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PostSubject: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:36 pm

Well, our little trip to Provence is only 6 days away now. Eva has been serviced and is behaving herself. The batteries are being charged and the essential and perhaps, not so essential spares have been gathered and stored in various cupboards. Apart from Eva's new log book - which has not arrived yet from the DVLA - all necessary paperwork/forms have been put into a nice new folder for instant access. Eva's insurance has been renewed and breakdown cover sorted. Camp sites along the way have been identified; the first one being at Arras, second at Trois and the third at Lyon. Our destination camp site is at Beaumes-du-venice in the Vaucluse region of Provence. Along with some friends, we have a trail race to do at nearby Gigondas and then we move into a Gite for a week before running in another local race in Vacqueyras. Then it's the great journey back home, maybe by a different route and different channel crossing. Depending on wifi access, I will endeavour to keep the forum posted about our adventures and progress.

May the Spirits of all good things be with me on this journey into the unknown!
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:41 pm

You'll have a fantastic time stoney! Have fun, enjoy the ride and we look forward to the stories and photos.

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:42 pm

cant wait to see the pictures. Arras is great for the history and your hoilday looks like one big adventure!!!! Hope you both enjoy yourselves.
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:01 pm

Enjoy the trip and take lots of photos
You can always post them when you get back - with the odd descriptive words as well Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:05 pm

Sounds great, have fun!

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:27 pm

Have a great time Stoney! I love that area and Im sure youll have a fab experience Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:31 pm

i'm jealous! Have fun!
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:16 pm

Jill might even let you buy something for Eva whilst your away as well.

Have a good trip, your love it.

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:03 pm

Bonjour from La Paille Haut, our first stopover point - the sun is shining but tempered by a blustery wind.

[url=http://www.la-paille-haute.com/]http://www.la-paille-haut

Our early Sunday morning start gave us empty roads all the way to Folkestone and the channel tunnel terminal - empty roads continued to the the theme on the French side of the channel too and thus we arrived at today's destination in the early afternoon, where we have been relaxing ever since. The train through the tunnel was interesting for me as a first timer, the toilets though were another matter. Checked out one or two Aires on the way down and was quite impressed with them. This campsite is in the village of Boiry Notre Dame and is rather nice, even though the Dutch seem to have a large presence here. Eva behaved herself perfectly but when the time came to fix on those complicated stick on beam deflectors, I found that one of the headlights was not working - not her fault shough, as it was me who had inadvertently knocked the connector off the back of the lamp housing when refitting recently. As for those deflector thingy's, well I'm still not sure if I have fitted them in the right place but right now... 'am I bovered'. Photo's later by the way, as can't up/download from here.
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:55 pm

It's this kind of situation that it would have been handy to have the original factory headlamps - as they'd be for driving on the right. Easy to swap over.

I wonder if the T2s delivered to Danbury already have rhd headlamps installed? Jason if you're reading this .....

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:19 am

Mine are set for right hand drive so have to put tape over the lamps in the UK.
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:30 pm

StoneyUK - sounds like you are having a good time - looking forward to the pics Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:11 pm

Here's an item on JK forum with a picture of the bit to mask on your headlights:

http://www.justkampers.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=160393&start=0



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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:21 pm

Yo! Reached our destination of Beaumes de Venise, Provence yesterday afternoon after driving into 'violent head winds' for a few hours after leaving Lyon. Our two other stopovers at Troyes and Lyon turned out to be fine - Troyes came with midges and Lyon had a 5 hour thunderstorm. No issues with Eva, she has behaved very well and is now just resting. Got the sun awning up and the bbq out. More later.
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:23 pm

Sounds like Eva's done you proud. Crack open a beer and enjoy the sun sunny

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:42 pm

take a chill pill after all that driving!!! enjoy and relax!
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:54 pm

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Have a great time Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:59 am

[quote="stoneyuk"]Yo! Reached our destination of Beaumes de Venise[quote]

Don't they make some rather super dessert wine there stoney?! drunken

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:37 am

Enjoy the rest and have a great time in the sun sunny

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:38 am

Bonjour from Provence - the sun is still shining and has been so strong that the glue holding the rear number plate onto the backing plate melted, which of course meant that the number plate fell off! Thanks be to duck tape, the number plate is now secure once more. Eva has been enjoying herself driving along the vine bordered lanes and byways of Provence and has been attracting quite a bit of attention along the way. Had some frantic arm waving from a French T25 and 2 old Beetles but no sign of any other T2's. We leave Beaumes de Venise this coming Saturday, the start of our long journey back home and expect to cross the channel Wednesday sometime. Will put up photos ASAP after return. Eva is looking decidedly dusty and has a scratch down one side left by a passing branch, so much cleaning and polishing will commence once home.
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:59 pm

Sounds like you are enjoying yourself - looking forward to pics Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:25 am

Oh yes, one little potential hickup on the way down - got low on fuel at one point and refuelled at a services that only had SP95-E10 available. Had no problems so far and have refuelled with SP95 many times since. I assume E10 refers to 10% ethanol?
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:54 am

@stoneyuk wrote:
Oh yes, one little potential hickup on the way down - got low on fuel at one point and refuelled at a services that only had SP95-E10 available. Had no problems so far and have refuelled with SP95 many times since. I assume E10 refers to 10% ethanol?

Apparently so.

http://www.the-anglo-french-forum.co.uk/index.php?topic=2355.0
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:54 pm

great update Stoney, sounds fantastic...Agree with Tim a nice veeery chilled glass of Beaumes de venise and a large slice of something from the local patisserie!!! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - Provence   Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:06 pm

Better late than never!

Well, after travelling nearly 1,800 trouble free miles Eva is now back home and resting - and what a splendid adventure we all had. Starting our journey on a Sunday turned out to be a good idea, as was using Le Shuttle to cross the channel - single file parking meant no bashes or scratches from opening doors or people plus bags squeezing by. I was going to write a definitive account of our travels to Provence from here on in but as I have now lost my work twice, I ain't going to bother. Here are some pictures instead. Even getting these photos from my Apple desktop to the forum has been a right pain - I just don't understand how iPhoto works!

On Le Shuttle



Stopped for a rest - note the use of the umbrella



Le Paille Haute campsite - Arras



Seen from the road south of Lyon



In the distance - Mount Ventoux



Beaumes de Venice campsite



Vacqueyras town centre - parked up for a meal



Typical fortified village - known as the village of God, apparently



Citroen H van seen at Troyes - I want one!



A splitty seen on way home - the first one seen for the whole holiday



Just one of the views - Mount Ventoux in the background



Picnicking with friends - a 10 mile walk lunch stop



Music in the town square



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