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  1. Travelling back from the Vendée on Bastille Day, hopefully everyone else will be heading towards the coast at the start of the French holidays. Overnighting in St.Malo, so will join in the celebrations in the Intra-Muros/harbour area with fireworks on the beach, I expect.
  2. Annual holiday to the Vendée. Hoping to catch a bit of the opening stage of Le Tour de France as it appears to be going along the road behind the holiday parc we are staying in. Crit Air sticker fitted (to passenger side) just in case!
  3. And now I'm even more confused. I just saw an article in Complete France Magazine dated 16 Feb 18: - http://www.completefrance.com/travel/the-vehicle-stickers-you-need-to-buy-before-driving-in-paris-1-4995613 This says - "All drivers (including foreign drivers) in Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Strasbourg, Lille, Toulouse and Annecy must now display these Crit’Air stickers on their windscreen or risk a fine of up to €135." No mention of the new environmental zones. This possibly explains why imprimerie hasn't heard anything in La Roche s/Yon.
  4. The €4.80 is probably a good investment considering the fine for not having one is €70, just on the off-chance it is in force should we happen to end up in La Roche-sur-Yon or Poitiers.
  5. Thank you for reminding me, CVA. I had assumed it still only affected Central Paris, Lyon and Grenoble, but I see that Vendée is now an environmental zone. Better get a "vignette" before hols in July! TBH, we've never seen an air pollution problem in the 10+ years we've been going there, always been bright blue sky and sunshine, with the occasional thunderstorm, apart from last year which was wet and cold!
  6. Any feedback on the Kyriad, Paully? We have stayed at the Ibis close to Carrefour a couple of times and fancy somewhere different for next year.
  7. Staying at the Ibis Le Madelaine on Saturday night which leaves time for another adventure into the Intra Muros (and Carrefour no doubt). Must remember not to catch my towbar on the ramps in the underground car-park by the harbour this year!
  8. Our almost annual trek to the Vendée. Booked the whole trip through BF this year in the 25% off sale, which has pretty well made the ferry crossing free! (apart from the Wightlink bit of it) We are a week later than normal, so am hoping the Bison Futé website is correct in showing that most of France is travelling to the coast on Thursday 13th ready for the Bastille Day Holiday, although I see the fireworks on the beach have been moved to the Saturday night, just for us!
  9. I'm sure with the old bridge they had some additional chains that could be attached between the edge of the slipway and the upstream chain as the tide went down to prevent the ferry being dragged "out to sea". Haven't seen any evidence of these in any of the photos of the new ferry. Anyway, problem now solved by not running the ferry when it's low tide! Pete.
  10. Cabin-boy, you spoke too soon! Floating Bridge high and dry as efforts continue to relaunch
  11. We've not had any problems using Britsh credit cards in French filling stations for the last 6 or 7 years. Before that it was tricky to even find a filling station open out of hours and if we did it was strictly cash! Filled up at Carrefour in St Malo on Saturday and got a €108 load on my Clarity card which was removed yesterday. Slightly off topic, we stayed overnight at the Ibis next to Carrefour so that we could get the 10:30 Bretagne sailing back to Portsmouth. The Ibis is undergoing some renovation, so the restuarant doesn't exist at present. Nobody actually thought to tell us about this, so it was a good job I had already planned a trip into the Intramuros for the evening. Scraped my new tow hitch getting out of the underground car-park at the harbour as those ramps are bit a steep!
  12. We've not had any problems using Britsh credit cards in French filling stations for the last 6 or 7 years. Before that it was tricky to even find a filling station open out of hours and if we did it was strictly cash! Filled up at Carrefour in St Malo on Saturday and got a €108 load on my Clarity card which was removed yesterday. Slightly off topic, we stayed overnight at the Ibis next to Carrefour so that we could get the 10:30 Bretagne sailing back to Portsmouth. The Ibis is undergoing some renovation, so the restuarant doesn't exist at present. Nobody actually thought to tell us about this, so it was a good job I had already planned a trip into the Intramuros for the evening. Scraped my new tow hitch getting out of the underground car-park at the harbour as those ramps are bit a steep!
  13. 2 weeks in a gîte in central Brittany, with effectively free ferry crossings courtesy of January's 25% off BF holidays sale. Going to be a bit different to the Vendée coast we have done for the last six years!
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