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Message posted by Val A on 11/10/2017 at 6:07pm
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Pyrenees Natura is lovely - providing you get the weather. If it's not a good forecast then give it a miss because up there in the cloud is not a good place to be. We've managed to get there......... but after several years of finding the weather not good enough.

We've also missed out on the views at the Pic du Midi, and the Col de Tourmalet when the mist came in on what started out as a lovely day!

Have a Plan B for somewhere else between Le Tedey and Millau. The Lot is lovely - Cahors, La Cirq de Lapopie, and others are definitely worth visiting, and lots of more 'off the beaten track' places, such as Autoire and the waterfall, and others. Lovely architecture and timbered buildings.

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We are looking at Carcassonne for a city break in April. We can fly over with the Coleman and stay at the cite campsite. If we take youngest daughter we may have to take two tents.

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Message posted by paul+julie on 11/10/2017 at 9:10pm
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We just spent 12 days in Carcassonne Ewen c. 4 at Le Cite and the rest at Rustiques near Trebes. Our friends hired a beautiful apartment through Airbnb for 70 Euros a night and if I were going for a long weekend break I would do just what they did.

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Quote: Originally posted by paul+julie on 11/10/2017
We just spent 12 days in Carcassonne Ewen c. 4 at Le Cite and the rest at Rustiques near Trebes. Our friends hired a beautiful apartment through Airbnb for 70 Euros a night and if I were going for a long weekend break I would do just what they did.



We like camping though.

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Message posted by BobCat10 on 17/10/2017 at 9:29am
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Paul + Julie...we too are in a quandry about where to go for our 2018 road trip. I usually have some trigger but this time I am totally undecided.

I feel I want to go back to France (Provence or Pyrenees), but I also fancy the idea of Lake Iseo. I love Italy and even though we have only been going there for a couple of years I really love the whole culture.

I just keep scanning these forums for inspiration. There are several contributors who have similar ideas; Mike G, Kelper to name a couple.      

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Message posted by paul+julie on 17/10/2017 at 11:09am
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Cat, I look at your posts be cause I think we like the same sort of places. I have taken a few recommendations from Kepler because he likes cycling, also SGT likes cycling also Ina and of course Val A is Just a mind of information so I tend to look at their site reviews.
I have always liked the look of Italy, did a bit of a tour in my very early twenties but not been back since apart from a bit of skiing ages ago.
Our problem is biggish caravan and afraid of getting stuck somewhere so will have to research well over winter. In my mind at the moment is firstly one of the lakes followed by most of the places suggested by Berriow then down into Provence and back up to Burgundy for the last week. Planning on taking 7 weeks for this trip.
Why don't you try northern Spain. We have some friends who did it last year. They did a cycle tour staying in hotels and the pictures they posted were stunning and definitely somewhere we will be going if I can persuade Paul to fix plates on back of van.
It's going to be a long winter. Plenty of time for planning and browsing google images.
Hope you didn't get any damage from Ophelia. We took precautions and brought our bay trees in. Just a few plant pots strewn across the garden this morning.

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Julie (I presume), I moved the olive trees and the azaleas onto the patio which is shielded on each side by trellis planters.....I chopped down the gladioli as they were looking ridiculously tall and. I'm hoping the lady with the bulb stall will be in the market on Saturday (we come through Otley twone centre on the way to Waitrose,after we've been to the Blue Barn).

I'll have a look at some of the reviews.

Tuscany or the lakes are not a place fpr a caravan. We saw 2 the whole time we were in and around Volterra. The roads are undulating to say the least and the winding mountain roads would be challenging for any vehicle.

You'll be OK on the southern end of Garda and other areas with a caravan. We are die hard tent folk, so we never have that issue.

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Message posted by BobCat10 on 17/10/2017 at 12:21pm
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Ewen...just read your foot note. We like camping too, although we tend to have a night in a hotel on the way down and on the way back which works out well.

I'm now going to look at some reviews to see if I can get any ideas for the 2018 trip.


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Message posted by lbarkas on 18/10/2017 at 5:00pm
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Have you been to the Italian Dolomites? We have been twice - once on the last holiday with both our kids before they started further education - when we stayed in Val di Fassa. Did lots of high rise walking using chair lifts and the like to get up to the way marked paths. Never got round to exploring on our own.

In 2013 when we did our 5-month trip around Europe, we stayed at Camping Sexten which was good too. Memorable for waking up to snow at the end of June!

We have enjoyed Austria too. Innsbruck - Camping Natterresee - has good facilities and courtesy bus into the city.

Also, Camping Grubhof near Salzburg which has the best toilet block I have ever come across. Stunning location amongst mountains. Safe cycle paths from the site. You are in 'Sound of Music' country for a bit of cinema nostalgia. We had a day exploring the Grossglocknerstrasse high mountain route by car which ends next to the glacier. Hope to return sometime as there were still things to see and do.

Good luck!



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We've never been to the Dolomites in the summer although we have skied there.

Naterersee - we stayed here on the way back from Lake Garda...fabulous little spot. Facilities are out of this world. Not keen on the inflatable slides in the lake I thought this brought the level down several notches...unbelievably fabulous wooden cabins on stilts..wow.
Saltzburg...now you have given me an idea.

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Lichenstein is not far from Naterersee. My husband worked on secondment at Swarowski in Wattens and Lichensteina and is on my bucket list. It is doable and would be so different. Grubhof camping looks beautiful.

I have posed the question: shall we?   

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