France holiday ideas

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  1. Considering a trip to France in June and looking for some inspiration...

    I think the Normandy beaches, Pegasus Bridge and The Somme are a given, but any other suggestions from those who've been? Somewhere to do a spot of hill-walking, good campsites etc would be appreciated.

    No doubt this is gagging for a "don't go, the place is full of French" gag.

  2. the ardeche gorge is fantastic, water sports, good campsites, beautiful location, caves, sun, sand, what more do you need!!
  3. Agree with the Ardèche, some good walking in the Gorges du Verdon or the volcanic Puys in the Auvergne.
  4. Guns

    Guns LE Moderator Book Reviewer
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    Bordeaux. There is a walking route of the RM Commandos Cockleshell Heros . It follows the path they took on the run from the Germans. Don't know if it is related but it is manly via Vineyards. The route is sign posted with information boards along the route.

    The RM Corps Sec has all the details.
  5. France holiday ideas?

    Yes.....go to Germany!

    Seriously though, I can recommend the Dordogne region.
    Exellent weather, wine and food. Great scenery and loads of history (medieval villages)
    I stayed in Sarlat and it was very pleasant.
  6. YesItsMe

    YesItsMe LE Good Egg (charities)

    i was about to say the same :lol:
  7. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    If you like sports and have an interest in military history the Vosges is little known to Brits and is great for both.
    PM me if need specific info.
  8. How are you travelling? Motorhome, Caravan, tent, Hotel, B&B?
  9. Link for Frankton Souvenir - M. Boisnier is charming, and speaks excellent English.
  10. I second that from fairmaidofperth, I have a house near Royan and have visited most of these places. One point of interest is the inhabited caves at Meschers (near St. George de Didonne), part of which has been converted into an exhibition for the Cockleshell Raiders. This is surprising as Royan was nearly obliterated by the RAF in January 1945 in support of French forces that were trying to force the Gironde crossing to open up Bordeaux as a port and there is still considerable animosity about it. There was a very interesting museum near Saujon detailing the eventual taking of the Poche de Royan (Royan Pocket), with accurate tableaux of German, American and Free French troops and equipment (including, bizarrely, some sikh troops in German uniforms). We went last year, but the owner was complaining that he could get no support from the local councils and was threatening to close it.

    If you are going to do the Normandy beaches, don't stop there but follow the eventual breakout from Caen, Operation Cobra and culminating in the fighting at the Falaise pocket. Read the Max Hastings book before you go and, for the route, follow the War Cemeteries marked on the Michelin maps.
  11. Guns

    Guns LE Moderator Book Reviewer
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    Be careful wearing or taking any military kit with you. I had a DPM rucksack and had problems with the locals.........

    They kept surrendering to me.

    The leather one please, and my hat. No I can manage the taxi.
  12. If you are with a Campervan / Motorhome then you can make use of the Aires de Service. These cost next to nothing (en français :( )
    The Aires are downloadable as POI for TomTom, Garmin, Magellan, Mio and ViaMichelin available on DVD and also, if your French is good enough, downloadable as POI for TomTom etc Pan European guide but can be out of date Another Aires guide

    Maps and Route Planners
    Useful, because it is up to date for Toll charges

    The most affordable Campsites are generally, the Municiples. Lots of towns have them. More on Municiples CLICKY

    I have found that the further South you go, the better the weather becomes.
  13. You lucky sod to have a place there. Stayed in La Palmyre last year and loved it as did the family. However I'm pretty certain it was the USAAF not the RAF who flattened the place.

    My son loved exploring the old bunkers that litter the place.