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Message posted by Lcamper on 10/5/2014 at 6:08pm
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Hi Median,
We live near Leeds and travel to France with 2 young children. We have travelled from Dover on the ferry every year but this year we are trying the Chunnel.
We have found it best to leave mid afternoon and stay overnight near Dover then get the 5am ish ferry the next day. We stop once overnight in France then onto our destination the next day.

We have tried several ways of doing it and found that any more than one over night stop in France and the kids get fed up and any less Is a nightmare. Last year we did home to Vandee in one hit via Dover on the ferry at midnight. It was horrendous and we vowed never to do it again.

This year we are going to the Dordogne and are driving to Folkestone for the night. Getting the 6am tunnel. Then driving to just south of Orleans and stopping at:
www.campingrandesologne.com
For the night then onto the Dordogne the next day.

Everybody is different but as a family we find it best to just get to our destination, set up and relax.

Good luck.

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Message posted by KeithChesterfield on 10/5/2014 at 8:27pm
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dtanp why don't you start your own thread regarding places to stay whilst in France?

For those going for the first time by Eurotunnel -
http://youtu.be/rzW5TQtZ8EA
The video is around 27 minutes long but should be of some use to a Tunnel first-timer.
For best quality picture click on the 'Cog', bottom right hand side of the Youtube video, and select 1080pHD or 720pHD

Message posted by Median on 11/5/2014 at 7:13pm
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Hi dtanp - No problem about the hijack, it's always nice to hear what others are doing.

Lcamper - That sounds like good advice, I must have changed my mind ten times since starting to plan this. Didn't consider how unsettling the little ones would find 3/4 days of setting up, packing up and going on.

Looks like I'm back to the drawing board.

I'm going to make a decision and stick with it or I'll never get anything booked!

Message posted by Lcamper on 12/5/2014 at 11:09am
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Meridian, I feel your pain. After many different methods we find that arriving at the first site in Dover around about kids bed time works well as we put legs down, connect electric and straight to bed so they have their normal routine.
Then in France we stop about 5 hrs away from our final destination so getting to 1st french site late afternoon so the kids can run about and burn off some energy. We then leave at about 7ish the following morning so get to destination in the afternoon. It has been trial and error with us but this is our preference for limiting upset with the kids routine. Some of the aires have play areas for children which we have found brilliant when needing to let them have a break from the car.
Obviously that won't be applicable with your baby but your eldest will appreciate them. We have the Michelin France atlas which shows the aires that have play areas so we are able to plan our toilet/pic nic stops. Although it's a long journey we love travelling in France. The roads are so much better than in the uk, making it a less stressful experience for all. Enjoy.

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