Etretat, France (26/5- 28/5, 18.7Euros/night)

We decided to change the SatNav from the green route to the Easy route and also to include the roll road, which would include the “Pont de Normandy”, else the journey would’ve been twice the distance of the 48Km… It was worth the 6.2Euros, and not a bad view either 🙂

The campsite is very good, and it’s a municipal run one; one one site is the basic motor home stopover and other the campsite with the additional facilities.  I haven’t included the below photo to show that Gail is doing her share of the tasks, but that the washing up area has some useful draining racks; the 1st we’ve seen in France or in England.

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The town/village of Etretat is very pretty. All the houses and gardens walking into the town from the campsite are very pretty and well maintained; we thought we might have walked into the set of “The Stepford wives”… At the sea there are some impressive cliffs either side of the pebble beach, which looks like there is a bit of walking…rather than stay just for 1 night as we had thought before arriving, we have now changed our minds; not for the 1st time I’m sure 🙂

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We had some good news and a learning experience whilst here, both related to the TV. We managed to sort out the Satellite so that it could point to another other than the default 4 set up and also found one that transmits a limited number of channels in french. The learning experience was that after tilting the TV to have a better picture, once we pushed the TV back into its locked travel position, it collided with the power lead connector and snapped part of it, which in turn as it turned out blew the fuse. We found out that this fuse also powers one of the USB sockets that we use to charge the phones.

Honfleur, France (24-26/5/14)

We’d packed up the motor home mostly on Friday and completed the final bits etc on Saturday before setting off on our first trip since coming to France. We plugged our destination of Honfleur into the SatNav system and off we went.

We left about midday which meant that there was even less traffic on the roads as most people were preparing or having their lunch. We stopped to prepare and have our lunch about 1:15pm in a parking stop, though just as we were about to start eating a bit of a strange man came over and told us that the parking, which was large, was private and related to a cafe/restaurant and that we could stay if we go in and have a coffee. We weren’t that bothered by a coffee so we moved on and luckily found another place to stop after about 15 mins.

The final part of a the route was “interesting” as we had put to avoid toll roads and the current setting of the SatNav was to select the most economic route. This meant that for the last 10Km we were travelling on county lanes. Luckily only on 1 occasion did we come across some other cars coming the other direction that caused us having to reverse; luckily not too far 🙂 However, this route for entering Honfleur was down some small back streets in the town and due to how one car was parked we needed to mount a narrow curb, fortunately there was just enough space; not quite so easy in a motorhome as in a car…

Once we got to the campsite although it looked like there was lots of space, we found out that over half of it was shut due to some extreme rain that they had had and the ground was soaked and at first they said there was no space. However with Gail practising her French we managed to get a slot parking on the hardcore road between some of the soaked grass pitches; our electric cable was just long enough to hook up to the supply… Due to the “problems” due to the weather, they gave us a 20% discount on the price 🙂 (30.40 Euros for 2 nights)

The campsite was OK, though it did have a superb location almost in the centre of the town. Afterwards we happened to find a location for a stopover for over 300 motorhomes also in HonFleur, cheaper, though like a car park; it depends on what you want!!!

Honfleur is a very pretty, and touristic, town by the sea. It retains lots of it’s old charm and narrow winding streets and old buildings; there was a lots of restoration going on as well of some of the buildings maintaining their character.

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We properly christened the BBQ, using the grill plate, with whole mackerel that we had brought from the fish stall. They were very good if I have to say so myself; we add a mix of a bit of oil, chilli sauce, pepper and a bit of rosemary and rubbed this onto the fish before cooking each side for about 5 mins. I’m looking forward to cooking many other things on our BBQ, including breakfast every now and again…

Although there was no WIFI on the site with our attenna booster we managed to pick up a local free connection and could even stream a bit of french TV to aid our continued learning; our satelitte systems picks up the UK feed. We’ve a hard disk full of programs to watch in Spanish when required 🙂

Just before we left the camp site we made some more mixed grain type rolls to have for lunch on our arrival at our next stop of Etretat…they smelt good 🙂