A Review of Our Eurocamp Holiday at La Croix du Vieux Pont, France

We were thrilled to be reviewing Eurocamp over the Easter break. Choosing the destination was the problem as there are so many to choose from. Having never been to France, we finally decided to narrow it down and then decided on one near Paris so we could visit the city.

We had opted to take the car and use the ferry.

On the morning of our trip, we awoke early, all set for the seemingly long journey to France. We were pleasantly surprised that the day did pass quite quickly and we were at La Croix Du Vieux Pont by about 3pm. With getting used to driving on the opposite side of the road and all, it was quite good time.

The drive from Calais to Eurocamp is a pleasant one with scenic views of the French countryside. It took us about two and a half hours to drive from Calais to the campsite.

The campsite is tucked away in a little village – Berny Rivière,  but offers all the facilities you could want.

The Accommodation

We were staying in a 3 bedroom Vista mobile home with decking. I was quite surprised to see that our home for the next week was quite deceptively spacious. The rooms were not huge but they were not tiny either. It is a self-catering accommodation so it contains a well-equipped kitchen that contains everything you need to cook your meals if you choose to do so. There is also quite a lot of storage.

One of the bedrooms had a double bed, one had a bunk bed and one had twin beds. The sofa can also be converted to a bed.

The accommodation is provided with duvets and pillows but you will need to hire bed linen or take your own. I think it is easier to hire. The bed linen consists of a pillow slip, duvet cover and a towel which is pretty handy.

You can also buy a welcome pack for £12 which contains things like tea, coffee, crisps, biscuits, sugar, salt and pepper etc. I would also recommend the essentials pack for £4 that includes a box of matches, cleaning products, a tea towel etc. You can find out more about this here – http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/travel-and-extras/holiday-extras/welcome-pack

The accommodation is provided with a barbecue as part of the package and I was extremely pleased with the service as our barbecue refused to light up and we were provided with another one within minutes.

The day we arrived saw a huge group of people descend on the camp but I must say that the Eurocamp Couriers managed efficiently. We were visited by a Courier later that very evening even though we didn’t expect it as it was so busy. They checked if everything was okay and went out of their way to answer queries related to our trip to Paris.

The Facilities

The campsite is well maintained  and there are many facilities onsite like swimming pools, Ping Pong tables, canoeing, cycle hire as well as Kids Clubs run by Eurocamp.

The children enjoyed themselves in the pool especially on the slides in the swimming area. We even hired a paddle boat and this was so much fun.

There is a lagoon lake as well which features a beach and the camp has 2 restaurants and a bar. An onsite mini market that sells everything from food to bath products is also on site. There is even a bakery which serves up freshly baked bread.

We had an amazing time and I shall be writing about our trip in more detail as there is so much to write about and I would strongly recommend this location of Eurocamp to anyone visiting France. It is about a little over an hour’s journey into Paris and ideal for a trip to Euro Disney too. Although we didn’t visit the Disney Park.

There is a Eurocamp office on site and there is always someone available there during office opening hours. You can also borrow badminton sets, Ping Pong sets and other games to keep you occupied.

There is a shop onsite too where you can buy souvenirs, toys and even swimsuits and swimming products.

While on a Eurocamp holiday, you don’t really need to spend money touring as there is so much to keep you occupied within the campsite.

The Surrounding Area

This campsite is located a short walk from the nearest village Vic-Sur-Ainse. It is a charming little town that houses some shops, restaurants and post office as well as a petrol station and an Intermarche – a supermarket where you can pick up all your requirements.

There are towns that are just as beautiful further afield like Soissons, Pierrefonds, Compiegne and of course Paris. You can drive to all these places. I highly recommend Pierrefonds.

And of course, Paris –

Our Review

We thoroughly enjoyed our Eurocamp break. We found all the staff from the time we booked our stay to the end of the stay very professional and friendly and eager to help. Their mission it seems is to make every holiday as memorable as possible. Considering that the stays are quite inexpensive, the entire experience was very good value for money. We would wholeheartedly recommend Eurocamp to anyone looking for a family holiday filled with fun and memories. We ourselves look forward to visiting again.

If you would like to book a Eurocamp holiday or for more information check our their website – http://www.eurocamp.co.uk

Here’s a short video tour of the Vista, 3 bed accommodation –

J’aime Paris

The news of the Paris shooting yesterday was too close to home and deeply saddened us. Only last week, we were on the Champs-Élysée taking in the sights. We were posing in front of the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. It is an amazing city and our first visit left us wanting for more. Too short a time – 2 days in Paris.

I will be writing more about our tour of the city but for now I leave you with a few images of the beautiful city of Paris.

Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower

 

Roue de Paris
Roue de Paris

 

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris
Notre-Dame Cathedral

 

Summit View - Eiffel Tower, Paris
The view from the summit of the Eiffel Tower

 

Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Arc de Triomphe

 

The Pyramid at the Louvre
The Louvre, Paris

Things To Do on A Short Trip To London

England’s capital is one of those places you can visit over and over again and still not manage to do everything you set out to do. With so many amazing attractions in this bustling city, you may find it difficult to squeeze them all into one trip, which is why I’ve picked out the most exciting attractions to help you organise your itinerary for a long weekend away in London. I find that making use of online resources is most definitely the way to go when planning your trip, as not only can you discover exactly what attractions appeal to your personal tastes, but you can also take advantage of plenty of discounts when booking online, and even try out exciting pursuits such as casino games, before sampling the real thing. Take a look at my top picks, and ensure your trip to London is packed to the brim with exciting events.

 

Horrible Histories

London is steeped in history and not all of it is pretty! As the capital, it has seen its fair share of torturous punishments to those who defied the laws of the land through the ages. If you are intrigued by the gruesome history of London’s past, visit book the London Bridge Experience and experience 2000 years of history in one spectacular, and horrifying tour. This entertaining tour is not for the faint hearted so prepared to be spooked by real life historic tales, and some ghoulish entertainment courtesy of the talented actors of the multi award winning London Bridge Experience. For more information, take a look at the London Bridge Experience Website.

Exciting Nightlife

One of the best things about London is it’s night life, so don’t scrimp – make sure you have plenty have cash to see you through the night. A fantastic way to enjoy a thrilling evening of live entertainment and games is to visit the UK’s biggest casino, The Hippodrome. With three gaming floors, an underground casino, and a live music and cabaret bar, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to a fun-filled night of entertainment. If you’ve never been to a casino before and are a little nervous that you may not know how to play some of the games, casino you could try out some online games on a site like Betway before you go, so you will feel confident enough to enjoy the real thing.

 

The London Eye

What better way to see the whole of London than from an ascending glass bubble that takes you 135 metres into the air? Enjoy the bird’s eye view and learn more about the sights you pass through the interactive screens available in each capsule. The binoculars provided are a great way for younger visitors to get a closer look at the features of historic landmarks, and the breathtaking views will perhaps give you some inspiration as to what attraction to visit next. Get a personal point of view of a family trip on the London Eye, here.

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Fall In Love With Rome This Spring

If you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a cultural city break, you can’t go wrong with Rome. This stunning city has been enthralling visitors for years and it continues to charm with its dazzling sights and rich history. If you’re visiting Rome this spring, here are just some of the reasons you’ll fall in love with this magnificent gem.

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The sights

There’s nowhere quite like Rome. Visiting the Italian capital is like taking a step back in time. Meander the narrow streets and you’ll experience a unique ambience. There’s a strong sense of history and you’ll feel like you’re living in the days of emperors and gladiators. Rome has a lengthy list of must-sees, so it’s best to be organised. The good news is that this is one of the most pleasant places on earth to take a walk. You’ll plod for miles without even realising it.

 

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All the main sights in Rome are within easy reach of the centre, with the exception of Vatican City. If you have two or three days, leave yourself a full day to venture out of the metropolis and tour St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. On the others days, you can easily combine the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain. Visit the infamous Colosseum, before taking a stroll around the Forum. Keep your guide book handy, so you can read up on the fascinating history of the stunning architecture. When booking accommodation, look for central hotels. If you’re staying for more than a few days, it’s worth searching for holiday apartments in Rome.

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The food

Nowhere does food like Italy. On your trip to Rome, take advantage of the indulgent cuisine and sample all the traditional delicacies. Order fresh pizzas and enjoy long, lazy al fresco lunches. Sip on Limoncello and treat yourself to the beautiful gelato. Give yourself plenty of time to choose. You’ll be greeted with huge counters, containing hundreds of different flavours. In the evenings, eat like the locals and order a meat or fish dish and a rustic plate of pasta. Wash it down with a hearty glass of red. Try to avoid restaurants located next to the tourist hot spots. They tend to charge premium prices and the quality may not be as good. Look for traditional eateries and always go for places that are packed with locals.

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