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Route to Northern France

Route to Northern France

We spent Monday night on the aire at Les Bordes (N47.810474,E2.40763), conveniently close to the D952. This is a good aire, adjacent to a lake and wood and with free water and drainage. The intention had been to lodge at the aire at Sully sur Loire, about 8 miles away by an old chateau, but this was closed for the winter. It is well placed, when open, being on a cycle path along the Loire and next to the extensive chateau estate and woods…excellent dog and human walking.
We were on our own at Les Bordes and had a quiet night.

Aire at Pont de L'Arche

Aire at Pont de L’Arche

We are on the last leg of the journey home; last night was spent on the aire here in Pont de L’Arche ( N49.305595, E1.158305), close to the Seine just to the south of Rouen. The aire is very close to the new pont (bridge) and a short walk to the shops. Every other shop is a boulangerie, packed with luscious bread and pastries, so we are stocking up for the long drive home tonight.



Riverfront House

Riverfront House

There are a lot of pretty part timbered houses here and an ornate old church.





Today, Wednesday, we will drive to Dieppe and catch the 6pm ferry to Newhaven. This docks at 9pm English time (4 hour crossing) and we will take it in turns to drive home through the night and hopefully avoid the dreaded M6 traffic.


Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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6 comments on “The Last Post
  1. gillian robinson says:

    What a fantastique time you have had. Safe journey home xxx

    Sent from my iPad


  2. crbtaylor says:

    Safe journey to you all across the water, as previously it has been lovely following your travels. Look forward to your next trip, Gill is now back from her short interlude in the UK so we hope now to continue our travels around the Algarve & across the border into Spain if the weather dictates,
    Colin, Gill & Millie x

  3. Steve Mears says:

    What a brilliant trip you’ve had…….your pics are great….what camera do you use?

    Anything planned for next year?

    Have a great Christmas.

    Steve and Liz Mears

    • Thanks Guys. Camera is a compact…the panasonic DMC-TZ60…which has replaced a digital SLR. It is so much easier to have a tiny camera in a belt pouch, always there, no neck ache.
      Next year….just wondering about going a bit later than usual and doing northern Europe and the Baltic…had some great reports from a couple we met near Cannes who had just had a multi country honeymoon trip in that neck of the woods.

  4. Tony pike says:

    Hi you two. Proper Truck Drivers aren’t you. Driving home through the night,how romantic.
    Takes me back to a night trunk job I used to love. Slough to Sheffield change trailers and back to Slough. We’re going to miss your posts and photos, you’ve rearly entertained us. Looking forward to following in Mavises tyre tracks next March. Trust your home safely.
    Love TONY&ROSE

    • Hi Tony…thanks…back home now…good trip up M6 last night, got here at 4.30 am, slightly laden down with Christmas goodies….including rather a lot of that lovely smelly french cheese.

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