European motorhome Travel- VanlifeFrance

A flit though France

During the holidays everything has been almost perfect. Good weather(some of the time) and the random far flung destinations have helped us to relax and forget the routine of campsite warden life.

But it’s that time, a time when we must head back to the uk and resume our ‘not normal’ lifestyle.

Leaving behind the Spanish seaside , we headed along the windy coast road into France and onwards towards our first stop, Donzenac.

A classic European welcome to France sign as we cross back from another Spanish adventure in our Volkswagen camper van- our leap of faith

Donzenac town itself is not very large and easy to visit. But it’s truly magnificent!

A short walk from the Camping Car Aire leads you to the medieval town (N 45.2188, E 1.51888)

The medieval town of Donzenac in France, a short walk away from the Motorhome aire where we stayed in our camper van - our leap of faith

After a little explore in the bitter cold, we retreated the warmth of the van.

More shots of The medieval town of Donzenac in France, a short walk away from the Motorhome aire where we stayed in our camper van - our leap of faith

Another day of driving towards the north coast of France ensued, with another amazing little aire, with a lakeside pitch and we awoke to a picture perfect frost and frozen patches on the lake itself – ekk

Lailly en val , France with a beautiful winter sunrise over the lake beside the camping car park motorhome aire

Lailly en val (N 47.7704, E 1.68586) is a real French treasure and we would love to revisit the area in the summer month.

Verity our Volkswagen camper looking at home by the church in Lailly en val Motorhome aire in France

But sadly it was onwards and we had an appointment to keep!

We had found a Vet, with an online booking system, which simplifies the system as we knew that at 10am on Thursday we need to be in Neufchâtel-en-Bray.

Better still it’s has a little private aire, all of about 5 minutes from the vets and a convenient distance from one of the main roads north (N49.73685, E1.42905).

I guess the fact I type the term ‘aire’ fairly often a little explanation maybe in order, as not all sites are created equal!

It’s a general catch all for everything from a sloping car park alongside the local sports centre all the way up to this !

We’re in what I’d say was more of a ‘mini campsite’, designed specifically for campervans and motorhomes, think nice hedge pitch,electric, showers toilets and even s laundry!

Mini campsite or motorhome aire that’s the question in Neufchâtel-en-Bray, France this one has everything shirts toilets electric a perfect stop over for the vets

The vet’s appointment was seamless as ever with perfect English spoken and ok probably not the cheapest but we would recommend to anyone

Paul and Bentley from our leap of faith waiting for their vets appointment in Neufchâtel-en-Bray France all booked online and perfect English spoken

And then our final stop, before we hit the tunnel home, the beautiful beachside resort of Merlimont Plage, (N 50.4635, E 1.57967) which in the summer months is going to be a tourist Mecca , but on a freezing cold February day we almost have the seashore to ourselves- heaven

Our leap of faith- Michele enjoying the last of the sea side views in Merlimont Plage France

That just left about 40km to cover before we jumped onto the train homeward bound and said goodbye to another European adventure

Homeward bound on the Euro tunnel the short 35 minute trip takes us back to the uk - Sad times


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