Epinal, France 2016 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Travelled : 149 kilometres from Freiburg, Germany to Epinal in the Lorraine Prefecture, France

Visited : Epinal

Stayed : Quay de Dogneville, Municipal Aire Epinal, โ‚ฌ8.50. The usual services including electricity. N48.18526 E6.44528


We say goodbye to Germany as we crossing the Rhein once again, but this time into France.  Reminiscing over our adventures during the past 8 weeks in Germany.  Whilst admittedly Germany has lots of rules, its a very motorhome friendly place.  There are great stellplatz in virtually every city, town and village.  They nearly all cost, but the price reflects the popularity and time of year and location and generally reasonable.  Anyway we love Germany and think it’s greatly under rated as a touring country.  Once where home I’ll do a SWAT and add it to the blog.

Whilst this part of our 2016 journey is a transit to the Chunnel, we have a week in hand to get to Calais.  So our aim is to drive for 2-3 hours per day, visiting some French town each afternoon.  Having chosen a different route to our previous travels we will try and keep off the motorways as much as we can.


Crossing the non-existent frontier from Germany into France. You may notice I haven’t cleaned the windscreen for a week or so.

Once across the Rhein we bypass Colmar and continue west.  We stop in Kaysersberg at a lovely little aire (French Motorhome Stop) for coffee.  Vineyards line the hills and the tower from some old fortress stands above the town, just giving a hint, that this part of the country has been disputed with Germany for a thousand years.  Crossing the mountains at Col du Bonhomme its all downhill into the Lorraine from here…



Parked up on the canal in Epinal. The sun has come out just in time to provide a welcome.  There are two aires in Epinal, but the one by the port is closer to the centre-ville, so here we are.
The Centre de Ville (Town Square) in Epinal had this interesting montage of household furniture set in a garden.  Not sure about sleeping on the mattress after you water the plants but…
Finding the Church wasn’t easy. It’s a little maze of laneways in the old centre, then we find it.
The Basilique Saint-Maurice, inside we find something special.  Last weekend was the autumn flower festival and the displays were through the church.

Michael and Pam


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