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Puy du Fou voted Best Theme Park

Tbe French theme Park Puy du Fou has been voted “Best Theme Park in the World” at the Thea Award Ceremony of the “International Asssociation of Amusement Parks and Attractions” in Los Angeles.

The Vendée park, is to be found between La-Roche-sur-Yon and Angers, was chosen ahead of 700 parks in 40 countries. This is not a typical theme park with hair raising rides, but we thoroughly enjoyed the spactular “arena shows” which the park puts on to tell the history of the Vendeen region. Visitors can watch performances starring Roman gladiators, swashbuckling musketeers, marauding Vikings and fantastic swooping birds.Puy du Fou Roman Gladiators

We all had a different favourite show but they are all fantastic and well rehearsed.There is a new show this year to celebrate the parc’s 35th Anniversary and I believe this show will feature acrobatics on horseback !  There is also, of course, the famous night show at the park, “la Cinescenie”, which features numerous horses and a cast of hundreds.

We loved this park and visited from the La Garangeoire campsite in the Vendee – an easy hour’s drive away. You can also visit from the Loire campsites that feature on our website at :

www.bestfrenchcampsites.com

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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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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 http://www.france-passion.co.uk/

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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Indigo Campsites

Here are some lovely “back to nature” campsites in some lovely places in France including the Ile de Noirmoutier and Ile d’Oleron – “Indigo Campsites”.

Camping Indigo Website : http://www.camping-indigo.com/en/nature-campsites.html
2010 Brochure : http://www.camping-france.fr/brochure/catalogue/index.html

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Posted by on September 17, 2010 in camping, France, holiday

 

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The Seaside is still the Favourite Destination for French holidaymakers

French holidaymakers still prefer to holiday at the seaside, with 60% choosing it as a destination this year. The next most popular destinations are towns (19%) and the countryside (15%). Only 8% choose the mountains as their holiday destination, possibly as people think this might be too energetic a holiday ! And only 1% go on a wild camping/walking holiday. However if you really want to get away from the crowds, the mountains could be an excellent choice of holiday destination. During the very hot summer weather, you can expect a cooler night high up in the mountains so you might actually enjoy a good nights sleep after all that walking !
http://www.francesoir.fr/vie-quotidienne/les-francais-plebiscitent-la-mer

There are some excellent campsites up in the mountains, with beautiful swimming pools with mountain views. We will be reviewing some of these mountain destinations on our website at www.bestfrenchcampsites.com or if you would like to look at campsites in the meantime please look at www.keycamp.co.uk

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Posted by on August 10, 2010 in camping, France, holiday

 

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Taking Your Motorhome to France

If you are going to try and take a motorhome to France this year then you need to do a fair bit of planning ahead ! Here are some good links to help you out.

http://www.caravanfacts.com/classifieds/accessories-for-sale/p1-camperstop-2010-book.html

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There was a lovely stopover carpark at Tahiti Plage where we stayed last year – at Raguenes Plage/Nevez in Brittany. So that might be worth finding out more about. You could park your motor home overnight and get a sea view over a lovely beach if you were on the right side of the car park !

This is also an excellent website with a map showing all the stopover “Aires” for each region : http://airecampingcar.com/aire_camping_car.php

We saw some very long 30 foot motorhomes this year so it is possible to navigate these around France, but one of the problems in the Vendee area this year seemed to be that there was a lot of road building going on and new roundabouts and these hadnt been updated on Sat Navs, so people were being sent strange routes through small villages when there were better alternatives for large motorhomes. Has anyone got any good recommendations for us about taking a motorhome to France and good sites to stay at ? Certainly La Garangeoire in the Vendee which you can find on our Best French Campsites website seemed a good site for motorhomes as the plots are a good size.

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Posted by on July 21, 2010 in camping, France, holiday

 

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Farm Visits in Pays de Loire

If you’d like to visit or stay in a Gite on a farm or a vineyard in the Pays de Loire region this year then please have a look at this website. I found it while trying to track down the excellent Vendeen wine from Domaine de la Vieilee Riboulerie which we tried this year ! I found the vineyard but havent discovered yet if you can buy the wine in the UK ! http://www.bienvenue-a-la-ferme.com/pays-de-la-loire/recherche

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2010 in France

 

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Velo Rails !

We tried out the local Velo Rail at Commequiers while on holiday in the Vendee. There are a number of Velo Rails throughout France and they were developed to make use of railway tracks which were no longer needed. To find out if there is one near where you are holidaying have a look at http://www.veloraildefrance.com/

We enjoyed our trip through the Vendeen countryside and as it was mostly under trees we were sheltered from the heat of the afternoon sun. However, be warned ! We were given two and a half hours to travel the 10 kms to Coex and the 10kms back. At Coex, the velo carriage can turn on the turntable. However we didnt make it as far as Coex… It would be easy to blame the elderly travellers in front but in fact I don’t think we could have made the journey in that time without an Olympic effort. And in High Season you get even less time for the journey. So, what you have to do to return to Commequiers is to lift the whole velo carriage off the track and turn it ! The same is the case if you meet a carriage travelling in the opposite direction – the one travelling from Coex has priority ! We struggled as a group of four to lift the carriage so if you are travelling as a couple of adults, unless you are very strong, you would have to hope you meet at least two strong adults travelling in the opposite direction… (you could pay extra to have a four hour trip but I think you would still find you had to lift the vehicle off the track…)

So, if you try out a Velo Rail, enjoy your trip but make sure and find out a bit more about it beforehand or you may become a case of “The next train to Commequiers is half an hour late !”

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2010 in France

 

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