France- May half term 2013 (1) – Dover- Honfleur – Nr Granville

Bluebell the motorhome is parked up in amongst an orchard on the grounds of a very pretty French Farm in Normandy. The apples grown on this orchard are used to make cider, liquor and cider vinegar, and we’ve spent a glorious afternoon in the sunshine sampling *hic*!

We headed for Dover on Thursday after work, and had a very quick journey, which, luckily for us, allowed us go for a curry once we’d settled Jazz and showered. We parked on Marine Parade again, and enjoyed only having to cross the road to the curry house!

After a very peaceful night, we nipped up to Tescos to stock up on some supplies we had forgotten about, and then headed towards Folkstone to catch our train. We were hoping to be able to catch an earlier train, but they were full, so we had a chill in the car park, and spent some time in “Walkies” a dog play/ exercise area, which included lots of cruft type hoops and see saws and tunnels etc!

We were called onto our ferry shortly after 2:30 and thoroughly enjoyed our first crossing “under the sea”. We were so impressed with the whole embarking/disembarking process and the length of the crossing (35mins) that I can’t see us ever using the ferry again.

We decided to aim for the aire at Honfleur. We’ve been there before, and loved it, and as it was pouring with rain we weren’t in a hurry to stop driving. At 7pm on the dot, we arrived in Honfleur, connected with electricity courtesy of the aire (€10 for 24hrs with electric, water etc). After a quick shower (and time to allow the rain to stop) we hit the town and enjoyed a carafe of red wine, and sat outside overlooking the harbour. Jazz loved being nosey and was as good as gold.

We stumbled back to the van at 10pm and rustled up a late dinner and then promptly fell into a deep sleep until gone 9am this morning. After a quick cuppa we wandered back into town (5mins walk from aire) and enjoyed wandering around the alleys and exploring the market!

We headed back to Bluebell just before 1200 and set off towards Granville, near Mont St Micheal. We had a few France Passion sites in mind, but ended up picking the cider cave- surprising that eh?!

So now we are here, all tucked up in the apple orchard, the sun is shining, we are a bit merry on cider- we initially bought 2 bottles and a bottle of cider mixed with Calvados- but we’ve already drank them both so we went to buy 6 more! 🙂 We are sharing the field with a very friendly donkey (Dave)- he’s had his head inside our door most of the time we’ve been here so far. Jazz isn’t quite sure what to make of the donkey, however he isn’t barking!

Another van has just turned up, they are Brits and the farmer has been to collect Dave the Donkey, and show us a donkey that has only been born yesterday. So cute!

Tomorrow we head to Mont St Micheal and Cancale.

Until then

Lx

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France- May half term 2013 (1) – Dover- Honfleur – Nr Granville

Bluebell the motorhome is parked up in amongst an orchard on the grounds of a very pretty French Farm in Normandy. The apples grown on this orchard are used to make cider, liquor and cider vinegar, and we’ve spent a glorious afternoon in the sunshine sampling *hic*!

We headed for Dover on Thursday after work, and had a very quick journey, which, luckily for us, allowed us go for a curry once we’d settled Jazz and showered. We parked on Marine Parade again, and enjoyed only having to cross the road to the curry house!

After a very peaceful night, we nipped up to Tescos to stock up on some supplies we had forgotten about, and then headed towards Folkstone to catch our train. We were hoping to be able to catch an earlier train, but they were full, so we had a chill in the car park, and spent some time in “Walkies” a dog play/ exercise area, which included lots of cruft type hoops and see saws and tunnels etc!

We were called onto our ferry shortly after 2:30 and thoroughly enjoyed our first crossing “under the sea”. We were so impressed with the whole embarking/disembarking process and the length of the crossing (35mins) that I can’t see us ever using the ferry again.

We decided to aim for the aire at Honfleur. We’ve been there before, and loved it, and as it was pouring with rain we weren’t in a hurry to stop driving. At 7pm on the dot, we arrived in Honfleur, connected with electricity courtesy of the aire (€10 for 24hrs with electric, water etc). After a quick shower (and time to allow the rain to stop) we hit the town and enjoyed a carafe of red wine, and sat outside overlooking the harbour. Jazz loved being nosey and was as good as gold.

We stumbled back to the van at 10pm and rustled up a late dinner and then promptly fell into a deep sleep until gone 9am this morning. After a quick cuppa we wandered back into town (5mins walk from aire) and enjoyed wandering around the alleys and exploring the market!

We headed back to Bluebell just before 1200 and set off towards Granville, near Mont St Micheal. We had a few France Passion sites in mind, but ended up picking the cider cave- surprising that eh?!

So now we are here, all tucked up in the apple orchard, the sun is shining, we are a bit merry on cider- we initially bought 2 bottles and a bottle of cider mixed with Calvados- but we’ve already drank them both so we went to buy 6 more! 🙂 We are sharing the field with a very friendly donkey (Dave)- he’s had his head inside our door most of the time we’ve been here so far. Jazz isn’t quite sure what to make of the donkey, however he isn’t barking!

Another van has just turned up, they are Brits and the farmer has been to collect Dave the Donkey, and show us a donkey that has only been born yesterday. So cute!

Tomorrow we head to Mont St Micheal and Cancale.

Until then

Lx

Baby donkey - only 1 day old!
Baby donkey – only 1 day old!
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Slightly merry on the home made cider – behind us are the trees the apples came off!
2 bottles of cider and some calvados mixed with cider liquor (we drank both bottles of cider in one go so went and bought 6 more..!)
2 bottles of cider and some calvados mixed with cider liquor (we drank both bottles of cider in one go so went and bought 6 more..!)
the tasting suite...
the tasting suite…
our neighbour for the night- Jazz wasn't too sure...
our neighbour for the night- Jazz wasn’t too sure…
Nosey Donkey...
Nosey Donkey…
Can we be friends?
Can we be friends?
Composer Eric Satie's old house
Composer Eric Satie’s old house
Honfleur by night
Honfleur by night
Jazz's first visit to Honfleur - poser
Jazz’s first visit to Honfleur – poser
driving into the tunnel!
driving into the tunnel!
Aire at Honfleur with the Pont de Normandy in the background
Aire at Honfleur with the Pont de Normandy in the background
Bluebell tucked away on our orchard for the night
Bluebell tucked away on our orchard for the night

May Half Term 2011- Dorset and Somerset- good ol’ Cider Country!

You may have noticed that we seem to have a tendency to travel “oop north” for our trips. I do take some blame myself on this- being a Northerner I have always been keen to show off our country to Keefy, who, being a “blooody saaaaaaatherner” has barely travelled north of Watford Gap.

Anyway, we did a trade off, he was keen to show me an area he knew well- Dorset. So off we went and I have to say I was rather looking forward to going to an area that us Northerners don’t venture to too often!

First stop was a site near Lulworth Cove. We stayed on a C&C Club site that night and spent about an hour and a half with a beer or 3, watching some guy in a caravan positioning his Sky dish. Seriously it was a right sight! He was moving it left a bit, right a bit, left a bit further, right a bit further. Then he got a chair out and a tripod. Blimey. The things some people will do for a tv signal. Aren’t we camping?!

I thought Lulworth Cove was amazing. It really is stunning! We did a lovely walk along the coast and back- it felt like we walked MILES! At the risk of sounding a bit “blonde”- it really is quite hilly down there- my legs were killing at the end of the walk! But the views more than made up for it, and we had an almost endless supply of sweeties, chocolates and pop to keep us going!

On our way through Dorset we saw the Cerne Giant in the hillside. If you don’t know what this is click below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerne_Abbas_Giant

What a hoot! I couldn’t believe my innocent eyes!

We headed towards Bath and I had an amusing incident with the owner of a campsite we were staying on and my accent. I rang him to see if there was a bus to Bath from near the campsite, as Bath is officially a no go for motorhomes (the parking was a nightmare- height barrier city!!) so we intended to get a bus in. He had no idea what I was saying! “Is there a boooooooos that runs to bath” I asked him. “what?” he returned. I said it about five times, then Keith had to take over. Apparently what I should have said was “is there a baaas to barrrth”. Who knew.

Anyway, we had a great time in Bath. I managed to get Keith to let us go to the Roman Baths spa for an hour or so. Good work on my part- he usually hates these type of girly activities- and to spend £60+ for the experience, I just couldn’t see it happening. Anyway, turns out because the spa used water from the roman spring- it was a worthy experience for him in a historical sense, so we went and it was lush! That rooftop spa was amazing. Who says camping can’t be a bit glam!

We headed on towards Chedder Gorge, and gorge I did- on local cider. My goodness, we bought this plastic container full of scrumpy and I got absolutely SLOSHED!!!! We stayed on this amazing little campsite and the owner had a Harrier Jump Jet in his garage!!! Honestly, you just wouldn’t believe it! He let us go and look and have a little sit in it!! AMAZING! He apparently bought it on Ebay of all places. Like you do….

The views at Chedder Gorge were amazing. We were both totally bowled over by the whole experience, we walked right up to the top and just sat and watched the world go by. It’s a shame it’s such a tourist trap, but I suppose when you have views as super as that it will attract lots of people.

We headed home via Avebury, which was a lovely little place.

I really really enjoyed exploring this area which I hadn’t been to before (with the exception of Bath).

I learn’t lots:

1) that I am actually a lightweight when it comes to drinking Scrumpy jack,

2) I’m actually a bit scared of heights when I’m dangling off the edge of a rather old gorge..

3) People who live in Bath speak differently to us and I’m still not sure why!

4) The south coast is actually rather a nice place to go to…

Until next time…. Lydia x