French aires

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  1. slverdreamers

    slverdreamers Read Only Funster

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    Hi, Off to Europe for about three months via Holland on 15th April, hoping to spend at least a month in France in June. We have been to France many times before but always with only a 2/3 week window, so stayed on sites. We have the French passion book, and the Aires book. The thing that confuses us with the Aires is that you can't apparently evan put a chair out and sit outside? I can understand all the awnings etc, but if you aren't allowed to sit out what can you do? We love basic CL & CS in Britain without electric, is there anything like this in France and Germany? Regards
     
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    Mnay aires are great and you can sit out on your chair , even have a barbie, they vary enormously , from little more than a car park to grassy sites by the beach or a lake..
    . see my pics of aires...
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/members/scotjimland-albums-french-aires.html

    these and many other great aires can be found on my Google map. see link in Signature

    and how about this for a 'busy' aire in Brittany
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    or this one near Royan

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    I have only been to one or two Aires in France where you could not sit out and these were in town centers or had no room to sit out. Follow the natives.
     
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    Aires

    Hi we have the Bord atlas that lists the Stellplatz that are available in Germany there is also one that covers the rest of Europe with a few listed in France.We used it last January in Germany and Austria and found it usefull.
     
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    From our experience of French aires the large majority are quite free and easy, as has been mentioned act as you find. If there is charge, please pay it, if everyone follows the example of getting something for nothing there will be fewer aires in future.
    We love aires.
     
  6. Heyupluv

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    We sit out......we B.B.Q...we have the canopy out.........but if the site is full and other motorhomers need to park...then no.......But I have not been on many Aries that are full....there are a couple I can recall both on the coast, the reason they are very very popular that was St Valery en Caux...not always but most of the time squeezed tight.....and Honfleur but as I say not always.......most of the time people come in the evening and out again in the morning....so you will have all day to sunbathe :Doh::thumb:

    I agree with Gogocrosby...If there is charge, please pay it, if everyone follows the example of getting something for nothing there will be fewer aires in future....don't do what the French do come in late and leave early without paying..(well it is there country?)

    We love aires too.


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  7. sedge

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    If it is busy and you have a space next to you if you have anything outside your van it can make it terribly difficult for people to turn into the next space esp when arsey people put their awning legs exactly halfway across the line dividing the pitches. Saw that done at La Palmyre, hardly fair esp when it was absolutely jam packed and you did each only have about 2ft 6ins either side to the line.

    This was good because of doors being opposite sides, we had 5 or 6 ft between us and next door, we each had our tables and chairs out, their toddler could trike up and down with plenty of supervision! whoever go back from the beach first (or whoever had one!!) stuck their awning out across whole gap. The latter happened at Le Mans too.

    I dream of an aire like that Jim, we'll find it in our own time!!!
     
  8. madbluemad

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    Hi Sedge

    Dont you ever have a word with these folks and if so what is their reaction

    Jim
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    Basically mate - No Fear!!!

    We were there (on and off LOL) for two days and didn't see em. Ditto the ones who parked diagonally across 2 spaces on the aire at Azay le Rideau. And in any event I don't believe my school French is sufficient to be cutting, my Italian and German even less. And we weren't trying to park next to em, there were other spaces we were quite happy with when we arrived each time. In English, idiots like them would have most likely stated the obvious, if you don't need to park here what's your problem and the equally obvious answer Well I'm just pointing out you are an anti-social a'hole quite probably won't really have a great deal of effect, plus knowing our fortune we'd prolly discover our tyres let down next time we walked away from our own van.

    Whilst Aires that have a ticket machine are jolly useful, if no-one official with the appropriate 'authority' patrols - we are a bit stuck - that's the whole community - with d'heads like this aren't we?

    But if you wanted to get up a posse next time - I'll happily offer to hold ALL the coats!!!
     
  10. Heyupluv

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    ALL THESE PHOTOS I HAVE PUT ON ARE IN FRANCE

    These are some of the aires we have been and as you can see you could put your canopy out ....some you have your own individual bays.......and my legs for the canopy is fixed to the motorhome so I can wind it in to whatever length required so it not create a problem or wind it in altogether .......and as you can see very empty ??? so what is the problem.....just think of other people on the Aire if the Aire was fillng up...but we have never had that problem,
     

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    Smashing looking aires Mel.. :thumb:

    have you made a Google map of your favourite aires ?

    cheers
     
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    OOOPs Jim that is not my department...I just drive where I am told!! you know what I mean:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Mel
     
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    Mel - smashing photos of the aires. Is it something you said ? There never seems to be anyone for miles :BigGrin: I bet it's not as uncrowded when we are in Northern France in June & July :Sad:
     
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    Most of these sites was free....."but I did have to pay 5 euros on two " ah....one of those Aires, water was free, Aire was free, electric was free and a smashing clean toilet block with wash room free.......Mmmmm..What is the problem:thumb::thumb:

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    Thanks for the photo's

    I don't know why but I always thought aires would be like a car park or autoroute service area, I never realised how pleasant they could be.
     
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    Greg...some are but just think most of them type of aires are in a town so you can shop

    I have just back from Portugal.Mmm least said the better....but coming back I called in a town square in one village Beautiful...free toilets and wash room, free electric and water.....if I get time I will a photo on just at the side of the aire the walls had been painted to look real life(there is name for it ) beautiful.

    Mel:Cool:
     
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    Some great photos Mel :thumb:, I think I only recognise St Clements des Levees (fantastic view over the river whilst sitting in your van) - where are the others?
     
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    Greg.... what you are saying is correct if you are going straight down to the MED south of France on motorways..........come off and see france enjoy your Holiday:thumb:

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