Having left Honfleur, it took us about five hours to travel down the west coast to reach the aire at Bouchemaine. We’ve decided to use the toll roads to make life a bit easier but so far it has costs us roughly 50 euros (not including one toll that we have no idea how much it cost – just shoved the card in – panicked when we saw the barrier rise and forgot to get a receipt!)
Our Aire book is now out of date as the one we stayed at now costs 10 euros per night, including water and electric. It has a barrier entrance and exit, with instructions in at least six different languages. If you have the ‘All the Aires France’ book, follow the instructions for how to get there. Don’t go into the centre of Bouchemaine – enough said!
It is in a lovely spot though as you are looking out over the River Loire, with the fishermen out in their little boats immediately in front of you. We took a walk along the river then into the village but it was getting dark so we headed back to the comfort of our van.
You could spend many hours just sat looking over the river as fish were jumping out of the water, ducks were washing themselves and birds were constantly on the hunt for food. Autumn has finally arrived and the trees along the river bank were in various stages of changing colour, with many hues of orange on display.