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  1. 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. The towing experience was fine, I was map reader with the help of Miss Sat nav (Ummm??) and we managed to get to our first stop a campsite Mont St Michel - having ventured through the tinest villages around to get there. We have an 8 metre caravan and a 5 metre car - Swift Conqueror 645 and Nissam pathfinder. This site was excellent - do remember that a lot of sites you have to pay for water, here it was 3 euros for 10 minutes of water we only used 2 minutes - but had no change so had to go off looking for change as reception was closed and after a long day and journey it wasnt ideal - a lesson learnt for next time! Many sites we have found were not open at this time of year (Dec 28th) and also many unsuitable for twin axle caravans. Coming of the motorway and hunting these sites down which we could find, was going to be very stressful, so we decided the only solution was the motorway aires. Also a warning about unmanned french petrol stations - Dont use them, they take 100 euros from your bank even if you only put in 50 euros, a few days later they take the 50 euros but hold onto your 100 euros for 2 weeks!!! This is apperently normal on debit cards so do beware of this - Spain is fine operates as in the UK - I had not read this on any foums anywhere - we thought we had been victims of fraud. This as I metioned is our first time towing abroad, Id read the forums the warnings and picked up tips on parking in the Aires. .. so we took a chance we had no other choice, they were ideal for us, you just pull in, park up then straight off again in the morning. We found that the 2 we parked in one being in France near Bordeaux and the other near Zaragoza, were absolutly fantastic and it is such a shame theres so much bad things experianced in these aires. We parked at the end of a lay by pull in, as advised no one can then block you in and rob you we parked close to lorries and other fellow campers. I also kept a light on all night so it was visable just slightly through the caravan blinds. It was all very quiet, not much noise, but it was New years eve maybe everyone was where they wanted to be. Will we do it again? - yes we will on the journey home. We arrived at Bennicasm around 4pm - first experience of a Spanish campsite. ... oh lordy. .. large twin axle caravan with no motor mover. ...um we will save that one for the next blog. ...till next time x Photos below Summer at the first campsite in France,
  2. Good evening all, ​Need some advice. ......My family and I are once again embarking on yet another caravan camping holiday to France and this time venturing further south along the west coast. My question is. .....we are getting the ferry to Roscoff and travelling south to Cote D'Argent and are thinking of doing the journey over a couple of days due to having children that don't travel to well for 7 and a bit hours solid. Where are the best places or are there any safe places to stop overnight? I have heard and read mixed reviews about security issues etc etc and not sure on what to do. Are service stops the easiest and best places or are there overnight campsites? Has anyone had good experiences with particular ones or recommend places. Any advice or help welcome please. In previous years we have settled in Brittany so we haven't had to endure long driving hours. Sorry for the long topic question but need some advice. Regards David
  3. Hello, New to the forum so excuse my ignorance if this subject has already been covered numerous times !! We will be taking the caravan to the south of france for the first time this summer. Just wanted to discuss the best options for overnight stops during the journey down (Calais) and the journey back. Are there areas near/on motorways where you can just stop for the night once you have had enough driving for the day ? I have found bits of information about 'Routiers' and 'Aires' but not really sure what either of these are, where they are, is there a web site with there locations listed, are they safe, do they cost ?? I don't really want to have to pull of the main routes so much - would ideally just like to drop the legs somewhere for the night !! Many Thanks, Luke
  4. Hello, I am new to the forum so excuse my ignorance if this subject has already been covered. We are taking the caravan (Lunar Lexon FB twin axle) abroad to France this summer. I am not sure of the best place just to stop for an overnight on the way down and the way back. All we are after is somewhere to pull in when us and the kids have had enough. I have heard abouts 'Aires' and Routiers - but not really sure what either of them are ?? How do I find them, are they free, are they safe etc etc Any help or advise will be greatly received. Thanks, Luke
  5. I'm looking to take the 06:30 Ferry from Calais to Dover on 21st September Can anyone advise whther it's still possible to arrive the previous evening and park overnight at the Ferry terminal? many thanks Alan K
  6. We are in France travelling south on Saturday pm (Bastille day) using the A20 (joining at Limoges). We want to park overnight somewhere between Brive and Montauban before carrying on the next day. Has anyone stayed overnight at any aire de repos or service station on the motorway? Or is there anywhere easy to access just off the motorway - the further south is preferable. We just want somehwhere fairly quiet and safe. We are first time caravan towers so do not want difficult sites (yet!) Any and all advice gratefully received, thanks
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