Great places to see/stop in NW France

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  1. escapecommittee

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    We set off next Tuesday for our first trip to france in the MH. Already had some sound advice about early stopping points having turned right at Calais. Any thouights about Caen, Mont St Michel and that area?
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    First tip - don't try and do too much. There are loads of places as you work your way down the coast with aires in almost all of them (the All the Aires France - North book from Vicarious is a must IMHO but it's not totally comprehensive, keep your eyes open for the Motorhome signs). The French have gone back to work now so there should be plenty of room.

    Much, of course, depends on what you like to do. Mont St Michel is nice but a bit of a tourist trap. Normandy is our favourite (about 4 hours drive from Calais) and of course following the D-Day landings venues is very interesting - start at Pegasus Bridge just outside Caen then work slowly south down the coast. The US Cemetery at Colleville is an absolute must and is very moving - I've had coachloads of teen kids in tears there. Caen often gets overlooked but has a superb Memorial Museum - you'll need a full day. Many folk speak passable English and the Tourist Info centres are very helpful.

    Check out a few of the posts on the "Touring - France" section. France is Motorhome heaven!
     
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    as the previous post it realy depends on what you like we spent a few days at clecy which is suisse normandy river side resturants canoing a tobbogan slide very nice campsite
    we also went to huelgoat in briteny, forest in national park good walks nice resturants nice lake
    dont underestimate the size of france and just do a section at a time do some online research for things you want very few people have been just the once
     
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    Mont Saint-Michel is nice to look at from a distance but very commercialised inside, bordering on tacky, which is unusual for France. The 'strip' on the approach to the causeway gives you a clue.

    Honfleur (quaint harbour), Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer (traditional seaside resorts) are worth a look.

    Bayeux has a combination of WW2 Museum and Cemetery, Basilica, and Tapestry if it's history you're looking for.

    Personally if NW France was the desired destination I'd keep heading westwards into Brittany, tour around the coast and wouldn't miss the Cote du Granit Rose between Perros-Guirec and Tregastel.
     
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