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3 minutes ago, shaun mc said:

Not been disappointed with anywhere in France in recent years - the past 5-6 have made a few trips. Usually timed it wrongly for any rugby though

I'd chuck in St Jean De Luz and the Bay of Arcachon onto the suggestions already made

Which would fit in well with DaveT's Bordeaux -> north of Spain

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France is just lovely, so many nice areas. Ive spent a fair bit of time in SW France, Bordeaux is lovely suprised how big the city was!

I spent an amazing week in the Charrente region - Cognac, La Rochelle are near and also Poitiers & Angouleme. We stayed in the middle of nowhere in a Gite, stocked up on food and cheap but good red wine - perfect!

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Only had one holiday in France, oddly enough, seeing as it is so easy to get there by sea, and my dad hates flying.

An afternoon in Paris, followed by a diversion through a village called 'Anus'. I took a photo of the sign and sent it to Private Eye for their 'Eye Spy' section. It was, sadly, returned with a comp slip, on which Richard Ingrams had written "Too rude!". 

We stayed in a hotel in Barbizon that was supposed to be famous for its restaurant, and had a meal where everything went wrong. We, and one of the waiters, got a fit of the giggles. The other waiter had a hissy fit and stormed out.

From there, we went for a week's boating on the Canal du Nivernais, which was very relaxing and picturesque.

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Now I had a meal i Windsor the other day and some of you may be asking what the hell was a republican socialist sacllywag like me doing there?

However, the point is that we ate by the river and it was really good and if it had been France we'd have been waxing lyrically about the view, the sunshine, the meal etc. Now this isn't a lesson in the things we take for granted cos they're next door just a reminder that life is great everywhere.

Now to France. Before I went there it was only names and a couple of battles. Then I went there with a girl, three books and BBC course of French in my head.

The books were Edible France and the Guide to Les Relais Routiers. and France by the Back Roads

It was magic, my French was lousy (still is) but the idea was simple get up look up somewhere that might taste nice in the book and head that way!

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I'm in love with Perpignan, yet there is nothing intrinsically spectacular about the place. In many respects, it's a very normal city.

I know the draw for me is watching Rugby League in the South of France, and I feel like i'm experiencing some sort of dream or fantasy-land when I make my annual sojourn.  That said, the kids love the beaches at Canet and further afield into Northern Spain. 

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8 hours ago, Dave T said:

We keep toying with the idea of a week or so in France, but I must admit I get a little lost in knowing where to even start!

If I had a week, with a car and a toddler, but wanted to sample beautiful scenery, bit of history and amazing food and drink, where are you recommending?

As you are a Warrington fan, I would suggest Perpignan and possibly Toulouse.

A holiday is great when it has a very achievable aim and having the chance to relax otherwise.  Watching Les Cats vs Wire seems like something the family could agree to.

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18 minutes ago, getdownmonkeyman said:

Villefranche on the Cote d'Azur. My god, simply breathtaking.

A different place completely, but similar in name; talking the Yellow Train from Villefranche de Conflent up into the Pyrenees. Stunning scenery. I think you can actually go all the way to Andorra on that train?

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1 hour ago, Northern Eel said:

A different place completely, but similar in name; talking the Yellow Train from Villefranche de Conflent up into the Pyrenees. Stunning scenery. I think you can actually go all the way to Andorra on that train?

The yellow train ends up in Latour De Carol where France & Spain (and 3 different gauges meet, so no through trains). It also goes through Frances highest rail station at something like 5200ft

Was at Latour De Carol last year - train up from Spain, exit station into France, then walk down the hill to Puigcerda, back into Spain

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12 hours ago, Northern Eel said:

A different place completely, but similar in name; talking the Yellow Train from Villefranche de Conflent up into the Pyrenees. Stunning scenery. I think you can actually go all the way to Andorra on that train?

Villefranche de Conflent & Villefranche-sur-mer are both beautiful, but I like Villefranche-de-Rouergue even more (and not just because it has a RL team.)

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Been to loads of places in France watching RL, Paris, Carcassonne, Perpignan, Avignon, Toulouse etc, all wonderful places. But my favourites are Lyon & Corsica, neither of them RL places.


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Anyone got any French cuisine stories of the more unusual kind to share?

Last time I was in Paris, I was staying in a friend’s flat in the residential Telegraphe area.

I ventured out to the local bars and restaurants and ended up being recommended some traditional pub food of cold whelk with a separate serving of garlic mayonnaise!

I’m up for anything when it comes to food, but even I would say they were an acquired taste ?

 

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4 minutes ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

Anyone got any French cuisine stories of the more unusual kind to share?

Last time I was in Paris, I was staying in a friend’s flat in the residential Telegraphe area.

I ventured out to the local bars and restaurants and ended up being recommended some traditional pub food of cold whelk with a separate serving of garlic mayonnaise!

I’m up for anything when it comes to food, but even I would say they were an acquired taste ?

 

I ate snails in Paris once on a work thing. Just had to be done 

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6 minutes ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

I like escargot personally and look for it on menus specifically.

What did you think of it?

Erm. Just thought it very similar to mussels really. It’s in garlic so that’s all i tasted really. I thought the most interesting thing was the thing you were meant to eat it with

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6 minutes ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

I like escargot personally

Me too !

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Garlic butter makes most things better, not just snails.

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41 minutes ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

Anyone got any French cuisine stories of the more unusual kind to share?

Last time I was in Paris, I was staying in a friend’s flat in the residential Telegraphe area.

I ventured out to the local bars and restaurants and ended up being recommended some traditional pub food of cold whelk with a separate serving of garlic mayonnaise!

I’m up for anything when it comes to food, but even I would say they were an acquired taste ?

 

I had stuffed pigs earoyles in Digne les bains..... they were exceptionally good and i had sweetbreads to die for last week...

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35 minutes ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

I like escargot personally and look for it on menus specifically.

What did you think of it?

My daughter always has escargot....

I enjoy them but our ellie goes daft for em

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On ‎6‎/‎4‎/‎2018 at 6:43 AM, Robin Evans said:

 

As we sail into the humber estuary, the grey fogginess of Kingston upon Ull awaits us..... 

 

Which ferry companies sail from Hull to France, I like the idea of sailing from there instead of driving to the South first.

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35 minutes ago, Rodill Rover said:

Which ferry companies sail from Hull to France, I like the idea of sailing from there instead of driving to the South first.

P&O North Sea Ferries sail from Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, as far as I know. The latter isn't far from the French border. We used to go from Hull, overnight to Rotterdam (Europoort).

When the Catalan Dragons sign him, Brett Ferries may take a different route... :wink:

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6 hours ago, Rodill Rover said:

instead of driving to the South first.

That's the problem with the South it gets in the way of everything from TGG to Roman snails

We once went about 200 km out of our way just to have Poulet aux cinquante ails

Worth every mile and now a fave on the Sunday what shall we do with the chicken this week list.

"If God keeps me, I will make sure that no peasant in my realm will lack the means to have a chicken in the pot on Sunday! " Henry IV

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Take away (ooo) all your misery and gloom
Oh, let your laughter fill the room
Oh, let your laughter fill the room"

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He Knew ...

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Had snails in Carcassonne in the Cité while visiting for an International in the early 90's, tasted like garlic bogey's


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