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  1. I think you should say which site. It's not a good recommendation that they haven't even offered a compromise solution.
  2. But a mask would help, which is why we've been wearing masks in public since the start of the pandemic. We've aslso been hand-washing, social distancing, and staying at home as much as possible, boosting our immune system working in the garden, and eating well. I think that's all we can humanly do.
  3. Yes Dijon to Le Pommier is just about right - giving you plenty of time to set up that day! We love the Ardeche and store our caravan there. We shall be there at the beginning of August with one of our sons.
  4. We always used to do what you're doing - but crossing about 10.00 pm - and then the nearest autoroute service area when we felt we needed to stop for the first night. This isn't quite as easy as it was because of migrant issues, with several smaller areas being closed along the autoroute south. Many times we stayed at the Aire near Ste Hilaire des Cottes, which was large enough, had decent facilities and showers for the morning. (Warning, this is quite a long time ago now and things may change). Then we picked somewhere for an overnight stay whilst travelling so that on hot days we didn't travel as far, on rainy days we went as far as we could until the rain (hopefully) stopped! As above they were often just any old site that we came across - we didn't try to find a 'holiday site' on the way to our holiday, but often chose easy to access municipal sites, just off the route we were on. We found some little gems over the years, but I'd hesitate to recommend them because it sound as if you are looking for larger sites with lots of facilities. One of the bigger sites we stayed at regularly was Lac de Panthier at Vandeness-en-Auxois. This is set around a small lake, has a beach, water actities, indoor and outdoor pools and a nice restaurant overlooking the lake. Rolling hills, nice hilltop views from Chateauneuf nearby, and a small supermarket within a short drive, larger ones further away. I would have said Lake Annecy was too far away - then I looked at the timing on google map and was amazed that it suggests three hours and 50 minutes. It took us half as long again to do half the distance on that route! Mind you my definition of an overnight site should be 5 to 10 minutes away from the route I'm travelling, not a couple of hours. I think your main problem will be finding a site which in peak season accepts just short stays.
  5. I would go via the Mediterranean side. Stop off somewhere around Collioure and visit - it's probably going to be as quiet now as you'll ever find it. The drive along the Med is lovely and there are plenty of other places to stop/visit - Gruissan is lovely, as is Aigues Mortes and the Camargue. Then up to Millau via the Pas d'Escalette, and stay in one of the lovely sites along the Gorges du Tarn - making a drive up the Gorge and back over one of the Causses. Then either further north on the A75 visit the volcanoes of the Auvergne, or do a cross-country trip to the Dordogne region, staying somewhere along the river. You could stop somewhere near Villefranche de Rouergue , or Martel - both of which are lovely. Then up via the Chateaux of the Loire, and even stay near Rouen and visit the city, which is much better visited than driven around! Or you could go even further east into Provence.......... up the Route Napoleon, via the Gorge du Verdon, then through the vineyards of Burgundy, the Champagne region and then the WW1 battlefields around Ypres? So many choices!
  6. Thank you very much Eddie! Both Archie and I greatly appreciate your help. I now have access to my account again thanks to Admin.
  7. Have you a link to where it says that? It's important for campers and caravanners - but from what I've read the FCO are now just about to lift the advice against all be essential travel - so if this is the case does it really mean 'only if you fly'? There does not appear to be this sort of organisation on P and O, where a 'Forum friend' of mine reported that the stairwells were the normal chaos, pushing and jostling to be first down and the on-board experience was no different to normal, with only a few people wearing masks.
  8. Why don't all the people who usually go on these rallies get together and just book their own stays, and 'carry on as normal'.?
  9. Thank you Lutz. We hope to be joining you in France very soon too!
  10. We have 'continuous membership' but each year, like Jaydug, we receive a renewal notice and we have then the option to confirm and pay, or reject the subscription.
  11. We stayed there years ago, when they were doing up the pavements in Joinville! They were replacing the tarmac with lovely old cobbles. I expect it's all finished now, and probably quite beautiful.
  12. We have a Swift Caravan, built in 2000 - which has a fixed bed and a separate living/dining room, and a kitchen area. There are very similar layouts in older caravans, but we had an Adria with a very similar layout from about 2010 which would be a great caravan for your adventures. (It was our UK caravan and we no longer caravan in the UK so sold it a couple of years ago). Adria caravans are well-built, well insulated, and suited to long periods spent in different climates. You could pick up a ten year old Adria with very little mileage, or useage, for a lot less than your proposed budget, and it would suit your need perfectly. I would love to say 'Go for it' and have a great time. Unfortunately Brexit has interfered with the plans of many who intended to spend more time in Europe (including us) and who knows what will happen in the next twelve months. However, I wish you luck - and hopefully if things work out we will be joining you in spending a lot of our time in Europe.
  13. Have you, by an chance, reached a 'milestone' birthday? Insurance quotes go up exponentially after 'a certain age' and about every five years thereafter.
  14. If you renewed BEFORE 01/04/2020 you keep your PLUS benefits until your next renewal date. If you renew AFTER 01/04/2020 you lose them immediately.
  15. We've just had an email to say our contract has been extended by twelve months, which is a fantastic result, and one I didn't expect. Our contract expired on 27th March - and because of ill-health and family issues, between us and the couple we share the account with we still had six unused crossings! For us that's a fantastic result. Thank you Eurotunnel.
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