9th January 2019 Seurre, France

Our plans changed overnight as we were heading for Strasbourg when we left Trier, but they now had forecast for blizzards so we’re heading south into France!

Our destination is Argeles-sur-mer in southern France but we’ll need a few stops on the way as it is still quite a distance. We have a Camping-Car Park card http://www.campingcarpark.comthat we purchased last year for 5 euros, which provides you with a network of aires (many used to be the municipal sites run by the local council equivalents) across France.

You can check online where the sites are, how many pitches are available and what facilities they provide so it takes any confusion out. We’ve paid an average of 11 euros per night and this includes electric, albeit it 6 amps but that has been move than adequate if you’re sensible.

We chose a campsite in the village of Seurre, about 40kms of Dijon that was extremely pleasant and next to the River Saône. New hard standings are being made and again everything was in working order. It took us nearly five hours to get here (261miles) so we’ve decided to stay a couple of nights.

Dean went and bought some fresh bread in the morning while I sorted the van out. We did venture out for a walk (when it snowed!) and to top up the essentials but had forgotten the shops closing times differ from the UK….we went back empty handed.

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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