25 February 2016

This is the start of our Blog for the travels of 2016 in our shinny new “Kingham” which we call Marigold! It is an extra long wheelbase Peugeot Boxer (same as the Fiat Ducato) with the best layout you can get for a “van conversion”. We have 180 Watts of solar panels on the roof and I changed the modest 25 litre gas tank for a 55 litre one which means we should only have to fill up once every 2 months in the summer!
We left England on the 9th of February, earlier then planned, but we got tired of the rain! We went from Dover to Dunkirk and picked out a route based partly on what we already knew, and partly by which Aires had free electricity (and of course free water and parking!).
Our first stop was at Watten, 15 miles south of Dunkirk to catch up on some zeds after the midnight crossing. We the drove 160 miles SW to Notre Dame de Courson, one of our favourite spots on the route, staying for a few days. Our next planned halt was Le Fleche, only to find a circus had taken up the Aire, so we continued to Chalais for one night. Our next planned stop was Romagne, to find it was not really open, so continued to Verteuil sur Charente, a lovelly town by the river. We ate out at Cafe Portebleue, having a 3 course plat de jour with wine for €14.25 each and it was fantastic!
Next stop was Nersac, a nice little town with a great little Aire with all the freebies! We then went to St Severin, again a really nice stop with everything and spent 2 nights here. I washed and waxed the van, but you wouldnt think so now!
We the dropped into Fontet marina and stayed 2 nights here, visiting friends Jenny and Simon who live on a dutch barge, Adriana. We then stayed at Prayssac, and Segur, before arriving at Sommieres, one of our favourite South of France towns, which is well worh looking at on the internet! We are going to stay here for a little while, to enjoy the town and let the diesel budget catch up! We have everything we need here, free water, enough sun for the solar, Lidl is 5 minutes walk… and then there is the wonderful town, full of little passageways. It is a bastide town, built on half of the roman bridge which crosses the ? river.
The blog is nearly out of space, so I will be starting a new one, but I will let you know the link on my next entry here!
All for now… GnA
 (once again wordpress has changed and I can not work out how to post a picture, so I will post this text while I work it out!)
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