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A bit of France

France is so big and with so much to see that it is hard to think of a list that could contain more than a bit - but these are places that I enjoyed.

Updated April 3, 2012
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  1. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Casteil, France
    Polvandenwirre has done a very good entry about the monastery itself and, as I never even reached it, there's no way I am going to compete. I am writing this solely to save you from a tourist trap in the form of a 4x4 taxi, unless you really need …
  2. Cheap "Hostels" in Rennes-sur-Loue, France
    Not exactly an original name - but forget that. Doubs is perhaps the most under-sung of French departements. There is gorgeous river scenery and wonderful cirques. If you don't want to camp, there is B&B as well and if you fancy a break from cooki…
  3. It may seem to you, looking at my reviews, that we had a certain addiction to municipal camp sites in France. Fair enough, we may well have done. They were always dependable for the basics, hot water and clean toilet facilities - and reasonably (some…
  4. Very cheap "Hostels" in Albepierre-Bredons, France
    If yo are looking for a buzzing site or for a site in a buzzing town, don't bother reading any further. u is less than 3km away with a site that might well suit. This is not for you. It's a long time ago we were there so it may have developed - I…
  5. Average priced "Hostels" in Orlu, France
    We had not booked but we knew we wanted to be in the Pyrenees not to far from the caves at Niaux. We were just hoping to find somewhere that clicked with us. near Foix - nothing, Tarascon d'Arriege - nothing. Ax les Thermes - nothing quite right - bu…
  6. Average priced "Hostels" in Ceillac, France
    The Queyras is not one of the highest mountain areas in France but I have found none that beats it for sheer beauty. It also has the advantage of a very favourable micro climate. Ceillac is the first village you reach and, when we were there some y…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Ilay, France
    I love practically all thet I have seen in Franche-Comté. We were camping in the Department of Doubs and this was one of our two trips into Jura. Two things the departments of Doubs and Jura have in common is that they are undersung and tha both hav…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Baume-les-Messieurs, France
    I found it difficult to find a website that gives reasonable coverage to both the Cirque de Baume and the village of Baume-Messieurs with its old abbey. The one I have given has both but I hope you will want to search fuller ones on each. A cirqu…
  9. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Le Vigan, France
    I reckon to be fairly good with words but this place is a bit beyond what I can describe and without looking at the excellent photos on the website, you would end up with little idea of what the Cirque de Navacelles is like, if you have not seen it. …
  10. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Annot, France
    It is some years since Pam and I stayed here and it's conceivable that there has been a change of ownership. I hope not because the proprietress was so friendly and her cooking was phenomenal. I don't know now why we chose the farthest out but I d…
  11. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Villenauxe-la-Grande, France
    We usually look carefully for suitable stops on the way to a holiday location and we had done so on this occasion. We were heading in more or less a beeline for Alsace and we had wha seemed to be a suitable Logis de France - I forget where. Anyway it…
  12. Average priced "Hostels" in Fraisse-sur-Agout, France
    Since we camped here, I seem to be reviewing our lilo under bed above! However camping is only one option as can be seen from the website, which has added English to its options since I last looked.(http://www.lepioch.com) I'll keep to the camping as…
  13. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Vernet-les-Bains, France
    It's only cheap if you choose cheap dishes but we found that no hardship. We tried this restaurant early in our stay at Vernet-les-Bains and liked it enough to return on our last night of four, leaving several other places untried. It was pretty f…
  14. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Le Vigan, France
    North of Le Vigan, you come into the mountains of the Cévennes. I don't know many people who have thought them worth the bother, probably because France has so many well known high areas. However these wooded slopes with broad tops have an appeal of…
  15. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Paris, France
    Wow! From the moment we left the Batobus to the moment we left the museum there was something magical about this. Of course we had read enough in preparation for our visit to know most of what we were going to see. We were only really interested in t…
  16. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Vernet-les-Bains, France
    Would you really expect to find what may well be the largest museum of its type in France open to the public in a small village like Vernet-les-Bains. When Pam and I went there in 2003, it was the owner of the museum who gave guided tours in 4 lan…
  17. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Paris, France
    I have often seen questions from people who will only have a short time in Paris about what they should do but I don't find many people recommending that they should use the Batobus Service. However think of what you might most want to see and then g…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Font-Romeu, France
    It was a long time ago but I shan't forget it in a hurry. This, at 9583 feet, is probably the highest I have reached under my own steam - except in Peru. I got three of our children up with me. We were camping at Orlu in Ariège and drove to Font-…
  19. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Paris, France
    We bought our Museum Pass here that alowed us into the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsa and others without queuing. If we had bought it at one of the other two, the queue for the pass would have been nearly as long as that for the museum - it tok us about 2…
  20. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Annot, France
    Pam and I were lucky. At the time we went there was an offer called France Vacances promoted jointly by Air France and the French railways. One benefit of this was that we could travel at half price on the private rail line from Digne to Nice. Wee st…
  21. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in France
    I wanted to do this in a blog but that seems impossible if you don't know the date of the visit and I really don't know where it fell between 1982 and 1990. I know that it was fairly early in the year, desperately cold at night in our tent and really…
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