How Easy Is French Passion

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  1. Dubiousp

    Dubiousp Read Only Funster

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    We had a great weekend away in the van first stop Shepton then drove down to Weymouth. Typed in a camp site to sat which was supposed to be MH 2 what ever that means on the TomTom, which was up a dirt track into a yard with lots of dogs. Man popped out and yes we take motor homes "field not good.

    The wife and I then moved on to another which to be fair was a Caravan Club site but looked like a bunglow with the garden used as a park. To be fir it would have probally been ok but we started to loose the will a little.

    My question is the French Passion is it a similar sort of setup, Im thinking of doing a long weekend in a couple of weeks never travelled in France so getting quite nervous about what to expect.
     
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    France Passion is pretty straightforward and our experience has been very good all over France. Pretty universally a warm welcome. What you must remember is that the participants are, in the main, commercial enterprises, farms, vineyards, etc and not campsites/aires. In fact, you may arrive at a location and find it closed or no one there to welcome you. So it's a good idea to arrive early enough to move on to a fallback. This has only happened to us a couple of times. There is an expectation that you will be self sufficient, though they may have facilities for fresh water, toilets/showers, ehu. And, of course, they will hope you take an interest in their business and buy some produce. There is no compulsion to buy, though, and we have bought and not bought depending on what we have found. Also, some places will have facilities and it is sensible to wait to be told that you may fill up with water for example rather than assume. Equally, the deal is normally one overnight stay but two is probably ok, just ask and we have actually been invited to stay longer if we want. Most places only have a limited number of pitches and it may be a corner of a farmyard or round behind a barn or down between the vines and it is best not to overstay but move on to allow others to stop off. France Passion is a great scheme to put in overnights en route and get an insight into regional produce and meet and talk to real French people. Hope you have fun. :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Hi we have used F Passion a few times some of them are like you say just a farm or house with field on the other hand some of them have been the best places we have ever stayed at. If your going for a prolonged trip to France then id say it would be worth the money even if you only stay on them for 3 or 4 nights you will have your value.
     
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    I understand JJ is well versed in it:Rofl1:
     
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    In my opinion well worth the cost of joining, offering safe stops throughout France. We spend a little at each say around 10euros on wine,cheese,fruit,veg whatever they sell.But as your eating or drinking it you cant exactly call it a charge.

    Dont expect camp sites, here are a few photos to give you an idea.
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    goats cheese farm
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    another goats cheese farm with free donkey ride
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    Faux Gras

    All allowed us to take on board water with no extra cost, simple country
    life style which we like!

    hope this helps
    regards
    Steve:thumb:
     
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    Many thanks
     
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    You appear to have to have the right wellies.

    Or is it JJ's subtle way of saying "I was giving it some wellie" ?
     
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