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I have driven in France a number of times but have never attempted towing a van around Paris, the road maps look a bit daunting, doesn't seem to be a clear ring road, need to get from Amiens to Orleans without diverting miles around which I have done in the past, any advice please.

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Go a different way - head from Calais towards Abbeville, Rouen, Chartres, and Orleans! Simples, and no tolls. Actually the route is well signposted around Paris on the E104 (Francilienne) and then at the junction with the A6 south, just head 'across' and join the A10 towards Orleans. We used to use the Paris route years ago, but these days stick to the alternative.

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Agree with ValA on routing . ...one thing to avoid for those going around Paris in the evening is that they have a habit of shutting the peripherique without a lot of notice, yes they have diversions but you might just end up going past Notre Dame at midnight. ....not funny!

 

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I have been that way before, trouble free but quite a diversion, just thought there was something more direct

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Agree with Val about the N104 but don't be too afraid of the Boulevard Peripherique. The BP comes to a stand still at peak times, but just use it - it's a road like any other.

 

The BP West is signposted as BP Ouest, and the BP East is signposted as BP Est. Follow the relevant sign post on approach. Once on the BP, your navigator will read the names of the junctions on the map, and the one you are leaving at will have been high lighted. Your navigator will say "two junctions to go" etc and we are leaving at "Porte D'Orleans". The road is nothing to be frightened of. I will add as you approach the BP, you will be following signs for "Orleans" anyway.

 

In my opinion, and based on numerous trips on the BP and the Lille Ring Road, Lille is far worse. Yes I know I'm in a motorhome, but I have done it towing a car too.

 

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I wouldn't worry about the Periphenique Halohodge. French drivers are much more competent than their UK counterparts in my experience. None of the roads around Paris scare me half as much as those around London.

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My warning about Paris was specifically an evening one. .....several of us have been thrown off late at night in the dark onto normal Paris streets with guesswork on which lorry to follow. ..........almost a delight during a day and they do let foreigners in and out,unlike London. ......

 

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Fair comment Shipbroker. I haven't had that particular experience, but I appreciate that it would be somewhat challenging.

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We too were directed 'off' the Peripherique - and left to our own devices with no detailed map! We ended up in the red light district, which kept us all distracted from the traffic for a while! Eventually we found our way out again - but it really isn't an experience I would want to repeat!

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We too were directed 'off' the Peripherique - and left to our own devices with no detailed map! We ended up in the red light district, which kept us all distracted from the traffic for a while! Eventually we found our way out again - but it really isn't an experience I would want to repeat!

Exactly. ....they must use the same exit all the time!

 

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We saw the 'ladies' in fur coats, opening them and revealing all! I remember my 12 year old son paying particular attention and I'm sure it helped his education!

 

My mother (many years later, and on a coach trip back from a 'cheap and cheerful' Spanish holiday where we also got diverted) was equally attentive!

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They don't wear fur coats in the Bois de Boulogne area!

 

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I am quite certain that the gendarmerie and the ladies in furs have some kind of scam going- it was the same in Lyon, when I lived there.

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They don't wear fur coats in the Bois de Boulogne area!

 

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Is that near the Caravan Site then Russell. .....?.....didn't see them.

 

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Back on the OP, I've towed around the Periphique a few times over the years and as long as you have your wits about you it'll be fine. A tip, get in the 2nd lane and stay there until just after the turn-off before the one you require. Don't be intimidated to pull over as you can end up going off into the wilds of Paris - and I do mean wilds!

 

In my experience, Sunday is the best day to negotiate the BP as HGVs are few and far between.

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Thanks for your comments, I will give them some thought, not traveling to July so I have got plenty of time. Comment, is it worse than M25

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In my opinion it's a breeze compared to the M25 and I'd also say that French drivers are generally much less aggressive in my experience.

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Is that near the Caravan Site then Russell. .....?.....didn't see them.

 

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The BdB area is a known cruising/"equivalent of the red light area".

 

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The BdB area is a known cruising/"equivalent of the red light area".

 

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Gee thanks Russell. ......would never have guessed. ....me being a country lad.

 

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