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20.07.2009 - 27.07.2009 23 °C
Bonjour tout le monde!
First week has flown by! Left sunny glasgow around 1030 on monday for the loooooong drive south to Steves. Had a lovely evening in Twickenham with Steve and Lauren with spag bol and wine!
Set off for Dover the next day, stopped in public carpark, where we spent the day and night. walked along the white cliffs and had fish and chips for dinner. managed a few hours kip before the 4am ferry wed morning.
arrived in boulogne 7am local time and started driving. cal took first shift. had to stop for a wee nap in rouen which turned out to be a lovely place. lots of sunshine which meant the shorts went on!
i took over driving and we plooded on to oustreham which lies along the normandy beaches. spent our first night in an aires which was an experience as it took us 15mins to find the service point...i remain convinced it appeared from nowhere! rain was heavy, and it took us three trips to find the right place to buy tokens for the service point!
next morning we set off along the coast, stopped for lunch at Luc-Sur-Mer after we picked up some meat,cheese,and bagettes! was lovely to relax by the sea; kept plodding south-west to mont st michel (where it was still miserable weather).
its a strange place! a little island with a road leading up to it. parked up the van and took a wander in. It was like ye olde disney. too many folk in the little cobbled st made it a bit daunting. stunning architecture in the abbey though. had to move the van from the carpark as it floods when the tide is in! drove to the overnight carpark which was just a big field with lots of campers. after dinner we headed pack to the island which was thankfully quiter for a drink and a crepe!
early next morning we travelled south to carnac. somewhere we wernt bothered about but turned out to be lovely little seaside town. Seen the first sunshine too! had lunch and then set off to explore on the bikes. had a stoll along the beach before heading back to the van to relax in the sunshine. decided to go out for dinner and had the french classic of Moule Frites! delicious! cal had paprika flavoured ones which resulted in him being covered in a nice red sauce! obviously i was much cleaner!
another early start the next day to head to Noutimer which is a long thin island on the west coast. Travelled across the bridge at St Nazair which was a spectacular view. arrived in L'Epine about 1330 after a slight detour along a dirt track road that almost got us stuck in the sand! aires on beach was full but found another spot at roadside where other vans were parked.
spent the afternoon on the beach (which stunk to high heaven of seaweed!) after an unsuccessful search for a bakers. dinner in a hot hot van, and an evening cycle to the town of Noutimier en I'lle. Stopped for an ice cream before cycling back to L'Epine to watch the sunset. would have been perfect if it wasn't for that smell!
yesterday we decided to head on from l'epine and ended up in La Rochelle. Glorious sunshine, so once we parked up the van in aire (which was just a public carpark) we spent the afternoon lazing about in the beatiful park. we stopped en-route at a supermarket for supplies so were sorted for lunch and dinner. had a few problems with the toilet cassette...the details of which I shall not go in to for it is too traumatic to relive! but I think I fixed it now! I really hope I have!
played some travel scrabble in the park had some dinner then took a walk into town. there is a lovely harbour here with alot of activity. enjoyed an ice cream (its becoming a theme but when else can you enjoy ice cream if not on your holidays...) before heading back to the van to read, enjoy some wine and fall asleep.
This morning we were awoken by heavy rain much to my distress, also had to move the van for roadworks! met a lovely aussie man called john, Cal helped him change a flat tyre on his van and he treated us to coffee and tales of his adventures! weather is sunny with showers today, fingers crossed it brightens up!
think we're heading down to the harbour for dinner tonight, not sure where we're heading tmrw. thats the joy of the van...we can go where we like! travelled quite a distance so far - 1200 miles from glasgow and alot still to go!
will try and find another cafe before the end of next week but they are few and far between. loving the relaxed atmosphere in france, and struggling by with what i can remember from sgrade but we're having a great time!
looking forward to see what happens next!