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We live in Brentor, which is a village on the edge of Dartmoor, near Tavistock, Devon. We like travelling, but don't get much time for it. This year, exceptionally, we got away for six weeks in our ancient Romahome. (This is a tiny camper-van, built on a Citroen pick-up)

Summer Holiday 2007

How it rained!! Our first night out, near Gouda, Holland, was at Camping Streefland. ( www.campingstreefland.nl ) This site was recommended by a helpful Virtual Traveller -many thanks! We were greeted by hens and chicks, ducks and ducklings, and an assortment of pigeons and guinea fowl. The staff were friendly, although not speaking much English. The facilities were good, and the flat camping field was not at all crowded. But large and heavy vans could easily get stuck in the rather soggy ground, if the weather is wet.

Continuing eastwards

Our next stop was at Sonnenstrand, near Bacharach, beside the Rhine.
I hated it. The showers and loos were magnificent, but there was nothing else to commend. A huge site, full of huge vans, very crowded. We drove off to Prague, our real destination, as early as possible next morning.
We stayed in Prague for three weeks, but we did not use campsites there, as it is 'home from home' for us.

On the way back to the UK, our first stop was at Canstatter Wasen, on the edge of Stuttgart. This is a municipal site, www.campingplatz-stuttgart.de
The staff were businesslike rather than welcoming. We were parked on hardstanding, and the facilities were not very clean.

Home again

Tubingen, south of Stuttgart, is delightful, and so is the camp-
www.neckarcamping.de Very friendly staff, and excellent facilities.

In Strasbourg we had booked into a hostel (two-star hotel) called Arc en Ciel www.hotels-arc-en-ciel.com and it was excellent value, especially as they actually provided a bath, rather than just a shower. But you might like to find your own breakfast, as theirs was unexpectedly expensive. They offer a free WIFI broadband service, but we couldn't make it work for e-mail

Our next stop was at Sedan, in the Ardennes. This was very free-and-easy, find your own pitch and make what you can of the French facilities. They don't have a website and you cannot book in advance, but it was friendly, and I would go there again.

Last stop was at Bien Assise, Guines, Pas-de-Calais www.bien-assise.com
We know it well, as our regular jumping off point for the return to Dover.
Everything is good about this site except the price, but it's worth it!

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