A 22-day adventure by Martin and Debbie
  • Day22

    Back Home

    September 29 in England ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Up early and after he checked me all over for clinging migrants we trundle off for the tunnel and an early crossing. Au revoir France, you've been great!
    Nice steady run back home, but bugger me the road surface of our motorways are grim and noisy compared to anywhere in France.
    Anyway thanks for listening to me and a special thanks to all of you who have bin arsed to comment, you know who you are, it does make our drivel worthwhile compiling.
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    Pity about UK roads, but you're home safe now and can rest your weary wheels. Loved the blog again and following your travels, so here's to the next time! See you on 13th!! [Fi]

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  • Day21

    Going North Part 4

    September 28 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Up and out of Eyreux without problems and it's mainly motorway now after nippin round Rouen. They decide to spend a bob or two on the toll section around Bolougne to speed us up and we end up on the coast 20 mins from Calais on a great Aire by the harbour in Gravelines.
    Tunnel booked for a 9.50 crossing tomorrow they ave a late lunch overlooking the many small boats in the harbour then set off to explore the town, the centre of which has Fort walls surrounded completely by a wide moat. It's a small but tidy little town to wander around. Finally back at the harbour herself gets a sunset she can capture, bless her. Home tomorrow, but I ay looking forward to the crowded motorways in Blighty after the quiet beautifully surfaced roads we have enjoyed everywhere . We need the French to teach us how to make, and maintain a road network, they ave been a joy on me feet I can tell ya.
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    😂😂 [Vicki]

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    PERV

    9/30/22Reply

    Looking good, Mutley and Martin! [Fi]

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  • Day20

    Going North Part 3

    September 27 in France ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    On we go again.... about half way up the I diddle diddle of France now, easy driving but a fair time for him at me wheel. I'm runnin nicely though thanks to Uncle Kevs Redex Diesel treatment bottles! They decide to stop at the Aire right in the middle in Eyreux Town for the night, but it s a small one with only 6 places, and 30 mins away 2 of them have gone. It's a race to get there before anyone else?
    Well we mek it and there's just 2 left with one motorhome waiting at the barrier phew!! After a cuppa they nip out to have a walk tound the centre and it ain't bad with a huge cathedral in the centre and a bit of water running through the centre of the town. Nice pricey upmarket shops to window shop, with assistants keeping a wary eye on himself hopin he ay gonna come in and lower the tone.
    Last push tomorrow to get to around Calais for lunchtime.
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    Looks a nice town, hope Martin not too tired from all those Mike's behind the wheel [Fiona]

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    Sounds like the redex treatment is giving you a boost Mutley, well done for keeping them on the road! Nice town and another cathedral.........I reckon Deb is actively seeking them.out now! Safe journey to Calais x [Fiona]

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  • Day19

    Going North Part 2

    September 26 in France ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Well muckers.... we got up hit the road for 300 killes and ended up on an island campsite in the middle of the Loire River and its raining. Nipped round the town in the rain but not great, so that's today! End of.....Read more

    Short, sharp and sweet! Looks nice place though despite the rain, we've had a bit if the wet stuff too!!! Safe travels xx [Fiona]

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  • Day18

    Going North part 1

    September 25 in France ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Well we depart northwards for the long drive home nice and early for them two and 5 killies later we get diverted cos the antique market is in our way in the town. No signposts to aid us and old satnag ain't awake and tries to send us under a 2 metre railway bridge! Wot a great start, not. Soon we get back on track and we gerron OK, the roads am good and its sum nice undulating scenery as we trundle along. The plan is to do around 300 killies a day so we ay knackered. Weather kicks in a bit later and we park up in a quiet village aire fer the night. Free to stop, and they wander round a bit for a leg stretch as there's , a 12th century church here worth seeing, she does luv a church bless her. No shops open today to stock up so French cheeses, and ham omelette and salad it is with the last of the wine. Luverley!Read more

    It looks a bit black over bills mothers! [Fiona]

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  • Day17

    Lisle dur la Sorgue

    September 24 in France ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Awake to rain on me bonce, doh think much to it after all the sun we've had. Anyway they have a lazy morning and the forecast is spot on by 1pm all is dry again. So they hop on their bikes and pedal along the river to the town, known as the Venice of Provence. The Sorgue splits, and flows right around the town effectively making it an island with lots of bridges. Waterwheels are everywhere. some of them are turning with the flow of the River Sorgue. There are other inlets as well giving a nice feel to the town with restaurants lining the river, and the whole town is virtually traffic free, so all in all very pleasant. There are art galleries everywhere to poke around inside, and the centre square church is the stand out building of the town.
    An obligatory beer was had before a peddle back along the river.
    Well tomorrow we start the long journey north back home, but we are breaking the trip down into small stages each day, well, we are still on holiday!
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    Nice spot for tay and kairk [Fiona]

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    Lovely shots again of your days adventures on yower bikes. Sorry the bonce got wet, but hope it'll be drier soon [Fiona]

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  • Day16

    Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

    September 23 in France ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    After Gordes we trundle off to another village which has the most powerful natural spring in France, and the source of the La Sorgue river. Again after the drought we were not expecting much, but what a, surprise. We park up next to the fast flowing river which is crystal clear and icy cold. Walking upstream they come to the village which is a bit touristy but nice, so lunch and wine are partaken to fortify them on their quest for the natural spring source.
    Well it ay hard to find.... just a gentle stroll from the village past numerous shops, most of them closed for the season, and they arrive at the Gorge end and indeed find the water gushing out of the bottom of the steep cliff of vertical rocks, as advertised. Well worth seeing with the weeds at the bottom making the water a crystal clear green colour, rather nice.
    An amble back and we mek the short trip to another camp site for the night just outside the town of Lisle dur la Sorgue, further downstream of the river source.
    Now we am all bracing ourselves for summat called 'rain' overnight and tomorrow morning. Hope we survive!
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    ❤️❤️ [Fi]

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    Looking good, hope the backs are holding up x [Fi]

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    Getting there thanks x

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  • Day16

    Gordes

    September 23 in France ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Well we break camp early (for them) and weme off for the short drive to visit the hillside village of Gordes. This is one of the must sees in this part of Provence, honey stone coloured buildings clinging to the rocks, much used as film sets as the steep alleyways are medieval in character.
    Well we park up again OK and they amble off, and straight way its apparent this is the destination of tour buses, mainly well heeled yanks and the shops and restaurants reflect it, its a bit out of their league. Also although the centre is nice, and the views across the Luberon valley are extrodiniary, the rest of the village is extremely steep with very uneven cobblestones and is hard going and very run down . So as the tour bus visitors never stray from the centre, there ay much to see, and they leave a bit disappointed. There is no denying though the vista of the village from the road is the best thing about Gordes.
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    Love this❤️ [Fiona]

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    Lavendar Hill mob in view again! [Fi]

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    I can send you some more Americans if you want'm?!! They just ain't got a clue!! Great photos again Mutley.....they don't do badly with a camera🤣 [Fiona]

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    Wow what a view [Tom]

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  • Day15

    Bonnieviux

    September 22 in France ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We trundle up the hillside and park up at the bottom of the hillside village of Bonnieviux. Again typically the parking is free an even for a big lump like me very spacious. The old Frenchies really embrace and welcome us motorhomes, and rarely put up barriers to deter us visiting places of interest, unlike back in Blighty where they doh like us to stop and spend money in local shops, bars and restaurants. I'll just get off me soapbox now! They saunter off to visit this wonderful scenic time forgotten hillside village , but bugger me it ay arf a steep climb.! So they have to stop for refreshments, But again the views across the Luberon Valley is fantastic and worth their efforts. So suitably knackered we return back to our site in Apt fer the night.Read more

    You don't do churches or castles!!!🤣🤣🤣 [Fiona]

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    Underneath the arches, we dream our dreams away!! [Fi]

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    Great to know you're welcomed, considering Mark is not keen on the French, he's impressed, which is a real compliment. Keep the photos coming!! [Fi and Mark]

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  • Day15

    Roussillon

    September 22 in France ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Well we are avin another day here at the campsite in Apt. But we am all off to ave a butchers at some of the typically Provence hillside villages.
    First up is, Roussillon and its market day today so they am lovin that. This is also a place renown for its highly coloured ochre rocks and artisian shops and arty farty galleries. Parking up as usual in these villages is very easy, and they wander off round the very pretty village with fantastic vistas of the Luberon valley, and then tour the market before taking the trail out the village to see the ochre rock formations. Very nice they are but they abandon the trail as it gets very steep up and down in places, and they are both still struggling with their, ailments.
    So they return to ave a bit of lunch before we trundle on along the quiet country roads with grape vines all around us to the next village they want to explore.
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    With all this beautiful Lavendar around you, Mark has a new name for you 2 intrepid explorers........The Lavendar Hill mob! Brings back childhood memories ay Mutley!! Martin has definitely caught the sun on his fairce xx [Fi & Mark]

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    Like it Mark x

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