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June 19, 2018 · Filed Under Travel Deals, Trips to France · Comment 

P&O Ferries is running a great offer right now if you book a long break to France of five days or more, you will be entitled to free day trip for future travel with P&O Ferries. All you need to do is book a trip by 8th July 2018 and travel any time between now and 30th September 2018. Simply enter coupon code SUMFREEDAY at checkout and this deal could be yours. Hurry, this offer is for a limited time only, so book a trip with P&O Ferries today.

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Guedelon Is Well Worth Visiting

October 14, 2016 · Filed Under Trips to France · Comment 

Guedelon is an amazing project that is taking place in Burgundy to the North of Nevers. If you have never heard of it, it is the vision of a man named Michel Guyot who is seeking to build a 13th century castle in this part of France. Whilst that is unusual what is more remarkable is he intends to build the castle only using authentic tools and locally sourced materials. Mr Guyot has poured over every detail of the project to make sure it is as accurate as possible. He is even making workers wear the same type of clothing as workers would have worn back in the 13th century.

Using medieval construction techniques

The building was designed by Jacques Moulin who is the architect for the National Monuments of France. When the project needs ropes, they are made on site and when stone is required it has to be quarried from the ground right on site. All the techniques used to build the castle are the exactly the same as would have been used nearly 700 years ago. It is expected that the project will take over two decades to complete. The project employees 50 people and rather unsurprisingly is a major tourist attraction. Thousands of school children visit every year and it is amazing to watch how the project changes over time.

Fascinating attraction

Because the project is a work in progress, visitor to the site can never be sure what they will see. It all depends on the kind of work that is being done when people visit. One thing is for sure, if you do visit you will be fascinated by seeing all the authentic work being done and the materials used, all without the aid of a cement mixer. The project is open to tourists between April to October and the price of admission for adults is 9 Euros and for children 7 Euros.

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Check Out Chateauneuf-en-Auxois

August 21, 2016 · Filed Under Trips to France · Comment 

Chateauneuf-en-Auxoisis a small village in Burgundy which is less than half an hour’s drive South-West of Dijon in the Cote d’Or department. Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is officially listed as one the most beautiful villages in France and when you get there, it will not be hard to see why this is case. The village’s name is often reduced to Chateauneuf and used to be an important resting place for people travelling through the region. Its most important attraction is the castle in the town – the Chateau Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. The castle played an important part in defending the road which leads to Autun.

Exploring Chateauneuf-en-Auxois

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois sits atop a hill and is very attractive. On one end the chateau is located on a low rocky spur and dominates the rest of the village. The original castle can trace its origin back to the 12th century when a medieval fortress was first built. However, during the 14th century and the Hundred Years War there were a number of defensive walls and substantial towers that were added. During the 15th century, the castle was once again modified with living quarters added, to make it a nicer place to live.

Great place to tour

You will be fascinated when you visit the castle at Chateauneuf-en-Auxois because it is easy to tell when the modifications were made because each period is clearly visible. The oldest part of the castle is its tower and the most recent part of the castle is its carefully furnished living accommodation. The village surrounding the castle started to develop between the 12th and 15th centuries and most of the houses can trace their origin back to that time. There are plenty of fine merchant houses in the village from that time that were constructed from the local yellow white stone. A more recent addition to the village is the church which was constructed in the 15th century which is also well worthy of a visit. If you like pretty little French villages then you will simply adore Chateauneuf-en-Auxois

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Great Offers From DFDS Seaways

March 14, 2014 · Filed Under Trips to France · Comment 

DFDS Seaways has got some great deals on at the moment. You can get discounts across a range of their routes or if you are going caravanning, you can take your caravan for free. If you are planning on visitng France, DFDS has something for everyone.


Whichever of DFDS Seaways 6 UK routes customers wish to travel on, there’s an offer for them!


Explore Europe at your own pace

DFDS Seaways now have a ‘Caravan Goes Free’ offer across four of their UK routes:


 Short breaks to France from Dover

From an afternoon in northern France, to a 5 day getaway exploring the sights, cultures and delicacies of France, Belgium, Germany & Holland – DFDS Seaways has got something for everyone!

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Visit Beaune

September 19, 2012 · Filed Under Trips to France · Comment 

Between Geneva and Paris is Beaune, which is definitely regarded as one of the main wine areas of France. If you are coming to France on holiday to taste wine then this is certainly an area you should consider visiting and it is perhaps better known as being the capital for wine in the area of Burgundy. This is a destination that is very popular with visitors every year and not just because of its wine.

Beaune is a city that is hundreds of years old and has walls built around it that were initially designed to protect it from Raiders. Interestingly, much of this fortification is in good condition today, and this provides a town with a very interesting feel. For those who are interested in history, the town will be a fascinating place to come as there is plenty of information detailing the historic past of this town.

Of course, one of the primary reasons why people come to this area is to taste the wine. It is estimated that in the area nearly 2 million bottles of wine are produced every year, and most of these are the red variety. What is equally impressive is the number of wineries in the area that all independently produce wine, but managed to get on together rather well.

This area is also particularly famous for its food, and one of the must see attractions in the town is the food market that runs for three hours every Saturday morning. Here you will find an incredible range of French food for sale, from wonderful cheese, to great meats. You will also find specific types of food available at certain times of year, such as truffles when they are in season. Bear in mind that the market closes at 12, so make sure you don’t arrive late.

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French Driving Holidays

July 4, 2012 · Filed Under Trips to France · Comment 

One great way of holidaying in France is by driving there from the UK. If you plan on doing this, then you should be aware of the driving regulations which are different from those in force in Britain.

The most obvious difference between the UK and the rest of Europe is right hand side driving. This takes a little getting used too, but within a few hours it will be something you grow accustomed to.

The French system is one of toll roads called péage’s, this means it will be useful to have some Euros in your pocket before you travel. If you find yourself without, then there is the option to pay with debit or credit cards, so long as you are at the correct toll booth.

péage’s, are usually very well sign posted, you get your ticket at the start and pay when you leave. Toll booths are usually on the left hand side because European vehicles are left hand drive, so you should be aware of that. Toll prices can accumulate, so you should ensure you accommodate them when you budget your holiday. Another option is to choose a driving route which uses slower roads that don’t require payment of a toll.

French speed limits are similar to those in Britain, with distances measures in kilometers rather than miles. Urban areas usually have a 50 km/h speed limit, once you are outside the limit increases to 90 km/h and 130 km/h on the motorway.

If you are a lover of French wine, make sure you intake does not exceed 0.005 per cent, as this will result in drunk driving penalties. Starting from July 1st, all vehicles are required to have Breathalyzer and fines will be levied on non compliant drivers.

If you are travelling to France and renting a vehicle, all your regulatory problems will be solved. The car will come with everything required under French law, and it will also be a left hand drive vehicle.

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French Camping Holidays Cost Effective During A Recession

June 25, 2012 · Filed Under Trips to France · Comment 

If you are feeling the pain of the economic slowdown in the UK, then one option for a cost effective vacation is a camping holiday in France. There are a large number of camping sites in the country ranging from the inexpensively basic to luxury.

One of the most popular destinations for a camping holiday in France is the Alps which offer stunning scenery including beautiful lakes and snow capped mountains. One thing worth doing is taking a ride on the highest cable car ride in the world in Chamonix.

The Parc National des Ecrins located in the Alps is the largest national park in France and is famous for its natural beauty. There are lots of things to do here, everything from mountain climbing or walking in the hills. You can even go jet skiing on the Lac de Bourget. If you would like to camp here, one of the better sites is Camping la Serraz, which is just ten minutes walking distance away from Annecy Lake.

Eastern France is also quite popular with those looking for a camping holiday. Jura is just six hours driving distance away from Calais and can be reached from Paris in less than four hours. The Jura Mountains are excellent for those wanting to participate in winter sports, and during the summer they offer an attractive option for climbing. The border with Switzerland is very close, with Bern less than two hours drive away. The area is imbibed with a Swiss flavor which is reflected by the architecture and food.

If you do decide on a camping holiday in the Jura Mountains, then you should make sure you check out the Cascades du Herrison waterfalls. These waterfalls measure two miles and run through some stunning countryside and is simply ideal for a camping holiday in France.


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Guide To Gite’s

February 5, 2012 · Filed Under Trips to France · Comment 

Gite mean holiday home in French, and since SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais makes visiting the country so easy, we thought we would post a rough guide.

Gites tend to be located in more rural areas, and it is expected that the accommodation will be either a self catering cottage or villa. The word Gite historically refers to very simple accommodation used by shepherds and laborers, who used them to stay dry when it rained whilst they were working. Today these accommodations have been converted as popular tourist holiday homes.

Gites tend to be converted buildings on old farms, and this is the reason why they tend to display a wonderful French architectural style. These days, many of the buildings contain all the facilities that tourists expect from their holiday accommodations, and also tend to be located in very desirable locations for those travelers seeking a relaxing holiday. In most cases Gites are privately rented, and making use of the internet is the best way to find information regarding which would be most suitable for you.

The cost of renting a gite differs substantially from location to location. If you have a tight budget, finding simple accommodation with the most basic facilities is easy. If however luxury is more your style, finding a luxury villa with everything from high tech facilities to swimming pools is just as possible.
If you want your next holiday to France to have a bit more charm than it does when you stay at a regular holiday home, you should thing about renting a gite next time.

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SeaFrance French Biking Vacation

January 15, 2012 · Filed Under Trips to France · Comment 

With SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais people can simply hop over the channel whenever they want for a family vacation. The most common one people take is a trip to Disneyland Paris, however that is hardly original given that France offers a much wider variety for those of you who want something a little more relaxing than the hustle and bustle of the land of Disney.

Whilst the kids might not exactly be jumping with joy at the thought of a nice summer vacation spent at a French countryside cottage, you can let them know there is lots of stuff to do. Southern France has a number of fabulous destinations including Cannes, St Tropez and Nice, all of which offer a great variety of both history and culture, whilst simultaneously being surrounded by gorgeous landscape that is begging for exploration.

Another option for families is to check out the great Southern French outdoors, you could rent bicycles for the entire family, which is a great way of reaching further into the countryside and seeing the beauty that France has to offer.

If you do decide that a biking holiday is a good idea, you could think about visiting Alpilles, which has lots of public bike paths nestled in the mountainous region. You could reduce the cost of the holiday by buying a mountain bike rather than renting.
The Southern French region is far more than simply beautiful countryside, you get to experience the relaxed way of life of the locals, and a culture that is easily delved into.

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SeaFrance Guide To Lyons

December 25, 2011 · Filed Under Trips to France · Comment 

SeaFrance Ferries Dover Calais is a great way to hop over the channel and visit some of the most wonderful cities in France. One city definitely worth checking out is Lyon, which lies in between Marseille and Paris. Lyon is located in France’s central eastern corner, and is well known for being an important business centre.

One thing people are probably not so aware of, is that Lyon is also known as the silk capital of the world. Lyon is well known for its gastronomic delights, and also serves as the home of many global institutions, such as Interpol.

Lyon plays host to a number of industries, and also offers some of the most famous tourist attractions in all of France, including a variety of monuments, buildings, churches, museums, gardens, parks and historic ruins. Lyon’s churches feature stunning architectural designs that make them very attractive to visit, and incorporate a mixture of both ancient and modern tastes.

If you are looking for something more atypical, there are a number of alternative spots that are worth visiting such as some of the many opera houses that dot the city. Lyon’s most recognizable monument is the Cathedral St-jean, which can viewed during a day out in the quaint and charming parks, that serve as beautiful areas to while away the time.

Every year on the 8th of December, Lyon celebrates the Festival of Light, which is a tourist and local favourite, and serves as a celebration of the city’s liberation from the plague by the Virgin Mary.

Another thing worth checking out is the Bouchons restaurants that offer some of the best food in all of France, alongside wine.

The city’s climate is a temperate on, which means that on any given day throughout the year, it can rain. This also means the temperature is generally pleasant year round, with the hottest months of the year occurring in the summer, which takes place between June and September. It almost never snows in Lyon, however it is much more likely to rain during the autumn months.

Transportation is pretty good, the city has a couple of railway stations, and a metro system, which makes use of trams, trains and buses. Bicycling is also an extremely popular way to get round the city.

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