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SeaFrance Ferries Makes Owning A Second Home In France An Easy Option

July 21, 2011 · Filed Under See France Tips, Trips to France, SeaFrance Ferries · Comment 

SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais lets those who would like to visit fantastic destinations the ability to reach them quickly, and with so many on offer, it is almost impossible to choose where best to go. When you look carefully at your options, you will find that there is something for everyone.

With SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais making nipping over to the continent such an easy option, it comes as no surprise that many in Britain are making second homes in France. In fact according to one recent report, the British own more French second homes than any other nationality.

However, there are some much more interesting statistics, 23 per cent of all French second homes are owned by citizens of other European countries, of which 80 per cent come from EU countries, and of those 30% were British citizen owned. After the UK, were Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and the Netherlands, with only 1% owned by people from other European countries.

The French North West is where most of these British owned second homes are located, areas such as the Savoie, Brittany, and Basse-Normandie.

People who purchase second homes tend to do so in border areas that are close to their country of residence. Germans for example favour their second homes in Lorrain, whilst the Swiss opt for Rhone-Alps.

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Check Out This Years Tour De France With SeaFrance Ferries

So one of the world’s biggest annual sporting extravaganza starts in France from July 2nd. As ever riders competing in the Tour de France will need to push themselves way past the limit during the gruelling three week race.

If you would like the once in a life time opportunity to be a spectator though, all you need to do is a hop on a SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais, and you can be chilling in the sun with a lovely glass of wine, watching other people put the pedal to the metal.

Just for Vendee
This year the tour starts in a rather non-traditional manner, beginning from the The Passage du Gois, which is a causeway that joins Île de Noirmoutier & Beauvoir sur Mer on the mainland, via Barbâtre, twice daily, this causeway is submerged by the tide, making it only passable when the tide is out. The resort of Fromentine is very nearby, and guests who stay there have a 2wide range of activities on offer year round to choose from.

Surrounded by wide, open spaces, which includes a whopping 700 hectares of forest area, 1,200 hectares of marshland and 7 kilometers of beaches, this unspoilt location is perfect for watching the commencement of the Tour de France.

Pyrenees-up
How could anyone forget that the national day of France, better known as Bastille Day is on July 14th, and everyone across the nation will be living it up on that day. Toulouse is the perfect gateway to the Pyrenees, so on the 14th, you should head up to Cugnaux and to watch the Tour, and then check out Toulouse for a night out with the locals full of red wine and cognac.

Paris sights
The Tour winds up on July 24th, and the riders shattered bodies will be biking into Paris on that day. The race ends dramatically on the Champs-Elysées laps from the Place de la Concorde with a final eight laps that seem to progressively get ever faster . This is an experience that everyone should have at least once, the atmosphere is so thick and heavy, that it rivals any sports stadium in the world.

Arrive early sample the brie & baguettes, learn to love the crowds and remember to scream at the top of your lungs “allez!” (come on!) as the riders ride up the Champs-Elysées.

So if you haven’t already, book your trip for this year’s tour with SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais, and have a fabulous summer

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Top Destinations In France With SeaFrance Ferries

June 25, 2011 · Filed Under See France Tips, Trips to France, SeaFrance Ferries · Comment 

SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais allows those who would like the opportunity to visit exciting destinations the ability to reach them easily. With so many destinations to choose from, it is difficult to come to a decision.

When you look you will find something for everyone, so we have decided to highlight a few of the best destinations that can be reached by SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais.

After taking SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais, there are many places you can travel, from historical journeys, to kids holidays at fast paced theme parks. It goes without saying that arguably the most popular destination of them all is Disneyland, which is ideal for the kids who have a wide variety of rides to choose from, shows, hotels, parades and much more.

You have the choice of either visiting the park for the day, or staying on there for the entire duration of your stay at one of the hotels on the property, which should go down well with the family kids.

Another top destination that is an option is obviously Paris, which is only a two and a half hour drive from Calais. It goes without saying that one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities is abundant in attractions, and its reputation as the city of romance is well deserved.

Northern France is also another fantastic destination, in particular for those that are interested in the European wars, including memorials, monuments and museums.

If you have not already book your trip this summer and head over to France on SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais.

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No Romantic Experience Beats Paris Boat Tours During The Summer

A boat tour of Paris in terms of romantic experiences has no rivals, as you and your partner drift lazily down the River Seine, the city appears to fan out before you, as you wander down miles and miles of canal networks. If you want to get to Paris inexpensively, why not try SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais

When you take a tour of Paris by boat, you get to see some of the most legendary parts of the city, and you and your partner can enjoy a lovely romantic dinner against a backdrop of the soft glow of light reflecting from the water, or instead you can just sit back, relax, and take in the fresh air and feeling of floating against a scenic setting.

When is the best time to take a Paris boat tour?

The best time of year to take a tour of Paris by boat is between May and Mid September, and if you want to get to Paris without the hassle of flying, then SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais option. The sky during that time of year tends to be a little clearer, with warmer temperatures in the city. Boat tours during the autumn and winter are still worthwhile taking, however there is frequent rain during those seasons, add the wind to that equation, and sitting on the open deck seems less appealing.

The River Seine has been the subject of poetry like no other river in the world, and touring the city on this magnificent river is a fantastic way to see Paris’s most stunning monuments. So head over to Paris this summer with SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calaisand give it a try.

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Paris In Summer By Sea France Ferries Dover Calais

June 21, 2011 · Filed Under See France Tips, Trips to France, SeaFrance Ferries · Comment 

Paris during the summer is when the city seems least like itself, largely because many of its residents are away for the duration of the holiday. The city if it is at all possible, takes on a more cosmopolitan edge to it as it sees an influx of tourists. It’s a fabulous time of year to visit on SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais , but there are also a few not so nice things about the city during the summer.

Why We Love Paris During The Summer:

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Paris during the summer however is an experience not to be missed, if you have never been, it really is work checking out culturally it is unparalleled, and it goes without saying that it always has been and continues to remain the city of love. If you want an inexpensive way to get there  SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais, its great value for money, and extremely convenient.

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A Traveller Guide To France

June 15, 2011 · Filed Under See France Tips, Trips to France, SeaFrance Ferries · Comment 

France, one of the largest countries in Europe stretches from the cold English Channel to the warm Mediterranean. This diversity in geology and climate means there are very interesting variations regionally in language, wine, cuisine and art. You can there from the UK by Seafrance Ferries Dover to Calais

The food in France is a varied as its landscape, in the north you will fine cow cheese and butter, whilst in the south, olive oil is used for cooking, with cheese made mainly form sheep and goat’s milk.

The country as a wonderful tradition of making cheese, and after a meal you should be sure to avoid sugary delights and opt for locally made cheeses instead.

Board and half Board

Many people in Europe will be familiar with the French concept of boarding, those not from the continent however will perhaps need the terms explained. When tourists see the price of a hotel room displayed, they will no doubt see the price displayed for one or two people, then followed by either of the two terms full board or half board. These prices are per person, and is the reason why they seem so reasonable.

Half board simply means the price includes a single meal, either lunch dinner or breakfast, whilst full board includes all three meals in the price. There are usually limitations attached, for example, guests who order extremely expensive items will probably be charged extra.

If you find yourself at dinner thinking “I should have asked for half board” ask your waiter, it still may be possible to get it if you order eligible menu items.

Leasing a Car in France – The Lease Buyback Plans

In France, new vehicles purchases are hit with high taxes, and in response French car rental companies offer lease buyback plans. This means if you want to save serious moolah on a car, you can do so by buying a slightly used one. In order to ensure that that cars are only slightly used, companies offer special programs for tourists from outside the European Union, to help them take some of the newness out of the cars.

This means a car can be leased for approximately the same price as a rental, and when it is returned, the car is then cleaned and sold, which means travelers get to drive a brand new car for the same price as a rental.

You need to think about buyback deals at least a month before your departure date. There is somewhat more paperwork to deal with on a buyback than a rental.

The French Rail System

Most places can be gotten to by the French Rail System, if you are planning on visiting Paris and some of the larger cities, the train system has the advantage of taking you right to the city centre where the larger hotels are usually located, and you wont have to drive around looking for a parking spot. Trains are also quite social, you can relax and converse with other travelers or read a book and plan the rest of your trip.

You can get many places on the French Rail System. If I’m planning to be in Paris and a few larger cities, I’d take the train. Advantages? You get right to the city center where there are usually hotels. You don’t have to drive through town looking for parking. You can relax on the train, meet other travelers, and plan the rest of your trip or just read a book.

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Guide To Bordeaux Wine Holiday

June 7, 2011 · Filed Under See France Tips, Trips to France, SeaFrance Ferries · Comment 

Since at least the twelfth century the region of Bordeaux has been known for its wine. Today tourists can still visit both the historic city and the great wine making estates and chateaus that surround it. You can there from the UK by Seafrance Ferries Dover to Calais

There are as many as five different wine routes to choose from, including Châteaux Road, which passes through the famous Médoc region or the Graves Road, which takes visitors through the Sauternes appellation.

Wine tourists will notice that many of the vineyards in Bordeaux have a wide variety of vines planted, since Bordeaux wines are famous for being made from many different types of grape, with such storied names as cabernet sauvignon and merlot

The city of Bordeaux itself was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, and boasts of 18th century palaces, a vibrant river front area, and a centuries old tradition of making wine.

The city is an excellent place to start learning about winemaking and French wines, and tourists can start by exploring Bordeaux city itself, at the wine bar across  the road from the Tourist Information Office, or at the L’Ecole du Vin known in English at the Bordeaux Wine School. Over the summers, two hour wine courses are offered at the very reasonable price of 25 Euros.

Tours of the local wine making estates and chateau’s can be can be made at the Tourist Information office, or you can explore both the city and the countryside by yourself.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the medieval walled town of Saint-Emilion located in the Libourne region, which is a great day trip away from Bordeaux, the town boasts hand carved underground buildings and Romanesque walls and churches. Outside the town’s walls lie some of the greatest wine making estates of Bordeaux, and for those wanting to take a closer look, a wine train can be taken through the surrounding vineyards or for those who prefer something more personal, bikes can be rented from the tourist office.

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9 Reasons Why You Should Book Your French Wine Tasting Holiday Today

June 3, 2011 · Filed Under See France Tips, Trips to France, SeaFrance Ferries · Comment 

Have you ever wanted to visit France and go on a wine tasting tour of its fabled vineyards. If so, You can there from the UK by Seafrance Ferries Dover to Calais and now is the perfect time to plan you visit, and here are 9 reasons why you should do it today.

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Avoid the Ash Cloud this Bank Holiday with Ferries to France

May 24, 2011 · Filed Under Travel Deals, Trips to France, SeaFrance Ferries, P&O Ferries · Comment 

With the spectre of yet another ash cloud hanging heavy of UK holiday makers this bank holiday, why not skip the flight and choose a ferry to France this weekend? There’s a great selection to choose from, with a Dover to Calais ferry journey a quick and easy way to escape the country for a few days and enjoy all the offerings France has to offer.

P&O Ferries are currently offering a 3 day special for only £39 return for a car and it’s passengers for those that book online by 1st June and travel by 17th July 2011. The crossing takes only 90 minutes, and with up to 46 crossings a day, there’s sure to be a time to suit your requirements. Plus onboard there’s currently a ‘Best of British’ theme, offering up a wide selection of food, drink and shopping offers.

SeaFrance Ferries are offering extra flexibility to your journey times for as little as £5, with a £35 each way booking available this Spring 2011. SeaFrance also have a great selection of frequent traveller deals, alongside their links with experienced travel partners to offer you the best price and stability for your entire journey.

So say no to the ash cloud and start planning your bank holiday weekend today, after all, you don’t really want to spend it sat in an airport do you?

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Three Great Reasons To Visit France This March With SeaFrance Ferries

March 2, 2011 · Filed Under See France Tips, Trips to France, SeaFrance Ferries · Comment 

There is tons going on across the English Channel this March. Everything from jazz festivals to vintage car exhibitions and a fancy dress ball. SeaFrance FerrieDover to Calais, as always, if offering a comfortable and inexpensive way to cross the channel and here are just some of the events that are scheduled this March.

Amiens Jazz Festival

The Amiens Jazz Festival is running from the 31st March to 3rd April and over the course of week visitors will have the privilege of being able to see everyone from top jazz artists to new talent performing in and around the city. The festival has over 40 concerts scheduled and if you are a jazz fan this is something you should definitely not miss.

Cool cars at Reims

For those who prefer vintage cars to music then the beautiful city of Reims plays host to the 24th annual vintage car fair called ‘Le Salon Champenois du Véhicule de Collection’ on the 12th and 13th March. Over 540 cars will be on display at the Parc des Expos from 10am to 6.30 each day.

Dead Rat Ball

For those of you who like the night life the Bal du Rat Mort, held at the Kursaal in Ostend on the 12th of March is the event for you, for those who prefer not to wear an outrageous outfit, you can opt for evening dress instead, however you will miss the chance to win the coveted best dressed prize. This year’s theme is Land of the Rising Sun. Go for it!

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