Tuesday, 8 October 2013

En-route to Bruges,

Thursday 3rd October 2013

Time to leave Luxemburg, but, not before we have made the obligatory trip to a Garage to fill up with, what is, reputedly, the cheapest Diesel in Europe, at 1.20Euro/Litre (ie almost 50% cheaper than the UK!).

Soon we are cruising along the motorway into Belgium.

We arrive at Aywaille, Domain Chateau de Dieupart (N50 28’ 35” E5 41’ 21”), an ACSI site, at 16 Euro.

The write up in the ACSI book is quite glowing.

Realistically, I would describe it as “quaint”, ie a euphemism for a bit disorganised.

On arrival, reception is closed (not unusual), with a notice to say, choose a pitch and complete your check-in when reception re-opens at 16:00. Well at 19:10, reception is still not open. Never mind, we are on a pitch, plugged into electricity and all is well.

On the positive side, it is only five minutes walk to an out of town shopping area, with no one supermarket, but three, plus a choice of other shops.

The town is described as being 500 metres away, I think that is a bit optimistic, but, it is, at most 15 minutes walk along a pleasant footpath/cycle track.

Friday 4th October 2013

Very important task today, it is hair washing day, all other considerations are secondary.

I would normally make myself scarce during the hair washing, drying and straightening rituals, but, today it is raining, which rather wrecks my plans for a morning of exploring on my bicycle.

I content myself with reading my book, and keeping well out the way, plus a visit to reception, to complete the check-in formalities.

Reception is a bit of a revelation, from the outside, it looks exactly like a “normal” campsite Reception Office, but, step through the door and, it is as if you have stepped into a rather basic and old fashioned English country pub. Definitely quaint this place is.

By lunch time, the rain has stopped and there is warm sunshine, warm enough to walk into town and support the local economy by having a few beers.

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