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France Road Trip


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Road Trip through France

Vehicle:  Alfa Romeo GT diesel

Total Mileage:  1300 miles

Duration: 10 days

Route:  Calais - Reims - Dijon - Annecy - Chambrey - Oredour - Brantome - Le Mans - Cherbourg

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Day 1 - Set off from Calais to Dijon with the intention of getting a good distance under way on the first day.
Stopped via Reims-Gieux, the historical race track used for the French Grand Prix during the early part of the 20th century.

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Sadly now deserted and although derelict is now gradually being sympathetically restored.
Arrived at Dijon early evening to check into hotel and then find food and beer.

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Day 2 & 3 - Set off from Dijon late morning to drive across to Annecy, a short distance drive unlike the long drive the day before.
Booked into hotel for a couple of days to discover the beautiful lakeside town of Annecy.

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Day 4 - Set off to Chambrey taking in some spectacular alpine roads with stunning views.
Arrived at Chambrey, a short but memorable drive from Annecy.
Checked into hotel and off to discover the town and find food and beer once more!

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Day 5, 6, 7 & 8 - Departed Chambrey to drive to Brantome to stay with friends.
Quite some drive along a very fast and smooth Autoroute with stunning vistas of the surrounding French landscape.
Arrived at friends and stayed for several days to break the journey.

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Our friends took us out to Oredour-Sur-Glane which is the town razed to the ground by retreating German forces at the end of the second world war.
A very poignant and serene town, completely derelict as it was left in time, in memory of those who died. A new town is built alongside.

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Checked out Brantome and some local villages in the evenings with plenty of open air dining and music.

Day 9 - Headed off to Le Mans to stay the night and revisit my favourite town (attended Le Mans 24 Hours for the past 14 years).

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Day 10 - Headed off to Cherbourg for Ferry back to the UK

Summary:  a very pleasant meander through France going down the Eastern border, along the bottom of the mid-region and then up the western side in a horseshoe route.
Very memorable trip and wonderful choice of car to drive the superb French roads

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I remember this trip so well , was so impressed with Dijon with their unique roofs.

But the highlight of the trip for me was Annecy , it was so beautiful from the walk by the river to the open expanse of the beautiful lake.

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