Should really plan a little advice please

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  1. PORKSTER

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    Tunnel booked 11.30pm Friday night that's as far as my plans have got. I have maps sat nav Aires books so all good there and I should have 3 weeks time available. I am thinking turn left go down left side. I wouldn't mind visiting Oradour-sur-Glen and the Millau bridge and maybe the campsite a lot of funsters visit on the way to Spain or Portugal.

    So what I would like advice on is my first stop maybe 90 mins from Calais bit longer or shorter. An aire or overnight spot I can park up easily being middle of night in 8mtr van. Then I'm easy any other advise be great but not essential. Would you sway me to Spain or Portugal ? And anything I must avoid ?

    So any advice help ideas be great just wish us luck THANKS ......Paul
     
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  2. chaser

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    There were many people on here a month or two ago singing the praises of a new aire in coucy - le - chateau auffrique South of St Quentin , anyway we went to it but it was our second night , maybe a bit out of your timescale but it really is fantastic place , all amenities with a castle backdrop, all new and spotless, think it was 5 euros including Lecy and water.
    Three weeks is cutting it fine for Spain never mind portugal unless you want to a lot of traveling , oradour and Millau a must , probably a visit to parc verger but if you are going down the east side I'd stick to the Alps and maybe even a trip into italy , monaco and along the south coast then head back to Limoges.
    Only my opinion , make of it what you like.(y):)
     
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    makems Funster Life Member

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    With only three weeks I wouldn't head for Spain or Portugal unless either
    A. The weather in France is really shite or
    B. You like driving long distances rather than taking your time to enjoy yourself.

    There is plenty to do and see in Normandy without spending all your time driving.
     
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    If you want to see the Millau Bridge (and it definintely worth seeing!) Don't do so by driving across it - it's just another stretch of motorway. It's only from below that you appreciate the wonder of it! I still can't imagine how they managed it, they certainly wouldn't have been able to haul everything into place by crane! So be sure to leave and approach from below - just crossing the bridge is disappointing!

    Wyn
     
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    Yes I'll second that. Heading south on a sunny day you get the odd glimpse of it from many kms away but nothing to get too excited about. If you do go across it don't do it early a.m. as it will more than likely be mist/cloud below & you see nothing.
    If you've never seen how it was constructed it was shown on C5 & is here;

     
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    To be honest - the best plan is no plan.
    See what takes your fancy and drive as long or short a time as you feel like!
    You may miss some great undiscovered stuff of you plan too much - and just do what everyone else has already done!
    Adopt the Columbus spirit and enjoy!!!
     
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    Dave has it spot on.

    First year we went over, the plan was to come off the boat and turn right.
    Spent a week or so mooching through rural France, ended up on the Med near to Sete, then a week mooching back by another route.
    The following year's plan was to come off the boat and go straight on.
    Ended up on Lake Garda, came home through Austria, Germany, Lux and France.

    Don't plan, just go.

    Lorger told me before we went the first time that the continent, France in particular, was a doddle.
    He was so right.(y)
     
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    Hi Paul, You could try Berques aire

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    Also must visit if you get down that far is Carcassone
     
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    We stayed 2 nights in the aire at Montville - nice little town north of Rouen, 133 miles from Calais!
     
  10. horshamjack

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    Do you have co ords for this aire
     
  11. chaser

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    Afraid not , someone else might , but if you get to the village it's simple to find follow the signs for lower town then it is signposted, we found it ok with just a map.
     
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    Many thanks Chaser & FIDGIT appreciated
     
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    I have left tunnel early on a Monday morning and been swimming in the pool in Benidorm by wednesday lunchtime..pointless hanging around in winter
     
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    Embry aire is about a hour from Calais going west. Peaceful, rural, country aire. Good loo's/showers (need a token for shower).

    Then southwards either to stay at Oradour's own aire or Parv Verger with Bob and Di.

    Its not far between to two and PV usually always has the odd Funster staying or passing through here.

    By the time you are around Parc Verger the weather should be getting a bit warmer. Twin lakes not to far away and maybe a bit warmer still..

    All of these have been praised at one time or another on the forum.

    We have used both Parc Verger and Embry and would recommend both. (y)
     
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    Think I may have got your original post wrong , you did say you were turning left out of the tunnel and I thought you ment you were going down the eastern side of france but from other posts it seems you ment the western side , which if that is the case my previous posts might be wrong and you should be turning right, if that is right then spain and Portugal are well reachable
     
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    They welded sections together and pushed it out on rollers, yes I kid you not.
     
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    Oops what a pillock my apologies I want to turn right and go down the west side. I really want a 1st stop reccomendation accounting for vans size at just over 8mtr. And the fact its going to be early am don't want to rock up and upset someone. Cheers for all input thus far Paul
     
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    Have directions or co ords for Embry or maybe its aire book number please
     
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    Aire: EMBRY (4*)
    ADDRESS: CAMPING DE L'EMBRYENNE, OFF D108

    TEL: 03 21 86 77 61 FAX: 03 21 86 25 24

    EMAIL: lessalonsdelembryenne@wanadoo.fr

    TYPE OF AIRE: PRIVATE
    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/ BLACK DRAIN / ELECTRIC / TOILETS

    LOCATION: SEMI-RURAL NO. OF SPACES: 5


    PRICES/ RATES:

    PARKING: 5€/ NIGHT SERVICES: 2€ / 4 HOURS ELECTRIC

    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

    GPS COORDS: N50.49453 E01.96652

    DIRECTIONS: Exit A26 @ Jcn 4 & take D157 / D126 WEST & then D108 to EMBRY. At bend before entering village turn RIGHT to AIRE (signposted).

    SITE DESCRIPTION: This well run Private Aire is owned by the local Hotel / Restaurant "Les Salons de L'Embryenne"and is run more on the lines of a small campsite. Located in a field on the outskirts of the village; the 5 pitches are on grass & facilities include WC's/Showers/Barbeque/Picnic Tables & Electric Hook-ups. CCTV security is also in operation. Separate Flot-Bleu service points for water/ drainage & electric as well as a machine for Jetons.

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    1) I have no hesitation in recommending this Aire -- nice quality in a pleasant location. Modern toilets & showers, very quiet. Nice small village with good restaurant (albeit a bit pricey).

    2) "A private aire in a verdant spot with parking on gravel for 6 camping-cars plus a barbecue, picnic tables, toilets, showers & laundry." RECOMMENDED CAMPING-CAR MAGAZINE



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