Loire or Dordogne

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  1. womblevra

    womblevra Read Only Funster

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    We are heading to either the Loire or the Dordogne
    any site recommendations
    Aire recommendations
    Must see/avoid

    Thanks
    Womble
     
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    Much prefer the Loire region to the Dordogne. More to see and do. Dordogne seems to be countryside, whereas Loire has chateaux by the dozen....

    ....would be just some of my observations, for what they are worth.
     
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    Hi , If you choose Loire, I like the aires at Sully sur loire nice chateau, Briare canal over Loire, Beaugency, and Amboise. Also Turquant (trogladyte caves) Saumur nice chateau.
    Terry:sin:
     
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    We agree with Fidget, nice free aire at sully sur loire with nice chateau lit up at night, and the aire at briare by the canal boats is free but cross over the bridge and pay at machine for water and empty, luv Loire
     
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    Can recommend this site in the Loire
    http://www.brittanytourism.com/accommodation/campsites/camping-de-l-hermitage

    The Dordogne is supposed to be " the Department of 1001 chateaux" so there are a few amongst the rivers, lakes, caves etc.. If you like canoeing, troglodyte caves then you may prefer Dordogne over the Loire.

    Swings and roundabouts really. All lakes in France seem to have some sort of sport provision, artificial beaches, picnic areas and so on. The villages are all tidy and usually graffiti and litter free and there are plenty of bars, restaurants and markets with fresh food so take your pick of any area !
     
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  7. WillH

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    Go to both?
     
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    Split the difference, and come to the Limousin! Chateaux - look at the Route Richard Coeur de Lion; Lakes - big, small whatever you want; Medieval towns, glorious countryside, lovely villages, shopping centres (keep the ladies onside!), there is so much to do.
    And there are places like the martyr village of Oradour sur Glane that will move you.
    Don't ignore the Limousin, it is a beautiful area.
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    Definitely !!! And remember, it all happened in living memory ! Google it !!
     
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    I did Google it............... my history is weak and I was unaware of this event.........it is truly shocking ! Now I know about it I will visit the village when in France during September and October
     
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    Pays de Loire - Le Croisic, 5 small aires to choose from, dotted around the town. The one with the service point is the least appealing, the one round the corner by the marina is much nicer. There's also Arzon-Kerjuanno which is a spacious modern aire with a short walk to the beach but we weren't especially impressed with the area - it all seemed a bit over-developed and unexciting.

    Dordogne - La Roque-Gageac, Sarlat-la-Caneda, and Les Eyzies de Tayac Sirieul all have aires, of which Les Eyzies is the largest and grassiest (with a 48 hour limit). Overnight parking is tolerated in the car parks at Beynac et Cazenac and Castellnaud la Chappelle (nice chateaux), and la Roque Saint Christophe (unusual troglodyte settlement), although none had service points at Easter. It's possible there may be loos at Castellnaud by now, as they were building something in the car park when we were last there. There's a small aire at Saint-Cyprien which we looked at but didn't stop there - too much like a municipal car park, and nearby La Roque-Gageac is much more pleasant, if you can find a spot.
     
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    Great aire at Chenonceaux,(loire) right next to the (Chateau, possibly the best chateau in France) It will be very busy in August so avoid if you can til September.
    Phil
     
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    Chennonceaux, really lovely, but then so is most of the Loire - went hot air ballooning there in 2009.
    Why not do one area this year and plan for the other next year?
    We travelled to the Dordogne area last year, and did something unusual for us - we stayed for five days at a lovely campsite right by the river beside Limieul (spelling something like that).
    Also lovely aires in both regions.:RollEyes:
     
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    Went to Oradour Sur Glane a few years ago on motorbikes and its the main reason for going back to the area now(to take the Mother in Law).
    But we have never stayed in either the Loire or the Dordogne and thought we would see one or the other for the remainder of our stay:Smile:
     
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    We're just back from Parc Verger, we had a fab time. Loads to do and lovely lake beaches and the weather was glorious.The countryside was beautiful and surprisingly green considering all the sun. Lots of lovely people to chat to on the site and we had some great meals out at some delightful restaurants. Give it a go. Many thanks Bob and Diane for running a lovely site :BigGrin: We'll be back!
     
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