I was told by a French man that Aires were first set up when the population traveled a long way by horse drawn wagon to work. It was a large country with a small population. These travelling workers needed somewhere to over night but wouldn’t be staying long. Just a night or so depending on if the horse needed a rest. The system we see today is from that era.I read somewhere recently about french legislation that meant only motorhomes were allowed on Aires. It made me wonder what prompted the set up for aires in France and whether there had been some state/legal imperative of sorts in the past. Does anyone know?
Hi.Anyway what have you seen and would you be pissed if a caravan parked up next to you…?
Ah good old Anglo Saxon.We were parked up on a nice little French aire 3 years ago when a young hippy looking French couple turned up a quarter to midnight.
Their car had eleven door, I know that as I heard everyone of them slam shut.
I know they must have spoken some English as they quietened down after I cracked open a window and shouted at them to shut the f*ck up.
Haha, yes it was. I had to move forward to get out of the hab door!
That reminds me of an Aire de Repos I stopped at one saturday afternoon , Well busy , people eating & drinking ,kids playing ,I'm walking the dog in roars a Ferrari,stops, drivers door opens . He stepped over armco & stood there pissing ,then back in & drove off. Toilets were only 30m away??In Dieppe aire about 6 years ago I saw a french chap pissing out of the hab door in his top of the range brand new Rapido which was towing a very big boat trailer He then stepped out of the van and toddled off hand in hand with his wife without washing his hands.
We were on an aire in Fuengirola and parked near the kerb in the middle of the Aire.A few others did the same but a lot moved and we wondered why. We found out at 5 30 in the morning,we had banging on the side walls telling us to move as we had taken their pitch for the weekly boot sale . The stall holders were English and when we got up to talk to them they let us stay for the day. Working around us. Frightened the life out of us though
Another Aire we stopped at had very large pig go in and out of the MH via a ramp.That must have ponged a bit inside?
I had that experience (the market) as a child in 50s. First night in after a long drive, 2 cars and 1 caravan. My cousin Peter and I slept in one car, 2 other cousins in the other car, 4 adults and 2 children in the caravan. As we all woke up in the morning, market stalls were all around us, we were along one line as if we were a market stall, the market was heaving, but they left us a get-out route to the road. We all tumbled out in the morning. No hassle at all, big smiles and good grace from the French, so we wandered around the market for breakfast. A lovely experience for your first ever night in FranceIn the mid eighties, workmates of mine hired a motorhome to drive to Austria for the F1 race held at the Österreichring. En route, they parked up in a village square, went out for a meal and a few drinks. When they got back to the van, a copper knocked on the door and in broken English, told them to move. As they'd all had a drink, moving on was impossible, so after a bit of shoulder shrugging by both parties, the cops left them to it. When they woke up the next morning, they found themselves trapped in the middle of the weekly market !
Further to this, we arranged to meet another couple there. Not for that! and there were some strange people there. Nothing out of the ordinary, except a very statuesque lady arrived and backed in the copse on the edge of the aires at quite a pace, crashing into the bushes. I went over to see if I could help, and "she" just grinned. She was heavily made up, I was thinking "all that just for camping" Then as we settled down for the night, cars and scooters would drive by, all shining their lights on our two vans. Funny, we thought. Didn't know anything about dogging, but when we got home there was a channel 4 prog about it. OH, that's what it was!Evidence of dogging. La Rochelle, some years ago. Site now closed. No personal involvement!
We were on an Aire three years ago next to the village market place. There were signs saying that the Aire was for motorhomes only, no cars allowed, even on market day.We saw a large MH towing a car. The car was parked over the grey water dump.
Are you sure it was a Rapido? Surely not!!!!!!! Probably a ******* in disguise (insert name of motorhome you dislike the most). Us Rapido owners wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing old boy.In Dieppe aire about 6 years ago I saw a french chap pissing out of the hab door in his top of the range brand new Rapido which was towing a very big boat trailer He then stepped out of the van and toddled off hand in hand with his wife without washing his hands.