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Trip List by Scilly_Dreamer

Journeys in France

Sep 12, 2006  Where do you go on holiday when you already live in Paradise???
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We love France and always visit off-season (February or November) so sometimes we find most things closed and other times we are thrilled with what we discover about the area we are visiting. Yes, we have done Eurodisney (several times) but mostly we like to stay off the beaten path if possible.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Dordogne, Domme, Marne-la-Vallee
  • Category: Roadtrip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Budget travelers
  • Seasons: Spring, Fall
  • 1. Dordogne Valley
    Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

    One of our favourite places to visit but it can take a lot longer than you think to get from one location to another. Our first gite in the Dordoge was wonderful - on a hillside overlooking a valley - but it was half an hour on narrow country lanes until you reached the main road! Note: the Dordogne is an area favoured by UK ex-pats so you can find such delicacies as Marmite and proper English tea in the big supermarkets.

  • 2. Domme
    Domme, Dordogne

    Domme is an enchanting spot - a fortified bastide town high on the side of the Dordogne Valley with stunning views from the ramparts. We arrived late one evening in early November and awoke to fog which shrouded the valley and its views. So we went underground - the Grotte de Domme is well worth a visit and very interesting.

  • 3. Disneyland Paris
    Disneyland Park, Marne-la-Vallee, Seine-et-Marne

    If you can avoid going to Disneyland Paris during the school holidays .... DO SO!

    We braved a February half term stay in 2004 and the place was heaving with bodies - the vast majority seemingly from the UK. That said, everything was well organised and we had immense admiration for the staff who were on the go all the time.

    One thing to remember, Marne-la-Vallee is one of the flattest, coldest places you will ever visit ... unless it's summer and then it's probably one of the flattest, hottest places you will ever visit. Even taking into consideration the fact that we normally only visit Disney in November or February, extremes of weather have dogged our visits - at times we've had it well below freezing, blowing an icy gale and torrential deluges of rain. So go prepared with good sturdy shoes for walking and waterproofs.

    We prefer to stay at Camp Davy Crockett which is a few minutes drive down the motorway but situated in an oak forest. The cabins are fairly basic but comfortable, the electric heating can keep them cosy and warm in cold autumn or winter weather, the facilities of the Trading Post with its fabulous tropical swimming pool and restaurant are great for kids.

    On two occasions we have had to arrange for a wheelchair for our party (a damaged knee on one occasion and an elderly relative on the other). On both occasions, although a charge was specified for the wheelchair, there was nothing added to our bill. And parties with members in wheelchairs get preferential treatment in all the rides - we were whisked to the front of the Star Wars ride past several hundred people queueing patiently ...

    On one occasion I left my laptop in our cabin and had to make a panic-stricken phone call from the UK on our return to ask if it had been found. Not only had it been found by cleaning staff and kept safe, but it was returned to me in the UK by courier service with NO CHARGE! Kudos to Disneyland staff, I say.