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FRANCE HOLIDAY 2011: PICTURES

Thursday 16th June – Monday 18th July. Liz + Chris + Hugh in our Campervan Kon-tiki.

Ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistraham [Caen] [Normandie, Brittany Ferries], arriving at 6.30am [7.30 France time]. Hugh flew back on 3rd July from Avignon [Flybe].

Total trip was 1,953 miles; 3,125km.

Click on place names on the itinerary below to go direct to the pictures [ in same sequence as the itinerary]

For Full Driving itineray Click Here

Ouistraham by motorway [mainly] Falaise, Boussac, Poinsouze; past Vichy, Chaise-Dieu, to Vorey; Yssingeaux,  past Valence, Crest, Die to  Lus la Croix Haute; [past Barcelonette to Larche; past Digne les Bains to St. Laurent du Verdon; to Avignon; past Arles to Saintes Maries de la Mer; to Le Vigan; past Nant to Randals Bison [Causse Noir]; past Meyrueis to Causse Mejean;  to Ste. Enimie; past Mende and Chateauneuf de Randon to Col de la Croix de Bor; past Chaudes aigues, St Flour, Riom es Montagnes to Trizac; by Ussel, La Courtine, Auzances to Evaux les Bains; past Montalgut, by Montmarault and Sancerre to St. Satur/St Thibault; by Aubigny s Nere, Beaugency to La Ferte Bernard; By Vimoutiers, Troarn to Ouistraham, Portsmouth, Southampton.

Click here: for full Itinery       for Camping Guide      for all France pictures

Poinsouze
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Poinsouze. Our 1st campsite, in the centre of France                               TOP
The chateau with kayakers in lake
About to seal launch
Well warmed up
Pylon on our walk around Poinsouze
Female stag beetle showing us our route
 Vorey
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Vorey campsite

Swimming pool at Vorey
Vorey school
Vorey from the mountain in a break in the thunderstorms             
Inn the village of Vorey
Lus de la Croix Haute
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Damage to van during a stand off with a German campervan in a narrow tunnel on the route to Grimone col on the wa y to Lus
Lus de la Croix Haute
Lus de la Croix Haute
Lus de la Croix Haute; our campsite
Larche
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Larch campsite [of our top 4 campsites]
Larche
The col de Larche [de Madellena in Italy]
On the way down from the col de Larche
  
Larch
Larche Mairie
Larche; church
  
Larche; Church bell tower
Looks like rain

Ask Liz

View from campsite; the golden eagle came over these each morning
View on other side
Fort on top of Mountain

Helicopter taking weekly rations?

Explorer
My birthday teaparty with Dutch neighbours
Red-backed shrike
St. Laurent in Verdon
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The lake at St. Laurent campsite [La Farigoulette]

Entrance to St Laurent village looking toward campsite and Verdon Gorge

Our mechanic come with 2 new tyres [then expelled from the site for obscene language to lady owner]
My wonderful companions in camping
Aren't they wonderful!
Friendly hoopoe  
Hugh looking forward to his 30th birthday
Wonderful restaurant in St. Laurent village
Lavender field near St. Laurent
Avignon
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Our campsite at Pont d'Avignon

Le pont d'Avignon. Campsite is on left bank.

Avignon from the campsite
Old Avignon palace of the popes
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Playing Bach on steel drums
Main street restaurants
Wonderful Italian restaurant 'celebrating' Hugh's last dinner with us before flying home
Saintes Maries de la Mer
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The sea at Clos du Rhone near Sts Maries de la Mers
The pool at the Clos du Rhone
Liz looking at the flamingoes outside typical Camargue house
On our walk into Sts Maries de la Mer
Black winged stilt next to campsite and Nesting stilt
Le Vigan
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Le Val d'Arre at Le Vigan. Sunday morning, selling bread and papers outside shop

 

View from campsite
View from the bridge; the river flows through the site
small but nice pool
The pitch drops away just beyond van to play area and the river
Our redstart
Le Vigan from local hills
Hillside village on way up to Causse Noir
Randals Bison on Causse Noir
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Bisons Randal on Causse Noir
Dinner time at Randasl Bison
Tourists being lectured for 1 hour under blazing sun
'James Dean'
Roaming buffalo
Causse Noir
Clear skies on Causse Noir and a tame butterfly
Causse Mejean
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Causse Mejean Wild camping
Causse Mejean Wild camping
Chough on Causse Mejean                                       Egyptian Vulture
Seeds of ???                                                        Thirsty butterfly
St. Enimie on the Tarn
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Campsite at St Enimie beside the Tarn
Causse Mejean from St Enimie
Liz in the Tarn swimming from campsite
Our site. The Tarn is behind the trees [down steep bank]
St Enimie
St Enimie
Causse Mejean road down to St Enimie
St Enimie
Col de la Croix de Bor; wild camping
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Col de la Croix de Bor
View from Col de la Croix de Bor
Flowers on Col de la Croix de Bor
Trizac
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Trizac campsite.
Trizac Mairie and Church
Trizac street market
Trizac butcher and war memorial
Animals of the Auvergne
Evaux les Bains
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Evaux les Bains
Evaux les Bains
Evaux les Bains Church
Inside the church
Evaux
Church
The chateau at the entrance to the campsite
The hospital for the elderly backing onto us; fortunately the madhouse screams stopped at sunset
St Thibault on the Loire
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Site at St Thibault on the Loire
The Loire
La Ferte Bernard
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Ferte la Bernard
Ferte la Bernard
Ferte la Bernard; the grill sign shows our favourite restaurant
Preparing our last meal in France
Ferte la Bernard church
Ouistraham
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Come to take us home
Black headed gulls and tern saying goodbye
The port marker bouy with farewell party
                                                         
Saying goodbye to La Belle France
 
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