Passion aires

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  1. megsdad

    megsdad Read Only Funster

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    Hi megsdad here been watching with the odd comment here and there . I,m. Sure its been covered before but,does anybody have any input on passion aires in France.wet latst year used all the aires great will again but ,peopke talked with affection of passion aires so.....thanks
     
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    Hi Megsdad.

    Only had one experience of the "French Passion" stopovers and that was by accident. We were travelling through France last Autumn saw a Motorhome sign and just turned in. Turned out to be a lovely vineyard and part of the French Passion scheme. When asked if we were members we said no sorry we weren't and didn't realise it was a FP site. The lady said no problem it's €3 a night, so we stayed. Had a lovely evening walk amongst the vines and watching people ride their horses along the wide tracks.
     
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    They vary greatly but we have stayed one some excellent ones including a prune museum and a chocolate factory!
     
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    They're great BUT many don't have any facilities, including fresh water, so plan carefully.
    We think they're great
     
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    French Passion in France works in the same way as Brit Stops does here in the UK.

    The only real difference is that BS is mainly pubs with other stopovers thrown in and FP is mainly vineyards with other types available.
     
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    Are they any easier to find now than they used to be? - they only used to tell you more or less to the nearest town or village their address was in, so they might be miles away from the centre of that!

    Some are dead relaxed and let you stay anyway - our first and only ever deliberate stop at one was a vineyard on the Ile d'Oleron - where the shop was closed the evening we arrived, but before we left next day I said to Pete 'We better go in, to say thankyou' so we did - and by God, the woman was like the Spanish Inquisition, demanding to see our membership card (even though it was free and we were leaving!!) and writing that and our name address registration, make, length, (and inside leg measurements almost) in a book.

    We've never bothered joining since. Aires seem far easier to find and stay at, for us!
     
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    Much easier to find now as you get access to a website with detailed location info
     
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    I have been a member for eleven years now, last year had my tenth year free. We love FP as they are so diverse and the wines are better and cheaper than you can buy in the shops. The owners are usually proud of their produce, the area they live and love to share. There is no obligation to buy but you would be foolish not too.
     
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    Thanks to all.I,ll probably join ,try everything at least once they say.
     
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    Hi and Welcome.........(y)
     
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    Well worth it
    Some are awefull
    Most are great
    Bit out of the way but thats what is nice away from the crowds.
     
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    Used them many times. Usually great, one or two not so good. Can be hard to find but worth it. Vineyards, Buffalo farms etc. Brill !
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    Joined one year struggled witht the directions first one full second no-one there to ask third no good so gave up!!!. Did stay on one last year directed there by the tourist office (have found it always pays to ask where there is to stay often there are places on no-ones list!!) cost us nothing despite not being members but spent loads on wine!!!!
     
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    Last year we stayed in a few France Passion sites. They are easy to find and at each place we received a warm welcome. We stayed on a berry farm, snail farm, goat farm, duck farm, winery, kiwifruit farm, cattle farm and a few others. All of the places were very quiet and most of the time we had the site to ourselves. Click on the link and view the photos. We will be using them this year when we travel through France.
    http://www.travelbunyip.com/passions-2/
     
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    i though i read so ewhere that FP now provide members with a GPS point of interest file for your satnav....
     
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    they do..
    https://www.france-passion.com/en/motorhomers/faq

    In your 2014 Stopover Guide : GPS coordinates for all stopovers!
    GPS coordinates are now published in the Guide, and replace the system of downloadable Points of Interest that was available with the 2013 edition.

    For each site, GPS coordinates are indicated in decimal degrees format (DD.ddddd°). Example: N 44.05243 E 5.04843
    Use “where to”, “navigate to” or “search” coordinates (Latitude – Longitude) to enter coordinates into GPS.

    Make sure GPS is set to decimal degrees (DD.ddddd°). Most units will offer this option when you enter coordinates.
    If not, the format can be selected in your unit’s settings.

    Depending on your GPS model, you may be required to enter the sign “+” in place of “N” and “E” (positive latitude and longitude), and the sign “-“ in place of “W” (negative longitude).

    GPS coordinates remain an optional complement to the written directions provided for each stopover in the France Passion Guide. Please consult your GPS manual, and never blindly follow your GPS.
     
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