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  1. I'm thinking through a sailing trip to France and interested in wisdom and suggestions from the forum. Plan A - is to drive the caravan, probably mid-wayish down the west coast and book a site near a decent sailing school (with a selection of well-maintained boats for hire!). Plan B - could be to buy a light single-handed dinghy to roof-top and launch/use. I'm over 6' so Toppers are too small for me, a Laser at 60kg is possible to lift up onto a roofrack, but I seem to get a bit of Laser-knee these days when hiking, or an RS Aero - an amazing 30kg hull but a bit pricie
  2. Morning folks, On from a thread I started back in the beginning of the year where in my naivety, I aimed to traverse the whole of France in a day, much to the horror of seasoned caravaners! I have now adjusted the itinerary accordingly and we have booked our ferry crossings over to Caan, overnighting to land early hours on the Sunday. We are planning to drive down to the Dordogne region for a week, then head up to a site just outside of Puy du Fou where we'll spend 3 nights before heading back upto Caan for our return crossing. I appreciate the time frames are still a lot shorter than m
  3. Hi, I've heard that's its possible to site a touring caravan in france/spain. I am thinking of this. we have 2 small dogs. we enjoy walking mainly also mountain and road biking. I am wondering what the options are that many of you may have experience of..... locations, price, towing the van, travel time, do you fly there or drive. any advice would be great . regards rob
  4. Hi All, It's been a while!! After caravaning in France since 1985 and promising ourselves we will one day do the D-Day Beaches for the last 20 years.. we've finally decided to bite the bullet!! We are planning to be outbound the last week of April or the first week of May 2020. We've been told that Arromanches is a good base for what we plan to be a week in the area. We've driven past the church at St Mere Eglise numerous times... but we're looking for recommendations for Campsites in the area near Arromanches. Thanks in a
  5. It has been our routine for quite a few years now to book the tunnel to Calais and a few weeks later to book to return. In between, we wander around to virtually empty campsites grateful for our patronage. Not this year. All the sites we have visited have been full - and the site we are currently on in St Raphael is turning people away! Nobody is quite sure what is happening. One theory is that the weather over much of France is poor, squeezing everyone into the same few areas. Another is that there must be some sort of German holiday as there are a large number of Germans around. Has anyone e
  6. So we're off to France (Le Grand Bornand) skiing in February this year. Pulling a twin axle Sprite Quattro Fb with a Kia Sorrento. Do I need to get winter tyres or not? Part of me thinks I won't need them for more than 9 tenths of the journey. Are they worth it? And what happens when I come home, do I need to take them off again. ?
  7. Is it possible to access UK TV with a satellite dish in Brittany, northern France?
  8. I know that in France it's important to remember that flashing headlights mean "I'm coming through" as opposed to "My dear chap would you care to go first?" In this country it's good manners to flash thanks at someone who has let you through a gap, if it's too dark to wave. Does a good mannered French driver - there have to be some - or UK driver in France, simply not give any acknowledgement for fear of giving the wrong idea? And if you wish to give way yourself for any reason, do you simply hold back until they get the idea, since flashing would indicate that you were comi
  9. Ferry crosssing fantastic, Brittany ferries, short comfortable journey our dog Summer was priority for choosing this short crossing. Summer is very spoilt and also elderly at 13, but she certainly doesnt look it or act like it, even so the thought of putting her in a kennel/cage was not going to happen on other routes. The Cherbourg route was ideal so she stayed very happily in our car in her bed, happy dog therefore happy us. No problems with checking her in, this is our first time towing abroad and Summers first abroad adventure so we needed to plan it as stressfree as possible.
  10. So here we are. .. The first episode. ..the crossing Poole to Cherbourg. .. . number 1. ..always check when boon docking (no electric hook up) that your leisure battery works. ..ours didnt. ..thankyou to all all who got me candles for Christmas. . No 2. ..parking up noone for miles around to find someone park 3 inches away from you . ..do not pull the window blind up in anger and rip it off "just to have a look" . No 3. .emptying all your entire water out of the internal tanks under the van to create a flood then to realise the dogs water bowl is empty. No 4. .Dont rel
  11. We're getting together ideas for a trip in Southern France next April/May. Earlier I asked a related question here about the Dordogne, and had much useful advice in reply, mentioning other places too. The net keeps spreading - Lot, Jura, all stations between and beyond. .. We've tented in France a number of times over the last 20 years, but always en route to an organised traditional music & dance event, where we'd stay in that area, then drive back in time for work. This means we have little experience of exploring the country, and that only in July/August. The more people we s
  12. We are going to eastern France in September and on return we would like to visit Paris. We are looking for a location east or north-east of Paris with accessible transport into the city to save having to take car. Any suggestions. Acsi preferred if possible. Thanks Andy
  13. Also available on Thomson's Travels __________________________________ 18th November 2014 After a few days around Civray, in the garden of Julia's brothers house in the Poitou-Charentes, we found ourselves, in light drizzle, headed south down the N10 towards Bordeaux, arriving at the campsite at about 15:30hrs. A nondescript drive only made notable by the cruise control deciding that it wasn't going to be a cruise control, just a switch on the steering wheel pretending to be the cruise control! Cured by a stop in an Aire, turn the engine off, then back on again to teach it who's
  14. Also found under Le Manns on Thomson's Travels _______________________________________________ 9th & 10th November 2014 We woke to the sound of rain, which quickly passed, leaving everything damp! After breakfast, we sauntered around readying ourselves for the trip to our next campsite near Le Mans. The trip down was uneventful and longer than necessary, the reason being was that we either took the péage (Toll Roads) or the free roads, we took the free roads, saving ourselves €30, however it took 4. 5hours instead of 3. .. The free way is always best! The campsite, Camp
  15. Also found in 2014 France on Thomson's Travels ____________________________________________ Coutances is one of those places which we have passed through many times, but have never stopped in. The campsite, the municipal site, was situated in a wooded area next to the Sports facilities. If you search Google for 'Coutances Municipal Camping' it takes you to the offices in the Town Hall, so do what we did and search for "Les Vignettes, Coutances". We arrived at the campsite without fuss or fanfare, to find that the doors to the office were locked. . . However, before we could get ir
  16. In this blog I am going to try and tell you the story of my wife's (MrsT) and my trip of a lifetime. There will be links to our blog, where you can read many of the stories I'll be posting on here and others, which I will be missing out, Before this trip started, we had had 20 years of taking the kids to France for the usual 2-4 week summer holiday. To begin with with tents and Eurocamp, then with a Lunar Clubman (the one with a boat roof) until we reached the point where we had a brand new 2010 Bailey Pegasus 554 waiting to show us how she would cope. We did a short trip to settle our ner
  17. Hi All we will be going the Camping Le Logis Du Breuil in France over the summer andwas wondering if anybody had been here and could give me any tips, we will be crossing Newhaven to Dieppe so any tips on this route would be helpful Thanks
  18. Hi everyone, quick question having looked at a few beautiful municipal sites in the Loire valley we see they dont allow twin axle caravans so a bit disappointed seeing as we have just bought one can anyone tell me if this is quite widespread across France and why they dont like twin axles, thanks for any info
  19. Hi everyone we are hoping to visit France towing an 8 metre inc draw bar single axle caravan, I've mentioned the caravan size as I believe not all sites will accept certain size caravans. We would like to travel down one side of France across and then back home the other side we're not fussed which side first, I'm after any recommendations of routes and sites please we like history sight seeing and anything of interest, has anyone got any ideas please? We will be using the Dover Calais ferry. TIA
  20. Just joined Caravan Talk looks like it could hold a wealth of information and advice from like minded people, so pleased to be here we are based in Ireland, fairly new to Caravaning but absolutely love it started off a couple of years ago transforming a van into a camper, sold that ( not spacious enough ) bought an old Lunar solar went here there and everywhere loved it so we sold her and have just bought a Bailey Unicorn Cordoba , we lived in France and love it so thats our main destination, hobbies and sports are Fishing, Shooting, breeding and training Spaniels and Wine look forwa
  21. I seek feedback/advice from members regarding recommendations for caravan storage facilities in France, ideally within 3 hours drive of Geneva. We want to travel through France and North East Spain during November and December and then put the caravan into secure and cost effective storage before Christmas until we use it again next April. Our preference is to put the caravan into in-door storage near to Geneva as this is where we will then be living from Dec to April. However, we would consider anywhere that can offer good storage facilities within 3 hours of Geneva. Any suggestions?
  22. Hi everyone Wondered if anyone had ever stayed at Le Vieux Port Camping Village Resort & Spa in Messanges, South West France? On google maps it looks like its in-between Bordeaux and Biarritz. Any tips will be greatly appreciated as this will be the first time of towing and touring in France / Europe!! things like. ... is the power like the uk connector? would you use the water in your water butts for showering and possibly drinking? do they even have water points for me to fill the butt up? bit late in the day but we go a week on Saturday (23rd July) thanks in
  23. We got a phone call yesterday to say that Brittany Ferries had cancelled our ferry for Wednesday night from Portsmouth, due to industrial action being taken by dock workers at Le Havre. We booked a pet-friendly cabin months ago but the soonest they could re-book us with one was 10 days. Not being aware of any unrest in France, I scanned the interweb to find that strikes are taking place all over the country and even worse, petrol stations are running out of fuel. None of this has been reported in any TV news that I've seen, or any newspaper. We've had to cancel our outgoing journey and w
  24. We thought this may be of interest to members. Last year my wife and I bought a campsite in the Auvergne region of central France. Last season was our first as new owners and we are looking forward to this summer and meeting people of all nationalities. The camp site, Champ de la Chapelle, is located in the Forest of Troncais, one of the largest oak forests in Europe. Any help and advice from members will be much appreciated, what exactly do you look for when choosing a camp site?
  25. Hi All, Planning our French holidays and towing a large twin axle caravan I am getting more concerns that pitch sizes will be an issue. So I need: - Large pitches with easy access (no motormover) - South coast of France - Family frinedly - Swimming pool with water slides for the kids (and maybe the wife ) - Beach access (walking distance with kids) Any recommendations? Thanks
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