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Three Go to France 22 - The run home!

The campsite at la Grande Côte is about 750 miles from home taking the quickest and shortest route using the autoroutes/toll roads. We have three nights left to consider.

Another consideration is having Reggie's documents checked and him given the deworming pill between 24 and 120 hours before we return to the UK. I have contacted a couple of vets in Bayeux and Abbeville about this. On a previous visit we did to go a vet in Abbeville and it cost us €35 to have the paperwork signed and stamped on his passport as we actually had the working pill from our own vets! I checked in the expired EU pet passport and it was way back in 2016. I have emailed them too.

So why Bayeux and Abbeville? Both are conveniently placed to overnight stops on the way from the far west of France. Bayeix is in Normandy. The home of the famous tapestry depicting the last invasion of England by a foreign power, the Duke of Normandy who became William the Conqueror in 1066. It is also handy for the Normandy D-Day beaches. It's way back on 2009 when Claire and I had a visit on the bike there and stayed in Caen.

This time I have booked again through pitchup.com for one night only nearby. The campsite is Camping Municipal des Bords de l'Aure and is only about half a mile walk into the town. I think for one night we'd prefer to eat out rather than fire up the over or the microwave.... ;)

It's another site that gets a good review from Tripadvisor.

I have emailed the vet locally to see if they can do the worming and paperwork on the afternoon of the 11th or morning of the 12th. Well before the 24 hours minimum before we travel. Just in case I might see if there's one in Rennes and email them to see if they can do it. It will take the pressure off if they can do it in the morning of the 11th.

Anyway. That will leave two overnights left to book. It needs to be in range of the vet if we need one in Abbeville, and so I booked probably the most expensive site of the entire trip (per day!) at Domaine Chateau de Drancourt near St Valery sur Somme. Close enough to the vets if we need them in Abbeville and also in a nice area where we have been many times before. I like St Valery. We were there the last time Reggie came with us. How he hated the steam train that travels around the Somme bay!

It only gets 3.5* from Tripadvisor, but it has all we need and we can park up and see what they have to offer. Two nights and then on the 14th, Bastille Day, we will head for the Shuttle home. We don't have to rush as the train isn't until 3.50pm but we don't know what the check in wil be like. With Reggie we need to be early enough for him to have his paperwork and chip checked before we get through the check-in and passport faffing about.

And that will be it. It's still two and a half months left before we go. I didn't expect to have to book so much in advance but it seems that all forms of holidays are in demand as all the world emerges from the dark days of lockdowns and the Covid pandemic.

The next update on this should be when we ae on the way! Until them "au revoir"!

The route we are taking will look a bit like this image from Google maps. Give or take depending on whether we go by toll or non toll roads. And not counting excursions from the campsites, which we will of course do!

Rough Trip Plan

Rough Trip Plan

Posted by InvictaMoto 17:56 Archived in France Tagged france three_goto_france

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