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Bagatelle
   
Route CD 940
62155 Merlimont
Telephone: 03 21 89 09 91
This theme park, created in 1955, is the oldest in France. Its wooded and flower-filled grounds stretch over 26 hectares, and it offers a multitude of activities for all ages: rides, shows, flumes… Bison, tigers, kangaroos, llamas, parakeets: the park is also an animal paradise. The perfect spot for a family picnic in the shade of the pine trees.

 


 

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 Featuring over 50 caravan and camping sites in Sussex, the guide shows contact details for each, as well as a facility key and quality standard. Useful contact addresses and telephone numbers for tourist information centres and external organisations are provided.

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...Something special for the caravanner and camper. Here is an unspoilt part of the British Isles for those who like to explore and discover. You have the freedom to please yourself and to choose from a wide variety of excellent sites in a richly varied landscape. Whether you want to be inland in the gloriously  unspoilt countryside and spectacular downland, or beside the sea and the coastal resorts, you will find just the place.

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routesign French autoroutes (indicated by blue signs like this) are fast, limited-access toll roads (motorway, autobahn, autostrada, snelweg). Autoroute speed limit is 130 km/hr in good weather; 110 km/hr in rain or other bad weather. By law, and convention, you should stay in the right-hand lane except when passing (in spite of what you see everybody else doing).

Toll booths are Péages. Tolls can be paid by cash, cheque, or credit card, including Carte Bleue, Visa, Eurocard, Mastercard, and most private credit cards (Total, DKV, UTA, etc.). Your account will be debited in the currency in which it is held (euro, franc, lira, DM, dollar, pound, etc.). You can use a pre-printed cheque made out in euros; the cheque must be endorsed "payable in France". You can pay in Euro Traveller's Cheques, except on the Escota network (the A8 Aix-Nice; A50-A52-A57 Toulon area; A51 Sisteron).

Petrol/Gas-station rest stops are located an average of every 40 km. Petrol/Gas prices are more expensive on the autoroutes than at stations on the "surface" roads. A 2001 law in France allows stations located within 10 km driving distance from the autoroute to post their prices on the autoroute.


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The Gorges du Verdon, also called the Grand

Canyon du Verdon, is a spectacular canyon that forms a border between the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Var. Up to 700 m deep, the 21-km-long canyon varies in width between 6 and 100 m at the bottom and 200 to 1500 m at its rim.

Although it's much smaller than Arizona's Grand Canyon, the Gorges du Verdon is deep, compact, wild and beautiful. From Castellane to the village of Rougons, the Verdon river flows clear and swift, and the road follows along the banks. At Rougons, by the Point Sublime, the river plunges into the narrow rock walls, and there's no escape until it comes out the western end before flowing into Lac de Ste Croix.

Access
Accessing the canyon from the west, Moustiers-Ste-Marie or Lac de Ste Croix, gives you the option of driving along the North Rim (D952) or the South Rim (D71, via Aiguines). From the east, the D952 goes from Castellane all the way along the North Rim of the canyon, or you can turn left across the Pont de Soleils and follow the roads past Trigance to get to the South Rim.

North Rim. From a junction 2 km south of Moustiers-Ste-Marie, the D952 goes for 31 km across the northern side of the canyon to Pont de Soleils. The western part of this road has some good views down into the canyon. About the half-way point, at the Col d'Aven, the road crosses the plateau, through lavender fields, passing La Palud-sur-Verdon and on to Rougon, where it returns to the edge of the canyon at Point Sublime, one of the most popular spots on the north rim.

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Route des Crêtes. This is a loop road, starting 1 km north of La Palud-sur-Verdon and returning to the village. The full loop of 23 km follows the very edge of the northern rim, with some of the most spectacular views of the canyon. The road is narrow, but much less frequented than the main roads. NOTE: The northern part of the loop-road is one-way, in a clockwise direction; you cannot make the full loop if start directly east from the village of La Palud.

South Rim. From the junction 2 km south of Moustiers-Ste-Marie, the route is the D19 to Aiguines, D71 for 29 km, then left onto the D90, past Trigance, and left on the D955 to the Pont de Soleils where it joins the D952, for a total of 48 km. After Anguines, there's about 25 km along the southern rim of the canyon, with lookout platforms and great views.

Full Loop. A full loop around the canyon is just over 100 km, including the Route des Crêtes, and takes a very full day.

Verdon River

The source of the Verdon river is at about 2500 m altitude, between the Col de la Sestrière and the Pas du Mélèze, 3 km northwest of La Foux d'Allos and 11 km northwest of Allos [map p14]. Details of the source are on Didier Richard map #1 (Alpes de Provence) and IGN 3539 O (which we don't have).

The nearest road access is at La Foux d'Allos. From La Foux, a hiking trail goes directly up past the source to the Col de la Sestrière, where it joins the GR56. Down past La Foux d'Allos, the Verdon (followed by the road) goes by Allos and then south to Colmars. Here, joined by Le Lance, the Verdon takes the form of a real river, going south-southeast past Beauvezer and Thorame-Haute, and then on south to St Andé-les-Alpes.

site photo At St-André, the river flows into the Lac de Castillon [map p14], the lake created by damming the Verdon river with the Barrage de Castillon. Just south of the lake, the river flows past Castellane and into the approaches to the canyon. Along this part of the river, the valley is still wide enough for the road to follow along at about the level of the river, past the Pont-de-Soleils (photo, left), through the Clue de Carejuan and into the gorge.

At the western end of the canyon, the river flows into the Lac de Ste-Croix. The lake flows out through the earthen dam Barrage de Ste Croix on west through the Basse Gorges du Verdon, past Quinson, Lac d'Esparron and Gréoux-les-Bains [map q14]. Southwest of Gréoux-les-Bains, the Verdon joins the Durance river.

 

Loup Gorges

The narrow and beautiful Gorges du Loup cuts north-south through the hills at the foot of Gourdon, 12 km from Grasse. (For "nearby" measurements, we've used the bottom of the Gorges, at Pont-du-Loup. It's about 5.5 km from Pont-du-Loup up through the Gorges, past the "cascade", to Bramafan.)

The D2210 road along the forested edge of the hills runs from Châteauneuf-Pré-du-Lac (near Grasse) through Le Bar-sur-Loup, Pont-du-Loup, Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Vence.

Down in the bottom of the valley at Pont-du-Loup, where the little D6 road turns off to go up through the gorge, you see Gourdon perched on the cliffs high above, and the tall pillars of the bombed-out railway viaduct crossing the valley in a curve.

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Beaulieu-sur-Mer

 Beaulieu-sur-Mer photo 3854_079.jpg This is an up-market seaside resort town in addition to being a year-round commercial and residential town, with the added advantage of being pretty, and in a beautiful setting. The lower part of town has shops, shady tree-lined sidewalks and its Casino, as well as beaches and yacht basins. The main part of town is above the railway tracks, inland from the station.

 

 

There's no old town here, even though the town's history goes back, more or less, to prehistoric times. This is a bustling place, with the scent of flowers in the air in the springtime. Protecting the back of the town are the cliffs that tower high above, especially well viewed from the area of the port [photo-2]. Where ancient people once found refuge, a few perched villas now stand sentry over the town.

Beach. The beach [photo-4] is long and sandy and well-protected, in the cosy Baie des Fourmis (that hopefully doesn't take after its name). It's located adjacent to the center of town, across the road from the Casino, but set below the road and isolated from the town noises. A long promenade, shaded by low-hanging trees, fronts the length of the beach.


 

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"Attention to start"
Gare d'Anduze Gare d'Anduze

STEAM IN FRANCE
 

Dès le départ de la gare d'Anduze, la voie ferrée s'engouffre dans un long tunnel de 833 mètres débouchant From the starting station of Anduze, the track plunges into a long tunnel leading to 833 meters
sur un majestueux pont métallique de 104 mètres qui enjambe le Gardon et permet de franchir "La Porte des Cévennes" a majestic iron bridge of 104 meters, which spans the Gardon and allows cross "La Porte des Cévennes"
constituée par les rochers de Saint Julien et de Peyremale. formed by the rocks of Saint Julien and Peyremale.

Between Anduze and Saint-Jean-du-Gard, discover with the Cévennes Steam Railway the valley of the Gardons and its fine panoramas.

Going full steam ahead on viaducts and through tunnels, experience the steam railways of yesteryear.

At the stations, the stoker and the driver will show you round the engine they lovingly look after.

Picnic areas, snack bar, souvenir shop, exhibitions: we do everything at our stations to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.

The Cévennes Steam Railway's trains are accessible to the handicapped thanks to our specially fitted-out carriage.

Our entire facilities have been laid out so that we can cater for everyone.

In 2002 we were awarded the 4 handicap label (for persons with aural, visual, motor and mental disabilities).

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Départ de CERNAY SAINT-ANDRÉ :

- en venant de Mulhouse, de Belfort ou de Colmar : Suivre la direction Thann (RN66) et tourner au rond-point direction "Institut St André";

- en venant de Thann : sortir de Thann et tourner au rond-point direction "Institut St André".


Départ de SENTHEIM :

- sur la route principale, tourner au panneau "Train Touristique" (à l'entrée du village en venant de Burnhaupt).

 
 

 

Train Touristique de Puisaye-Forterre
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BIENVENUE AU PETIT TRAIN D'ARTOUSTE

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Le P'tit train de la Haute Somme
Froissy - Cappy - Dompierre

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Train Touristique

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The Little Train of the Upper Somme
Froissy - Cappy - Dompierre
Hamlet Froissy "La Neuville the Bray <Somme <Picardie <France

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French Driving Musts
 
Observe speed limits.  
Built-up areas 50kph (31mph): town or village name starts the limit;
bar through name is the derestriction sign.
Ordinary roads 90kph (56mph):
if wet 80kph (50mph).
Toll-free autoroutes and dual carriageways 110kph (68mph);
if wet l00kph (62mph).
Other autoroutes l30kph (81mph);
if wet 110kph (68mph).
Fines for speeding are DRACONIAN. From on-the-spot fines of €135 to as high as €1,500
(the higher fines include attending a court).
On autoroutes in foggy conditions, when visibility is less than 50m,
the speed limit is 50kph (31mph).
DO NOT drink and drive.
The alcohol limit is lower in France than Britain:
Fines can be as high as 4,500.
50mg per 100ml of blood:
In reality a minuscule amount of alcohol;
just don't drink and drive.
 
10 VITAL RULES TO REMEMBER
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gnoring these could lead to hefty on-the-spot fines - or worse.
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No-one is allowed to drive on a provisional licence.
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Minimum age to drive in France is 18, not 17.
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Seatbelts must be worn by the driver and front and back-seat passengers.
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Under-tens may not travel in the front unless the child is in a specially-approved fitted seat facing backwards.
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Stop signs mean stop. Creeping slowly in first gear will not do. You must come to a complete halt.
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No stopping on open roads unless the car is driven off the road.
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Overtaking where there is a solid single centre line is heavily penalised.
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A red warning triangle to be carried in case of breakdown.
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Full or dipped headlights, as in the UK, in poor visibility and at night. Sidelights only when the car is stationary. It is strongly advisable to have a complete spare-bulb kit (buy before you go) as it is illegal to drive with faulty lights.
If a driver flashes his headlights in France, he is generally indicating that he has priority and you should give way, contrary to standard practise in the UK.
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Beams must be adjusted for right-hand drive. Yellow-tinted beams are NOT compulsory for tourist vehicles.
You must also take with you: a current passport(s); driving licence; a current vehicle insurance certificate; vehicle registration documents (the original); if a rented car, the rental agreement and rental insurance details; a GB plate or sticker; a first-aid kit and a fire extinguisher.
Take either Michelin's various large-scale maps
(in the 'Local', 'Regional' or 'Départementales' series) or one of their spiral-bound atlases.
Buy fuel at supermarkets for big savings.
PRIORITÉ À DROITE (PRIORITY TO THE RIGHT)
In built-up areas, the priorité still applies and you must give way to anybody coming out of a side-turning on the right.
However the priorité rule no longer applies at roundabouts which means you give way to cars already on the roundabout; watch for the roundabout sign with the words 'Vous n'avez pas la priorité'.
All roads of any significance outside built-up areas have right of way called passage protégé, and are denoted by one of two signs: a yellow diamond; and a broad straight-ahead arrow over a narrow horizontal line (main road - you do have priority over the minor road).

 

North France

Paris and Picardy

This region is dominated by the capital Paris, famous for its museums, galleries, cathedrals and other famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Contrast the beautiful old artists quarter of Montmarte with the modern architecture of the Pompidou centre and then relax at a pavement café whilst the river Seine winds its lazy way by. The obvious lure for the younger ones will be the theme parks at Disneyland Resort Paris and Parc Astérix. By contrast the peaceful Picardy countryside is a delightful mixture of forests and rich farmlands interspersed with rivers, lakes and waterfalls. There is a varied historical theme with numerous chateaux and the sombre battlefields and memorials of the Great War.

 

 


 

North West France

Brittany

Craggy headlands, long sandy beaches, pretty villages and beautiful inland scenery, it is not hard to see why Brittany remains a firm favourite for an all round family holiday. You will receive a warm welcome from the Bretons, who are deeply proud of their identity and happy to share their beautiful region with you. There is a rich Celtic heritage, which is displayed at the many local festivals (Fest-Noz) where traditional Breton costumes are worn and the bagpipes accompany the dancing. The Bretons maintain long sea-faring traditions and consequently they produce some superb fish and shellfish dishes. As a gastronomic alternative try some real Breton crêpes washed down with some locally produced cider or chouchen, a drink made from honey.

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West France

Atlantic Coast

This is a vast region stretching from the Vendée, just South of Nantes, right down to the wide surfing beaches of Les Landes and on to the Pyrenées and the Spanish border. This is a huge playground for water sports enthusiasts, with some superb beaches for the whole family. The coastal areas produce some excellent seafood (particularly oysters) whilst inland there are rich farmlands and vineyards, from the crisp white Muscadet grapes in the north, down through the Cognac and Medoc regions further south. There are towns of great historical interest like La Rochelle, Saintes, Bordeaux and Bayonne and towards the Spanish border you enter the colourful world of the Basque culture and their chic resorts like Biarritz and St Jean de Luz.

 

 


 

South France

Languedoc Roussillon

      

The beautiful beaches of the Western Mediterranean stretch from the Camargue region in the east to the towering peaks of the Pyrénées. The area either side of the border with Spain was formerly the Kingdom of Catalonia. The Catalans maintain a distinctive culture even today with a different language and a mouth-watering cuisine. The dramatic coastline near the Pyrénées gives way to a more gentle coastal plain backed by vineyards and sleepy historic towns. Further east in Languedoc modern resorts rub shoulders with beautiful old towns and ports like Agde and Sete. Inland visit the incredible walled city of Carcasonne and trace the turbulent history of the Cathares and the Knights Templars.


 

East France

Mountains and Lakes

 

The Alps provide a wonderful mixture of spectacular mountain scenery, thick forests, cascading rivers and crystal clear blue lakes. This is a paradise for walkers, cyclists and lovers of all water sports. There are many other exciting pursuits available such as white water rafting, canyoning, summer luge and paragliding. At Annecy in the Haute Savoie, the scenery is truly dramatic with colourful alpine meadows stretching up towards the craggy, snow-capped peaks. The town of Annecy itself is a colourful maize of flowers, canals and medieval buildings. The Jura has a wonderfully rural atmosphere with a tapestry of lakes, rivers, waterfalls, rich farmlands and forested hills interspersed with unspoilt towns and villages like Clairvaux-les-Lacs.


 

Italy

Lake Garda

 

 

The majestic Dolomites in the North form the backdrop to rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and citrus trees. To the south lie the rich and fertile plains of the Po river valley. Just 2 hours from Milan and Venice, Lake Garda is considered to be the most romantic of all the Northern Italian Lakes. Its natural beauty is complemented by a wealth of historic and architectural heritage on display in the pretty lakeside towns like Salo, Sirmione, Bardolino and Lazise. As you would expect in a region where the map reads like a wine list, there is a huge choice of superb local cuisine. A holiday to this area must include a visit to the impressive city of Verona - complete with its Roman Arena, Romeo and Juliet's balcony and a vibrant old quarter.


 

Italy

Venetian Riviera

 

Further east, countless miles of soft sandy beaches, shimmering resorts and traditional ports, define the Adriatic coastline. Embedded in this scenery is Venice, the "Pearl of the Adriatic", built on hundreds of tiny islands and cocooned by the calm waters of the lagoon. Nothing can prepare you for the splendour of this historic centre, where enchanting canals, sumptuous palaces and quiet piazza's create a unique and magical atmosphere. There are other delightful lagoon islands such as Burano and Murano  which maintain the traditional skills of lace-making and glass manufacture. Whilst  nearby towns of Padua and Treviso complete the historic tapestry, the modern resorts of Jesolo and Cavallino provide plenty of nightlife.


 

Italy

Tuscany

Further south, Tuscany was the cradle of Etruscan civilisation and is still considered by many as the real Italy. Tuscany has an irresistible appeal with historic towns and villages, beautiful scenery of rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves, some of the best beaches in Europe, a mouth-watering cuisine and a warm and sunny climate. The epicentre of Florence (the birthplace of the Renaissance) is complemented by other important historic centres like Pisa, Volterra, Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano, Arezzo and Perugia to name just a few. This is the heart of Chianti countryside and a visit to a vineyard to stock up is recommended. The beautiful off-shore islands of Elba and Grigio are also accessible.


 

Spain

Costa Brava

 

From the high peaks of the Pyrénées that form the spectacular border with France, the Costa Brava has a dramatically rugged coastline with craggy headlands protecting sandy coves and idyllic whitewashed fishing villages. Inland medieval fortress towns, like Pals, overlook golden fields of maize and wild poppies. Proud of their rich and colourful heritage, the inhabitants of Catalonia maintain their unique culture through their own language, folklore and distinctive cuisine. The ancient Roman and Greek settlements at Empurias give us an insight into the historical importance of Spain as a natural bridge between Europe and Africa. A day in Barcelona should include a visit to the Ramblas quarter and Gaudi's incredible La Sagrada Familia cathedral.


 

Spain

Cantabria

 

The Atlantic coast of Spain is a mixture of rugged headlands, offshore islands, sweeping bays of golden sands and lush green hills backed ultimately by the spectacular 'Picos de Europa' mountain range, which rises to a height of 2,613m at the summit of the Peña Vieja. The warm temperate climate, fertile soils and plentiful seas have attracted man since the dawn of time and pre-historic cave drawings at Altamira bear witness to his presence. More contemporary art can be viewed at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, whilst a visit to the beautifully preserved medieval town of Santillana is recommended.   

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Theme Parks

Many  resorts are close to some of the most exciting theme parks in Europe.

Disneyland Resort Paris

Dreams come true when visiting the magic kingdom. There are the exciting rides and famous characters at the Disneyland Park as well as the land of television and movies at the Walt Disney Studios.

 


 

Parc Astérix

The entertainment never stops at this wonderful park, with jugglers, acrobats, dancers, street shows and Europe's 2nd biggest roller coaster. Be friends with Astérix and Obélix, in their fight against the Romans.


 

Futuroscope

A day of simulated adventure which is more exciting than the real thing.

This high-tech park is full of 3D films, simulator sides (like the 'Race of Atlantis'), video games and virtual worlds.


 

Gardaland

The most magical theme park in Italy with beautiful views over Lake Garda. Some great rides including the breathtaking Blue Tornado roller coaster, whilst younger children will love the Fantasy Kingdom.


 

Universal Studios Resort

Split between the Port Aventura Theme Park and the Caribe Aqua Park, this thrilling leisure complex, takes you on a fascinating journey through 5 exotic countries. Try the 8-loop roller coaster Dragon Khan.


 

Resort Suggestions

Beach Venues - There are many different types of beach and it is worthwhile considering the activities that suit your family.

Surfing and Body Boarding - Great surf at Messanges and Noja

Snorkeling and Diving - Crystal clear water at Playa de Pals and Carantec

Sailing and Windsurfing - Good beach sports facilities at Valras Plage and St Hilaire

Fishing - Good beach fishing at Canet Plage and at Raguenès


Inland Venues - Away from the bustle of the coast, lakes and rivers provide a tranquil alternative with great water sports and stunning scenery.

Sailing and Windsurfing - Courses available near Lathuile

Canoeing - Organised family canoe trips near Clairvaux-les-Lacs

Waterskiing - For tuition look at our Lake Campsites at Bardolino or Lathuile

Rafting, Canyoning and Paragliding - Accompanied trips for beginners available at Lathuile


City and Historic Venues - Many of our resorts are conveniently placed to visit some of Europe's most famous cosmopolitan and historic centres.

 

 

Italy - Punta Sabbioni or Venice, Bardolino for Verona and Figline for Florence

France - Berny-Rivière for Paris and Fréjus for Nice and Cannes

Spain - Playa de Pals for Barcelona and Noja for Santander

History - Try our coastal Tuscan resorts at Castagneto or San Vincenzo for Siena, Volterra or Pisa


 

 

Scenic and Active Venues - Holidays give us time to sit back and view the beauty of nature and indulge in some exciting outdoor activities.

Hills and Mountains - Visit the fragrant Esterel Hills near Fréjus or horse-ride amongst the Chianti vineyards at Figline

Lakes and Waterfalls - Breathtaking lake scenery at Sirmione and majestic waterfalls near Clairvaux-les-Lacs

Forests - Cycle through the pine forests of Les Landes at Messanges or try a tree climbing experience at La Palmyre