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.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 25, 2000
Hotel | "Hotel D'Argouges"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2000
Vacation Village at Weston
16461 Racquet Club Rd.
Weston, Florida 33326
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
Hotel | "Hotel la Roseraie"
Tahoe Seasons Resort
3901 Saddle Rd
South Lake Tahoe, California 96157
Hotel | "Le Grand Monarque"
Peppertree Atlantic Beach
715 West Fort Macon Rd.
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina 28512
Hotel | "Hotel La Residence du Berry"
Fairfield Ocean Ridge
1 King Cotton Road
Edisto Island, South Carolina 29438
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 Azay le Rideau, but even though the hours posted said it was to be open, the person working there decided to take a LONG lunch that day, so we had to miss it, or miss our next appointment at the vineyards in Vouvray. We went to the Cave Des Producteurs, which is a conglomerate of different grape growers, which get rated every season, then are picked to make the wine here. Their sparkling wine is their speciality. It was a very interesting tour, and we learned a lot about making 'champagne'/ sparkling wine.
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 probably my favourite place of the trip. The Mont is just incredible. Be sure to take a tour of the Abbaye on top, there are tours in different languages at different times, so check with the tourist info at the base of the Mont. I highly recommend staying on the Mont, and also dining at Ma Mere Poulard, the food, service and ambiance were wonderful.
New York, New York