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36 minutes ago, BFM said:

It sounds as though it is variable, then. We had a falling out with the site we were on (planned a fortnight, left after 4 days) and have moved across to Gard where we have found a charming little site with plenty of space. It also has that lovely, opalescent blue sky that the Med does so well. Off to Aigues-Mort for the day, I suspect.

Is there space? We were thinking of heading that way in a week or so, and my usual go-to, Criques de Porteils  outside Argeles sur Mer is showing as pretty full - although you have to be careful which site to ask for as it is steeply terraced and taxing with a big rig.

 

It is very full here, so I would check via email or phone.

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On 11/06/2019 at 22:03, PR1 said:

They have, and our site here is full of them, partying at the moment!

My car alarm will be going off at 8,00am, 8.05, 8.10 etc!

keep me awake at your peril!

So the poor sods around you who aren't part of this party are kept awake late, and woken early???

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2 minutes ago, Tigger said:

So the poor sods around you who aren't part of this party are kept awake late, and woken early???

Don’t worry, I didn’t really do it!

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3 hours ago, Leedslad said:
  • Going over, Hull - Zeebrugge this weekend and heading south in search of summer.     :D

    John.

 Us too - Saturday sailing :D

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9 hours ago, Borussia 1900 said:

If you don’t mind me asking, how do you fall out with a campsite?

Er, get shown to a nice pitch with a spectacular view, accept it to stay for a fortnight, and then get thrown off it two days later when someone else turns up  because "you have gone to the wrong pitch; the computer says you should be on this one". They entered the wrong details but tried to blame us until we proved they were wrong. No apology. No help moving (only 30 deg C, full sun) and the pitch we were then 'allocated' was a hillside beside their busiest roadway, that got soaked twice a day by the watering system and had a view one way of the bins and the other of those metal cages full of rubble used to build terraces. When we turned up at reception to leave and told the receptionist that no, everything hadn't been fine, our bill was suddenly zeroed. Too little, too late.

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Mentioned before,here, site near Royan busy busy, on rally....Dutch tenters turned up one afternoon and were told...pitch where you like! Neighbour found two pup tents actually under his sun awning!

 

Another year,another rally, Pil Koad...longest in Club sites book.....35+ 'vans booked in months before ,via Club...arrive and they have only 8 emplacements.... girls in office make comment about 'only being English'...French National on rally hears this and tells Marshalls......so they squeeze third of the 'vans into the spaces and the rest of us are put onto a field adjoining midst growing corn, with the resulting number of animals running about during night...they did bring some EHU onto field so it had been done before...leaving the site in the morning we saw a number of tents and campers just stuck on the entrance field on the main road!...where they not only stayed but number increased.

 

The Club managed to get substantial reductions for us backing onto the crops..the others nowt!

 

Yes France was full that year.

 

geoff

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10 hours ago, Leedslad said:
  • Going over, Hull - Zeebrugge this weekend and heading south in search of summer.     :D

    John.

You don’t need to go far, it’s turning up here in Mönchengladbach tomorrow :)

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On 11/06/2019 at 21:24, Odd days said:

If the weather is awful now I put money on a lovely autumn in France.

I hope so. Booked in for September 👍

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We are in the dordogne at camping maisoneuve in castelnaud le Chapelle. Been here 2 weeks and weather has been mixed some lovely days but not too hot, cloudy days and a few showers. However today it has not stopped raining. The outlook tomorrow and most of next week is much warmer and sunny. The campsite has been quiet other than the  French whit weekend when the "Outcome" tough mudder equivalent took place. I think today will be a cave visit as the rain is unrelenting. 

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We are in Loire region at Montreuil Bellay, site not full, but fairly busy.

Forecast good but some thunderstorms forecast later this week and showers next week.

It was sprinkling wth rain earlier this morning but supposedly 30 later. Sky has cleared now.

It will do what it does!

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A friend of mine has been on Lac de la Liez near Langres, lovely weather and campsite is half full. Today he's heading south to La Sousta which is near Pont du Gard, 32 degrees there.

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3 hours ago, Borussia 1900 said:

A friend of mine has been on Lac de la Liez near Langres, lovely weather and campsite is half full. Today he's heading south to La Sousta which is near Pont du Gard, 32 degrees there.

My experience of Langres is that there is no one there during the day, between 1700 & 1900 hours the Dutch arrive, 0800 next morning they have all gone on their way south. There were very few of us spending more than one night there - seemed very odd !!

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8 minutes ago, ivan leslie said:

My experience of Langres is that there is no one there during the day, between 1700 & 1900 hours the Dutch arrive, 0800 next morning they have all gone on their way south. There were very few of us spending more than one night there - seemed very odd !!

We use it every year, it's about 6 hours from Monchengladbach and is always our first overnight stop on the way to Spain

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Le Capeyrou at Beynac full last night. Beautiful site on the Dordogne. Here for another 10 days.

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Now at Pin Parasol near Saint Gilles.  About half full at the very most.  Mostly British.

 

John

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We are at Les Nobis in Montreuil Bellay, not full. Asked for two weeks but the very nice owner said no problem if we want to stay a bit longer.

Quite a few brits on site.

Weather changeable but looks same for most of France. Its been showery today but warm.

We come back mid July when k7ds start to appear:D

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We’re in Albert (Camping Velodrome).  Quite empty but a lot of one-two nighters.  Mostly German and Dutch but one or two English.   Lot of small tent campers on bikes/motorcycles.     Weather has been hot (26) until today when it was 20 with heavy thunderstorms.    

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As a comparison, we’ve now been in Italy for over 5 weeks and at last nights count we had shared a site with 11 other units from the UK, most of them motor homes. Not stayed on any large sites so fellow brits easy to spot and cannot see that any sites have been full. Most visitors are Dutch and German. 

 

John

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We are now on day 21 of our tour of Brittany and it has been a glorious hot sunny day here at Beg Leguer near Lannion. Yesterday afternoon it was so draughty thought about putting heating on in caravan for third time this holiday. But sky cleared and it turned into a warm evening suggesting better weather to come. Site currently has about 15 units and only one other British. Surprised how quiet it is.

Weather since day one has been poor with rain almost every other day and cool. Tonight will be only the second night warm enough for a Barbie!

First stop at Romaine du Logis near Combourg was 70 per cent full with more than half Brits. Great site with everything open. At Le Conleau near Vannes site almost full. Grass had not been cut this year. Very few Brits.  At du Poilquer at Benodet site 40 per cent with plenty of Brits swelled by 2 rallies. Then Le Panoramic at Telgrut where there were only about 8 units, half being Brits.

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Getting very hot in the Dordogne.37c forecast for Weds and Thurs. Site we are on at Beynac still very full.

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We're lucky to be able to enjoy our Vendee hovel in the heatwave and leave the caravan until more comfortable temperatures return. Our hovel sits on a plot dug into the hillside [back garden is at bathroom window height and gets full sun for most of the day] and the lounge and ground floor of what the British Estate Agent laughably described as 'the barns that are ripe for development' are partially below ground level.

As a result, the lounge is a pleasant 21.6 Celsius and in semi-Stygian gloom, whilst the lower side barn is in partial shade at about 25 Celsius, whilst the upper barn is like an oven at about 33 Celsius and the back garden temperature with localised heat from newly laid hard surface for car and caravan parking is round about 35 Celsius. It operates like a Compression Chamber for Divers, but with temperatures instead of pressure! You can move to a warmer or cooler zone as needed; back garden is for 20 minute leg stretching sessions today before returning to the cool of the lounge. Of course, in 3 months time, I'll be saying 'It's getting a bit chilly - time to get the woodstove lit. How long till we can go caravanning again?' ... :D

Steve

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We are also in the  Vendee at Pin Parasol.  Nice evening.  And we had a night time rainbow.  After it rained for about 2 mins.  Nothing to the rain we have had.  Someone said it might get to 40 next week!

 

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How do any of you survive in temps of 35 to 40? Or do you have Air Con?

I can't imagine life in a caravan in that heat without AirCon. It must be like a hot tin box.

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8 minutes ago, WispMan said:

How do any of you survive in temps of 35 to 40? Or do you have Air Con?

I can't imagine life in a caravan in that heat without AirCon. It must be like a hot tin box.

 

Where we are we are lucky to have some shade.  We don’t have air con but do have a nice pool.  For the last 5 weeks the heat has rarely been an issue, but next week does promise to be uncomfortable.

 

John

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7 hours ago, WispMan said:

How do any of you survive in temps of 35 to 40? Or do you have Air Con?

I can't imagine life in a caravan in that heat without AirCon. It must be like a hot tin box.

 

It was 36C for a few days on the trot last summer in the Charente Maritime, just left all the blinds and windows closed during the day and opened the lot up early evening - each night was about 18C which was fine with the cooling effect of the coastal breeze

 

I’d also add that we’d typically hit the pool at about 4pm for a few hours so our ‘core’ was lovely and cool by evening time so it wasn’t a case of being hot during the evening

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