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TomH84
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A few pics from the France trip

Post by TomH84 » Sat 19 Jul, 2014 23:36

Hey all,

Thought I'd post a couple of "Zed pics" from my recent two-week trip to France. We covered 2200 miles averaging 33mpg: visiting Rouen, the Loire, Brittany, and Normandy. Great trip! Driving in France is such a breeze. The roof was down for two weeks :squeeze:

I was surprised at just how much stuff you can fit in the Zed. The car was full when we left, yet there was still room to bring back loads of wine :) :)

Waiting for the Ferry at Calais - front of the queue!

ImageDover by TomHorsley, on Flickr

By Mont St Michel

ImageBy Mont St Michel by TomHorsley, on Flickr

Spot of Camping too!

ImagePoint Chateau by TomHorsley, on Flickr

And a couple from beautiful France...

Chateau Chenonceau:

ImageFrance 2014_0046 by TomHorsley, on Flickr

Honfleur:

ImageHonfleur by TomHorsley, on Flickr

Looking forward to the next trip!

Tom
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Re: A few pics from the France trip

Post by Davejue1 » Sun 20 Jul, 2014 07:34

Looks like you had a fantastic time, myself and the wife love France and should have been away for two weeks in June but unfortunately had to cancel due to personal reasons but we have already booked for next year staying in a chateau on the South Brittany-Loire border, we to are going in the Zed as for us the driving around France with the roof down is what the holiday is all about. Pleased you had a good time. The big question is, would you do it again ??? :)

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Re: A few pics from the France trip

Post by Mike Fishwick » Sun 20 Jul, 2014 14:09

Good to see others who find that a Z3 is capable of more than a short trip!

Never mind about the Loire area - go further, and explore the mountains between Grenoble and Nice. Your ideas about great roads will never be the same again! We first explored this area in 1970, by Austin-Healey Sprite, and still enjoy returning, even if just passing through to the Stelvio Pass and Switzerland!

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1970 - Sprite on the Petit-St. Bernard

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2005 - Z3 at summit of Col de l'Iseran

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2006 - Z3 on Stelvio Pass

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2010 - Z3 on the old St. Gotthard Pass

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2011 - Z3 climbing the Col de l'ISeran
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Re: A few pics from the France trip

Post by eddie1 » Sun 20 Jul, 2014 20:31

Great pictures of stunning scenery. How did the car perform? Z or the sprite?

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Re: A few pics from the France trip

Post by Phil » Sun 20 Jul, 2014 20:55

Some great pictures.
We are off to France at the end of August and doing Honfleur and the Loire. Great part of France, one of our favourites.
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Re: A few pics from the France trip

Post by Mike » Sun 20 Jul, 2014 21:04

Phil; If you are doing Loire visit us at La Gacilly in Morbihan - a nice drive into south east brittany and go for a trip on out boats www.day-boats.com. You can combine with a trip to Loudeac motor museum as well

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Re: A few pics from the France trip

Post by Mike Fishwick » Mon 21 Jul, 2014 13:04

Once I get off the ferry in France I feel relaxed and at home - driving is still a pleasure here - I'm sure you will enjoy your hols - but watch out for the Priorite a Driot at any junction which does not have a definite signt that you have priorite! Revise the French road signs well before you leave. If you would like a write-up on driving in France, and Prioritie a Droit, email me on ozimandius@wanadoo.fr.

Both the Sprite, the Z3 enjoys being used in France, and (so far) the Z3 has remained as reliable, in spite of its age and mileage - long may it do so!
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Re: A few pics from the France trip

Post by Phil » Mon 21 Jul, 2014 14:13

Mike wrote:Phil; If you are doing Loire visit us at La Gacilly in Morbihan - a nice drive into south east brittany and go for a trip on out boats http://www.day-boats.com. You can combine with a trip to Loudeac motor museum as well
We are staying at Fontevraud near Saumur and then moving onto Cangey near Chaumont. Brittany is a bit out of the way I'm afraid.
I have serious wine tasting/purchasing plans afoot!!
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Re: A few pics from the France trip

Post by Mike Fishwick » Mon 21 Jul, 2014 16:16

An interesting visit in the Loire area is the Tank Museum at Saumur - signposted as the 'Musee des Blindes,' it is on the southern side of the river, in the higher part of town. Parking is good, and Saumur has plenty of hotel, restaurants, and campsites.
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Re: A few pics from the France trip

Post by TomH84 » Mon 21 Jul, 2014 19:00

x2 on visiting Saumur. It's lovely.

Nearby Candes-Saint-Martin is also worth a stop. We had a lovely picnic on the hill overlooking the loire. Bought some delicious raspberries from an old lady in the village on the walk up. Yum.

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Re: A few pics from the France trip

Post by Mike Fishwick » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 13:13

Some of the famous chateaux look as if they are falling down, but in addition to Chenonceaux, two others are outstanding - Azay-le-Rideau, 15 miles SW of Tours, and Chambourd, about 30 miles SW of Orleans.
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