4th November 2013 Bouchemaine, France


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Our Aire book is now out of date as the one we stayed at now costs 10 euros per night, including water and electric.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.

Paying at the Aire     River View   River Loire

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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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2 Responses to 4th November 2013 Bouchemaine, France

  1. Isabel says:

    Hooray! You have done well and these photos show what a pretty setting you chose for your overnight. Sounds lovely too with all the wildlife. The website looks great and well done for placing the photos – it’s working well!

    Keep having fun! xx

  2. Angi & Paul says:

    Looking good!!! Glad you are having a great time! Travel safely, have fun x x x

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