31st January 2019 Honfleur, France

Destination:- Honfleur Aire

3 hours 21 minutes drive, 133 miles and €42 tolls

Honfleur is well known for its old port and is only a short walk from the motorhome car parking area (aire de camping car). We have been here a few times and you have to accept that this aire isn’t great. On this occasion it was the worst we’ve seen it which is probably why there were only 6 vans on. Most of the electric hook up points were not working or if they were the amperage was very low, however its location to the centre is great.

Honfleur is characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave CourbetEugène BoudinClaude Monet and Johan Jongkind, forming the école de Honfleur (Honfleur school) which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement. The Sainte-Catherine church, which has a bell tower separate from the principal building, is the largest church made out of wood in France.

This was a one night stopover so after a quick walk around the old harbour we bought a few provisions and some local cider before returning back to the van.

It is a shame that this motorhome facility is being neglected as it brings in a lot of vans from all over Europe. A majority of them will go into town to spend their money in the local supermarkets, gift shops and of course eat in one of the many excellent restaurants.

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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