First time in France a few questions

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  1. CUJIMI

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    We are going over to France for the first time and were going to play it by ear in terms of places to stay. We have taken on board what people say about Aires but we will want to stay at some of the camp sites. My question is can we just turn up at this time of the year, we leave beginning of April, or do we have to book up beforehand. We may just want to stay a couple of nights and move on. Also we are worried about being there over Easter and weekends when it is liable to be a bit busier.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated, we're really looking forward to it. ::bigsmile:
     
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    i doubt very much u need to book this time of year like u have planned play it by ear but the aires of france would have been a good addition to you info
     
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    no need to book anything this time of yearwe use a mixture of aires and sites just depends whats closest to where we want to be or where we wind up at the best time to stop
     
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    not sure why you would need a site as the aires have fresh water, waste dump and usually EHU point, for recharging batteries sometimes even free leccy. They are often sited in town or on the edge of town so easy to walk into town for shopping etc. We manage 3 weeks at a time and always use aires or wildcamp
     
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    Aires are fine but technically you are not allowed to camp ( i.e. put out a table and chairs )

    on sites we use either ACSI or camping cheque sites ahve never booked at any time right up to early July.

    just go where you fancy or chase the sun, if you arrive at a site that is full there will be one within easy travelling no problem. that has happened only once to us in the last 4 years doing 6 -8 weeks at a time.
    equally turn up at a site and have quick look, if you dont like move on:thumb:
     
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    Just take the essentials, Teabags and HP sauce, and enough for a first meal. Then explore the markets, get it fresh! Lot of Brits make the mistake of loading up with "used to food"
    The joy of going Overseas is exploring the Country! sights! sounds! AND TASTE!!!

    Have a good trip!:thumb:
     
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    ACSI Book

    If you are thinking of going on to some sites you would do well to invest in an ACSI book from Vicarious books. They will post it out to you, really good service and it pays for itself within a couple of nights on site. I agree with the previous message in that the Aires de service de camping cars are generally excellent and again there is a book, All the Aires, available from vicarious books. My wife and I look after part of a site near Perpignan from April until September, plenty of room until July then 8 weeks of madness, full to the brim. If you want to know anything else feel free to email or IM me :thumb:
     
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    http://www.calendriergratuit.fr/vacances-scolaires-2013-2014.html


    Here are the holidays in France at the time of year you want to go.
    We have 3 "zones" , each one has different dates of hols. According to the place you go you will have to check which Saturday will be busy... especially on the way to mountains or sea side. I would avoid camp sites on week ends and use aires instead but then all week should be better to use camp sites without having to book .
    Now if you feel a bit uneasy with going without booking I can give you my mobile number in a PM and phone the camp site you have chosen to check if any pitch left.

    "Après la classe" means after school day

    Wish you happy hols in France!!

    Amicalement

    Frankie:Smile::Smile:
     
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    As this is our first time we don't know what to expect. Will probably be more confident next time.:thumb:
     
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    Are there minimum night stays you need to adhere to?
     
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    No need to book but a lot of campsites will be closed in April. You just need a book and study it for places open.
     
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    Thanks a lot we have the ACSI book and all the Aires. Is it OK just to stay one or two nights? :Smile:
     
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    nope. they will ask how many nights. we usually say " not sure"! if its more than one night. if intend to stay only one night you will need to pay when u arrive, after that they like you to settle the night before you leave.
     
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    not a problem:thumb:
     
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    If you are on the move, make sure that you have enough fuel on a Sunday as many of the filling stations are closed.
     
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    Thanks very much, we're taking a beginners class in French at the moment, so looking forward to trying it out. Is the WIFI ok in most areas?:thumb:
     
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    Didn't know that thanks.:thumb:
     
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    I agree completely with Wildman. I found that most sites are not close to town/village centres and therefore nowhere to cycle/walk to.
    Whatever you decide I hope you enjoy it :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Add to this some of the supermarket filling stations will not accept Uk cards on Sundays when you have to use the 24hr service pump.
     
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    We were thinking going in August will we have to book sites and will aires be busy :Smile:
     
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