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Things To Do In Normandie When You're Five (and two!)



 
 
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Old May 18th 04, 10:18 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
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Hi all,

We are off on our first ever family camping trip to France in a couple of
weeks; staying in the Granville area with our two kids (a girl of five and a
boy of two). I'm wondering if there is anything that we simply must do with
the kids while there, i.e. if there are any must-do things that we, well,
must do... for my part a day horse riding on the beach seems a must, plus a
night in Coutances with a floodlit walk in the park at night (simple
pleasures I know..) but any and all advice will be welcome.

many thanks in advance,

Tony B


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Old May 18th 04, 10:37 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
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On Tue, 18 May 2004 22:18:49 +0100, "Tony B"
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staying in the Granville area with our two kids (a girl of five and a
boy of two). I'm wondering if there is anything that we simply must do with
the kids while there,


30 miles to Le Mont Saint Michel (compulsory!)

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Old May 18th 04, 10:57 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
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"Just zis Guy, you know?" wrote:

On Tue, 18 May 2004 22:18:49 +0100, "Tony B"
wrote in message
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staying in the Granville area with our two kids (a girl of five and a
boy of two). I'm wondering if there is anything that we simply must do with
the kids while there,


30 miles to Le Mont Saint Michel (compulsory!)


Yuk.
Went there on tandem trike and tandem with girls of 5 and 3 and it was
simpy packed with tourist coaches and crowds of people wandering aimlessly.
The 12th century meets Disneyland with extortionate prices to match.
OK, it looks pretty impressive from a distance but with youngsters I'd
say a big no.

Find a quiet beach for them to run around on and collect shells, and
camp on a calvados making farm rather than the commercialised campsites.
Take them into the local boulangeries and boucheries, and a meal out in
a village bar/restaurant is a must.

John B
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Old May 19th 04, 07:22 AM posted to uk.rec.camping
Tony B
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I almost went to MsM last year, in August... me and a mate turned round on
the causeway and rode away cos it was so busy. Still, I suppose it's a bit
like Blackpool illuminations are for us Lancashire lads - however bad it is,
you simply have to take the kids as it's a de rigeur childhood experience.

We will be doing the auberge thing too for one night on the way home, and
beaches will feature prominently obviously... as will calvados!
Unfortunately I have to admit we will be staying on a Eurocamp site - I know
some here are not too taken with them ;-) but I think for a first time the
pre-erected option will be best.

There is also some enchanted village thing that may be on the list. Or maybe
not...

Thanks for the advice anyway.

bfn,

Tony B


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Old May 19th 04, 07:59 AM posted to uk.rec.camping
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Just zis Guy, you know? wrote:
On Tue, 18 May 2004 22:18:49 +0100, "Tony B"
wrote in message
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staying in the Granville area with our two kids (a girl of five and a
boy of two). I'm wondering if there is anything that we simply must
do with the kids while there,


30 miles to Le Mont Saint Michel (compulsory!)


If the two year old is in a pushchair this will not be much fun. Besides it
being steep it's jam packed full of tourists and souvenir shops all the
way up.


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Old May 19th 04, 07:42 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
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On Tue, 18 May 2004 22:57:59 +0100, JohnB wrote in
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30 miles to Le Mont Saint Michel (compulsory!)


Yuk.
Went there on tandem trike and tandem with girls of 5 and 3 and it was
simpy packed with tourist coaches and crowds of people wandering aimlessly.


Solution: wait until about 1 hour before closing time, in the evening.
Cool, quiet, enough time to go round the Folly and then you can sit on
the terraces (which don't close whent he monastery does) and admire
the scenery.

The 12th century meets Disneyland with extortionate prices to match.
OK, it looks pretty impressive from a distance but with youngsters I'd
say a big no.


Mine were nine and six, and loved it.

Find a quiet beach for them to run around on and collect shells


We couldn't find any other sort ;-)

Guy
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Old May 19th 04, 08:18 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
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Bayeux and Arromanches for the Normady Beaches - some of the Mulberry
Harbour is still there and it's a nice day out.
Eric

"Tony B" wrote in message
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Hi all,

We are off on our first ever family camping trip to France in a couple of
weeks; staying in the Granville area with our two kids (a girl of five and

a
boy of two). I'm wondering if there is anything that we simply must do

with
the kids while there, i.e. if there are any must-do things that we, well,
must do... for my part a day horse riding on the beach seems a must, plus

a
night in Coutances with a floodlit walk in the park at night (simple
pleasures I know..) but any and all advice will be welcome.

many thanks in advance,

Tony B




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Old May 23rd 04, 05:39 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
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On Tue, 18 May 2004 22:57:59 +0100, JohnB wrote:

"Just zis Guy, you know?" wrote:

On Tue, 18 May 2004 22:18:49 +0100, "Tony B"
wrote in message
:

staying in the Granville area with our two kids (a girl of five and a
boy of two). I'm wondering if there is anything that we simply must do with
the kids while there,


30 miles to Le Mont Saint Michel (compulsory!)


Yuk.


Agreed. It's no place for little ones. When we went (I think my boy was 7) it was hot
and steep and very crowded. It's arguably the biggest clip joint in France.

Still, what to do in Normandy? Hmm.... although it's really a Breton thing, there are
usually pancakes around. Crepes for desert and galettes (usu with brown flour) for
mains. Makes a nice change from pizza:-) My boy's a fussy eater and we've found
French pancakes have been a holiday lifesaver over the years.

The main thing is to enjoy the beaches and have fun:-)

Liz
 



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