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  • Day1038

    Bray Dunes, France, April 2019

    April 30 in France ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    The three days spent in the UK has whizzed by and we have a whole three months' of travel stretching out ahead of us! From the familiar Bray Dunes Carrefour car park here in France, we plan to make our way through Belgium, Germany and Poland, to spend a couple of months exploring Lithuania, a country neither of us have previously visited.

    Bray Dunes is only 60km or so from Calais and its Carrefour supermarket offers an aire with van facilites, a laundery and car wash. Upon arriving, Will went shopping to pick up a few bottles of French wine and ensure we had enough edibles to tide us over for tomorrow's May Day public holiday. Later, we worked together to secure the living area door to its hinges. The external handle mechanism broke yesterday, leaving us unable to open the door from outside. Will did a temporary fix with some araldite glue, but it looks like we need a replacement handle pronto! Vicky found the part online and ordered it with delivery to an Esso fuel station in Germany, via the Relais logistics company in what appeared to be two day's time. When the confirmation came through, it told a different story; shipping within 2 weeks and up to 3 days for delivery! What!? We're not sure what we are going to do about this massive delay yet, but it obviously affects our travel plans...

    We decided to stay a second day at Bray Dunes to get our heads together. Will fished in the nearby canal, watching ducklings hone their swimming skills, hopping on their mother's back when they got tired. He fitted a new bike chain we'd picked up at Halfords and did some more work on the door, while Vicky carried out repairs to the upholstery. It isn't the most glamorous start to a trip, but the van is getting to the age where wear and tear is beginning to show and it is better to try and keep on top of it!
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  • Day856

    Bray Dunes. End of 2018 tour

    October 30, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Sorry for the delay in uploading this one!

    We are parked at the familiar Bray Dunes Carrefour supermarket aire in France. The wind buffets the van as rain lashes down. We hope the weather improves for tomorrow's ferry crossing to Dover.

    We left the Netherlands this morning and drove all the way through Belgium into France. We rely very heavily on the sat nav to get us where we want to go, only occasionally toggling 'Satia's' settings to include or exclude motorways from the route. It was therefore a bit of a shock when we were slapped with a €19 toll for the Liefkenshoek Tunnel, that allowed us to bypass Antwerp. However, we have always had massive delays when taking the free roads through Antwerp and after mulling it over, decided we'd have rather payed the toll than face the traffic chaos around Belgium's 2nd city.

    As we drove the temperature dropped to a chilly 3°C and sleet began to splat the windscreen. We certainly hoped it wasn't a sign of things to come. At the French border we passed the obligatory cluster of businesses taking advantage of the changes in tax between the two countries. Smokey River, Tobacco Alley and Euro Baccy (yes, these were the actual names) were all flogging cheap fags to the Belgians.

    We had planned to spruce Martha Motorhome up at the Carrefour van wash but neither of us could muster the energy to face the elements after the long drive. We'd also hoped to make use of the on-site launderette and fill up with water, but both the laverie and the water point were closed so we trawled the aisles and stocked up on festive spirit(s) instead!

    We'll be staying in the UK for 2 months, until the end of December, visiting family friends and catching up on all the necessaries like the MOT and dentist checks. We are very much looking forward to seeing people back home and celebrating the season. The blog will be put on the back burner while we are trundling round old blighty so now is a chance to look back on our travels in 2018.

    The first part of the year saw us spending over 14 weeks touring Spain, including a fabulous week with our good friends Cath and Paul at a villa in El Gastor near Ronda and 2 brilliant weeks WWOOFing in the Sierra Nevada mountians. Neither of us had spent very much time here before but the winter sun, tapas, scenery and layed back culture were definitely winners for us! We popped into Gibraltar for a day in March and feasted on fish'n'chips and an English pint before taking the chair lift up the rock to visit the Barbery Macaques- a wonderfully memorable experience.

    As with many things in life, our travel plans veered off course when medical appointments extended our trip back to the UK in May. With the prospect of further examinations and consultations, we abandoned our plan of touring Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, opting instead to stay closer to home and spend July, August and September in Denmark with a trip back to Orpington in August for Will to see the doctor. The country's lakes, coastline, countryside and charming towns won us over. With free and easy wildcamping and innumerable opportunities for outdoor activities, Denmark quickly became our favourite country of the tour.

    October took us to the Netherlands, but with the cold and dark of Autumn descending and Denmark still fresh in our minds, it had a hard act to follow. While we enjoyed our Dutch tour, it lacked the thrills we'd had in other countries and we were ready to make an early return to Orpington for Vicky's long awaited gyneacology consultation on 1st November.

    While health concerns have come between us and farther flung adventures in 2018, our appetite for life on the road is not diminished. Our extended UK visits have given us the opportunity to spend more quality time with family and friends and the memories made are ones we'll cherish. Meanwhile our explorations of countries within easy reach of the ferry crossing has allowed us to fully discover and fall in love with Denmark.

    We'll take a hiatus from blogging while we are home, but we'll be back behind the wheel and the keyboard in January. Whether you've been with us from the start or have just subscribed, thank you for all the support you've shown in following us, it means a lot. See you in the New Year!
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  • Day730

    Bray-Dunes Carrefour Aire, France

    June 26, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We'd relished spending nearly 8 weeks of quality time with family and friends in the UK, mostly in people's gardens, relaxing or helping out. It had been an extended stay because of hospital appointments but with these over and done with for now, we were keen to hit the road again.

    Our carefully planned itinerary has had to change because of the extra time in Britain but we are going with the flow. Will has a colonoscopy in around 5-7 weeks time giving us a window of opportunity that we intend to make the most of. We wanted to visit somewhere close by so that our time wasn't eaten up by motorway driving and we'd toyed with the idea of The Netherlands, but in the end the coast, countryside and potential cool of Denmark called to us.

    Saying our goodbyes to our family in Orpington who had put up with us camped on their drive for over a week (thank you so much!), we had an uneventful journey down to Dover. We were pleased when DFDS ferries reminded us to keep our windows open and make sure Poppy had a bowl of water so she didn't overheat. They even offered us window grilles to help and provided a doggy exercise area in the shade that was within easy walking distance of the lane we'd been told to queue in. The hound was therefore happy to have enjoyed a bit of sea breeze when we drove onto the ferry and left her for the 2 hour crossing to Dunkerque.

    The boat had few other passengers on it so we easily found a table by a large window and Vicky got on with sewing the new cover for our bench seat while Will enjoyed some Kindle time. He had already changed the headlights to the European ones in Orpington and it only took a small amount of time to readjust to driving on the right when disembarked. It is getting easier each time we switch. The car park of a medium sized Carrefour 33km away provided an free motorhome aire and seemed an ideal spot to spend the night. We were able to drain our waste water and it even had a launderette and specialised van wash facility on site. It was great to be in a van friendly country again!

    Back when we were in the North East, Vicky's step mum had given us frozen snails in garlic butter that she'd bought during Aldi's French week, so it seemed only appropriate that we eat these together with a celebratory glass of bubbly on our first night in France for a while. In the morning we did a big shop at Carrefour and washed the van before beginning our journey north.
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Ghyvelde, Gijvelde, 59254

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