In July 2001 we took a trip to France for two weeks.
We took the ferry from Dover to Calais and took in a local Club Show at a place called Audricq, about 20 miles from
Calais. The weather was poor for the weekend but that did little to dampen the French spirit and the general
camaraderie between the French and the British contingent of around 5 vans.
Here are some pictures from the show. There were many high standard cars.
From there we headed down to La Rochelle, where we spent a couple of nights in the marina carpark, which is motorhome
friendly and has toilets and showers for the yacht club. We were given the code for the door and had wonderful hot
showers for 2F. Whilst we were there, a '68 Westfalia turned up in the middle of the night and parked next to us.
It was a french guy with his young daughter. The van was very original and in great condition and had the original
Nice dealer stickers on. Here it is.
The weather was wet and windy, so we set off for Royan and the ferry to Pont De Grave. We headed down the west coast
stopping off in Mimizan Plage, Lacanau and Hossegor before heading across to Toulouse, where we had read about a VW show
happening on the sunday. The show was on a day after terrible weather, so it was very wet everywhere, but we were made
welcome and took part in a cruise up into the hills. Here are some of the cool cars which turned up.
We headed back towards Biarritz, doing the longest flat out stint of the whole journey. On arriving in Biarritz,
we ate fantastic Paella in an open restaurant and found a motorhome park. This one had an adjoining car park with
a 1.7m height barrier. We managed to drive under it and so had our own private spot.
We spent the rest of the time heading slowly back up the coast, eating Pain au Raisin like they were going out of
fashion. We stopped off to camp at Dune de Pyla, where a huge sand dune towers over the campsite. There was a whole
cottage industry devoted to the "Big Dune" and we joked that it would be funny if it blew away!
Here is the van in front of the big dune.
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