Charleville Mezieres, Champagne RegionJuly 3, 2016 in France
We returned to this stopover by a river marina after visiting in November 2014.
On arrival there was a fete in the adjacent park so we spent half an hour eating ice cream and watching live bands.
Monday saw most shops closed but we wandered round town for 3 hours, crossing over the bridge to the 'Mezieres' part which was more run down and had anti immigration and anti EU stickers on lamposts. We returned to the Charleville part and bought 'plate du jour' and a small bottle of wine at a restaurant with street tables - delicious!
Tuesday we bought a baguette and croissants from the mobile boulangerie van that visits the stopover each morning, then headed out in the canoe to explore the river.
Wednesday we went for a dip at the swimming baths over the road, emptied tanks, filled up with water and moved on!
Vicky: "I haven't found the change to living and travelling in the van as overwhelming or stressful as I feared it might be. Although it is early days yet, I've been the most relaxed I've been in a long time. We spent so many years and so much time in the last year preparing and ensuring that as many things as possible were in place, that the transition so far has been exciting rather than scary".Read more