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Published: September 11th 2010
Pretty and flowery Breton house
In some areas it was obvious that there was a lot of nieighbourly competition to see who had the most attractive house and garden. Result = all are superb.
Definitely Plan Z
. Stayed up quite late having a midnight Skype with Jenny and Izzy in Australia but still got up in good time to leave for Honfleur. Holiday proper now over but still have to get home and the aire at Honfleur is one of our favourite overnight stops as it gives us the chance to wander round the lovely town and harbour, and the shops are rather good too.
This was obviously not meant to be. We were 2 hours into the drive, doodling along the country roads, admiring the lovely floral displays, lovely Breton houses and once ‘over the border’ into Normandy, the view of Mont St Michel, when I had a text to say daughter might be in labour. As plan is to be in Australia when my grandson is born and we were a full two days away from home on a French country road this was not very welcome news. Exchanged a couple of texts and decided best thing was to get home as difficult to make any arrangements when we are on the road and especially away from the internet. Bob said that it was not too far to get to Calais in
This village was awarded 3 fleuries
We always like driving through the towns which have a lsign saying they have a 3 or 4 flower award.
a single day, being 344 miles. We normally prefer to do shorter drives but no problem so we changed from the country roads to the motorway and tolls and went straight to Calais. Well almost straight there. Stopped at the services for lunch and parked next to a frites van. Impossible to resist French frites in fresh baguette.
As we neared Honfleur we realised we needed fuel which is mega expensive on the motorway. Pulled off at Honfleur and filled up at Le Clerc which is far cheaper and also did a stock up on wine to see Bob through the next several months.
We got to Calais before 7pm and parked as usual on the aire by the ferry port. Bob treated himself to a G&T as he had driven such a long way, while I used up all the bits and made a Spaghetti Bolognese which is always an excellent motorhome meal.
Went out for a coffee at a local bar in more relaxed mood having had another text from Australia to say that it is probably a false alarm. Even so, as soon as I get home I will start getting everything ready, in case I
need to make an earlier trip to Oz than planned.
We decided that this has been a really lovely holiday. We normally ‘do’ trips but this one was planned as a fortnight’s holiday of relaxation and that is exactly what it has been. A big bonus has been the excellent weather which means we have been able to do exactly what we have wanted without having to worry about getting wet. Still really nice today though chillier on the harbour at Calais this evening. We have also been pleased with the superb campsites we have used this time. Using the September discounts is a really good way to get a reasonably cheap holiday and the sites we have used have been either 3 or 4 star and all have had fantastic pools.
We spoke to a couple of people who have booked everything through the Camping Club and think they have got an excellent deal but they had no idea that the ACSI rates for the campsites are only €15 maximum and we wonder how much they actually paid.
Think that next year we will ‘plan’ an out-of-season trip and get it costed by the Club to see how much
Bridge from Honfleur to Le Havre
Bob commented that the Dartford bridge is also quite spectacular. Yes but we never get the chance to see that one clearly as it is always one enormous traffic jam and the bridge gets hidden by the queue of trucks
they would charge. Then we will compare it with what we know we pay. Could give a very interesting result and am 100% sure it will work out cheaper as a DIY trip.
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