Our first day travelling to the camp site in Paris was pretty uneventful to be honest. We left home at 6am to drive to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel, arrived in time to get a coffee at the swanky new Eurotunnel Terminal and be in France for 1pm. Hardly any traffic down most of the way until we reached the outskirts of Paris then lots of very bad traffic for the last 90 minutes of the journey. We got a bit lost due to bad directions from the camp site instructions but eventually managed to find it.
We only paid £85 for 5 nights at Camping Paris Est with Thomson Al Fresco for a 2 bedroom caravan in June, it was basic but clean, we didn't plan on spending much time in it but it was very convenient for the train into Paris. We had a quick tea of hot dogs-such a great idea to bring hot dogs and bread, making for a super quick tea that everyone ate! Then had a walk by the River Marne to see how far it was to Joinville Le Pont train station. We were all pretty tired from the travelling, so didn't do much. We put the girls double sofa bed up in the room and everyone had showers and then it was pretty much bedtime! The site had been quiet all evening until about 10.15pm when the people in the next caravan pulled up blaring out music, we ignored it for 20 minutes or so before Hubby went out and asked them to turn it down. Was worried after I'd read some reviews of the camp site that we would have lots of noise but they turned the music off and we slept straight through to morning. There were lots of workers staying on the site who left at 6am for work so there was a bit of noise. We compromised on the site because we were on a budget and I did have a wobble Sunday night wondering if it was a mistake, we have had holidays with Eurocamp or Thompson Al Fresco before and had no problems but we normally stay on bigger sites with pool complexes etc. This site had a very different feel to it, not as family friendly but it was actually much better than I anticipated, there were a few families with much younger children around us who used it as a base to visit Disneyland. The on site shop was expensive but as we had brought everything we needed we didn't have to use it at all. The two reps were helpful but we didn't see them again from checking in as we didn't need anything. There was a playground too which Ruben had a little play on but he's getting a bit big for most playgrounds now. There was a regular bus service from the site to the train station which I think cost 2 euros each but as there was six of us using it twice a day that would have been 24 euros so we saved the money and just walked to and from the train station which was about 15/20 minutes walk each way. It was a nice walk through the houses and by the river and mostly flat apart from some steps up to the bridge at the end. I think for the price we paid we got a pretty good deal!
These are all Cordelia's photographs from the riverside, it was a lovely area with lots of beautiful houses, people rowing/paddle boarding, runners, cyclists etc. There were some restaurants/bars but they were all closed during the week. We read a bit on one of the info boards about The Guinguettes. The motorway bridge was very close to the camp site as you can see from the photos but we only really heard noise during the day, not at night.
Love this shot of Cordelia's feet!