After Verneuil we continued in a North-Easterly direction and as the daylight began to fade we found ourselves near Les Andelys, which sits on a bend on the banks of the River Seine.
We’d visited this attractive little village on a previous trip, but without Park4night at our fingertips, it wasn’t clear if there was anywhere worthwhile spending the night nearby. This time though, I’d noticed on the app, that above the impressive ruins of Chateau Gaillard, which itself overlooks the village, there was a car park, where motorhomes could happily overnight.
So this had been my ultimate objective for our next night stop. The Park4night app not only has reviews, eg it was great, it was noisy, the cockerels kick-off at 4am, etc, but also users submit their photos, which can help. The pictures had raised my hopes, but in fact when it came to it, the view and location exceeded expectations.
One great advantage of travelling this much off-season is that you don’t see many other motorhomes, and true to form, we had the place to ourselves and chose the prime spot with the best view. The only concession was having to use our chocks, or cheeses as we call them, under two of the wheels to compensate for the slope, easy.
We did have one inconsiderate local turn up though – it does happen – and he sat in his car blasting out very loud music for a while. Fortunately, being midweek in Winter and a likely 10:30pm curfew from his mum, it was soon over. In the meantime, we put our own music on so as not to be disturbed.
We had arrived that evening almost dead on sunset, so we only caught a glimpse of the view. Next morning it was stunning, as the weather conditions were excellent and we could see for miles to the West, and up and down the winding Seine, with white cliffs dominating the Eastern bank. During the morning a number of cargo boats passed by, and just before we left after lunch, a large river cruise ship moored up alongside at Les Andelys, below us.
So if you’re ever in the area, this overnight spot comes highly recommended.