Passions or Aires

Discussion in 'France' started by Stewart J, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. Stewart J

    Stewart J Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Messages:
    1,449
    Likes Received:
    1,251
    Location:
    SW Northumberland
    Doing France for 6 weeks late August into October, we have booked to attend the C & CC La Garangeoire Rally and looking forward to it. For the rest of the holiday we intend doing some touring and seeing the sights. My wife has a fancy to do some Passion sites rather than Aires, anyone have any views one way or another. This will be our first holiday to France in a motor-home.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. BritStops

    BritStops Trader BritStop Owner

    Joined:
    May 31, 2010
    Messages:
    425
    Likes Received:
    540
    Location:
    Cambs
    Like anything you'll get mixed replies, but I'll kick off with a "France Passion is great!"

    We've used them loads and always enjoyed our stopovers. Very much a countryside stopover rather than towns and villages normally, but we've always been warmly welcomed by the hosts, and left with memories that we certainly wouldn't have got at a camp site.

    Having said that, we mix and match with aires too. Aires are good for the morning walk into the boulangerie to get your baguettes and croissants, or evening promenade followed by a meal out.

    Steve :)
     
    • Like Like x 3
  3. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    Never used France Passion only aires and or municipal sites.. but no need to limit your choice.. why not try both.. ?

    as far as I know FP it's 'expected' (not compelled) to purchase produce from your host.. but not being drinkers going to vineyard or such like we would have no interest .. also heard they are hard to locate.. that may just be forum chatter
     
    • Like Like x 2
  4. FIDGET

    FIDGET Funster

    Joined:
    May 7, 2011
    Messages:
    2,878
    Likes Received:
    5,962
    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    As Scotjimland say's we also haven't used FP , as usually stick to aires or municipal c/s. FP , I believe there is a cost involved but not expensive initially but then I would feel obligated to purchase (even if I didn't want whatever was on offer) the FP owners produce.
    I prefer to be in a village or small town so you can sample local atmosphere & wares, plus boulangeries & shops.
    But each to his own, try both this time then you let us know when you get back your findings .
     
    • Like Like x 2
  5. lorger

    lorger Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2008
    Messages:
    6,190
    Likes Received:
    7,560
    Location:
    Dumfries
    Stewart we have used Freance Passion in the past and loved it some of the sites we stayed on where stunning and the host so friendly. We did have a slight issue with one that could have been down to is being fussy, we explained to the owner and just moved on he was fine. It was a small farm and the place was just really untidy and not well kept with the grass being about 10inches long, just didn't get a good feeling about the place.
    The best one we stayed at the owner had 3 daughters roughly Sophie's age so she had a great time with them while we had refreshments with the owners.
    I also think you should use Aires as they will be in some really handy places for visiting towns and tourist attractions, again we have found some lovely Aires on our holidays and only really found one or two we wouldn't use again.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  6. GeriatricWanderer

    GeriatricWanderer Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2015
    Messages:
    871
    Likes Received:
    3,172
    Location:
    Back in Sarfend for a while, then back to RSA.
    .......... and therein lies my problem!

    I too like to find aires within walking distance of a boulangerie but even though I've been doing it for a goodly number of years, I still frequently find that somehow, during my stroll from the boulangerie back to the camper, my baguette has vanished and I have to turn around and do it all over again.
    Please don't tell me that the solution is to buy 2 baguettes! I've tried that - they both vanish on the way back.

    I think I'll have to stick to aires that have a boulangerie delivery van calling :)
     
    • Like Like x 3
  7. Stewart J

    Stewart J Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Messages:
    1,449
    Likes Received:
    1,251
    Location:
    SW Northumberland
    Just ordered the French Aires books from Vicarious Books, the Passion is a yearly subscription from March to March which kinda puts me off a bit.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. MikeandCarolyn

    MikeandCarolyn Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2008
    Messages:
    2,171
    Likes Received:
    1,463
    Location:
    Worle,North Somerset
    We use both and have had some great times at Passions.The trick is to only go to ones that produce something you like (y) So,for us,that's vineyards (particularly the one at Fleurie) Cheese producers,one we stayed at had rose petal products,another in Espelette produced pepper products,yet another did preserved meats (Pot D'vlieje) (y)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Reallyretired

    Reallyretired Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,709
    Likes Received:
    3,214
    Location:
    Eastbourne East Sussex
    You are only supposed to stay one night at FP but often you can stay longer. Likewise they don't have to provide any services but we have been offered ehu and water.
    The problem we found was that the poi file provided is packed with places that don't exist, apparently deliberately so that you have to use the (paid for) book rather than the 'poi near' which is how we normally find aires or sites. Because of the difficulty in finding a nearby FP site we have stopped using them. The book is arranged by Region, and these are pretty big so not really well organised.
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page