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Arrondissement de Montreuil

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  • Day923

    Campagne-lés-Hesdin Lav'car + laverie

    January 5 in France ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    Our hands are red and stinging with cold but Martha Motorhome is shiny white again! The aire at Campagne-lés-Hesdin is part of a 'Lav'car'. It has a special high, van washing hose and even a platform you can climb to reach your roof! Our mud and salt splattered home was well overdue a good scrub so we donned unflattering waterproof trousers, braved the chill and got on with it. How the locals manage to look so well dressed while they do this is beyond us!

    We chose the coastal route to get here, the journey taking us through soft dunes and towns comprising of holiday developments and run down local housing, before turning eastwards to bypass the built up suburbia of Boulogne. We passed numerous friteries along the way and at midday our resolve finally crumbled when we saw a group of people queuing outside a catering trailer. Two large and delicious portions later, we were on the road again and pulling up at the aire before too long. Vicky made use of the on site laverie to do a couple of loads of clothes washing and we treated the batteries to 6 hours of electric hookup for €3, plugging in our phones, laptops, power packs electric heater and anything else electronic we could find to take advantage of the mains supply!

    It wasn't a peaceful place to stay, with drivers washing their vehicles well into the night. If we had been holidaying we would almost certainly have moved on, but we are full timing and the services were more important than a bit of peace and quiet or scenery for one night. We liked the van wash so much that the following morning Vicky got up onto the roof to scrub the hard to reach areas before we gave the whole van another going over with the pressure washers, focussing on the areas we'd missed. It was a useful exercise as she found a puncture in the roof, probably caused by a tree branch, that she was able to cover with a blob of silicone. We've simply not found these facilities in the UK so we hope you'll forgive us for getting a little over excited at this one!
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  • Day558

    Montreuil, France. Back on the road!

    January 5, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    We said our goodbyes to Will's sister and her family and set off for the port of Dover. The rain lashed down but we made good time, arriving so early that P&O booked us on to the Pride of Burgundy, which sailed an hour earlier than our original crossing.
    In the queue we swapped the pounds and pence in our wallets for euros and cents, changed the sat nav and dash display from miles to kilometres, set the clock forward an hour and had a quick bite to eat. Vicky found a dedicated pet exercise area where Poppy had her last wee and away we went!

    On-board the background noise was filled with voices we could no longer understand. The sea was choppy, waves broke accross the bough and hit the ship side on, making it shudder and occasionally producing an almighty bang.

    Disembarking we saw signs directing motorhomes into the correct lane for exit, making us feel welcome. Repeating the mantra 'Drive on the right, drive on the right', roundabouts weren't half as difficult to get used to as the British ones had been 6 weeks ago, although seeing drivers sitting on the left hand side did make us look twice.

    Checking on Park4Night for a place to stay, the map was crowded with stopovers. We found a dedicated aire de service in the town of Montreuil and pulled into it alongside 4 other GB vans, just as the daylight began to fade.

    After a rest and some food we took an evening stroll. Montreuil still had its xmas decorations up, real trees were dotted around, blue fairy lights lit up lamposts and formed an overhead canopy in the square. There were a mix of buildings, but our eyes were drawn to the authentic shabby chic facades with pastel coloured wooden shutters.

    We slept well and were delighted to find a Saturday market in the central square the next day. Several people we passed greeted us with cheery bonjours. We picked up some fruit, veg, eggs and cheese from the market stalls, avoiding one who had a couple of cages containing cramped chickens. With a warm baguette from the boulangerie in our bag, we returned to the van with a sense of accomplishment, having carried out several conversations in French.

    After making use of the stopover's facilities we continued on our journey to Spain with a smile on our faces. We were back on the road again!
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  • Day9

    Äntligen Frankrike

    May 6, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Mot Frankrike!! Med påfyllt vatten och tömt avloppstanken styrde vi kosan mot Calais. Tog en magisk kustvandring på nästan milen efter Oostendes milslånga sandstrand. Några kitesurfare och tappra badade fanns trots blåsten. Walther (vår tio månaders Cavalier) socialtränar verkligen, men är fn överallt på samma gång😀
    Övernattar på en ok camping i Etaples söder om Calais.
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  • Day2

    Weiter gehts!

    June 30, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Am Morgen sind wir relativ früh aufgestanden um dann weiter nach Frankreich zu fahren!
    Gerade sind wir über die holländische Grenze gefahren, aber wir bleiben nicht so lange in Holland, danach geht es nach Belgien!
    In Belgien angelangt, leider eine Ausfahrt verpasst.
    Deswegen mussten wir zwei Stunden innerhalb des Zentrums in prallender Sonne rumfahren.
    Aber jetzt sind wir wieder auf Kurs in Richtung Sainte Cécile❤️
    Nach einem gescheiteren Anlauf, auf dem Campingplatz zu kommen, wo wir immer waren, sind wir dann weiter suchen gegangen.
    Nach mehreren geschlossen Campingplätzen haben wir einen netten Mann gefunden, der uns auf seinem eigentlich schon geschlossenen Campingplatz raufgelassen hat und dort haben wir dann unseren Abend ausklingen lassen und uns noch was zu essen gemacht.
    Morgen geht es dann weiter paar Km innerhalb Frankreich. 🌎
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