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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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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!
http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/POOHOL/poole-centre-holes-bay

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 :
http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/info?hotelId=62

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 :
http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/info?hotelId=479

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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Want to Cycle from London to Paris ?

If you’ve always fancied trying to cycle from London to Paris then you might like to read this first !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11447348

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2010 in France

 

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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 ! www.velib.paris.fr

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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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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No RER Trains for Charles de Gaulle Airport for weekends until 7 Nov

If you are arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport over the weekends of Sept and October then you may find the RER trains are cancelled but shuttle buses will be in operation. Check this article for more information !
http://www.connexionfrance.com/getting-to-paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-no-rer-trains-weekends-replacement-bus-travel-12048-view-article.html

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2010 in 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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Busiest Weekend for Holiday Travel in France

This weekend is expected to be the busiest weekend of the year for holiday travel in France. From Friday to Sunday 1.6 million travellers are expected through Parisian stations and 2,850 trains. The roads are expected to be very busy and drivers have been warned to make sure to take a break at least every two hours. And the Parisian airports are expecting 900,000 passengers from 30 July to 1st August !

The weekend is so busy as those who take their holidays in July, the “juilletistes” will be crossing paths with those who holiday in August, the “aoûtiens” !
http://www.francesoir.fr/transports/le-grand-chasse-croise-des-vacances-sannonce-charge

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in France

 

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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

rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFC469&fc1=385E0F&lc1=0E0A01&t=jenwilart-21&o=2&p=8&l=as1&m=amazon&f=ifr&asins=0955280826

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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Channel Tunnel

If you are travelling via the Channel Tunnel to your French camping holiday this year then you might be very interested in this episode of “How do they Do It” http://demand.five.tv/Episode.aspx?episodeBaseName=C5141170002

I couldnt believe that there are up to 500 trains and up to 50,000 passengers a day go via the tunnel !

The programme also tells you how escalators work !

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Posted by on July 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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