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Caz1960

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Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Thu 09 Feb 2012, 9:50 pm

This will be an adventure taking my Dandy on a foreign trip and following the cycling race starting in Belgium then north of France until the Alps we are going to put her and us through a pace so hopefully be well versed in putting her up and down and touring around hoping to go into as many contrys as we go Germany, Luxenbourg, Switzerland and Italy doing three weeks end of June to the end July . so now running around collecting stuff to live in lux with our Dandy can't wait I joined the caravan club and the caravan and camping clubs as got great deal on ferry crossing only £ 78 return Dover to Dunkirk
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Helen on Thu 09 Feb 2012, 10:03 pm

That sounds like a fantastic adventure, people will be fascinated by your Dandy
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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Thu 09 Feb 2012, 10:10 pm

mine will draw the crowds as she has her flowers stuck all our her with the welsh dragon and feathers but will scrub her roof to look shiny and white and spruce up the awning don't want to let the side down
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Nick on Thu 09 Feb 2012, 10:16 pm

Caz1960 wrote:This will be an adventure taking my Dandy on a foreign trip and following the cycling race starting in Belgium then north of France until the Alps we are going to put her and us through a pace so hopefully be well versed in putting her up and down and touring around hoping to go into as many contrys as we go Germany, Luxenbourg, Switzerland and Italy doing three weeks end of June to the end July . so now running around collecting stuff to live in lux with our Dandy can't wait I joined the caravan club and the caravan and camping clubs as got great deal on ferry crossing only £ 78 return Dover to Dunkirk

that sounds great i love the tours,i would love to go to the Giro d'italia or tour de france,with the dandy in tow Very Happy
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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Thu 09 Feb 2012, 10:45 pm

love the Giro d'Italia so this could be the start of the tours Italy, Spain, did try a bit of Briton this year but must up my camera skills
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Cazz

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Cazz on Fri 10 Feb 2012, 10:41 am

Your adventure sound excellent, we need lots of pics when you return please.
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Tow Itch on Fri 10 Feb 2012, 2:21 pm


Caz nice to see you back.
Didn't realise piggys hibernated.
As your off touring I assume you sorted your spare wheel?
You joined both The Caravan Club and The Camping And Caravanning Club?
£78 ferry price for a good 3 weeks and towing a trailer about 4m. Spill the beans sounds like a cracking deal.
That sort of deal more than pays for membership and as I'm contemplating a short trip to Ireland full info would help.
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Fri 10 Feb 2012, 10:13 pm

ha ha not so much piggy's hibernate more like the mud frozen and can't move. I went on the ferry sites for the same tickets would cost £111. but as being member of the clubs I booked through the caravan club. with the caravan club their sites seem to be more exclusive and some private, as for the camping and caravan site are cheaper than the normal rates both cost about £40 to join I found that they are very helpful sites Im using them now to find sites overseas get allot of deals with them.

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Tow Itch on Sat 11 Feb 2012, 1:51 am

Unbelievable. I want to pop over to Ireland for a week in May. Not the bank holidays travelling mid week.
Not looking for a particular sailing time but the cheapest. I'm one metre shorter than a 6 but I'm looking at 3 adults travelling.
Just looked to confirm prices but P&O websites are playing up at the moment. However I don't think that will affect things much.
Cheapest price £352.00. Shove that either I'll choose the cheap train options and hire a car and book a B&B or as suggested elsewhere book two cheap cruises one UK Ireland one Ireland UK. So the nice people can't surcharge my credit card I will be booking them cash from a travel agent.
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Cazz on Sat 11 Feb 2012, 8:23 am

I know a bit off topic, but have you ever got a quote to the Isle of Man, ours was £600 for the campervan with out, yes with out, a trailer. Shocked it would be a lot cheaper to book at an event which includes camping and ferry, but that still isn't cheap. And they wonder why people choose to go elsewhere. Mad
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Sat 11 Feb 2012, 9:26 pm

Tow Itch I put the same date 14-18 may with 3.5 car and 4m trailer 3 adults Holyhead to Dublin return £327.36 with Irish ferry's then Liverpool Dublin P&O £385.00 all other ferries say they were not running or fault on their system cor cheaper to go France if you want to give me any more to check on caravan site for ferries will do xx Very Happy
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Tow Itch on Sat 11 Feb 2012, 10:23 pm

Caz1960 wrote:Tow Itch I put the same date 14-18 may with 3.5 car and 4m trailer 3 adults Holyhead to Dublin return £327.36 with Irish ferry's then Liverpool Dublin P&O £385.00 all other ferries say they were not running or fault on their system cor cheaper to go France if you want to give me any more to check on caravan site for ferries will do xx Very Happy
How sweet. Thanks very much but the dates used were only dummy ones. Need a family confab before selecting real dates. Also found a source of discount codes for trailers or caravans to Ireland. £192 from Pembroke or £224 from Holyhead only thing is it ends on the 14th of Feb. I will list if I think it's continuing.
Should have posted this separately. It's not very Tour De France is it. I will start another thread if I have success with the discount codes.
Thanks again Cazz.
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Tow Itch on Tue 14 Feb 2012, 8:48 pm

Caz

Don't know how often you do Europe but while the intention of the EU is notionally to harmonise laws it seams the requirements for motoring law have become more divisive. Especially what must or must not be carried in a car. Remember to take Hi Viz jackets for self and all passengers. Warning triangle, 2 triangles for Spain. To be kept in the car not the boot in certain countries. Load the latest version of your sat nav that doesn't warn of fixed speed camera or radar sites in France. Oh and if you get out to pay at a toll point put your seatbelt on before moving even 1 foot. Favourite lurking spot for French police.
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Wed 15 Feb 2012, 8:37 pm

never been to France thank you for those tips and no I haven't booked anything yet have emailed a few in case they are full also Belgium you have to have a fire extinguisher . will be visiting your link on camp-sites
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Tow Itch on Wed 15 Feb 2012, 9:21 pm

Though not as many sites you may for good or ill find more reviews on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Though a Google search on any site featured in Archies Campings could well provide details and the ability to translate on line gives you the local's views.
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 11:48 pm

lost the use of my laptop for the rest of the evening as did the down load google earth thing my son spotted me looking then the friend that is coming with us turned up then that waz it they had great time zooming in and out of the places we hope to go and that waz me sitting in the corner sulking but found it very helpful as spotting camp-sites near were we want to be
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Sun 19 Feb 2012, 11:52 pm

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Tue 21 Feb 2012, 5:22 pm

the French police have come up with a new rule you must have in your car a breathalyser tester before you drive in France
apparently the ferry's are selling them on board supposed to only cost a couple quid doesn't matter weather you are t-total .. we will be so full of gadgets to please the police in all the country's not be able to move affraid
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 9:40 pm

update got caravan club mag and re the breathalyser apparently the French police are thinking about but the daily mail said it would be law from July also the GB sticker has to have the EU emblem on it Shocked
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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Fri 16 Mar 2012, 8:01 pm

dont know if this helps
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Fri 16 Mar 2012, 8:08 pm

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Fri 16 Mar 2012, 8:19 pm

just like to say sorry for the quality of the print but couldn't copy of website so downloaded it then it wouldn't copy so printed them and my printer went in a sulk everything in pink so scanned it back in and that's the result flower taken off the caravan club site but doesn't mention the resent info breathalysers for France and fire extinguisher in Belgium so i will ask them to confirm flower flower flower
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Tow Itch on Fri 16 Mar 2012, 9:25 pm

Great stuff Caz.
If I'm picky sheet 3 should follow sheet 5 and sheet 4 is the same as sheet 6.
Sod it you can still make sense out of it and that's all that matters.
You best bring back loads of photos.
Better still have you got a euro roaming dongle and you can make us jealous while you travel.
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Caz1960

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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Sun 25 Mar 2012, 2:42 pm

didn't think of that so that's on the list now in big red letters on page 5
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Re: Tour De France

Post by Caz1960 on Wed 06 Jun 2012, 2:41 pm


I am at the days to go count down and maps out planning a route that im sure we would not stick to as I am the map reader so to be honest we could end up anywhere RUSSIA affraid affraid
as from the 1st of June the official info of the Tour and route came out even though there is speculation on the web sites
I have just spent stupid hours trying to put the map and even try and get a link but fighting and getting no were ok yea i did get side tracked with the photo men in lycra must remember dark sunglasses and a drool bib but only 23days to go and yes Cazz still no Dandy 6 in site starting to chomping at the bit



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