After all the months of planning and the last couple of weeks getting all the accessories fitted, we are at last on our way for our grand European Tour. We started in true thrifty style by pooh-poohing any campsite offering and we spent the night right there on the sea front in Hythe.
Nothing better than the sound of the waves to send you to sleep. Ok so there was some traffic noise from about 7am as people got up and started to go to work, but we were up already by then and excited to get on our way.
Our train wasn’t until
And then it happened. We were just getting ready to leave for the tunnel, checking that the scooter was secure on the back on the motorhome when Deby set the phone down on the wall, not noticing it was on a curve, and the phone fell off and smashed. Not just cracked the screen, completely smashed and was broken.
So poor Nigel had to drive circles around Folkestone town center while I ran into Vodafone and got a new phone. OMG, the guy in there. I explained the urgency, I have a train to catch, but he just kept on and on about all the various upgrades and options etc. At
Taking the Channel Tunnel was easy. They didn’t even want us to check the cat in on this end, so we just took the train, out the other end and it was all done, we were ‘abroad’. Deby took the first leg of the driving and remembered to drive on the right and didn’t take a wrong turn the whole way.
Our first night wasn’t too far from the tunnel in a tiny village called Bosc Geffroy. We parked in the church car park for the evening and enjoyed the sound of the braying donkey in the field next door.
On the road again the next day and we both took a shift for the driving. We weren’t in any hurry so no need to drive all day. A nice leisurely lunch in a beautiful motorway services and then in the evening we found a gorgeous spot for the night. In the little village of Villedomer in France, where there is a fantastic viaduct, there is a quiet little ‘aire’ set aside for motorhomes, right next to a little river and park.
We stopped up, took a nice long walk through the beautiful woods and countryside, stocked up on some groceries and wonderful local soft cheese from the grocery store and enjoyed a really good night’s sleep there next to the river. This
On the road again in the morning, and we stopped for the evening in the charming village of Le St Romaine surrounded by fields full of grape vines. The road up to the stop was tiny and winding and it was a bit
We made a bit of a mistake while filling up with water. We left the an door completely wide open! When we noticed were we scared the cat had taken off but thankfully he was showing no interest in going outdoors and was still snuggled up in his basket. He really shows very little interest in leaving the van except at night when he does like to look out the windows and sometimes wants to look out the open door.
We took advantage of all that free water and did our first set of on the road laundry. We will write
That was our last night in France, because the following day we crossed over the border from France to Spain. Spanish roads weren’t in quite such good condition in the main as the French roads were, but we still made good time and our first night was spent in Pamplona – famous for the annual running of the bulls festival.
Another free official camping
More driving again the next day ( Ok, we’re getting a bit tired of it now) and we stopped for another overnight in the town of Segorbe. Another free
Did we say quiet? Well it was to start with, until a local band started practicing in the house close by. It seems they had written a new song and they played this damned same song over and over and over again. Clearly they weren’t getting it because invariably they would always go wrong in the same spot and have to start again from the beginning. We don’t know why they were bothering – it was terrible anyway!
On again the next morning and we weren’t sorry to go, with that song ringing in our ears. We are now on the last leg of our trip and will make it to the Spanish coast today when we arrive in Valencia.
We picked the Coll Vert campsite as our base for exploring Valencia. We have the ACSI discount card for staying out of season so this site costs us €14 per night including electricity and wifi. The pitch was really tight though. It took us a long time to maneuver in, reverse back, change direction, try again. Too many hedges and trees and the length of the pitch was actually a bit shorter than the length of the van. Combine it with the narrow road between pitches and it was a bit of an experience getting the van in place!
But now we are here, tired but happy and the sun is still shining. It’s so warm we are in t-shirts and have all the doors and windows open. At last here is the sunshine we’ve been searching for since leaving Cayman. Now we plan to stay here for a week or so and explore the fascinating city of Valencia – full destination reports will follow on our city adventures soon.