2nd November 2013 Honfleur, France

 

As our Eurotunnel crossing was scheduled for 9.20am we spent the previous night at the Caravan Club site in Folkestone. It is in a village called Densole and is only 15 minutes from all the ferry terminals so it is an ideal stopover, plus their showers are wonderful!

They have designated ‘ferry’ pitches so those of us who need to leave/arrive at ungodly hours are able to do so without annoying the rest of the campers who are there on holiday.

We set off about 8.30am and were on the train by 9am, in France by 10am (or 11am French time). There was a minor panic as the announcer on the train advised us all to put our clocks BACK one hour, and we had already put ours forward an hour! Needless to say, we were right and then spent ages trying to correct everything again.

The weather has been dismal so we were pleased to get to Honfleur Aire early afternoon. It was full of French vans but we managed to find a spot, in practically the same position we were in back in 2010. It cost 10 euros per night, including electric hook up if you’re lucky! We decided to stay for two nights so we could enjoy walking around the town and harbour.

Honfleur Aire

Honfleur is such a beautiful place, with the harbour alone being worth a visit, with its beautiful frontages, churches and cobbled streets. The shops are a multitude of independent boutiques and you could window shop for days.

Honfleur (3)

 

Honfleur     Honfleur (2)

We called into the Tourist Information Centre and asked for a town map, where we were also given a leaflet giving us lots of ideas of what to see in the town. Following the map, we ended up down some little old alleyways that brought us out by Saint Catherine Church. It was built in the 15th Century by shipwrights and is the largest wooden church in France.

On our way back to the van we called into the bakers and bought our bread, along with some scrumptious quiches and tartelettes that are no longer with us. Absolutely gorgeous they were!

Honfleur treat!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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