There was some noise from the nearby main road, but I slept reasonably well. I set off at 9 am and quickly crossed into France and headed for Colmar and Benfeld before crossing the over the Vosges mountains to St Dié, Lunéville and Nancy. Entering Benfeld there was a copy of the Statue of Liberty. I carried on stopping only for lunch wanting to get as far as I could before stopping for the night. It was a pleasant drive with trees in glorious autumn colours, the woodlands peaceful under a blue sky. By 5 pm I was near Namur and decided to see if I could find somewhere to park up. There was a parking area for campers at the top of the road leading to the Citadel, but when I arrived there were no other campers, just a few cars. There was a huge marque, Like a circus dome with quite a few, what looked like travellers caravans about. With broken glass around the parking area I decided it didn’t look either good or safe to stay. It was a pity as the drive up to the Citadel offered some great views of the town and over the River Muese. With nowhere safe to park up and go for a wander I left and headed for a camper aire in Charleroi, although it turned out to be in a suburb of Hainaut, called Bouffioulx. It was in fact a small parking area with a camper service point, which was out of order, with two camper spots which were occupied by a couple of Durch vans. I parked nearby in one of the car places, which seemed good enough, there were no cars parked anyway. Around 7 pm a few cars turned up, there was a sports centre close by and the car drivers looked they were going to football practise. By 9 pm the cars left and the parking became quiet and I looked forward to a good nights sleep.
It seems I've been travelling all my life. For the past eight years I've been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle full time touring in a camper van and meeting with other like minded travellers.
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