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Prices mentioned for camping are based on a small camper with 2 adults and no electricity.
Eiffel Tower: After dark the tower is lit, but at every full hour it will show special lights effects. The best view is from a square near the exit at Trocadero metro station.
Metro: A single trip costs € 1,70 and allows you to travel the whole metro destrict. However as soon as you exit a metro station you have to pay again when entering. So when you hop on and hop off during a day of sightseeing it is deffinitely worth buying a day ticket. When you buy it at the campsite it will cost € 13,65 including the shuttle bus from the campsite to the nearest metro station.
France 2013 - Normandy & Paris
Internet: Free Wi-Fi available in almost every bar, restaurant, hotel or campsite
ATM's: available everywhere
Creditcards: accepted in most places (gas stations, hotels, restaurants and shops)
Safety: In general OK but be careful with bush camping on rest area's along highways.
Days: 12 days
Period: End of July
Weather: Sunny and warm (between 20 and 25 degrees). No rain.
Prices (per July 2013)
Fuel: Diesel is Euro 1,32 per liter. The cheapest fuel can be found at unmanned fuel stations. Many of them, although not all, accept Visa or Mastercard (just check in advance). The price difference can be around 20 cents per liter.
Camping: A lot of camper spots are available and often free of charge (or just a small fee acquired). During high season the camper spots can be very crowded and most of them have no toilets and showers. Normal camping between Euro 12,- (municipal) and Euro 35,- (Paris).
No visa needed for EU citizens.
Entry & Exit: No checks
Fees for toll roads, briges, tunnels and ferries
Toll prices in France are per category. Prices mentioned are for a normal car. Larger cars or cars with trailers may be more expensive.
Major Highways: Most major highways are toll roads. Fee is quite expensive. Driving the whole of France from North to South will costs about € 100,- one way. Toll can be paid cash of with Visa
Pont de Normandie: € 5,40 for a normal car.
Highlights or not
Etretat: Coastal village with beautiful white cliffs and a natural arch.
Hornfleur: Nice small village
Normandy II World War landing beaches: There are many beaches with war monuments in this area. We visited Juno Beach. Here there is also a museum. There is a nice walking along the beach and through the dunes with several monuments and memorials.
Mont Saint Michel: Monastry on a small rock island. Although a nice place to visit, during holiday season it is extremely crowded here. Parking is expensive at €12,- a day. For €20,- you can park at the camper area and stay the night. From the parking there are free shuttle busses to the island.
Paris: City of Love. Many places to see and visit. We like the Eiffel Tower at night.
Restaurants & accomodation worth mentioning
N50°13.120 E1°38.030 Le Crotoy
Camperspot. €5,- per night per spot
N49°42.020 E0°12.960 Etretat
Camping Municipal. €12,40 without power per night (2 persons and car)
N49°20.240 W0°27.970 Juno Beach
Camperspot direct at the beach, no charge, no facilities.
N48°27.499 W0°02.902 La Lacalle
Bushcamp at a parking near a public park nearby La Lacelle. WC and water available, no charge
N48°52.088 E2°14.084 Paris
Camping Indigo in Bois de Bologne. € 35,70 per night without power. Expensive but only camping nearby city center. Shuttle bus to the center stops in front of the camping. Price shuttle bus € 1,70 per person one way.
FR-CAMP06 N49°34.019 E002°42.512
Camping de Sorel, campsite conveniently near the main highway to the south. Price 17,- euro per night for 2 persons and a car no electricity (4,- more)
FR-CAMP07 N45°00.686 W000°28.153
Saint Andre de Cubzac, Bushcamp. Not a nice spot but safe. We did not wanted to stay on the nearby located campsite and ended op here.
FR-CAMP08 N45°56.985 W000°32.225
Saint-Jean-D'Ang ely, Camping Val de Boutonne, Well maintained campsite nearby a nice village. A real family campsite. Not our kind of place but most Europeans will like it. Clean, green and has everything you need. Nearby, on the other side of the lake is also a camper spot but when we were there it had no space left.
FR-CAMP09 N49°16.592 E002°30.865
Camping la Sapiniere near Creil. Not very touristy. Campsite is mainly used by local French people who stay the whole season here. At the back of the campsite is a small field for camping. Although nothing special we really liked this place. One of the few places where we had nice contact with the locals.
FR-SUPER1 N44°59.755 W000°26.371
Saint Andre de Cubzac, Intermarche with Laundry machines