By Motorhome to France, Spain & Portugal - 2014 travel blog

Aires in Town Centre

On Pitch


We arrived at the camp site late yesterday afternoon. It was a bit of a disappointment as it was pretty deserted & most facilities were closed but we did have an electric hook up so were able to charge up our tablets, phones etc. We did have a walk into the town but there was not a lot to see apart from an imposing castle or chateau which we could only view from the outside.

Today we headed south past Paris. We were originally going to stop a couple of nights in Paris but we decided to give it a miss as we have been there a couple of times before and there was anything that we really wanted to see again.

Yesterday we did quite a bit of travelling on motorways. A lot of motorways in France charge tolls but as we are not in a hurry I am setting up Ethel, our GPS, to avoid tolls. However yesterday she took us on toll free motorways around near Lille so quite a lot of our mileage was on motorways. Today it was a lot les and we got to see more of the towns along the way. We were also looking to make use of the Camping Aires of which there are loads al over France. They are basically overnight stoping places provided by local towns & authorities to encourage motor homes to stop & use the local facilities. They vary in what they provide but some are quite comprehensive with electricity, water supply & waste disposal facilities. The parking is usually free but some charge for electricity and the other facilities.

Tonight we are staying on a car park in a small village called Boulleret. There are three bays for motorhomes with electric hook ups. We had to buy tokens from one of the local shops for €2 each which gives us 6 hrs of electricity each. They also charge €2 for 100ltrs of water but we don't need any at the moment. There is also a smart little toilet block in the town square that we can use for free. We did buy a couple of cups of coffee at the shop where we bought the tokens but even if we use both tokens it will mean we have had a nights parking with with electricity plus two cups of coffee for only €10.44. We paid €18 for little more last night. I did buy a book listing over 2,700 Aires in France so we will be looking to make good use of them.

Total mileage to date is 525, so about 177 miles today. Topped up with diesel again today @ €1.31/ltr, approx. £1.12/ltr. The price seems to range up to €1.44/ltr depending on whether you are on a motorway or near hypermarket area.

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