Does Nobody Go To North East France?

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  1. ojibway

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    We spent a few days in the Haute Marne area - Lac du Der, Froncles, Chaumont, Chateau Thierry - and did not see a single Brit van. Where do you all go?
    M and A:cool::)
     
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    It's probably seen as a bit like Belgium - somewhere to drive through to get to somewhere else seen as more attractive. Which is a shame, there are some nice bits in Belgium - not a lot, but enough!
     
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    We recently went to the aire at Amneville, north of Metz, but on our way to Germany.

    We plan to give the area a proper look before too long.
     
  4. ojibway

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    Yes, Devonbeekeeper, a bit more interesting than Belgium - beautiful countryside and villages if you keep off the main roads, Champagne, lakes! I think the French are happy that we keep away!
    Further north we love Charleville Mezieres. Beautiful town and a fantastic free aire!
     
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    Yes, recently weve done Dun sur Meuse, Hatten, Chatenois, Allee des Bains, Orschwiwh, Bulgneville.
    We didn't see any other Brits either.
     
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    Last year we had a long weekend on a few aires around Charleville-Mezier on the River Meuse, lovely area
     
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    We have stayed at Domaine Du Buisson near lac du der a few times. Nice quiet country side site. ACSI.
     
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    Currently in Millau, quite a few brits here.

    We also pass through northeast France with hardly a sideways glance. Mind you the weather was a bit naff when we passed through a week or so back.
     
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    I challenge anyone who grew up with Eagle comic or TV21 to visit the Atomium in Brussels and not find it interesting. Maybe Belgium's too tainted with battlefields for us to consider the other options, like Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and so on, not to mention the beer.
     
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    Does Stenay and Montherme count as NE ?

    both nice places, especially Montherme, nice aire right on the river bank
     
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    We stayed at Froncles Aire last August in our VW camper and whilst there we met a couple from wales(Dave n Alison I think) in there burstner, was a changing point in our camping as talking to them persuaded us to get a MH,

    Plenty of brits there last year

    Andy
     
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  12. ojibway

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    Absolument!
     
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    We rated Froncles very highly a few years back. Lasrweek we drove in and out again as it was full with full-time residents in motorhomes and a caravan parked . Also it was looking a bit neglected.
     
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    just got back, after crossing Northern France we travelled down the Eastern side as far as Marseilles, then traveled North crossing the country to Normandy following the coast then back to Calais. We had a lovely visit with Peter and Caroline (StCyr) who were the only funsters we saw on the whole 2300 mile trip only saw one Brit van the whole trip. I expect they were all heading for twin lakes, (our favourite aire was fully booked with yanks, hee hee)
     
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    Montherme is lovely. Recently upgraded with grasscrete parking and hook ups available if wanted. They have also installed a landing stage for the boats. The harbour office has a shower and washing machine available too.
     
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    Our RV on the riverbank at Montherme in 2005 .. at that time it was not an official aire

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    @ScotJimland

    It's all official now. The harbour master collects a fee now, I can't remember how much but I don't think it was expensive (although I think the electric was so we didn't bother). They also came and checked who had hooked up to the bollards.
     
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    Shhhhhh! Why are you telling everyone about this area?
     
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    Been down eastern side a couple of times,but its on our way to the south or mid France.
    We used catillon sur sambre aire, Geraudot aire, Giffaumont Champaubert
     
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    We are there now on our way to the Moselle . Many towns have a very down at heel neglected look about them ....shabby without the chic . Charleville Meziers is one exception as well as Metz both look more affluent than the rest . The countryside is very nice and there are some decent Aires scattered about . Maybe much of this area has seen too many battles in the past and has not fully recovered . In the past we have enjoyed cycling around Lac du Der as well as a stay in Froncles cycling on the canal on our way to Champagne and Burgundy .
     
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