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Message posted by sunners1 on 09/5/2014 at 8:49am
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Hi All,
We're hoping to go across to France in the summer for a few weeks, what are your favourite places and why? I need some ideas of places to visit as searching the web is driving me crazy. I'm after a bit of everything and hoping to travel around a little.

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Message posted by franbee on 09/5/2014 at 9:30am
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The Loire for the chateaux, the Dordogne for caves and Sarlat, the Cote d'Azur for the seaside, Provence for the old villages. Most bigger towns have a beautiful cathedral and old centre.

We tend to avoid cities, though I expect we'll catch up with them eventually. But what we like most is just driving through the small towns and villages, where you can come upon something unexpected that makes the holiday for you.

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Hi,

we love the Vendee for the fantastic beaches and plenty of sun, and the Ardeche for amazing scenery and plenty of very hot sun!

It's a long way to the beach from the Ardeche, so it's swimming in rivers, which took a bit of getting used to but is actually really good fun; plenty of river 'beaches' to swim from or just lay back and enjoy the sun....

La Garangeoire is a cracking site in the Vendee, Les Ranchisses is a brilliant site in the Ardeche......but then they are the only two we have visited! Going back to the Vendee this year to a different site, so fingers crossed

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I'll put in a vote for good old Brittany...if you avoid "resorts" you can still find traditional, unspoilt areas... nothing like a cold Cidre, a good crepe and Breton hospitality.... we love the area around BegMeil/ concarneau etc.White sandy beaches, clear turquoise water, gorgeous riverside strolls, old towns to mooch around...happy exploring.

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The wilder parts of the south - the Cevennes, Gorges du Tarn/Jonte/Dourbie, the Lozere, the Camargue, the Ardeche (Gorges and Mountains), the Vercors, Mercantour, now some parts of the Pyrenees, and all similar places.

Not telling about favourite campsites any more, on the basis of the French strip cartoon I saw.

Cartoon 1: Family sitting in a quiet campsite, listening to the birds, and saying how beautiful and peaceful it was.

Cartoon 2: Back home, and Dad on internet, putting a review of this peaceful haven, on a caravanning forum.

Cartoon 3: Going back next year, to find the site heaving with people, noise blaring, a disco in the restaurant, and being horrified at the change.

Cartoon 4: Dad asking the proprietor in reception 'Pierre why has your site changed so much.........?'

Cartoon 5: Pierre saying 'Someone put a fantastic review on FCS (French Camp Sites) and since then business has never been so good!



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Lots of favourite places but the ones we keep returning to are the Dordogne (Périgord Noir) and Charente-Maritime (les Mathes).
Dorodgne for the scenery and variety and Les Mathes for the variety of beaches and both for the excellent (usually) weather. Like Val I prefer not to state sites fo rthe same reason and also I hesitate to recommend sites as we all like different things - don't we?

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tarn/carcassonne area/loches area of the loire/pyrenees/and we like a few days around calais.i love camargue around the med but oh not so keen.

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Message posted by warbis66 on 09/5/2014 at 6:34pm
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Carnac in Brittany,pine forests around Royan, rivers in the Ardeche and the beaches in the med. France has it all and of course skiing in the winter.

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If you are into Chateaux, I would recommend somewhere in the central part of the Loire. There are some amazing buildings & gardens, Especially Amboise site of Leonadro da Vincis tomb close by his house "La Cloche De Lucci". Also Villandry for the gardens partly designed by Capability Brown and my all time favourite Chenenceau.

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Some of mine...









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Camping de la Cité - Carcassonne
Camping du Château - Bertangles
Camping La Rivière - Donzenac
Domaine de Massereau - Sommières
Monplaisir - Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
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Ile de Rè, the main town St Martin is it for shabby chic. It is where the real Papillon was taken to the French colonies from.

La Rochelle is beautiful, the old port.

Brouages is an old walled town that is so beautiful, you take a huge step back in time!

Near Bourg St Maurice, the mountains & cable car from Les Arcs over to Tignes, wow, just wow!

Agincourt is well worth a visit, as is Les Touquet & St Valery sur Somme. The old town at St Val is very pretty.

Down to the Pyrenees, St Pierre Pied de Port is stunning, it is the start of the Cammino: the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela & is an old medieval town.

Cognac is an old town steeped in, well, brandy, but both Jarnac & even more Saintes nearby are beautiful, with rivers running through them & lots of historical buildings.

Le Mont St Michel is truly a one off, well worth a visit as are Quimper, Concarneau & St Nazaire nearby.

There are so many old & beautiful places in France, really your best bet is to decide which area you want to head for & get the relevant Michelin green guide book.

Bonnes Vacances!

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Alsace, Burgundy, out-of-the-way Provence, Tarn - these are the places we have returned to.

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Too many places all for different reasons.

The vendee / Ile de re -I can't explain it but the evening light is magical

Lake Annecy - Picture Perfect.

Biarritz / Pays Basque - sun, wild seas & snow capped mountains

And anywhere in France on Sunday - When food and family come first rather than the retail park.

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Here we go, my favourite places in France are:

Savigny Les Beaune - a sleep yvillage on the edge of Beaune in theart of Burgundy. We pass through this place going South and as we return, we have been going here about 10 years.

Lacanau Lac (Le Tedey) - Aquitaine, beautiful green peacful, and St Emillion isn't far, and the wonderful city of Bordeaux is only a short distance.Benn here many times just for the relxing cycling among the trees. we go here every few years for a propper chill.

Chablis - not far from Epernay, really pretty and the wines not at all bad! We had the best onion tart here.

Annecy - beautiful town on the edge of the alps. Can be very busy but it is a truly beautiful area. La Cluzas - a short distance from Annecy(see above).

And of course the Cote D'Azure, Eze, Tarbert, and all along that coastal strip between Mento and Monaco. 

 

And hopefully this year we'll be adding Belcastel, Aveyron, Midi Pyrenees to our list, but this depends on the experienece.

The only area we were diappointed in was  Brittany, it was far too busy and like Cornwall....didnt feel French at all

 

 



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Domaine Des Sources-Gordes Les Premier Pres-Savigny Les Beaune
Le Tedey - Lacanau, Bordeaux
Moulin De Geneste - Uzerche
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Oliver, I love your photographs, where were they taken.

looking at picture one it looks like it could be the Pyrenees (which is where we are heading this year)



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Bobcat, They are in Provence, not in the Pyrenees.

First one is Gordes

Second is from a walk near Les Baux-de-Provence

The third from a walk near St.Remy

The fourth is in Oppède

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2014
Camping de la Cité - Carcassonne
Camping du Château - Bertangles
Camping La Rivière - Donzenac
Domaine de Massereau - Sommières
Monplaisir - Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Chablis

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