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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 :

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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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Loire à Vélo Cycling Route

Excellent information about cycle routes on the Loire as well as very reasonably priced organised trips, including a 3 day cycle tour of vineyards which sounds great !
http://www.cycling-loire.com/Default.aspx?base

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2010 in France

 

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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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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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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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