As May passed & we merged into June, the weather started to improve, longer days, sunshine & time to travel. The two week tour was planned to see us heading across the North Sea then northern France to spend time exploring Brittany & visiting old sailing haunts from BH [before husband].
As is usually, well, always, the case we drove the 20 miles or so to Hull & the P & O ferry terminal. All very civilised nothing too stressful, a lovely evening with a calm crossing forecast.
I think that the crossing was perhaps one of the best so far, not exactly cruising, bearing in mind this is a ferry not the Canberra, but it was fascinating watching the banks of the Humber slipping by as we tucked into our evening meal in the Pride of Bruges Brasserie & washed down with a glass or 3 of Pinot Noir.
Disembarking the ferry the following morning at Zeebrugge, the main port for Belgium, saw us speeding along the autoroutes heading westward to Heurteauville, Normandy via the amazing Pont du Brotonne. This is an architecturally amazing suspension bridge crossing the River Seine, probably best photographed from the side view as opposed to just starting to cross?
Once across the bridge, the pace slows considerably as you enter the unspoilt countryside of the Boucles de la Seine Normande National Park.
So for our first night in France we returned to one of our regular overnight stops at the privately owned Aire Camping-cars Les Cerisiers, Heurteauville situated on the banks of the river seine west of Rouen. We find this a pretty good spot to stay for our 1st night away as there are electric hook ups so that if there is a problem with anything we have back-up. The price per night is 11 euros which includes a large punnet of fresh cherries. Nice.