Set off on a 19 day tour of France, caught the 0835hrs P&O ferry "Spirit of France" on the Dover- Calais route. Made a beeline for "Langans Brasserie" for breakfast. Then learned it is now "The Brasserie", obviously the association with Langans has ended. Never mind it was a breakfast we had been looking forward too.
What a disappointment, it had always been a good meal, freshly cooked, coffee topped up as required, and good service. Now, the food had obviously been on a hotplate, rubberised fried eggs, bacon, black pudding, and hash browns totally dried out. Perhaps thats why Langans has gone.
Did the usual shop on board, booze and baccy, and arrived Calais on time. Left the port at 1100hrs local time heading for Chalon-en-Champagne, Expecting about 5hrs journey as we were avoiding toll roads. Good old Tom Tom used M/ways where free and avoided where not. It was a good run, through some nice countryside and villages, arriving at the site 1545hrs.
Set up Eevie in pleasant warm sunshine. Couple of beers then dinner, all sitting outside, this was a good start.
Still warm and sunny, this was looking good. Took a walk into the "Centre Ville", further than anticipated, took about 35 minutes. Disappointed when we got there, no pleasant little cafes, and not a lot in the way of shops. A small mall with the usual "Etam" and like home phone shops. Walking to the river we passed the "War Memorial",
the names on here are right up to the present day.
As the weather was so nice we decided to walk back to the site along the river, this gave quite a nice view of the Cathedral,
without all the traffic and clutter on the City side. We left the river to soon and meandered through a large estate of Apartment blocks so not very nice. Back to Eevie for a cuppa,
then a walk to "Carrfoure" about 10 minutes away. It was massive, stocked up on our favourite french food, cheese, pate, wine etc, then humped it back to Eevie.
Took a shower, not, no hot water in either the male or female block. Strange, last night mine was fine but Hazels was tepid, now all cold. Made do in Eevie then planned the next leg. I was trying to keep the legs around 150 miles, so decided on "Auxonne" as it looked nice, and the site close to the town.
"Camping Municipal Chalon-en-Champagne" is a nicely laid out site, with most pitches hedged. A variety of grass and hardstanding. A lot of the visitors are overnighters, en route North or South. The downside was the shower/toilet block,
it was a little tired, and as stated water hit and miss. Staff friendly and helpful.