FRANCE ....Warning!

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  1. yodeli

    yodeli Funster Life Member

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    Hi All!

    This week end will be tough on the French roads as the 3 Zones in France are on hols:

    Zone A has its last week end so coming back home
    Zone B Is on its second week hols so some will go away to ski
    Zone C is starting its 2 weeks holidays

    So a maximum of people on the roads today which is marked "black day"
    Tomorrow should be better
    IF ONLY SNOW WAS NOT THERE TO MAKE THINGS MORE COMPLICATED

    http://www.rtl.fr/actu/societe-faits-divers/meteo-france-place-cinq-departements-en-alerte-a-la-neige-et-au-verglas-7776688009

    Chains will be compulsory , so don't try to get through if you don't have any , you'll be stopped.
    Snow is going to fall in the East, check the map!

    On the West side there is another major problem : Huge tides!

    Don't stay next to the Atlantic coast all week end!!
    To give you an idea , Mont Saint Michel is right now under the water, no way to get in , the gate is already under the water.

    There are 14 meters (a bout six floor building) between the low-tide and the high-tide.

    Waves will be huge, and as the weather is rubbish it's one of the worst place of the territory at the moment.
    Just be sensible and stay quiet in a secure place, you'll move on, on Monday!

    Happy and safe travels

    Amicalement

    Frankie;)(y)
     
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  2. Dave and Ginny

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    Thanks a lot Frankie :)...just what I want to be reading before we head off to Spain next Tuesday, but hopefully all clear by then...please? o_O.

    Now I'm about to tell you that we're not going by way of the western route, or straight down past you in Toulouse, sorry :(. I want to see that very, very very very very big bridge ;) so, we're, (he gulps) hoping to be going by way of Nevers, Clermont Ferrand and Millau.

    Now I'm off to make another coffee and really hoping your not going to reply saying "oh know...not that way!!" ;).
     
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  3. yodeli

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    Just remind me before you leave, well the day before, and I'll see if you're ok.
    Centre France next to Millau is probably the coldest part of France but I'm sure you'll be fine. I won't let you go that way if anything dangerous like snow shows up. Sorry I know nothing about nuclear wars:p!

    Have a nice time, that big bridge is well worth a look!

    And don't you worry about not going through Toulouse....;)

    Frankie
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  4. Dave and Ginny

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    Thanks Frankie, I will try to find out from you when we we pull over for the night at or near Orleans, probably about Wednesday, or maybe Thursday (y)

    Dave and Ginny :)
     
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    I'll leave Frankie to give you the news about the weather in the middle of next week, but why don't you travel south on the A20 which should present no problems, and do the bridge on the way back? The Millau/Clermont route is well known for being affected by snow and ice because it is a very high road. One of the reasons that we stay open all year is because many use the A20 route south or north at this time of year, and we have Funsters on site now, and if you come this way you're welcome to stopover with us. The water is on, the showers are hot, the wifi is free, and you get a Funster discount too!
    Have a safe journey whichever route you choose.
    Bob
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  6. Dave and Ginny

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    Hi Bob, I may well chicken out on the Millau route, but if we don't do it on the way down we will miss it again as we're hoping to get to Portugal and come back up on the west coast. Like I said, nothing definite yet, just fancied alternative route as we have twice traveled the A20 route now.
     
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  7. Hotelman

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    Merci Frankie, we are on the ferry tonight from Hull to Zeebrugge.
    The plan is/was to travel due south, overnight around Beaune, we just love the place, then who knows.....the beauty of having ' Tinkerbelle'
     
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    Not a bad thing in my opinion - let's hope the tide rises high enough to wash all the plastic knights, wooden swords, and other tourist tat out of the numerous boutiques moins cher that infest its quaint winding streets. :)
     
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    You may be aware of this already but don't expect to be too impressed when going over the Millau Bridge. It is an amazing structure but it's just like another stretch of motorway. To see how magnificent it is you need to leave the route and drive to the area beneath it. Only then can you tell what an amazing sight it is.

    Wyn
     
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  10. yodeli

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    Very true !
    We've been there with Roger and Sue (Wildman) and it was far more impressive from under than once on it!
    I must add... we have struggled a lot to find our way onto the bridge from where we were coming! We tried quite a few times though.... until we found our way..eventually!
     
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    when you get on it you can not see anything. but there is a viewing place at one end.
     
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    Yes I was just about to post that myself. Coming south on a clear sunny day there is a point some kms before, where you get a view of the bridge but in all honesty it cannot be appreciated if on the motorway from either direction. Down in the valley is the only way .
     
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  13. yodeli

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    BUMP .... Just in case some of you are ready to travel through France , please read OP.
    Same forecast in the EAST + tides on the WEST coast!

    Have a good rest instead!!

    Amicalement

    Frankie:)
     
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    This is probably why St Valery en Caux aire is closed this weekend. We're home now so have dodged it (y)
     
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    Hell yes - St Valery would be right in the way!
     
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    Merci beaucoup for votre avis Frankie, we came through from Genoa yesterday and were tossing up whether to try going via Montgenevre. I think we'd still be there with snow up to the axle if we had. Camping in the warmth near St Tropez tonight. Thanks again for being the Meteo expert for France. Mmmmm now heading for Vichy!!!!
    Biz Ponyboy
     
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  18. Frentchy

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    Our Daughter and family have just called in on the way back from a curtailed weekend Skiing on the Pyrenees, Too much snow, 90cm fell last night, another Avalanche yesterday, Idiots blocking the roads to put snow chains on because they didn't have the intelligence to use the designated, well signed, Lay by's.
    A lorry was forced to stop because of these clowns, the Driver got out to help others to shift these Idiots, His Lorry slowly slid, crushing three cars, Luckily our Son-in-law and his friend are firemen and with help managed to pull people out. My Daughter who is a volunteer firefighter says it was a very scary time.
     
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    ALso save you some euros
     
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    Just managed to escape from the Alps!

    Left Annecy on Saturday morning at 0900. Got to the Autoroute, all stopped!
    Got off the Autoroute promptly, headed for Gex and Les Rousses to skirt round, Gendarmes then shut the Gex to Les Rousses road! Had to pop into Switzerland and out again towards Dijon to regain the toll road,

    Anyway, the trip from Annecy to Calais was a solid 17 hrs! Bloody annoying as at no point were the weather conditions a problem for us at all! We have driven the Gex to Les Rousses road in nearly a foot of fresh snow in a blizzard in years past, why it was closed this time with a couple of inches on it was beyond me!

    NEVER AGAIN!!!!!! Til next year!:)
     
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