What a charming place we’ve found on a little field by the river and a lovely cottage! The sun is shining and it’s warm, so all is well with the world.
We have been on the road since Friday afternoon, leaving Folkstone just before 2 p.m., early enough to drive down to Boulogne-sur-Mer and do our usual shop at Auchan and spent our first night at the Stop-4-night recommended site at Neufchâtel-Hardelot, north of Le Touquet, which was very pretty and quiet and free of charge, with picnic tables at every bay, all under trees, and a nice walk for Beano. Another wonderful find and one to come back to, no doubt.
Saturday lunchtime found us at the aire at Beuvron-en-Auge in Calvados, a truly fantastic aire for €6 a night, limited to 24 hours and payable at the Tabac in town. This is one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France), with stunning half timbered houses and a very attractive and lively centre with plenty of souvenir shops, bars and restaurants and it is well worth a visit. There was also a museum with artists workshops, but we were quite happy just enjoying the sun and admiring the sights.
On Sunday morning, we made our way to the brilliant aire at St Jean-sur-Mayenne and we liked it so much we spent 2 nights there, only leaving this morning. Adonis went to the only bar in town to watch the European Football Cup Final and he had a wonderful time with the locals in the jolly atmosphere. Shame France didn’t win, though!
This aire used to be an old municipal campsite and therefore still has a toilet, shower and washing facilities block as well as a barbequeue area with picnic tables and benches, all by the river, to which there is access through a gate. All for just €9 a night, collected by a guard in the evening. The site was almost full when we got there at midday, but vans started leaving by 5 p.m. (which seems to be the French custom on a Sunday) and there were a few bays available even when we left this nrning, all with hard standing and grassy areas and separated by hedges: a real bargain!
We met a nice couple from Wolverhampton, Sandra and Glyn, and we enjoyed a few drinks and a long chat before dinner, as Glyn is a very keen fisherman and was interested in swapping information and experiences with Adonis, but they didn’t seem to be up this morning by the time we left just after 9 a.m. and we couldn’t say goodbye properly. What a shame!
We did another small shop this morning in Craon, south of Laval, and continued our merry way south to Nozay, north of Nantes, but after paying €8 at barrier and having lunch and siesta, Adonis didn’t like the noise coming from adjacent road and Beano seemed distressed by the noise caused by the jet skiing suspended from overhead cables on the lake, so we decided to leave and continue south to the Charente region, where we are now. It is absolutely lovely and we might stay 2 nights, but with us, you never know…