Snail Spaces: Montreuil-sur-Mer (Aire)

An 8-pitch purpose built Aire with hard standing and attractive planting is situated just outside the town wall in a quiet residential area and adjacent to the car park that supplies the Motorhome servicing via a single borne and a superloo.  The car park was previously the Aire and now acts as an overflow area as the location is an extremely popular one. There were over two dozen vehicles in total on our first night.

 

the overflow on Saturday morning

The car park does double duty as the school bus station and there are large and clear signs prohibiting Motorhomes in the  car park between 16:00 and 18:00 hours and at lunchtime on Wednesdays.

They mean this!

It is easy to see why there is a prohibition, there are large numbers of children milling around and perhaps 8 buses using the space, Yet so many drivers seem to find themselves immune to the notice.

On both days that we were on the Aire we saw the local Gendarme turning vans off the car park. Where drivers were not at home, tickets were issued.

The Aire is a short stroll from the main square in town, where Bars, Boulangeries, Charcuteries etc. abound. There is a Carrefour Contact store and a wonderful Fromagerie. We found a Launderette within lugging distance and a lovely Salon du Thè specialising in marvellous patisserie.  There is a Saturday market in the square and this also applies pressure to the overflow parking area.

I could happily have stayed forever but the Aire is restricted to 48 hours parking.

Free but drinking water costs 2 Euros.

Last visited September 207

 

Snail Spaces: Le Moulin Wibert Boulogne-sur-Mer (Aire)

Municipally-run, the Aire at Boulogne is situated on the clifftop. The whole site runs down the hill and seemingly all of the pitches are on a tilt. Many ramps were in evidence. 

Vincent at Boulogne

One bourne, in a layby on the site road system.

The site is divided by hedges into small areas taking a handful of vans. The hedges provide good screening from the wind. 

We found it pleasant. Not noisy despite proximity to road. Very busy, with motorhomes coming and going all day long. Caravans strictly not permitted – and this is enforced.

Dog walking on the cliff.

Friterie across the road,

Nearby Friterie. Chips not bad. Mayo, delicious!

Bread delivery at 09:00 (in season).

Bus service into town (Beethoven line)

Last visited: september 2017 €7 per night for first 48 hrs), €9 thereafter.

Camper Contact: 12572

 

 

 

Poste Restante

When we contacted our solicitor to advise him that we have a property sale in the offing, we told him that we are going to France, possibly before the sale completes. He took this news in his stride and indicated that we could do most of our signing before we go and then deal by  post with anything that arises later.

Of course we shall be travelling and we will not have a postal address.

I had a hazy idea about what to do but I think Mr Snail was a little more concerned. I glibly shrugged my shoulders and said we could just use a Poste Restante address. 

Did I really know what that meant – perhaps not but my vague notions turned out to be good enough. I had said that I believed that Poste Restante, being a French term, was probably something more readily achieved in France than here at home. It proved to be so.

Briefly, your mail is addressed to your name, with “Poste Restante” on the second line of the address, followed by the postal address of the Post Office where you intend to collect your mail. A small charge is levied, of course. Mail is held for  a limited time.

Not all services use the term Poste Restante (the USA calls their service General Delivery, for example) this and other details vary by country but Wikipedia has a useful reference list.

Post Restante in France

In France there is no requirement to do any setup, unlike here in the UK.

The service is offered by Le Poste and is available at any Post Office.

The name on the envelope should match the name on whatever form of ID one is using to collect the mail – typically a passport when travelling abroad. The collection charge in France is €0.85 per letter, more for a package.  In France mail is kept  for 15 days before returning to sender.

That should do us nicely, I think.