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Troyes – Camping Municipales

A very mature wooded campsite at Pont St Marie about 2 miles from Troyes itself. The site is split into little hedged orchards so a good deal of privacy is achievable unless it is very busy. The book says the cost is 6 Euros but a motorhome with 2 people and electrics and taxes comes to 18 Euros in high season and 17 Euros in low. This year it will close on 15th October for the Winter.
The shower block is very good with plenty of hot water. At the mid September time when we visited, you became aware that the nights are very cold and the shower block is open and unheated. Have your shower in the warmer afternoons!
Fresh bread and croissants are available by adding you name and order to a list each day. A very helpful and friendly staff most of whom have some English. One has almost perfect English but he does come from Huddersfield…
The ground is all grass except for a small row of tarmaced standings. The grass can be dodgy with some mud patches. Mud mats would be very useful.
Most of the staff have a small amount of English except one is is near perfect – but then he does come from Huddersfield!

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Bois de Boulogne

As far as I know, this is the only campsite in Paris. Actually, it is just outside the boundary of most maps of Paris and is on the Allee au bord de l’eau. One problem we had with the position is that three out of three taxi drivers we used had no idea where it was and one refused to take us because he didn’t know where it was. Another agreed to take me to Port Maillott which is about three miles away but when I gave him my GPS for directions he was delighted and even adhered to the speed limits when “Emily” (our Garmin Nuvi 350) told him about them!!!
The site is well maintained with each pitch having ample hedged in space. For 30 Euros, we had a “Grand Comfort” pitch with electric, water and drainage. Each pitch is equipped with a cain and lock for additional security.
There is a small shop, restaurant and bar as well as showers, loo and external washing up sinks. Beware the plumbing – if you turn the tap to hot water and get cold, turn it to cold and you will get hot but neighbouring sinks are not the same way round!
A 15 minut walk along the Seine to Suresnes Bridge and cross over gets you to a small shopping centre with a rudimentary supermarket called Champion. Food in Sept 2008 was very expensive indeed. There are none of the big hypermarkets in Paris and most shops are independents. Even in the poorest suburbs you will not get the sort of prices that you might get in a Carrefour or Auchan.
The ground is mostly gravel and very hard to put up windbreaks but the hedges make this unnecessary.
There is a shuttle bus to Port Maillott every half hour where there is a Metro station. Fare 1.80 Euros single, 3.20 return. Seems to start in the afternoon and go through till nearly midnight. A taxi to the centre of Paris will cost about 25 Euros.
Can be noisy, mostly from helicopters, but not offensively so.

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First campsites – Leeds, Aldeburgh & Bexhill

    Bardsey Glenfield – North Leeds

This campsite is run by Vick with much assistance from Geoff. They really are a rather special set up here. The site is small with only about 20 pitches split between people permanently parked as a getaway from places like Leeds & Bradford, mostly elder citizens; some who work in the area and stay there for the week time and go home weekends and some who come for a few days, mostly with tents. 2 adults in motorhome with extra car and EHU – £15 per night. Discount of 1 night in seven.

It is very quiet and peaceful. It is also very, very well maintained and clean. They provide hand towels and soap in the loos. They even provide washing up luid and wasing up sponges in the kitchen. Decent laundry. As long as you ignore the strange fascination with notices telling you what is acceptable behaviour in rather strange terms, I don’t think we have ever found a more comfortable and pleasant site.

    Sizewell near Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Finally we departed for Aldeburgh, calling in for an overnight stop in Newark and including a visit to Brownhills (of course). The place seemed to be in better order than previously. We asked a lass in the shop how the new management buy-out had affected the staff. She said that nothing much had changed as far as the non-management was concerned. Business as usual.

We stayed for three nights at the Cliff House Caravan Park at Sizewell. This site is really as close to the beach as it is possible to get. On arrival, we paid for our stay at £18 per night and were invited to take a numbered peg, stick where we elected to park. The site is virtually a large field surrounded on three sides with trees. Very pleasant atmosphere and has a large “clubhouse” where you could eat and drink if you wished. The facilities were adequate but a little tired. Showers are an extra coin-in-slot affair. Could do with tarting up considerably.

A couple of hundred yards walk along the beach to the hamlet of Sizewell brought us to a very pleasant beach cafe for hot chocolate and bacon sandwiches. Although the place is dominated by the Heavy Water Nuclear power plants, the area offers great walking and cycling opportunities from Dunwich in the North to Thorpeness and Aldeburgh in the South across the common and along the beach road.

    Bexhill-on-Sea – Kloofs

Again a premium site. This one is run by a family and is well established. We chose it as a suitable last contact with England before catching a ferry at Newhaven.
A very well managed and laid out site with all pitches having EHU, water and drains. Each pitch on this steeply sloping but terraced site has a high degree of privacy from the neighbours. It lies in a small village which is reached via sme very pretty but alarmingly narrow lanes yet is only 3 miles from Bexhill. The site is a family-run affair and is currently undergoing some great improvements. But even now it is well served and very clean with a small shop for the essentials in the reception office. We found it a good friendly place which made our few days there a pleasure which we could have continued but for our determination to go sun-seeking. £18 per night but well worth it.

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