The Second Trip This Year
A record of our Adventures Travelling on the road. And what its possible to do on practically almost, nothing, and thoroughly enjoy it .
After 5 Years of Travelling, Mainly throughout France Spain and Portugal. We Decided to write up a website. and blog of our travels, for our own records and for the use of our Friends and fellow Travellers. We hope you all enjoy it
After a 3 month return to England. For Trusty’s Annual Hospital check up. (MOT)
We normally spend around a month To sort Trusty and re-stock etc Then kick off around the end of April,
Mainly due to to the wedding of my son, and of course my new Daughter in Law in August. We had to stay longer, and now we are off again.
Trusty is ready. The new adventure has started. Ferry from Dover to Calais, and on to the Somme Battlefields. On down ,through the centre of France making our way towards the Spanish Border at Biarritz. Then hugging, the coast of Spain through, the Basque country, and on to the top of Portugal.
Following Portugal’s West coast down to Sagress, and then following the Algarve coast, back to Paderne where we started in March 18. This is the plan but it may change along the way
6.35 pm 4th August. So long UK for now.
On the Boat from Dover. Trusty and us. On the start of the Trip. We managed to get an earlier boat..so its going to be light in Calais when we Dock. Had A great day on Friday we all went to my Sons wedding.
Took the Dover Calais rout this time on P&O Ferries, because the wedding was half way to Dover. We also want to visit the Somme WWI Battle fields. So it worked out well for us.
P&O ferries ? Large less rolley than the smaller Brittany Ferries from Poole, our normal rout, so less problems with seasickness, which I can suffer now and again. Pros; Its cheaper and a shorter crossing. Cons; Its More scruffy.
l find The Brittany Ferries much cleaner, but only on this one for an hour and a half.
£89. So around £60 quid cheaper than Poole crossing.. But if you need to cross France to Spain and you live in the south west. Then the extra from Poole to Cherbourg, is worth it as it cuts out around 550 miles for us.
But Now it Begin’s.
Picked an Aire just 15 miles from Calais Hope its not full. Its the French holidays. And most everything shuts down for the month. Well that’s the French, they don’t rush much.
HEADS UP ON THIS ONE BELOW..WE KNOW ITS NO LONGER AVAILABLE DUE TO OVER USE. I HAVE LEFT IT IN FOR OUR BENIFIT..
It never was an Aire. my fault for including it here.
Arrived at the Aire. 7.30 pm 4th August. 15 miles from Calais. Beautiful little chapel. Not an aire after all But you can stay if you put a euro or two in the box for St Therese . Well ?? its Lovely. Alongside a babbling Brooke and Quiet as a Ghost.
Woke up this morning, to the sounds of trickling water and ooo ooos, ( ring neck doves) I’d like to ring there necks too. I love Birds, but why do these things have the most annoying call of all. Its a personal opinion folks, no doubt thousands think they are adorable. Anyway less banging on about pigeons and more about this place.
Its not an Aire. Just a gravel car park by a Chapel, its very small. but accessible to most campers. Trusty fits OK. We have the place to our selves. Not seen a soul so far, apart from Saint Therese. I hope she don’t mind the pun. Very pretty an immaculately kept.
There is water if you ask. But no other services.
Off after breakfast towards the Somme, heading for Vimy Ridge. Leaving around 11.am.