Is it worth going to France for 1 week in van?

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  1. Diane1969

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    Hi, I'm just wondering if it's worth going to France for one week, could anyone tell us where we could get to and back in that time with say 3-4 stops? Looking at September .
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    Pootle down the coast and back - plenty of aires to stop at. Alternatively head for the Mosel (it's not that far) and enjoy the wine festivals that abound in September.
     
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    From Bedforshire, I think yes absolutely.
    Not to far to travel to tunnel/ferry and lots of lovely stops on other side.
    Personally we only go for longer as our trip involves a long ferry crossing (18 hrs)
     
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    Maybe not if you're counting pennies - the crossing will pump up the cost but, apart from that, absolutely yes.
    Loads of places to go within a day or two of Calais/Dunkerque.
    I have a book somewhere "What to do within 90 minutes of Calais" - a very good read.
    Make the most of your time by timing your crossing to maximise your time on the other side.
    September is a great time to go.
    You could just potter around locally for the whole time or invest a hard day's driving each end of your trip and have 5 days further afield.
    Don't hesitate - just do it.
     
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    Without doubt YES, you will get your money back just on the Eurotunnel alone. Some nice free aires or if you want to pay, some nice sites. The money you would spend in the UK for the same week away will cover the whole week and you will still have change left.
     
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    begium coast is nice as well
     
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    I could spend a week just from Calais up coast then into Brugge
     
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    Belgium would be my choice as well..better food and beer for a start... More interesting towns as well.
     
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    Don't hesitate DO IT you know it makes sense!:)
     
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    If you like mixing with the locals and like car-boots etc, it might be worth saving this site for your visit......
    https://vide-greniers.org/rechercher

    It is a search engine for antique fairs, car-boots, flea markets etc. The French tend to make them social affairs and, certainly in the warmer months, they last all day. Good for practising the language and you are bound to find a bargain that you can't live without!!
    Doesn't seem to be an English language version but Google translate will do it for you
     
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    We often go to France for a week.

    Normandy and Brittany are an easy drive from Calais.
     
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    Go for it... even better why not leave the evening before you planned to go.. cross on the tunnel and stop on an aire outside calais .. next morning you're already there!
     
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    Go For It !!
    Just a suggestion. Calais or Dunkirk
    to St nicolas de bliquetuit or La Mailleraye 150miles
    Then Fougeres nice castle 160 miles
    Dinan via mont saint michael 65miles
    Erquy 28 miles
    return via Honfleur 165 miles
    Calais 186 miles
     
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    Just back from a week in Normandy, intention was to go to Brittany but so much to see near to Ouistreham port.
    Well worth it, every night in an Aire or just parked up.
     
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    I think that's what I had in mind , do a long drive out then shorter ones inbetween
     
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    Soon to be bimbling down toward the Costa del Sol.
    Not a part of France I know too well so tell us more about what held you in and around Ouistreham for a while.
     
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    Mostly the D Day landings, loads of mainly French motorhomes about. Wanted to stay in Bayeaux but the Aire has closed. We got as far as a town that has one of only three bell foundry's left in France, I will get the maps out later and get the place name right.
     
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    We stopped at a small aire at Cerisy la foret when wanting to go to Bayeux (about 13 miles )
    GPS L'Esque
    49.198139, -0.931972
    nice aire if a bit remote, free water when we were there, over a hundred sculptures by this abbey
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    Without doubt. Our first test run in the van was Paris. Bois de Boulogne. Easy non stop drive from Calais. Bus at gate to get you to metro.
     
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