L’ Aire de Camping Car

The best thing about French camping is…everything!  I will give you the proviso that we are staying at what they call a five star campground, but some of the pluses have nothing to do with the facilities.  We are in the area of Normandy, very close to the famous beaches where the World War II allies landed.

Okay, first of all, there are no mosquitoes!  Yes, you read that correctly, there are no bugs here.  Our trailer door is wide open, some of the screens in the camper are not working, but there are no mosquitoes so it is fine!  It is almost ten o’clock at night, it is starting to cool off, the sun is setting and nothing!  I love it!

Second, I can hear cooing doves right now.  Do you know how much more pleasant the sound of cooing doves are to the sound of cawing ravens, especially at 6 in the morning?  Anyone jealous yet?

This place has a huge heated pool, with a shallow area, a lazy river and water slides which seems to perfectly suit all three of my boys.  There is also a huge playground with a bouncy castle, a restaurant, a little grocery store for fresh croissants, and beautiful bathroom facilities with a separate area for washing your dishes!

Playing zombies with some Dutch kids. No one could really speak with one another, but they communicated a game just fine.

Playing zombies with some Dutch kids. No one could really speak with one another, but they communicated a game just fine.

Having fun at the water slides. We could hardly drag James away from this place!

Having fun at the water slides. We could hardly drag James away from this place!

Mattie and his snorkel mask. He doesn't enter the pool without it!

Mattie and his snorkel mask. He doesn’t enter the pool without it!

We loved the pool! We had beautiful weather for our camping trip.

We loved the pool! We had beautiful weather for our camping trip.

A lovely Dutch couple we were parked next to in Cote De Nacre in Saint Aubin Sur Mer in the Normandy

A lovely Dutch couple we were parked next to in Cote De Nacre in Saint Aubin Sur Mer in the Normandy region.

Camping will never be the same for us as we will be spoiled for life!  Let me tell you, the French know how to do it!  We have met people from Scotland, England, Holland, Spain and lots of French people as well.  We rented a 22 foot camper van from a RV rental by owner place.  We have called the camper Howard as it is a Hymermobil and we have decided to tour France in a RV for a change of scenery and to burn some more time until our departure date to Oman.

Checking out a little roadside garage sale.

Checking out a little roadside garage sale.

Of course we took Lego with us!

Of course we took Lego with us!

We love a good bouncy castle! This was Sophie the giraffe at one of our campgrounds.

We love a good bouncy castle! This was Sophie the giraffe at one of our campgrounds.

All pooped out, having a nap while we are on the road.

All pooped out, having a nap while we are on the road.

Doing what little boys do best, throwing rocks onto water.

Doing what little boys do best, throwing rocks into water.

The only downside is no campfires.  None of the camp sites have pits or barbeque areas or anything like that, so we don’t sit around a fire every evening, but that might be the only downside to how they do things here.  The price point is also a bit of a sticking point.  You pay for each person, plus power, plus a fee for this, plus, plus, plus.  It really starts to add up and I think we figured camping is more expensive than staying at VRBO.  But we have thoroughly enjoyed our time in the camper so far and look forward to another week!

Our last campground,

Our last campground, at Le Chateau de Chanteloup in the Pays de la Loire; the prettiest campground by far.

Perusing a little market at the cutest campground we stayed at.

Perusing a little market at the quaintest campground we stayed at.

Peace out Howie!

Peace out Howie!

The Winkels and their Hymermobil!

The Winkels and their Hymermobil!

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3 thoughts on “L’ Aire de Camping Car

  1. Sounds fun you guys! We actually had a summer with almost no mosquitoes too! it was amazing! Kev and I found a great campsite on our trip out to BC this summer in Revelstoke; we were right at the edge of the beach (about 15 feet from the water) and there was minigolf and ping pong and other quirky fun stuff. Also we couldn’t have fires all over BC so that was a bummer here too. Love hearing about your adventures!
    Ash

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