The Channel! We almost always travel by ferrywhen we visit France. Its the best value, there are planty of crossings - and travelling over water really makes it feel like you are going on holiday. We find SeaFrance is usually the cheapest.
Pas de Calais'02 We visit France a couple of times each year attracted by empty roads, sensible prices for great food and peaceful accommodation - and value track days!
St.Pol B&B One of the joys of travel in France - good value, welcoming B&B. Easy to find and half the price of UK equivalents they are what make all our trips to France financially possible.
Pas de Calais '02 Typical seafront scene in Northern France. You only find these places if you get off the main roads. Moule frites a la creme.... mmmm! Its almost never crowded, and always good value.
Fecamp '02 Camping in France is very easy - just about every town or village has a 'Camping Municipal' where a night will cost less than a fiver. Great view at Fecamp is free!
Pont de Normandy Some of you may recognize this from a certain Mr Arnie's on- board mpeg It crosses from Le Harvre to Honfleur and it is unusual in that you can walk across it. Park at the visitors centre and take a stroll to the middle - its well worth it to look at the bridge and the spectacular views over the Seine estuary. Amazingly steep road!
Valle de Somme We call these the 'Monet series'! drifting down country lanes going no where we found this little picnic area - could not tell you where....
....or how to find it. One side is the Somme River, the other side the Somme Canal, with barges chugging past. Perfect spot for bread, cheese and not a care in the world.
We always like to be near water. The Somme Valley has a network of canals, rivers and ponds, and the coast, with perfect picnic spots like the one above.
Champagne-Ardenne '02 You tend to stumble on local events in France. This local bike race circled the village and hills where we were staying in the Champagne region. You are made to feel welcome everywhere. The region is great for the Champagne - the best roads and scenery are in the Ardennes part of the region.
Near St Pol-sur-Ternoise, Pas de Calais An area we know well as we visit the circuit at Crois en Ternoise frequently. 40 mins from Calais its an easy weekend away with a half price track day thrown in!
Champagne-Ardenne '02 The car always feels safe in France, be it parked in a lane like here, or in a side street of St. Malo on New Years Eve, we have never had a problem.... touch wood!
Calais '02 There is always a photo somewhere. This peaceful scene is actually about 200 metres from the busy Calais ferry port. Right behind me are french couples doing what french couples do, overlooking the sea and wacthing the sunset! If you want a cheap place to stay, arriving ona ferry at any hour in the middle of the night, the Hotel de Golf is along the Calais sea front 5 minutes from here. Ring ahead, and they leave you a combination to get in.
Azincourt '02 Beware Nutters!Sent to tiny Azincourt for an evening meal by our B&B, we arrived in to be confronted by a tipsy member of the French Sealed Knot society! Dressed fromanother age he was still very interested in the car, and a very friendly chap!