to finish the holiday.  We’ll be back on the 7th July.  Just over 4 weeks to go!

Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe, Wednesday 4th January 2012

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Motorhome aire at Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe

We are now at another charming little aire on the river Sarthe, just 15km north of Angers.  It only has room for 3 motorhomes, but we are the only ones here and it has free clean water and facilities to empty the grey water tank and chemical toilet.  There’s also a campsite just down the path, but it’s closed this time of year.

Last night was really windy and wet, but that didn’t stop us from going for a walk along the river bank and enjoying the lights from St Nazaire shipyard.  I understand that the weather in G.B. was pretty foul too, with 105 m.p.h. winds, trees falling and power lines damaged.  Lesley said there even was a tornado in Littlehampton, not far from home.  I haven’t heard from Pepo in Birmingham, so I hope everything is ok up there.  As always, Wales, Ireland and the north of England got the worst of it.

 

We headed back east this morning on the D723 to southwest of Nantes, where we joined the bypass at junction 52 north to Carquefou at j.23, where we follwed the toll road E60 (6.80 euros) east to Ancenis at J.20 and then northeast to Candé, where we bought baguette and a tartelette Panaché (mixed fruits on milfeuille).  We stopped for coffee at another small aire in the woods at Angrie and then carried on the D770 past Le Lion d’Angers, Champigné and finally Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe.

Motorhome aire at Angrie

Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe

Adonis filled up the water tank and is now having a shower.  I’ll be next!

We have bought a selection of Indian snacks for tonight (samosas, pakoras, etc) and I am looking forward to that: easy cookin and washing up.

We’ve been having problems getting money and paying for diesel with our new Caxton card and we’ve had to use our bankcard instead, so we must sort this out when we return home.  Broglie tomorrow and Wissant on Friday night for early Saturday Eurotunnel crossing.

 

Motorhome aire at Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe