France and Spain 2012

 Purchased Channel Tunnel tickets using Tesco vouchers, if you shop at Tesco you receive vouchers each month, instead of spending them in Tesco they can be swopped for certain services at three times their face value. The Channel Tunnel accepts these, so total cost of tickets zero. Travelled down to Dover loaded on shuttle and 45 minutes later disembarked in France, With just a couple of kilometres to drive to Carrefour at Cite Europe for a free overnight stop. There were about 20 vans overnighting at Carrefour so quite busy , but room for a hundred or more.

Carrefour Cite Europe

Carrefour car park no height restrictions and open 24/7

Left next morning after spending a few Euros in Carrefour, used the free motorways (no tolls for us) then the A road network to travel to Troyes and into the municipal campsite a regular stop for us, a big spacious campsite, the amenities are getting a bit old, but are very clean, as with most french sites free wifi is available.

N 48.1840  E 4.550

Left Troyes heading south weather not to good so travelled all the way to Macon all on A roads or as the French call them N roads
RN route nationale. Camping municipal Macon has had a huge makeover and now has some of the best Sanitaire buildings in France. Not the cheapest campsite, but reasonably priced, and well situated whether travelling South or North.

N 46.3307  E 4.8436

Weather still cool so push on South to Montpelier Stop just north of Montpelier at Camping Fondespierre

sat nav coordinates

N 43.4138  E 3.5946

A rocky hilly site english spoken ACSI discount outside high season well placed for Montpelier and the Med. This site is open all year round and has heated shower block in winter.
Travelled from here to Solmar campsite in Blanes Costa Brava, 
where we stayed for 15 weeks

sat nav coordinates
E 2.4759  N 41.420
During our stay the International Fireworks Competition was held an annual event that lasts for 4 nights with spectacular displays
Just take your chair and drinks to the beach and be entertained every night.

On the 31st of July huge forest fires raged across Northern Spain closing the border between France and Spain for several days.

Set off North to France scenes of devastation all along the roads burnt out and blackened for mile after mile.

cross border and head for camping La Rebau it is now high season and campsites in the south of France are mostly full, but we found a holiday camp with plenty of empty tourist pitches and live entertainment/

N 43.2354  E 3.2224

Left here and headed North to Camping Beauregard in the Jura lakes region very busy noisy site in high season 

Stopped one night then carried on north to Macon stopped at the camping municipal same as on way down.
Next day travelled North to Beaune Camping st vincents
beaune camping les cent vignes
This is one of our favourite sites we stop here up to 4 times a year
the town is well worth a visit and the campsite with its recently upgraded sanitaires is first class.


N 47.1576  E 4.5020
When we left here we went to Troyes listed above on the way south
stopped one night then travelled to Charleville
 Camping Mont Olympe at Charleville on the river Meuse 

This is a really nice site with large pitches divided by hedges, with very pleasant surrounding including a marina and boating club the town is within walking distance with shops and resturants.
ASCI  discount cards accepted outside high season

N 49.4644  E 4.4315

camping municipal du mont olympe

From here up to Calais and Ferry home

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