Friday 13 May 2016

French Letter (2)

A Road Less Travelled
'A French Letter'
(to be continued)


13th of May 2016

Now we headed for our secret ''Aires'' less than half-an-hour from the port. As usual we were the only mobile home (camping-car) there. There is room for 6 mobile homes, there is power available (you will need a two-pin continental adapter) including rubbish, black water and elsan disposal, as well as fresh potable water available.

The next morning, we set out refreshed, bright eyed and bushy tailed. We set the sat-nav for the road to Rouen (or as we call it, the road to Ruin) but as usual we were avoiding the French 'à péage ' motorway 'autoroute' system. Tolls on the French motorway costs an average of €0.07 per kilometre for a car and a bit more for a motorhome. Travelling from Calais down to the Spanish border would cost about €70.00 There are usually no tolls on the sections of motorways around major cities. An Autoroute Tarifs leaflet is available from the Association des Sociétés Françaises d’Autoroutes (

We noted that the price of fuel in the French supermarket outlets was at €1.08 a litre which works out at around 84p in English money. On the French 'à péage ' fuel prices are typically €0.20 per litre more. Fuel stops in towns and villages are usually €1.12 a litre.

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