1st French trip,Fantastique!

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  1. Vlad The Impaler

    Vlad The Impaler Funster

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    Just back after our first France trip and a truly great experience was had by one and all.:BigGrin:
    We travelled down to Dover the night before the early ferry and spent the night on Marine Parade with numerous other vans,enjoyed fish and chips then bedded down for the night.The plan was to head on down and stop at Chartres for the night,however we made it down to a free aire by the Loire with a park and meadow for the kids to play in (recommended by a FUNSTER. ) This was our first experience of an aire and was a thoroughly enjoyable one mrs Vlad felt at ease and very secure.The next morning we went to visit family north of Limoges and spent 4 days enduring less than summery weather,cold winds rain and jumpers not the lasting memory of France we wanted!
    The plan had been to head over to La Rochelle,visit the Isle de Rae,then work our way back up the coast over the next two weeks.The forecast was not great so after not much deliberation we thought sod it lets find some sun,after all that's why we got a Mh so we can go when and wherever we want.The sun was shining on the med so we decided on Beziers. Toll roads all the way via Toulouse and Narbonne about 65 euros in tolls.
    We found a 4 star campsite at Valras Plage with water slides for the kids and right on the beach it was so good we stayed 9 nights.Kids loved it and didn't want to leave,they and the dog were free and with my ACSI card it only cost 163 euros! The weather was hot and sunny av temp 23,I also found a little supermarket selling local wine at 1.60 euro a litre:BigGrin:
    We headed back up over the Milau bridge (amazing structure) up to Chartres and stopped at the municipal site,walking in to see the light show on and around the Cathedral,this should not be missed if you get the chance.The last stop was a lovely campsite just outside Calais at Guines nice covered pool and small slide for the kids.
    As I sit here and type this I suddenly see a plus side to being an older wrinkly FUNSTER with more money and time on my hands than I do now!:Rofl1:
     
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    Glad to hear you enjoyed your 1st trip to 'La Terre Promise'!! :thumb:


    :france::france::france:
     
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    Glad you enjoyed it vlad I'm sure that will be your first of many trips abroad with the MH.
     
  4. Vlad The Impaler

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    Thanks Gerry after all the information you and others gave me it was a great trip.The lesson learnt is be prepared,but be flexible and most of all ENJOY




    Vlad. :thumb:
     
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    Happy to hear you enjoyed your first trip to France, here's to many more :BigGrin:
     
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    Sounds great:thumb:

    I have been to that site in Guines - the kids love it.

    Decent bar too:thumb:
     
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    Glad you enjoyed first trip, as you do it more you will get into using Aires. Some great spots once you find them.
    France is made for motorhomes..:thumb::thumb:
     
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    we would like to tour france for about 6 weeks after the Cheshire show sue is very keen. but she doesn't drive so I would have to do all the driving.which im not happy about. also im not sure if I could cope with left hand driving never done it before. steve n sue:Blush:
     
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    Driving on the right really isn't a problem I promise.

    You will soon get used to it.:thumb:
     
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    It's amazing how soon you adapt... If you make your first crossing via Calais then after you leave the boat you are on a dual carriageway then motorway. So gives you time to settle before hitting any normal roads...
    You will come back wondering why you never done it sooner. Ref 1 driver, no problem just schedule your stops to suit you. I do all our driving and plan the day to suit me and my tea breaks,. :BigGrin:
    As I tell wifey, I drive, she cooks and makes tea..:thumb::thumb:
     
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    stevensson10 Banned

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    your a nut case the type of person that laughs at his own jokes even though their not funny
     
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    ?

    I was actually trying to be helpful.

    Driving on the right hand side of the road is easy.

    If you want to have a tantrum over it then suit yourself.
     
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    dont reply

    don't reply to anything I may write on the forum
     
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    KMA:moon:
     
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    int it great when you see the light??:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I went over last year 1st time wiith campervan , no driving probs and i am 76 (as the Eagles sang) just take it easy, ,I,m off to France next week for 2 weeks, I will just follow me nose and head for the sun............With 6 weeks plenty of time to explore.........Del
     
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    I know I might not be the brightest on here although some do make me look bright, but I can't understand why someone would post these replies to someone who looks as if they where being genuinely helpful.
     
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    Skiing once you find that perfect Euramobil, Vlad?!!!!:BigGrin:
     
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    piss off you idiot
     
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    Thats not nice or called for. From what I can see Chris was doing his best to help..

    What is your problem?

    I'm sure that Chris can fight his own battles, but swearing is not acceptable or appreciated on this forum. Rule 1.

    I can assure you that Chris is NOT an idiot.
     
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