We're off in our 4x4 to France for the first time early this September, but as we live in the North of Scotland we have a fair journey to get to the ferry ports so we'll have just five nights to spare, so we need some advice!
We will do Dover to Dunkirk, then possibly travel to have the first day and night in Namur in Belgium before using days 2 to 5 heading through France to Le Havre to come home. Can anyone suggest a 'must do' trip for us?
Bear in mind that we are in our late fifties, and have the following preferences;
We would rather travel via reasonably good roads without using the toll roads if possible as we'd like to see some of the countryside!
We would prefer local village or small town B&B type accomodation rather than big city hotels, more for seeing the real France than for economy, but that matters too! We would rather spend our money where the locals get the benefit than give it to the big multis.
We would be happy to use Travel Lodge type accomodation only if city visits are on the menu, so can anyone suggest good cheap basic hotel chains in France?
We don't mind driving for 100 miles or so per day, but would like some nice evening time strolls around our overnight destination, possibly a bit of flyfishing too!
Big cities are OK, but we would rather take a train/bus from our overnight location and return there for peace an quiet.
Any hints and tips with regard to places, towns, cities and areas to avoid for safety and security?
Diesel prices are soaring in the UK, does France have the same problem? We use mostly vegetable oil too to fuel our 'green' 4x4, how much does this cost in France? Should we take our own supply?
Other than that we would welcome any suggestions from seasoned French visitors.
And, we speak no French, but being Scots we will get the grasp of the basics by September! After all, we learned English fairly well!