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Stopover Hotels at Cross Channel Ferry Ports in Portsmouth and Poole

I am going to build up a collection of recommended stopover hotels at the various ferry ports. We drive down from Scotland to Portsmouth or Poole usually to take an early morning ferry. I don’t like to travel overnight as some people do as I suspect I would fall asleep after about 2am. So we prefer to get down to the channel coast and then have dinner and stay over in a hotel ready for an early start in the morning. I must admit the examples I have shown are low budget hotels but they have all been perfectly acceptable.

We have found the Innkeepers Lodges to be exceptional value as they included breakfast but they have changed ownership and I think the Portsmouth Hotel we stayed at is now a Travel Inn.

In Poole we have stayed at the Premier Inn at Holes Bay which is nice as it looks out over the sea so you feel as though you are already on holiday – it also has a nice restaurant with a well stocked collection of wines in the bar!

We have also stayed at the Travelodge in Portsmouth. This is in the city centre so can be a little noisy and the surroundings are not all that inspiring but the advantage is it is directly across the roundabout from the Cross Channel Ferry port for Brittany Ferries :

If you want to stay a little out from the centre of Portsmouth then the hotel which we stayed at when it was an Innkeepers Lodge but is now a Travelodge is called Portsmouth Hilsea :

This was a nice hotel when we stayed at it. It had a Toby Carvery which was excellent.

Does anyone have any other recommendations ? We may cross at Calais at some point as well so it would be interesting to hear of hotels near there.
On the way back from France we have usually booked a night at a Keycamp or Eurocamp campsite near the ferry port and that has worked well.

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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in France, holiday, Uncategorized


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Great Cycle Route – Atlantic to Mediterranean

This is fantastic – You can cycle the whole way from Bordeaux near the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea along green cycle routes (voies vertes) and canals. There is lots of information and maps available at You could do all or part of it.

Visit Carcassone, Toulouse, Beziers and other fantastic French places en route along the Canal du Midi, Canal de la Garonne and Voie Verte cycle route.

Eurocamp and Keycamp offer campsites on the coast 80km from the beginning of the route at Biscarrosse and there are lots of great campsites on and near the Mediterranean to chose from at the end in Languedoc Roussillon.

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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in camping, France, holiday


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Websites to Help You Save Money When Holidaying in France

I found a couple of interesting websites this week which might be worth investigating if you are looking for holiday bargains.

First of all there is a ticket observer website which might find you some deals on tickets for tourist attractions in France. It might also give you some ideas of places to visit near where you are camping.

And the other website I found is the French Groupon site I follow this in the UK and have managed to get some deals for restaurant meals. You have to follow a particular city so I imagine you could follow the city near where you are planning to go on holiday. I have done this for France and it came up straight away with a farm visit and also an F1 simulator experience near where we are going on holiday as well as a deal for a weekend at a Gite – so could be worth trying out.

Has anyone got any experiences of these sites – either good or bad to let us know about ? Or any other useful sites to recommend ?

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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in camping, France, holiday


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Changing Trains in Paris

If you are travelling by train to France this summer for your camping holiday then you may find you need to change trains in Paris. An excellent website which tells you how to do this is :
The excellent rail service in France with trains taking you in a matter of hours to the South of France (journey time London to Nice is now about 6 hours !) is definitely worth considering among your travel options.

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in camping, France, holiday


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Motorhoming in France

If you are looking for some excellent places to stop for one night while motorhoming in France then have a look at the sites mentioned in

They are situated all over France and included places such as farms and vineyards.

The only requirement is for you to use Aires (motorway stopovers-see book below) to empty your septic tank and fill up with water as the France Passion sites do not offer these facilities.  And another “requirement” which I am sure you will willingly take part in is to buy and try out the local produce and specialities of the area.

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in camping, France, holiday


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Learning French

In my French class today we listened to the “France Facile” ie “Easy French” news !
The website is
Its an excellent site. Apart from anything else it gives you a very extensive understanding of news events. However its also possible to look at the script of what they are saying, so that you can follow the French. So now we should all be able to hold a discussion about current affairs in French when we go on holiday !

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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in France, holiday


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The France Show 2011

If you would like a “Taste of France” during the UK winter then why not visit The France Show at Earl’s Court, London from 14th to 16th January 2011.

There will be exhibitors showing the best of French travel, holidays and food. And if you are thinking about buying Property in France you can find out more here.

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Posted by on November 22, 2010 in France, holiday


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Beautiful Village France Travel App

The Beautiful Villages France app for iphone looks like a must-have if you are planning on holidaying in France next year.

It uses GPS to pinpoint where you are as you drive around and alerts you if there are any particularly nice villages nearby to visit. What a great idea !

To find out more click here :

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Posted by on November 22, 2010 in camping, France, holiday


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Central Paris – Velib Bikes !

If you are heading to Paris this year then you might like to try out the Velib bikes netwbikes at bike hire Velib in Paris or velos veloork to use the city’s 230 miles of cycle lanes !

Have any of you tried this service out ? Can you share your experience with us and let us know if you would recommend this as a good way to get around Central Paris as a tourist ?

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Posted by on September 21, 2010 in France, holiday


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Matt Cartoons about Travel !

I love the Matt cartoons from the Telegraph newspaper. Here are some about travel that you might enjoy !

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Posted by on September 17, 2010 in holiday


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