Westfield Cross Compact Chair – Review

While on our summer holiday in the South of France one of our chairs broke. No problem at home, nip to Go Outdoors or any of the Mirryad of camping supply shops.
In France these shops are a little harder to find. Lots of camping equipment seems to come from Decathlon and we did try here first but they only had flimsy folding chairs.
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Camping Le Soleil Argeles-Sur-Mer 2017

Route du Littoral
66702 ARGELES sur MER Cédex
9h – 16h30
+33(0)468811448

Website: http://www.camping-le-soleil.fr/campsite-argeles-france/

Date of Visit: 29th July – 12th August 2017     Unit: Caravan

Yes we have been here before and yes we are going again, already booked next year.
So why a new review? Well we were in a different area this year and a couple of things have changed at the site.

SO you can read all about our 2017 trip here.

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Things I Have Learned This Summer

I have had a bit of an education this summer during our trip to the South of France. Some things were learnt the hard way so I thought I would share my new found knowledge.

  • Check the age of your caravan tyres!

Tyres are recommended to be changed at no more than 5 years old.

  •  Don’t believe any caravan dealer when they tell you the tyres on your new van are good to go.

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Part Cinq (5) The Voyage Home…..Sounds like a movie

So the day has finally arrived. The Long Drive in reverse. Not literally in reverse. I’m good but over 1000 miles in reverse is just silly.

Everything had been packed on Friday afternoon and all we needed to do was disconnect the electric, put the combicool in the boot, wind up the legs, hitch up and go. Not forgetting to get dressed first of course.

So by 7:30am we were hitched up. By 7:50am we were waiting outside the camp shop for fresh Pain au chocolate, Pain Aux Rasins and croisants. We deposited the rubbish in the bins and set off. Continue reading “Part Cinq (5) The Voyage Home…..Sounds like a movie”

Part Quatre…4 Andorra

With the weather being a bit rubbish, still warm but cloudy and rainy on and off, we decided let’s go to Andorra and do a bit of shopping.

Andorra is an independent Principality (try saying that after a few gins) a bit like Monacco but as far as I know no Prince and much less sun. Andorra is high in the Pyrenees mountains and is know as a ski resort but also as it’s tax haven status. In fact there is No Tax in Andorra…. Now think for a moment duty free with no duty. Yes that’s it Cheap Booze, Cheap Tobacco, Cheap Perfume etc….. Basically everything can be had cheaper.

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Part Trois – Panic in Barcelona

Barcelona today. Always a highlight of a trip to Argeles-Sur-Mer as it’s a nice easy drive, hop on the A9 and turn left, then just keep going about 1h45 to 2hours Autopista (motorway) all the way.

We missed the chance to go early as, well we didn’t get up early plus I managed to tweak my back bending over the day before so I took my time and plenty of pain killers and let it free up slowly.

We have always parked in the same place. A 2 minutes walk from the Sagarda Familiar but this year they limited the parking to 4 hours. A guy on duty told us of an alternative just around the corner. Very tight! If you don’t know most parking in Barcelona is underground. The first time we went we had a Vauxhall zafira with a roofbox which meant we could not get into any of the parking garages. We had to return another day minus the roofbox. Continue reading “Part Trois – Panic in Barcelona”

Part Deux. Bites, Tyres, Doctors

Well we actually arrived without further incidents. No calling out the breakdown service (why do I pay them?) No more blown tyres. Just a nice easy drive down the A20, A61 past the impressive Airbus factory at Tolouse to Narbonne then the A9 to Perpignan. Past the now familiar landmarks of the arches on the hill and Perpignan prison. To jump.on a the D914 to Argeles-Sur-Mer.

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