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An October 2000 trip to France by temashana

Quote: Finally getting to visit Normandy and the Loire Valley so I can see where the British Royal Norman descendants came from, and drink some good wine as well.

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My favourite place was Mont Saint Michel. The sunrise was incredible across the water and beach. Also, walking around the island on the walkway that goes along the perimeter of the island.Quick Tips: Caen has a lot to see, so you should spend a couple of days there. Also, if you want to see all of the D'day beaches, you need to spend a few days in that area. Bayeux is a good point to stay at and do day trips if you are just staying in Normandy.Best Way To Get Around: I believe the best way to see a country and really get the full experience is to drive through it. It was wonderful to see not just the 'tourist' places, but to go through the smaller villages and drive through the ...Read More
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The rooms were small, and the paint was peeling. Not too impressed with this hotel. Don't think I'd stay there again, as I am sure there are other hotels in the same price range that must be nicer. Sheets were stained as well, and when housekeeping cleaned the rooms they left the doors open.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 25, 2000

Vacation Village at Weston

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Hotel | "Hotel D'Argouges"

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This was a charming old house that is now an hotel. There is no elevator, so you should be aware of that if you need one. The breakfast is in a bright room overlooking the garden. The hotel staff was very nice and helpful. The rooms were charming and decorated very well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2000

Vacation Village at Weston
16461 Racquet Club Rd.
Weston, Florida 33326
(954) 389-6750

Auberge St. Pierre

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I definitely recommend staying on the island as opposed to the main land when visiting this place. The hotel had its own little bridge to the walkway that goes around the outside of the buildings. The rooms were nicely decorated and the staff was very accomodating. The restaurant was very empty though, and I would recommend eating at Ma Mere Poulard's down the street.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2000

Clos des Benedictines

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The hotel was ok, but it uses water from a spring, so if you have a bath, it is in brown water, not very attractive.


They do have an English station on the telly, which is quite nice. The staff didn't speak a lot of English, so beware if you don't know any French. It was ok, but not sure if I'd stay there again. Although in the summer with the pool open it might be better.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 25, 2000

Tahoe Seasons Resort

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Hotel | "Hotel la Roseraie"

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The rooms were lovely, I had the blue one in the brochure. The owners, a married couple, were very helpful, and personable. The food in the restaurant was very good as well. The only problem I had was that the couple sleeping next door snored something awful, and the walls were very thin. Perhaps in the main building it would have been less, or if you are a heavy sleeper.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2000

Tahoe Seasons Resort
3901 Saddle Rd
South Lake Tahoe, California 96157
530-541-6700

Peppertree Atlantic Beach

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Hotel | "Le Grand Monarque"

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The room was in the back section of the hotel, and the rooms in the main building seemed a bit nicer. Also, there was a wedding in the hotel that went on until 5am, so it was a bit noisy. The hotel did give us a discount after we complained about the noise, and said someone should have told us that there was to be a wedding there.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 25, 2000

Peppertree Atlantic Beach
715 West Fort Macon Rd.
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina 28512
(800) 225-3522

Fairfield Ocean Ridge

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Hotel | "Hotel La Residence du Berry"

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The hotel was about 10 min walk from the palace. It was a lovely hotel, and very clean and had all the amenities, including internet access, for a very small price. The staff was very nice and helpful. They made dinner reservations for us at Le Chapeau Gris, about a 20 min walk, and it was PHENOMENAL!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2000

Fairfield Ocean Ridge
1 King Cotton Road
Edisto Island, South Carolina 29438
(843) 869-2561

Loire Valley

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The chateaux were more decorated here, as opposed to the chateaux in Normandy, which were mostly just remains. This area is definitely more touristy. The best Chateau was definitely Chenonceau. Chambord was huge, but the only thing I really liked about it was the dual staircase in the center supposedly designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Amboise was lovely as well, sitting on top of a hill overlooking the Loire. Angers was nice, with a garden and small vineyard on top of the walls. I would have loved to see Saumur, but it was so foggy the morning we were to stop there, and you couldn't see 5 feet in front of you, so we skipped it, just that brief view from the night before. We tried to go to Az...Read More

Normandy

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It was wonderful to drive up to Normandy from Paris. The trip was on a main autoroute, so there were a few tolls to pay along the way, about 10-12FF per toll. The trees were changing colours and it was beautiful. Caen was the first stop and I highly recommend the views from up on the Chateau and also going to the Abbaye aux Hommes. The Abbaye aux Dames was ok, but not as intricate. Guilliam (William) the Conquerer is buried in Hommes, and his wife Matilda in Dames. Next was Bayeux, to see the Tapestry. The is a very good exhibit to see before you see the tapestry itself so you can understand what it is all about. After that, we went on to Le Mont Saint Michel, which was proba...Read More

Bretagne

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We were just able to see a bit of this region in France. We drove through Fougeres and Vitre, two border towns that are medieval remains from when there was a division of Bretagne and France. They were very interesting, especially Fougeres, and the views from top of the fortress were incredible, even though it was a bit foggy.