August holiday in France

We are just back from 8 nights in France. A dream of a holiday, we will definitely be going back more often. We used Le Shuttle (Euro tunnel) and took the car over. It was only £180 return and we used our Tesco points to pay for the train. We booked a lovely little Airbnb Chateau de la Trousse over there, which had an outside heated pool. The Airbnb at Chateau de la Trouse (read more on wiki about the history of the place) was around £450 for all of us for the 8 nights, slightly more than we normally pay, but had the draw of a heated pool and 40 acres of land to explore. It is a truly stunning stately home (castle). Our studio apartment was in the converted stables. Perfect for us as we don’t spend a lot of time in the room/ hotel.

Our time in France was spent mostly in the Champagne region, but with a few days visiting Paris and Troyes. My daughter really wanted to go up the Eiffel tower! Which I later discovered was because of her favourite cartoon miraculous is set there! She wasn’t bothered about Disneyland, so we gave that a miss.

Troyes is a magical place, built in the 16th century. We parked up and went straight to the tourist information centre where we got a walking tour of the place. Easy to follow triangles on the paths to follow. Every street on the map had beautiful old buildings on it. Amazing place to visit.

Things to think about when driving over to France:

Car kit- warning triangle, yellow jackets, spare headlight bulbs, reflectors on highlights.
Toll roads- We got an emovis tag for the car.
Paris air quality sticker.
Extra car insurance.
Learning French! Sortie is exit! Very important on the motorway.
Turn off speed camera alerts.
Airbnb- Check all reviews and look on Google maps/ trip adviser.
Book on the credit card for extra security.

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Driving onto the train – Le shuttle.
Inside the train!
Lizards everywhere at our Airbnb
La boulangerie
umm… French cheese!
General mangin observation tower
General mangin observation tower
Paris
Eiffel tower
Paris
Grape vines in Champagne region.
Grape vines in Champagne region.
16th century Troyes
Walking tour – 16th century Troyes
Follow the triangles! Walking tour of 16th century Troyes
16th century Troyes
16th century Troyes
Airbnb
Airbnb
Château de la Trousse
Sunset over Château de la Trousse.