French trip 1st October advice needed

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  1. peterpan44

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    We have travelled around England this summer in our motorhome and plan to go to France on the 1st October for up to 4 weeks. Its our first time to France.
    We have missed out on cheap tunnel tickets through Tesco as we have to book over 14 days in advance so not even sure of how we will cross over to France
    We have all the extra items sorted, breathalizer,yellow jackets etc.
    We do not know the best way to go down to the South of France?
    We have looked at going across to Nantes and down the West coast or straight down to Montpellier.
    Once in the South of France we plan to drive along maybe into Italy and back up passing close to Geneva.
    We plan to stop on as many of the ACSI sites as possible
    The things we want from the trip are,
    Our 12 year old son loves swimming but it may be to cold in the sea in October?
    We love hills and mountains but as we live in Norfolk we do not like flat scenery as much.
    We would like to go over the Menia bridge if possible
    Our motorhome is a A class just over 4 tonne.
    Are we best to get down to the South of France as quick as possible or take a more pretty route?
    Do we need any special type of electrical hook up as I have read we need to take a electrical tester as the polarities can be different?
    Any advice is apreciated.
    Thankyou
    Peter
     
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    Hi. I'm going back home to France next week and this time am going by DFDS, Dover/Calais, for £39...

    Personally I'd choose to travel on the Routes Nationales as opposed to motorways - personal choice really.

    Have a great trip.

    :thumb:
     
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    If you mean S of France as in Nice, Marseilles, etc it's quickest to go down the Autoroute du Sud past Troyes, Dijon, Montelimar etc, but there'll be tolls to pay.

    If you want picturesque alternative and a bit of hilly driving try the Route Napoleon.

    If you mean S of France in the sense of Biarritz you're probably looking at Le Mans, Tours, Poitiers, Bordeaux, if you want to avoid negotiating the west side of Paris. I very much prefer the Atlantic Coast and there's loads of lovely spots from Pays de Loire downwards. You might find the sea a bit chilly above Bordeaux in October but I wouldn't rule out a comfortable dip in the Biarritz area. Why not get your son a 2mm short-sleeved neoprene vest? Keeps you warm but unrestricted.

    The limestone gorges of the Dordogne area are very impressive if you cut down from the West coast to the South through there. Likewise the Pyrenees foothills.

    We were on the Med coast last month - we largely ignored the bit between Perpignan and The Camargue because most of the coastal towns are purpose-built post-war resorts and we like a bit of history.

    If you're going to Italy, the Eastern side of Lake Garda is well worth a look, especially the theme parks, and towns like Lazise, Portofino, and Riva del Garda before winding your way back up to Geneva. For Switzerland you can pay your road and tunnel tolls in advance by getting a carnet sticker for your windscreen. It's cheaper to use your carnet for Swiss road tunnels like the Gotthard than it is to go through the Mont Blanc tunnel which costs a bloody fortune.

    Bon Voyage
     
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    See RED.
     
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    French trip 1st October advice needed
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    Dont forget to drive on the "Right"............. :Rofl1: :sorry2:
     
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    If you like hills mountains avoid the atlantic coast as it is pretty flat.
     
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    Another thing to watch is that a lot of French sites close at the end of sept/early october, check the dates in the ACSI book.
     
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    hi, the med should be warm enough for swimming.
    i will certainly be in it during oct.
    bern
     
  9. belboy

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    Hi Brian: Can you give more details about the Continental adapter from Halfords for EHU please

    Cheers
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  10. peterpan44

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    We have decided to avoid the Atlantic coast on this trip and will probably head straight down to the Millau bridge and along the south of france.

    Peter
     
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    Ah Jazus Brian now you have really stumped me mate :Eek!:---surely they don't have 2 pin outlets on EHU post's at contenetal sites ----- or do they ???
    I haven't been on one yet but plan to do so very soon.

    By the way matey many thanks for the quick reply :thumb:

    Cheers
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    Yes they do except they are 3 pin. The froggy earth pin sticks out of the socket.

    Only some sites have these, most take the round industrial connector we use in the UK. You do need to buy one though.

    The Swiss use some from another planet so will usually offer you an adaptor.
     
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    Many thanks for that info Brian--order will be placed shortly

    Hope you don't mind me asking mate--but would you advise if I should take one of these refill cyl sets with me on French/Spain trips

    http://www.waudbys.co.uk/products/details/24146.html

    Hope that link works :BigGrin:

    Cheers
    belboy
     
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    We have just arrived in Cluny, stayed at Reims last night . We do need a continental adapter here so cover yourselves. On to Avignon tomorrow. Wife wants to drive all the way........
     
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    Tell her to watch out for the low bridge arches near the river - keep in the middle lane.

    Camping Bagatelle just off the Pont Edouard Daladier is a cheap, cheerful and convenient spot, and the evening view of the town and bridge from the riverside there is not to be missed. The nearby Aire under the bridge arches looked crap to us so we didn't bother.

    If you like your history you'll like Avignon - we did. Here's some recent snaps what I took.
     
  18. peterpan44

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    Thankyou for everyones advice.
    We are booked on the tunnel for 1pm tomorrow afternoon and plan to head down to Bordeaux or Toulouse without going on any toll roads.
     
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    Good call to avoid the tolls and take a scenic route.I wouldn't hurry down if the weather holds OK as it is most likely to be better on the way down than on the way back.There are some lovely stops on the way down such as Montreiul Bellay or Loches both recommended.Have a great trip.:thumb:
     
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    Sounds like a good plan to me Peter :thumb: wish we were going back.
    Have a safe journey and enjoy the experience.
     
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