Adriers August 1st – 3rd

We had our first outing to try out the Hymer, keeping close to home in case of problems. 

The site details are here together with many photographs.

We stayed only two nights but will be happy to return in the future, just when the weather is not so hot.

A few snags were evident:

  • the catch on the overbed roof vent is broken
  • the grey waste decided to leak all over the aire
  • the bathroom door decided to lock me in 

Apart from these niggles,  the van is pleasing us. The over cab bed is surprisingly comfortable and the lounge seating area is very much so. The table, which I had initially liked for its size and sturdiness, is as big  pain as other B524 owners have mentioned. It makes getting in and out of the bench seats very difficult and because it doesn’t fold flat it cannot be stowed out of the way.

I particularly enjoyed the good fly screens on the windows and life was more comfortable than at home, with so many flies annoying us.

We attempted no cooking, so reserve judgement on the kitchen facilities. We were however impressed that the fridge kept up, with internal temperatures in the van exceeding 35°C and the van  not parked completely level. Also impressive was that internal temperatures remained tolerable  despite the heat outside. The breeze moving through the large windows was a great help but we think that there must also be excellent insulation.

As for Adriers – the presence of a leisure lake with fishing and swimming, plus a bar in the town doing a 4 course Menu de Jour with wine for €12, all topped off with many miles of good walking… We will be back for sure.

Our next anticipated trip will take us a little further afield, to the far side of Poitiers. A vineyard stay, a brewery trip and a good meal should all add up to an excellent break. Before we go we will hpe to fix some of  the snags with the van and civilise Cat, such that she may join us.

Have van, can travel

Today’s earworm is “A walk in the Black Forest”.  Why? Well, I shall leave that to the reader’s imagination.

In the meantime, Heidi Hymer is taking us on our first trip tomorrow, all being well. We have some doubt as to the weather and if it will be too hot for comfort and safety. The French meteorology people have put out a health hazard warning, with our local temperature predicted to be rising close to forty degrees by the weekend. 

Luckily, we are planning to stay close to home. Having found a nice quiet Aire about ten minutes away we think it is ideally placed for our first trial. If anything goes wrong we can just come home, even if it means walking…

We have a Hymer

For those who have requested pictures

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The new-to-us Hymer came home on Friday last, after the long trip home from Pierrelaye on the northern outskirts of Paris.  Mr Snail has since been spending time looking for snags and fixing them. We began to pack but the heat has defeated us.

Yesterday we went to buy gas bottles. 

We think that we may go off  for one or two nights very soon, perhaps just up the road to Adriers, where we have discovered a little known Aire de Campingcar. If we forget to pack anything it’s only ten minutes home to come and pick whatever up.

We have a new van mascot:

Dusty

As for the van… tentatively named Heidi Hymer. Is that far too camp?

He’s gone

Vincent has now been sold and returned to the UK.

Tomorrow the house becomes ours. We have some more French red tape to deal with after that and then will be free to begin viewing potential replacement motorhomes. Hopefully we will soon have news of a new snail shell and plans for trips around France. We really want to get off to somewhere new in the Autumn – possibly Champagne.

If you have a nice French-plated LHD moho currently for sale in France, why not let us know what you have on offer. We might be able to get together.

As for updating the blog, we do now have at least a dining table and chairs to sit at the table. So the laptop can come out and I can do some work at last. Things will be even better once the desk arrives. Connection and bandwidth remain issues for the time being.

Off the road

Just the briefest of catchups after a long silence.

We have been off the road since the 13th April, when moved into our rented property. Within days the brakes failed on the van. They are now fixed but we have also bought  a car. Vincent is now for sale. Serious enquiries invited.

Vincent cannot be replated here and the insurance will be invalidated once we become French residents rather than holidaymakers and so we need to part with him with some urgency,

Very sad to be parting with him. We have had some tremendous times together.

Two Snails will come back to life probably after we have said goodbye to the Roadtrek and then bought something far more boring (and acceptable to the French Government). In the meantime, I do hope to add some more details of our recent and not so recent travels.

Montmorillon

Tonight we are in Montmorillon, the town that is closest to our new home in Lathus. it has poured with rain almost constantly since we arrived but we managed to get out and about for a first look. I even grabbed a few photos when the rain slowed to a drizzle…

It’s not often that we see an Indian restaurant in France. This one must be put to the test asap.

Like Hay and Wigtown, Montmorillon is a Book Town

The route into the Cité

La Gartempe

Ornamentation on the bridge… Book Town is everywhere

A peek into a very good looking restaurant ( we might try it out tomorrow)

Book Town

The Glass Key sells English Language books and is the ideal representation of a second hand book shop. It even has a ginger cat

In the Cité

These hand made screens attracted my eye (and reminded me of my school days!)

Amazing roof line.