Where Should We Go In France?

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  1. RowleyBirkinQC

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    We have yet to take the van on the continent, but with SWMBO's summer annual coming up in June we need to at least start thinking about what to do. I've only got 2 weeks vacation from the sweat shop, so not got the luxury of an extended escape.

    With this in mind, the extent of our planning is my just having ordered the ACSI book, the All the Aires book, and a laminated road atlas from Vicarious Books. We are not even sure where we want to go and see, although madam has made mention of the Carmargue due to some white equines she'd like to dote on (isn't that marsh land? does that mean plagues of insects?). I'd maybe like to see an old castle or 2 (cathars maybe?), perhaps the village preserved after the WWII massacre (don't recall name without searching) and drink some good wine.

    Any hints, tips or recommendations from the wise would be much appreciated, including where to avoid and what not to do as/if applicable!
     
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  2. Fenman

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    Oradour sur Glane is the preserved village. Close to Limoges.
     
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    We never plan anything; just check the weather forecast and then turn left or right to find the decent weather. One of our best holidays was a day to the Champagne region then 2 weeks round there - some days not driving more than about 10 minutes. Then back to Calais in a day.

    Far more relaxing than punching along for 5 or 6 hours a day.

    Wherever you end up just enjoy.

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    Good evening, another Berkshire escapee ?
    France is brilliant for camping cars as you say but with only 2 weeks I'd be inclined to make your first visit fairly close to your chosen port. The Camargue is quite a way.
    I guess from Berkshire you'd head for Portsmouth.
    Caen or Cherbourge give access to the Normandy beaches.
    St Malo,our preference, further into Brittany or down the western coast. La Rochelle & the islands of Re & D'oleron are around 250 miles / 6 hours.
    Orador sur Glane is the village you're thinking of, well worth the time, very emotional.
    Chill & enjoy.
    Barrie.
     
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    For a first trip I wouldn't travel too far
    If it's horsey stuff your looking for you could do worse than the Chantilly Horse Museum with its lovely Chateau & Grounds next door, you can even overnight on the race course.
    For Wartime stuff try the Blockhause at Epperleques, well worth the visit & you can overnight in the car park or there's a nice little site round the corner at Chateau Grand Spet or setting like that.
     
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  6. RowleyBirkinQC

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    Thanks for your feedback, I'm also starting to think reducing the mileage could be the way to go here, I don't mind touring around as we can share the driving, but I'd like a few days chilling here and there.p too.
     
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    Well worth a visit, and quite close to parc verger, a nice site run by a funster, very reasonable rates too
     
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    As you're going in June there will be a fair bit of D day stuff going on in Normandy.. Obviously more towards the beginning of the month.
     
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    If you're going to see Oradour and like horses, the French National horsey thingy is at Arnac Pompadour not too far south of Oradour. Description courtesy of wikipedia... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnac-Pompadour
     
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    Brittany is beautiful and motorhome friendly.

    Not too far to drive either.
     
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    .......... and like most popular places in France, get there if you want pics without lots of tourists. 3247 - Oradour.JPG 3250 - Oradour.JPG 3251 - Oradour.JPG 3252 - Oradour.JPG
     
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    The Albert road is well worth a drive if you are interested in WW1 , It puts into perspective what our guys went through on the somme battle fields ,the Thiepal monument is a place for somber reflection ,check out a cemetery or two off of the Albert road , you gain an insight into the dreadful losses
     
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    We visited orador last year and it has a nice aire to stay on there, only a short walk to the restaurants etc then a bit further on to the village it self. Well worth a visit .
     
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    Definitely recommend Parc Verger, lovely site in a great spot, super for bikes, walking and loads of places to visit nearby. Not far from Oradour with some beautiful lakes nearby for lounging around by!
     
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    Have a look on manche-tourism.com about St Lo, the capital of the horse and town of arts.

    There is a state stud farm, The Norman Bocage Country Museum and a Museum of Fine Arts. Much closer than trying to get to the Camargue in 2 weeks. There is an aire in the town by the river.

    If you walk along the river there is the Tourist Office with very helpful staff. The Stud is about a mile or so UP the road which is a steep hill.

    Joe
     
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    Amazing place!
     
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    We've been to the Camargue region many times and it's lovely :)


    But then again, everywhere in France is lovely :)
     
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    Rowley, try this one as a tater. Handy for everywhere once you've seen it, and you have to see it at least once. As others have said visit early before the buses 'arrivez'.
    http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-brittany/quintessential-brittany/baie-du-mont-saint-michel
     
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    Beautiful setting with the chateau overlooking the course.
    Something happening on the course pretty well every Sunday in the summer.
    This is in French but if you do a Google Translate it's okay: http://www.courses-pompadour.com/
    And if you happen to be in Pompadour on the 14th July they do a free firework display. It's all set off from the chateau terraces and spectators - lots of them - all gather on the racecourse. Supposed to start around 10pm but that's French time so anywhere from 10 to 11:) Lasts about 30 minutes and is pretty spectacular.
    Pompadour is the HQ of the Haras National which is the Arab horse society sort of thing. A bit like our Newmarket and you'll see some fine specimens in the fields around the town.
    Race meetings are a mixture of jumps and flat races. They have open days with heavy horses, Arabs and show jumping - and entry is free.
    If you love horses it is a must visit place.
     
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    Thanks all for your input, much appreciated!
     
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