After all it’s now more than 2months since we got back from our Vietnam / Bangkok trip and tans are starting to fade.
We seem to have been very busy between then and now. When I’m not making glass, I’m whizzing down the motorway to visit my Baddeley family and Bob has been doing more development of his railway in the loft.
Travelwise we’ve had a 4 day trip in the Tandy to Dorset, just after Easter, when we stayed near Charmouth and scootered into Lyme Regis and Beer. Not forgetting the weekend camp in Alton with Liz and Graham.
We have a new scooter which we tried out on the Dorset trip. A bright white Kisbee. The Diesis was lovely and loyal but it was getting older, we are heavier and the poor thing was struggling, so it has been retired.
Slotted into our busy weeks has been a wedding, Amy, Bob’s second granddaughter who married Gregg. It was a lovely day and we stayed overnight at the 3 Horseshoes near Leek with the rest of the Salt family.
So a bit of a rush to get ready for this trip especially as it was
a big birthday of mine last week which I celebrated with a lovely family day out to the Black country museum. The day before that I did my second craft fair of the month so glass-wise I’ve been very busy indeed and am only just keeping up with demand – which is lovely.
We decided that for this holiday we would ‘do’ the section of the Spanish / Portuguese coast that we have to date missed out. That being the North coast West from Santander and round the corner into Portugal. We expect this area to be not as touristy as we are used to and indeed Bob has had some difficulty identifying good campsites when planning the route.
We decided to take a ferry to Spain from France, rather than direct from the UK and will sail from St Nazaire to Gijon. We also fancied the tunnel for a change instead of the Dover / Calais ferry to get us to France. This gives us a bonus few days in France before the Spanish and Portuguese part of the trip.
So at the crack of dawn on the 7th June we set off.
Birds fed as much food as I could get into multiple feeders – the bluetits from the box in the tree had very kindly fledged yesterday which was lovely. The garden is prepared as much as we could given several wet days and the tomatoes are in the greenhouse in enormous gravel trays where they should only require weekly watering.
A really easy run down to the tunnel, being a Saturday, and an equally easy drive to Le Crotoy once in France. 7.5 hours door to door – Easy !
Somewhat surprised to find the Aire in Le Crotoy, which we’ve used several times, was bursting at the seams. I looked in my diary and discovered it’s a public holiday in Europe – Whit Weekend. I normally check but had forgotten.
We managed to squeeze into the last remaining spot on the aire and strolled into town. Had to do that as we had no change to get a 24 hr parking ticket as the machine only takes coins.
In Le Crotoy we found a lovely little artisan market where we bought some delicious salted butter nougat and I wished I had brought a box of
my glass to sell. We bought ice-creams and then drinks, until we had the change we needed, and returned to the Tandy with our parking ticket.
Le Crotoy really is a delightful place for an overnight stop and at €5 for the night the best aire that we use.
After dinner we strolled along the causeway path in the direction of St Valery-Sur-Mer, watched a few interesting birds and then collapsed into bed by an unheard of 10pm (9pm in the Uk) and slept for 10 hours !
Campsite = Aire on Le Crotoy harbour
our (as an overnight stop) = 9.5/10
Price = $5.
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