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  1. ValA


    No, they're not - though many are - and in the guides which you should be able to download (eventually!!!) the description includes what sort of a 'deal' applies to each site Some 'Best Deal' sites even offer discounts during high season. I think it's worth persisting for a few days, and also emailing Best Deal to let them know that the guides can't be downloaded. They really form a good resource as they offer a lot of information about each site, so are worth downloading for areas you're interested in.
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    On my laptop I have absolutely no problem downloading the guides, which are in PDF format. Edited in later (I had no problem a month ago, but this morning get a blank page!! Sorry) Where do you need to find a site? I can have a look at whether a particular site is a 'Best Deal' site if you like or what Best Deal sites are available in an area.
  3. Crossing Continents on BBC Radio 4 this morning was all about the Chernobyl exclusion zone, and may be worth listening to. A lot of it was about the regeneration of the area, but it was all very interesting. (To me, anyway)
  4. Ern, in France (unlike the UK) in June you shouldn't need to book unless you choose a site popular for the overnight ferries. There are many thousands of us who go to France every year and never book anything. I'd say 'Don't look for a site which might suit you'. Look for an area which WILL suit you (for doing all the things you enjoy) and find a nearby site. We like areas of wild rivers, gorges, hills and beautiful scenery for walking and wildlife, so we would choose a completely diferent type of site to someone who likes visiting historic monuments, chateaux and churches. You might like to do vineyard tours and see local producers, or do as many cycle rides as possible, in which case you'll need a different area again. You could choose a site near Calais - and cycle the canals and flat cycle routes in that area - going into Belgium to Ypres, and Bruges for instances, and then have a second week somewhere further south - or perhaps the WWII beaches in Normandy, Bayeux, and that area, which is also flattish for cycling. Tell us a bit more about what you like and we can perhaps come up with more personalised suggestions.
  5. There is a new update to Archies Campings (http://www.archiescampings.EU/) available on line now. Here you can download files for your SatNav, of the details of over 33,000 campsites throughout Europe, or use a link to purchase the Archies App which gives the same information and lifetime free updates. Archie sends his best wishes for a very Happy 2020. In the new update all Camping Cheques references have been removed as their business model has changed and they now only offer mobile homes or tent accommodation via Canvas Holidays. However, there is all the information about the discounted Camping Card (ACSI) sites for 2020. Information about the Caravan and Motorhome Club CS sites, and the Caravan and Camping Club CL sites has been removed from the general file, as these sites offer facilities only to members of those clubs, though there is a separate file to download for members of the clubs. Information about UK sites has been updated, and such information as 'No tents' is now available for many more sites. Archie has asked that you keep him informed if you find anything which is not correct, or come across new campsites which are not on his database. Please feel free to 'share' this post on any other forums where I haven't added a post, or with any other groups, forums, magazines, etc., where you think it might be useful. Happy New Year!
  6. It might help that La Croix du Vieux Pont is an ACSI Card site, so if you buy the card for around £15 it will only cost you 20 euros per night for car/caravan/pitch/electricity/awning/one dog per night. (www.campingcard.co.uk). That might mean it's worth using your own caravan facilities, because you'll have free heating for water, etc. If the site offers everything else that you want, then perhaps it's worth putting up with a few inconveniences, but there are plenty of other sites, in May, where you will find the same sort of facilities.
  7. What sort of sites do you like? Most in that area are large sites, with 'full-on-facilities' and entertainment etc. We liked L'Amfora which is south of Roses, at St Pere Pescador. Very high quality site, with excellent sanitary facilities, including some pitches with their own private facilities. The newest block is really state of the art... There is a long (somewhat windy - but it's a windy area) beach directly from the site, a few bars and restaurants in walking distance, and the site has good bars and restaurants, and also a well-stocked well priced supermarket. Some pitches in the centre may be rather tight but pitches on the periphery of the site (never that far from facilities because it's an almost square site) tend to be bigger and the private facilities pitches are bigger still.
  8. Like you we decided 'better safe than sorry' and had our cat blood tested back in November last year. Her rabies blood titre was positive, so no repeat injection needed, and we now have that piece of paper should it ever be needed. We have a house in France, and need to be able to travel at any time, so it was important to us that Brexit wasn't sneaked in whilst we weren't looking or paying attention!
  9. If you go to Les Genets first, ie in June, then you should be able to get in without booking. If not there are other lakeside campsites around the same lake. We love the Aveyron, but not that part! If it were me I would go just a bit further south still and get a riverside pitch somewhere along the river Tarn in the Gorges du Tarn between Millau and St Enemie.
  10. Like John, we had no problems with queues. May 2013 - it was my OH's 65th birthday.
  11. We visited Versailles whilst staying at Camping International at Maisons Laffitte which is about half an hour away. The site is alongside the River Seine, and Maisons Laffitte itself is a nice suburb, with a train station and trains into central Paris. I think a 'day rover' (bus, train, one boat trip) cost us 10 euros, but that was six years ago.
  12. One thing we discovered when booking via the CMC is that you can't ring them outside office hours, or at weekends, if you have a problem. We were on our way to a crossing booked via the CMC a few years ago, when my mum sadly passed away suddenly. We rang the CMC to cancel our crossing for that night, but unfortunately it was Friday night and no one was there. Nor were they there on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday which was a Bank Holiday. When we eventually got through it was on Tuesday morning. For us it didn't particularly matter as it was a serious reason why our crossing had to be cancelled but for others, perhaps with a reason for amending rather than cancelling it could be a problem if you aren't able to get through to them for four days. The ferry companies will not Talk to you at all if your booking was via the CMC. In the end the CMC sorted things out, agreeing that it was not our fault that we couldn't get through, so we did get the offer of another crossing at a time to suit us
  13. Yes, we stay overnight. This time (late August) we set off from home in Yorkshire and got to Chartres for our first night, and then arrived at the caravan about 5.30 pm the following day. This is using our usual non-toll route, via Rouen, Chartres, Orleans, Moulins, Nevers, Clermont Ferrand, and then across country on the N102 from near to Brioude to Aubenas and down to the site. The caravan was all set up on pitch, and we just wound down the steadies and hooked up, got out the table and chairs, and had a meal on the table, with a bottle of campsite wine, by 7.00 pm. We have to drive down because of our cat - who loves the campsite life!
  14. I would give them a ring. No site is going to be completely booked, for every pitch, for a whole season!
  15. Prairies de la Mer - haven't stayed there, but it's on the beach near Port Grimaud.
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