10th January 2019 Sete, France

Well, today was interesting! We tend to use the motorways that have tolls as it just makes for an easier journey for us, but what a pain this time..

We’d aimed to stop at an aire at Bagnuls sur Ceze but the exit we needed was closed, so we thought no more of it and just re-routed to carry on a little further and stop at another aire. Then the next exit we needed had a concrete barrier between us so we couldn’t get off there either!

As the hours were rolling by, we pulled into the next place it was safe to do so and consulted our various books as to where to head for. We plumped for a place called Sete as Dean had heard it mentioned by other campers as a nice stopover place.

Five hours into the journey that should have taken us three, we then took a wrong turn and ended up having to go completely round the town in the one-way system as there were road works. Six and a half hours of driving (323 miles) and we finally found the aire (Sete Aire) where a number of other vans were so we were able to relax!

The aire itself is free at this time of year. We could not find the services but it was no bother as we were only there for one night. We took a couple of pictures of the sunset that night and in the morning we went to the beach that runs alongside the site and were treated to a lovely sunrise.

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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