WINTER TRIP 2013
The journey begins ....... After spending a pleasant and warm January/February 2013 in the Motorhome in Southern Spain, it was time to return for our first Motorhome Hire of Live The Dream.
The journey home proved pleasant and thankfully uneventful.
Day1. The Motorhome was comfortably parked at El Rocio, which is a great place and Motorhome pitches are very generous. We moved on to spend one night with other Motorhomer's in a Spanish Aire at Caceres, a nice town Motorhome Aire with free electric. Spent the morning wandering around the town, nice, clean and historic. Upon our return we had been joined by many more Campervan's, one parked next to us was a Spanish couple and after chatting found out he was a Lecturer in Newcastle. That afternoon we left around 2pm and left a note on his window to say "Cheerio" as he had gone wandering too to look up a long lost relative. When we returned home, we were surprised to find a letter in the post from them inviting us to stay at his country home in Rioja, with camper parking. He also had properties in San Sebastian and Hendeye.
Day2. Arrived in Palencia, another nice town with plenty of Free Motorhome Parking and services. Spent an evening watching all sorts of people and ages excercising in the well cared for local running park. The following morning we had a walk around the park, then on into the town and then jumped into the Motorhome and off we travelled again.
Day3. We arrived in San Sebastian in warm sunshine, parked up in a Free Aire and had a short walk to the prom., obviously a wealthy town, very clean and well kept. We were also pleased to see plenty of signs directing where the Motorhome Aire was. We wandered along the front until we found a cafe bar with free wifi, had a coffee and Steph used the wifi to catch up with Motorhome Hire Booking Confirmations and Motorhome Hire Enquiries. We wandered back to the Motorhome and had a quick lunch, empty of grey water tanks, toilet cassette and filled with fresh water, during which we met a young Irish lad in a van he had converted to a motorhome and was on his way to Morocco to meet his sister, who lives there.
The people you meet and the stories they tell ...................... amazing ...........
Into France we drove....
1. Arrived at Aire in Nersac in perfect weather, a lovely little village with once again a Free Motorhome Aire, Free Electric and Free security, it was right next to the Police Station, in fact the policeman (who I swear was the one out of 'Alo'Alo) guided us into the only remaining place. The sky remained clear overnight and we woke to a ground frost. We 'chilled' out, had a mooch about and left about mid-day.
2. With one or two other motorhomer's, we had left Nersac, and when we arrived at the next Air at Marboue, just off the N10 between Tours and Chartes, most of the campervans were there ready to greet us once more. The view was lovely, overlooking a river and park. It was very busy but managed to squeeze in at the end. Luck had it there was a fresh Cheese truck and Freshly roasting chicken truck parked up. It must be a regular thing as locals knew this was there and the place was buzzing. After a hearty meal and a vino or two, we hit the bed.
3. We were obviously late getting up as we were more or less the last to leave, but hey ho, whose in a hurry to get home? When we secured everything in the Motorhome we set off once again at a leasurely pace. After trying Motorhome Aire at Berck-sur-Mer and Fort Mahon, neither were particularly good this year as alterations were in progress on both and we couldn't find our way through the one-way diversions that were taking us in circles around the town and sea front, however, we did manage to see all the major development that was going on. (Crisis, what crisis, obviously not in France). We eventually ended at our old faithfull, Le Touquet. Staying 2 nights, (you paid for this Aire) on the sea front, next to a Yachting Club. We woke the second day to snow and a bitter wind. This Aire is good for larger motorhomes.
4. Moved on up the cost for the last night, to a Free Motorhome Aire at Wissant. Again a lovely little town with a huge, spotless beach and only 20minutes from the Chunnel.
Tuesday a.m. off to the Chunnel, bit of shopping, hopped on to an empty train and off the other end and ............. yes ............... we hit crazy traffic and never ending road works and closures due to accidents ..... Home Sweet Home ..... eventually arrived home in Cheshire late afternoon.
Back to Motorhome Hires on Thursday, busy month this year March and Easter is early ...... looking forward to a good year with Motorhome hirer's enjoying themselves as much as we do. We seem to be quite central for people to want Motorhome hire in Cheshire.
Just a note .... in all, the total cost for overnight stops from the South of Spain to the Chunnel was a Grand Total of ........ 11 Euro's ..... yes 11 Euro's .....The cost of Diesel was the same in France as in Spain and now the £ is a lot weaker, it is not much different in the UK.
Watch this space for our next travelling blog .... roll on winter 2014 .....