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alj23
01-01-2014, 13:42
Hi everyone
Planning a trip to France and Holland In our Vauxhall Movano converted campervan in July and are planning to do the following:

1 - Ferry from Dover to Calais or Dunkirk
2 -visit Arneke British Cemetery then Ypres and Menin
3 - Down to see a friend in Chamonix Then work our way up to strasbourg and on up Towards Cologne and on to amsterdam
4-ferry back from rotterdam to Hull

Have driven in Germany but never taken van abroad before so are really excited about our adventure and are just after handy hints and tips from the ones of you who are seasoned travellers in your vans

Thanks
Anna

zipnolan
01-01-2014, 14:02
Hi everyone
Planning a trip to France and Holland In our Vauxhall Movano converted campervan in July and are planning to do the following:

1 - Ferry from Dover to Calais or Dunkirk
2 -visit Arneke British Cemetery then Ypres and Menin
3 - Down to see a friend in Chamonix Then work our way up to strasbourg and on up Towards Cologne and on to amsterdam
4-ferry back from rotterdam to Hull

Have driven in Germany but never taken van abroad before so are really excited about our adventure and are just after handy hints and tips from the ones of you who are seasoned travellers in your vans

Thanks
Anna


just over the border at Strassbourg, 10 mins away is Kehl in Germany, theres a lorry park for overnight parking, cost's about 10 Euro's but you get a 7Euro breakfast MMMmmm for two.

Kath
01-01-2014, 14:16
Excellent stelplatz at Cologne next to the river with gentle walk into the city, a must. Whilst you are in the area (Chamonix) not too far away is Annecy, a walk along the top of the lake and a visit to the old town has got to be on your 'to do' list. Sounds like a great trip, enjoy.

concordpilot
01-01-2014, 15:53
A lovely Aire beside the lake at Annecy too !!

alisonwo
02-01-2014, 09:07
Hi, Do go to 'Hoorn' if you can in Holland, it's a lovely place. Although sites are not so freely available in Holland it's a lovely country and everyone speaks English as so few people worldwide speak Dutch. Take bikes if possible its a great country for biking around. I have a friend in Holland so if you want to know anything specific let me know and will ask her. Alison

1807truckman
03-01-2014, 19:58
Hi, there is a parking area near the railway station on Vooruitgangs Straat, with public toilets nearby, we've stayed there many times without any problems, it's about a 15 minute walk to the Menen Gate for the ceremony that is held there every evening at 8:30 I think it is. Belgium is also a very bike friendly country like Holland and Germany, and most speak good English. Germany is very well set up for motorhomes with thousands of Stelleplatz, some free some with a small charge, last year we toured Holland and Germany and the average charge was 6.00, that included two nights in Holland staying on a camp site at 16.00 per night.Have a very enjoyable trip.

Kindest regards

Graham

phillybarbour
03-01-2014, 21:21
Ypres has to be the highlight of our trip in that area, not to be missed and very MH friendly

bodgeitnscarper
03-01-2014, 22:13
If you are interested in WW2 bunkers (https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=52.93594,5.042313&num=1&t=h&vpsrc=0&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=A) this is one of the best I have seen.

The road across the dam is spectacular too with parking areas to take in the very fresh air. We loved Holland.

bodgeitnscarper
03-01-2014, 22:16
A picture (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=den+oever+bunker&client=firefox-a&hs=ZZF&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=WkTHUpLEIciAhAfIxYCYCA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=664#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=VLpSWj6KSoVz7M%3A%3B1EpFnbnOxbnsoM%3Bhttp%25 3A%252F%252Ffarm4.static.flickr.com%252F3100%252F3 252856733_b5c742f60b_m.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ffl ickrhivemind.net%252FTags%252Fmay1940%252FInterest ing%3B1024%3B661) back in the day!

OnTheRoad2
03-01-2014, 22:55
As I am from Scotland, so I have used the Hull - Rotterdam ferry often on the outward trip.

In Germany you want to look for a stelplatz. These are usually unattended parking areas. You pay perhaps 7-10 Euro to park then put 2 Euros in the machine for power. You can also buy 90 litres of water for about 1 Euro. One of my best sites is on the Moselle at Traben 10 Euros per night, right beside the Moselle with power and Internet - cant beat it. Plus it is famous for its white wine.

On the homeway trip suggest Calais harbour, as it has a motorhome parking area which costs 7 Euros during the season Apr-Sept? but no power. You can watch the ferries coming and going, and if you want catch a cheap night ferry.

Enjoy

glenboy
04-01-2014, 08:05
We love Holland. A great place to visit is Mepal. There's a good aire by the canal short walk to town centre
Enjoy
Glen

vindiboy
04-01-2014, 18:42
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vindiboy
04-01-2014, 19:02
Plenty of wild camping places in Holland,we found these two and had a great stopover.197481974919750

Siimplyloco
04-01-2014, 19:10
Plenty of wild camping places in Holland,we found these two and had a great stopover.197481974919750

I think the last one is the town square in Gouda? I have a similar picture!
John


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