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Bad News for Oyster Lovers

plate of oysters with a lemonFrench Oyster farmers from the Mediterranean right round the coast to Brittany have reported that for the third year running their oysters have been hit by a plague. This sounds like the supply of oysters will be reduced and those that are available will probably be very expensive. I must admit I am not a great fan of seafood myself but I always think those great steaming platefuls of varied shellfish and lobsters eaten outside on the terrace of a French cafe or restaurant just look absolutely delicious.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/10294649.stm
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Posted by on June 17, 2010 in France

 

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Flash Floods hit Southern France

Deadly flash floods have hit the Var Region of Southern/South Eastern France. For more information please read this article : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/10327034.stm

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Camping Recipes

tuna and pastaIf you are fed up cooking the same old camping foods – like our usual of tuna and pasta ! , then there are some great camping recipes here at http://camping.about.com/od/campingrecipes/u/recipes.htm as well as tons of other camping information !

I think I will try the recipe for baked apples – it sounds great and also the macaroni cheese one sounds like a good one to use. When we go for a short camping weekend I tend to take rice and pasta and some tins so it does feel like I am cheating.

We have also tried the dried packets of camping food – we found one brand was excellent and one was not at all good but I forget which was which so I will maybe buy some, try them out and review them for you !

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Posted by on June 16, 2010 in camping

 

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Le Mans

red ferrariThe Le Mans 24 hour race took place last weekend and there were lots of British motor racing fans camping right next to the track ! If you love cars then why not plan this for next year ! You probably wont get much sleep but if you are into your cars and racing then this might be for you.

However if you like getting a good nights sleep and just want to visit Le Mans for the day then there is a great campsite in the Loire Valley at Chambord which is 1 hr 45 mins from Le Mans and another Chateau le Brevedent in Normandy which is 2 hours from Le Mans. Both these campsites are reviewed at www.bestfrenchcampsites.com

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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What does the Beach look like ?

Tahiti PlageIf you want to find out what the beach looks like near where you are planning to holiday in France then have a look at this site :
http://www.maplage.fr/

You can add your own photos and see photographs from other people. However it doesnt yet seem to have a link to Tahiti Plage at Nevez which is one of the best beaches we have seen and is shown in this photograph :

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Posted by on June 8, 2010 in France

 

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Michelin Route Map

You may already use the excellent AA route finder facility online. However I have also found this Via Michelin facillity is very good and was able to find me a route to the small French village I was travelling to, while the AA site didnt recognise that village.
http://www.viamichelin.com/

You will also find some other useful travel information on the Michelin site.

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Posted by on June 7, 2010 in France

 

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Camping Equipment Quality

camping chairDo you find that the latest camping equipment is just not such good quality as the things they are replacing ? We have found that although the latest camping chairs we bought were cheaper, they were actually verging on dangerous as they werent quite strong enough and broke fairly easily.

We bought a new small gas ring camp cooker and I can only hope that the gas is all working properly, but the catch to open the storage box is just not as well designed as our old box.

Why cant they just copy the old design ? It is all very well getting cheap prices but there must be a certain quality. Has anyone else had the same experience ?

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Posted by on June 7, 2010 in camping

 

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