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Old 19th Aug 2018, 08:02
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Trip to France

My flying buddy and I are planning a two day trip to France in our group 152. We are departing from Kent so are already not far away. Having only ever been over for the day to L2K and Abbeville can anyone recommend an interesting route that includes an overnight stop?
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Old 20th Aug 2018, 16:09
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Be carefull with your flight plan; a week ago a British aircraft has been escorted by French Air Force to land at nearest aerodrome...
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Old 20th Aug 2018, 18:10
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No need to scare people off. At least you could state where they were intercepted, and why - I am sure they did something wrong, quite seriously.

Or are you referring to that one recent case where French authorities reluctantly but honestly admitted they'd got it wrong, and the private pilot did nothing non-canonical? Errare humanum est...

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Old 21st Aug 2018, 15:43
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Originally Posted by Jan Olieslagers View Post
No need to scare people off. At least you could state where they were intercepted, and why - I am sure they did something wrong, quite seriously.

Or are you referring to that one recent case where French authorities reluctantly but honestly admitted they'd got it wrong, and the private pilot did nothing non-canonical? Errare humanum est...
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Old 21st Aug 2018, 18:21
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About as helpful as "there are mountains in France" or "thunderstorms have occurred" ....

Now an effort to be really helpful: dear topic-starter, what makes a route "interesting" to you? Nice scenery? Aviation museum? Good resto? Old city?

Some possible ideas could include Mont Sint Michel, Omaha Beach (both have a strip nearby, but they might well be limited to ultralights). Fly a bit longer and Reims comes within reach, champagne tasteries and the impressive cathedral. Colmar has very positive reviews but I never went there.
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 17:31
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I've been to France a few times, and it has been tremendous every time. They are very aviation friendly and speak good English at larger airports and in ATC. Every town you visit is special either for the food the wine or the views. I would recommend bringing a crib sheet of some french terms if you want fly into the smallest airfields, this should cover the basics of downwind, backtracking etc. if you are not familiar with French it is best to have a two man crew one to communicate in the best "Franglais" and one to fly the plane. I have always been given the biggest of welcomes no matter where I have gone in these smaller strips, once I did the courteous thing of calling for PPR as normal.
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 21:18
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Depends what you are interested in. Interesting town, a little tourism, not too much aviation - Laon and a tour around the Somme. A little further - track off down the coast do the Normandy beaches and spend a little money in Deauville (stay in Trouville to save a couple of bob!) Into motor racing - go down to Le Mans. If you have nnot explored much of France take it in easy bites - leave plenty of time to find your accommodation and pick out your restaurant!
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Thanks for the tips/advice. I think we'll be heading for St Malo or St Brieuc with a stop in Le Havre for fuel and customs. They told me that with PPR by 1600 the day before customs would be available. Maybe stop in Caen on the way back. So if anyone has flown in that area it would be great to hear your views on it.
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Be aware that Caen is current 24 hours PPR sure to runway works.
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Be aware that Caen is currently 24 hours PPR due to runway works.
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Old 31st Aug 2018, 08:53
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Swing inland a little to Le Mans...
La Baule and the Carnac Alignment might be worth a look-see...
Heading in the opposite direction, Verdun. Ossuary impressive from the air, sobering from the ground.
Bit longer - La Rochelle...

Unfortunately NW France, whilst nice (I have a gaff there!) isnít particularly inspiring from an airborne scenery point of view. Need to head a bit further south for the interesting bits!
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Blois is beautiful,

Great, friendly airfield with a lot going on and a Michelin starred cafe. The city is stunning, on the Rhone Valley so a great wine destination and outside the palace is the House of Magic. My last visit I spent a couple of hours watching the dragons:

St Denis gets my vote as well, and I was surprised by Lyons, We were nightstopping at Lyon Bron, on the taxi ride to the hotel we passed through the usual French industrial area, and found ourselves in a superb hotel in the centre of the city (Ops aren't normally that kind!) The old town is gorgeous and any of the restaurants in it are worth a visit, there is a lot to see and do there.

Slightly more adventurous, but again beautiful is Grenoble Ver Sud, another Michelin starred cafe on the airfield and a short taxi ride to one of my favourite French cities where I reckon I'd need a large chunk of a lifetime to see everything.

If you're a foodie get a copy of the Gault-Millau from Amazon. While the Michelin is good the Gault-Millau is also a fascinating read. They cover a lot of the world, but not the UK (they reckon there's no such thing as fine food in Britain)

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Old 31st Aug 2018, 11:40
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Sir Niall, you confuse me: the city of Blois that I visited is on the Loire, not on the Rhone. But perhaps there are several..?
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Old 31st Aug 2018, 12:59
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Le Havre is ok if you are just stopping for fuel and customs. Deauville whilst much more expensive, is much more scenic and has a good restaurant in the terminal and the town and even better Honfleur on its doorstep (well a 30 € ride away). As a town Caen has little to offer it is mainly concrete having been comprehensively destroyed during WW2. Of all the Northern airports my preference for fuel and customs is Calais, cheap, quick and efficient and if the restaurant is open you can fuel yourselves as well!
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Originally Posted by Jan Olieslagers View Post
Sir Niall, you confuse me: the city of Blois that I visited is on the Loire, not on the Rhone. But perhaps there are several..?
Jan;

You're absolutely right. In my defence I had been touring the Rhone area as well and my liver was starting to get concerned.

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Old 31st Aug 2018, 19:19
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Yep. Been there, done that. It may help to remember that the Rhone region produces mostly reds whereas the more Northerly - and less elevated - Loire rather offers whites.
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