Motorhoming in France: Day 1 UK to Lac de la Liez
The Adventure Begins at the Eurotunnel
Our day started bright and early at Canterbury park and ride. We’d had a restful night’s sleep albeit way too short. The previous day had seen 5 hour delays in the Eurotunnel meaning that many people missed Wales beating Belgium 3 – 1 to take them through to the Euro Championship Semi-Finals. What an amazing achievement! We decided better safe than sorry so an early start was needed. After paying £4 for the overnight stay we set off to the Eurotunnel. Surprisingly, there were no queues and we just needed to wait an hour for our train.
It’s a Dog’s Life
Juno had a great start to the day in the pet exercising centre – a lovely addition to the terminal, but unfortunately the rest of the day was pretty dull for her.
Greg then successfully drove us aboard, I haven’t been on the Tunnel before and so a little apprehensive but it was absolutely fine, with no concerns necessary.
Our Journey into France
Back off the other end of the tunnel less than an hour later and off we set to our first stop on our world tour – Lac de la Liez. Greg had put together a playlist for our journey so we swung between NWA, Muse, Adele and S Club 7! Confession time – we do love a boogie whilst driving so there was some shapes being thrown (apologies for the 90s lingo!).
The Travelling Dog
We had our first taste of the French aires (free camping sites) and were pretty impressed. Every stop had a field for Juno to run about in. She needed the stops as she was curled up in the passenger footwell with the sun beating down. I had to fashion a canopy for her so that she wouldn’t roast. She was also pretty anxious after days of packing, moving and being in a new environment.
We had to get down to the south of France by Sunday as we booked a villa holiday with our friends a year ago. We decided on a mammoth drive down from Calais. To be honest, the drive was way too long. It didn’t feel like we were kicking loose and travelling the world. More like we were trying to get somewhere… which obviously we are.
French Toll Roads
This meant that we took toll roads knowing that they were expensive but we still decided on that route. I know we should have checked but from Calais to Lac de la Liez the tolls have cost us €65! Our daily budget is £75 so that was blown (following the Brexit vote we were on £/€ 1.16). We are going to have to take tolls again tomorrow but they will be the last ones. Baked potato for dinner tonight too for cost cutting purposes.
We arrived at Camping de la Liez around 17.30, so just enough time to pop open a bottle of Bollinger that one of Greg’s customer’s bought him (lucky us!), get Juno walked and have dinner. The campsite is overlooking Lac de la Liez, which is really pretty, but the weather wasn’t great meaning that we ended up inside unfortunately. Juno made her first French friend, a collie and played for a while releasing energy from the day. The site has a lot of facilities and was the only one we booked prior to leaving but it is a bit tired and the shower block did not appeal to either of us!
The toilets were either male or disabled – not wishing to sound too much like a feminist (although I am well and truly one), so females are disabled are they?!?! Just saying!