Travelled : 64 kilometres from Montreuil-sur-Mer to Doullens in northern France.
Visited : The Citadelle of Montreuil-sur-Mer and the Abbey Church of Saint-Saulve
Stayed : Doullens municipal Aire, free but water and electricity €2 N50.15392 E02.34240
After yesterday’s day of travel we plan for a more leasurely day. Firstly with a walk around Montreuil-sur-Mer, which we will refer to as Montreuil and give the sur-Mer the slip for the rest of this blog. It was only as we drove in yesterday evening that we notice the town was walled as a Citadel or fortress that we started to investigate it’s past.
Originally Montreuil was a coastal port, long ago stranded by silting of the River Canche, it now 13 kilometres inland. Another interesting feature was Montreuil was the scene of much of the action in Victor Hugo’s ‘Les Miserables’. Up at reasonable time we make our way up town to explore.
It is almost mid-day as we return to the Hymer, give it the usual service and prepare to continue our journey. We continue our journey east into the Somme. We stay off the motorways and take a leasurely path along the D roads. There is little traffic as the French nap from 12-2pm. It’s only an hours drive and we roll into Doullens. We have the co-ordinates for the Aire and drive in to find it empty and some shade. Pam prepares lunch on a traditional baguette, we do a few emails and have a camper car nap as you do.
Doullens does not make the lonely planet, but we wander about in the late afternoon and take in the place.