One of the joys of travelling through France by car is the opportunity to get off the autoroutes and main N roads and follow back roads to your destination. Often these are surprisingly quiet and can allow you to cover long distance at a decent speed, except for the towns and villages en route.
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To mark the end of Lent, the town of Vitré (35 Ile et Villaine, Brittany) holds 2 parades – one in the daytime (28 March 2010), the other at night (11 April 2010). Known as the Carnaval des Gais Lurons the parades comprise numerous brightly decorated floats characterised by large paper-maché heads and involving copious
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Despite already having a well-developed high speed train (TGV) network, the French have plans to double the length of the special TGV lines by 2020 from the current 1750km. Trains a Grand Vitesse (TGVs) do run on on many major routes, but not all the line is a dedicated TGV track which permits speeds of
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The Vignerons-Independants, the body representing independent winemakers, holds a number of wine fairs (Salons) in Spring and Autumn each year, which are open to the public and give you the opportunity to taste from a wide selection of vineyards from every region of France, meet the winemakers and purchase wines at cellar door prices.
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The Tour de France 2008 (21 stages, 3500 km) Stage 3 is on 7 July 2008 and starts from St Malo (35 Ile-et-Villaine, Brittany). and runs for 208km to Nantes (44 Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire) via Dinan (22 Cotes d’Armor and Maur-de-Bretagne (35 Ile-et-Villaine).
For more on the Tour de France 2008 see
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Salons des Vins (Wine Fairs) – Vignerons Independants (Independent Wine Makers) 2007. Open to the public, a small charge gives you access to hundreds of wines and winemakers from all over France. Here you can taste and buy wines, often at cellar door prices – as long as you can carry them. Meet the winemaker,
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The number of budget airline routes to France from the UK is continuing to grow, as is the number of French destinations – no longer restricted to the major cities. This really does open up some of the less well-known parts of France. The list below shows the extent of the coverage – and this
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