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Published: June 26th 2018
This is a two day blog as these have been mainly uneventful travelling days. We catch the chunnel tomorrow just before 10am so have had two days driving north to get to our favourite campsite in the area, Chateau Gandspette at Eperlecques, near to St Omer.
Decided to do the biggest part of the drive yesterday which took us to Laon. A 6 hour drive which is quite long enough especially for Bob who bruised himself when he slid off the step of Tandy a couple of days ago. This makes sitting a big painful even after his bruise has been anointed with my magic arnica gel.
We were sorry to say goodbye to our Stork friends who entertained us so very well on our Turcqheim campsite but have motorhome must travel and it's time to make tracks for home.
Not a lot to report about the drive. A bit of motorway, a lot of N roads. A lot of long straight stretches and lots and lots of fields of crops. We started the day's drive by crossing over the Vosges mountains but not an easy road for photos.
Did have a piece of luck at lunchtime
when I was contemplating making tuna baguette sandwiches (as the stork had had all our ham). Bob pulled into an aire and I spotted a frites van. So we had tuna sandwich and frites. A real treat.
Main possible holdup on the route was Reims but proved to be no problem and we were soon on the way to the campsite. This is Camping La Cheneaie just a couple of kilometres at the foot of the steep hill leading up to Laon. If we had known we might have prepared ourselves better and made time to visit Laon. By all accounts it's a lovely walled town. We will take note to stop again and leave enough time to nip up to town on Kisbee.
The campsite is a little bit neither here nor there. Was a Municipal site we think but now privately own and updating and development is in progress but in a rather piecemeal way. There is a covered little pool which of course we used and there is a fishing lake down the hill which we walked round. Will be interested to return to the site in a year or two to see if they
have sorted it out a little better. Ordered bread for collection next morning but only collected it on the way out as it's quite a trek from where we camped to reception. My knee did not need the aggravation of a steep uphill climb first thing in the morning. Having said that my knee has been managing surprisingly well, with the aid of my stick, and hopefully all the swimming will keep it going until it gets replaced in a couple of months time (probably).
Second driving day was shorter to allow time for supermarket shopping. Stopped at a big Intermarche and filled a big trolley to the brim with 50 bottles of wine and some tasty French foodie things. All packed into Tandy and I now can't get my legs under the table as there are two collapsible crates under there filled with bottles with a throw on top to stop them rattling as we drive.
We didn't use any motorways, just N roads and went through a couple of towns including Arras and along roads we have surely driven before as all roads eventually lead to Calais. We passed lots of war cemeteries along the way
through the upper Sommer valley. Always makes us appreciatative of what we have now.
Arrived in nice time at our campsite for a swim which was much needed as it's been an extremely beautiful and sunny day. Hotter though in the UK by several degrees as they are having a heatwave (with much fuss and over-dramatisation from the media as usual).
Tomorrow we will drive home.
Have already re-opened my Joysofglass shop on Folksy and already, an hour later, had a sale so that's brilliant. Have to be home mid week as I have a two day event selling my glass at the National Memorial Arboretum for Armed Forces Day, all weekend. Going to be very hot in that marquee.
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