Discover some of the most beautiful places in France near the C'est si Bon campsites
With its fortified old town, standing on the Emerald Coast (the coast the goes from Cancale to Cap Fréhel) facing winds and waves, Saint-Malo is one of the jewels of the Breton coastline. Indeed, few towns in France possess as much character as this city from which the “Corsaires” used to leave. It is even difficult to believe, as one paces the pavement of its old town, that the city was practically distroyed during the 1944 bombings. Fortunately, an impressive work of restoration has gave back its luster of yesteryear to the town. It is now even difficult to distinguish the buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries from those that were rebuilt. At that time, the town enjoyed a time of prosperity from which it inherited the very beautiful residences of the rich shipowners as well as the ramparts designed by the architect Vauban. The walkway that plays the tightrope walkers on these fortifications is one of the pleasant ways of discovering the town with its many vantage points on the town of Saint-Malo and on the Breton coastline. The walk is 1754 meters long around the old town ! We then plunge into the cobbled streets that lead us to the […]
From Montsoreau you can discover the Loire on a gabare, a traditionnal wooden & flat bottomed boat made to navigate on the Loire river. It is another way to admire our region. You can also combine a cruise on the Loire between Montsoreau and Saumur with a wine tasting. Indeed, Denis Retiveau, vinegrower in Montsoreau, owns a gabare and takes you on his boat to show you the beauty of the Loire river while you’re tasting his red, white and rosé wines. From the boat you’ll see the wildlife that nests on the banks of the river, the castle of Montsoreau, the troglodytes in the hills dominating the Loire, etc. and the Loire itself, with its wonderful changing colors. At the end of the cruise, if you want to learn more about the wines of Denis, you can go to his cellar to taste and buy some bottles ! A nice way to discover the Loire Valley !
Only a few kilometers from the Eurosol campsite, the town of Dax offers you many possibilities for visits and relaxation with its thermal baths, its famous Féria (traditionnal festivities) and its architectural heritage dating back to Roman times. Dax, spa town Dax and Saint-Paul-Lès-Dax are the first thermal destination in France with no fewer than 60,000 spa therapists who come every year to enjoy the benefits of its waters and the thermal mud, specialty of the Dax. Sixteen thermal establishments welcome you in the city. It is a tradition dating back to Roman times. The Romans had indeed realized the benefits of local waters but it was not until the 19th century to actually see the thermal activity of the city explode, thanks to the railway that allowed the curists to easily reach the Landes. In Dax, hydrotherapy is a real culture and many places in the city testify to its history and its link with the city: the “Chaude Fontaine”, the “Trou des Pauvres” or the statue of the Legionnaire. Linked to the history of Dax, hydrotherapy is also its present since much more recent establishments have been created as Hôtel les Thermes by the architect Jean Nouvel. Not to […]
To discover Lyon requests some days to appreciate its various aspects. One of the main charms of the city indeed lives in multiplications of districts with different styles that have appeared in Lyon through the centuries. The city was born more than 2000 years ago and its history was rich and prosperous. If the first inhabitants of Lyon were Celtic tribes, we attribute gladly the paternity of the city to Romans who named it Lugdunum, to pay homage to the God Lug, the god of the sun, the light and arts, and set up him as capital of the Gauls. When Francs invaded France few centuries later, Lyon lost its status of capital for the benefit of Paris. However, and in spite of times a little more difficult, it did not mean the decline of the city which knew gorious times, and quite particularly during the Renaissance, thanks to its economic activity, in particular to the work of the Silk and in its banking activity. At the same time the city stood out as a big place of the European culture, with the book, first, then by becoming the cradle of the cinema thanks to its inventors, the Lumière brothers, who made their first steps in Lyon. From the […]
Recently classified for its natural value, the Vallon de la Jarjatte is a small valley created by a mountain stream with a rich wildlife at the heart of the Drôme mountains. The Rocher Rond (“round rock”), the highest peak of the Drôme at 2453 m (8047 ft), is a sentry watching over the valley. You can easily recognize it with its peculiar shape with its sharps peaks. There is no doubt you’ll be seduced by this wild valley, typical of the french mountains with its cows and sheep-folds, not far from Champ la Chèvre campsite. If the man has shaped the valley with its cultures, there is almost no inhabitants in its highest parts, even with a ski resort hidden in the pine-trees. It is a chance as these areas have remained untouched. That makes them a paradise for walking and hiking lovers or climbers at summer times and for winter sports at winter times. At summer times, if you open wide your eyes, you might have the chance to see vultures, eagles or chamois. But don’t forget to watch were you walk as there is a large variety of flowers all over the Vallon including very rare species such […]
Because of its situation, on the road between Paris and Lyon-Marseille, Chalon-sur-Saône has always been a commercial center. At middle ages, its fairs and markets were already very famous. Around the Cathedral The city center of Chalon-sur-Saône extends around its cathedral whose high silhouette watches over the Saint-Vincent square. This square is surrounded by lovely half-timberred houses and has the name of the taron of vinegrowers, Saint Vincent. Not a rela surpise in the land where wine is such an important subject. You can see a statue of the saint on the corner of the square, opposite to the Cathedral, above the bar and restaurant le Majorelle. If you want to taste a good wine, you can stop at Les 120 bar (3 rue du blé). You’ll have a nice welcome and very good advices to discover wines from Burgundy. The cathedral was built at the 6th century. Very few remains from these times because it was re-built at the 12th century in a romanesque style. Its neo-gothic towers were added at the 19th century. Inside, you can admire few lovely architectural pieces and is worth a visit. Its 14th century cloister, especially, is beautiful but is unfortunately not open […]
The Jaunay Lake is a large lake of 114 hectares situated not far from the beaches of Vendée. Campsite Village la Guyonnière is on its shores. The lake is famous for its wildlife. It is, indeed, a place where migratting birds love to stop. Walking around the lake you might see many animals that will make the delight of wildlife photographers : frogs, otters, owls, kingfisher, heron, etc. There is a bridge at Moulin des Rochelles, in la Chapelle Hermier, which is a very good spot to observe wildlife. To discover the wildlife of Jaunay Lake, 6 walking paths with picnic areas are accessible around the lake. One of them is during the whole tour of the lake. Several times a week, with my two sons Thys and Piet, I take you for early jogging of 10 kilometers or for a mountain bike tour of 35 kilometers. La Vallée du Jaunay from Le Moulin à Pixels Productions on Vimeo. The lake is also very appreciated for fishing. Yu can catch many varieties of fishs such as pike, carp, perch, etc. Family will also love the lake with its water sports. On its shores, there are leisure areas where you can […]
The house Veuve Amiot has been created in 1884 by Elisabeth Amiot, widow of Mr Armand Amiot, winegrower and wine merchant who died in 1882 (widow = veuve in french). She decided to found this house of “Methode Traditionelle” to make the Veuve Amiot products the greatest sparkling wines of the Saumur region. She was a modern and ambitious woman being one of the first to use electricity in 1905. The smart and dynamic impulse of Mrs Amiot and the quality of her wines made Veuve Amiot develop very quickly. She then grew and built vast stores and spacious cellars, using the property of the hill located above the cellars, she just bought in order to create working-class gardens. The Maison Veuve Amiot remained a family business until 1971. Veuve Amiot works hand in hand with a hundred winegrowers in the region of Saumur buying theur basic wines and transform these wines into Saumur brut and Crémant de Loire in its cellars. Veuve Maiot is linked with C’est si Bon as they join us on the different tourism and caravan shows in Europe where you can taste their different wines. When visiting my camping Isle Verte at Montsoreau you’ll have […]
The Mont Gerbier de Jonc, 1551 meters high, is one of the symbol of northern Ardèche and one the most famous volcano in France. Being a bit chauvinistic, I would even say the most famous in France. It is part of a group of volcanos we call “sucs” in Ardèche. The other famous sucs of Ardèche are Mont Mézenc, suc de Montfol or suc Sara. With the springs of 3 creeks (L’authentique, la Véritable and la Géographie), it gives birth to the Loire. You might be surprised to see that these narrow streams, almost invisible at their origin, become the longest river of France. The rocky mount stands in a green landscape of the Ardeche plateau. Walking to the top of the mount is quite easy but you’ll need to have good shoes. A walking path takes you to the top and you use another path to get down. Some parts of the walks are a bit more difficult but they are secured with ropes. Nevertheless the effort is worthy has you’ll enjoy a fantastic 360° view on Ardèche. When the weather is good, you can even see the Mont Blanc and the Alps. The bravest one will try to reach the top […]
The aligot is a traditional meal of North-Aveyron, the area of Aubrac. It is a mix of mashed potatoes and fresh tome, a cheese from the Aubrac region. To obtain a perfect Aligot, you need to turn it again and again with a wooden spoon and get the prefect texture. The aligot is a historic dish in Aubrac. It is the great specialty of Nord-Aveyron. The aligot holds not only to the belly, it holds in sympathy. The aligot that was once a subsistence dish has become a festive dish. It is also called the ribbon of friendship, because of the “ribbon” made by the Aligot when you hold the spoon high above the plate. Like the fondue Savoyarde, the aligot, by its own ceremonial, strengthens the friendship between the guests and debrides the cordiality. You can buy or taste Aligot on the markets of Aveyron and in all traditional festivals. You can also taste it at les Genêts campsite as we organise several Aligot evenings in our restaurant during the summer. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste our Aveyron tasty speciality. If you want to cook aligot yourself when you’re back home, here is a recipe… not too difficult to […]
Beaune is not the biggest city of Burgundy but doubtless the most prestigious and the most visited. For two reasons. The first one are its wines. It is around Beaune that are cultivated the most famous (and the most expensive, unfortunately) Burgundy wines. Around Beaune indeed extends the vineyard of the Côte de Beaune and the Haute-Côte de Beaune, the country of great white wines (Meursault, Montrachet) and the Côte de Nuits famous for its red wines among the most expensive of the world, such as the Richebourg or the Romanée-Conti. To taste burgundy wines, you will find cellars opened to the public in Beaune. Cellars Patriarch are the most spectacular with 5 kilometers of arched galleries. To taste, we shall however prefer to leave Beaune and to go in smaller domains with less professional but more authentic welcome. Find my favorites list at the end of the article. But the wine is not the only reason for visiting Beaune. It is a nice little city which is ideally discovered on feet. By arriving on Beaune, you can park easily on the place Madeleine or on the circular boulevard which makes the tour of Beaune and then you walk. The […]
When you think Paris and its surroundings, you don’t think climbing. But you’re wrong. The huge forest of Fontainebleau, 50km south of Paris, is very appreciated for climbing. At the end of 19th century it was even a training place for Alpine Climbers. It is why I came in camping la Belle Etoile the first time. It is considered as one of the best bouldering destination in the world (some even say the best one). Bouldering is a kind of low level rock climbong practice without ropes. In the woods, you’ll find thousands of sandstones boulders of different shape and size, with difficulties for all levels. The sandstone rocks are very good quality and the landings are generaly soft. You’ll also find rocky gorges that you don’t expect that close to Paris. My favorite places for climbing in the Fontainebleau forest are the Rocher Canon, 5 km from the campsite la Belle Etoile, with a car park nearby. Or Gorges of Apremont or Gorges of Franchard. Two lovely gorges with very nature and surprising landscapes. But there are plenty of small sites to be discovered all around the Fontainebleau forest. At reception of the campsite we have guide books with […]
The lovely town of Brantôme is settled on an island on the Dronne river. It is one of the most beautiful town of the Périgord with its abbey leaned on high rocky cliffs. These rocky cliffs were natural shelter that seduced the Benedictine monks when they decided to build this abbey in the 8th century. The abbey have been destroyed several times, notably during the Normand invasion at the end of the first millenium or during wars with the English, but it has been rebuilt several times. The abbey we see today in Brantôme is from the 15th century, when it gets this gothic style, and from the 16th century when a palace and a Renaissance garden were added to the old building. Nowadays, the abbey has become a cultural center you can visit. The abbey is not the only visit in Brantôme. The old town offers plenty of things to see from Middle Ages and Renaissance times such as the « Porte des Réformés » or the Notre-Dame church. Nearby the abbey, you can admire a fountain in the former gardens of the monks or walk to the tower St Roch, an old tower that has been replaced by an elegant […]
Next to the village of LeTendon, not far from Gérardmer, you’ll find the highest waterfall of the Vosges. In the middle of a deep forest, the Scouet creek throws itself from an high of 35 meters and composes the Grande Cascade de Tendon, cut in 3 jumps. Not far, about 1 kilometer from it, it hutles down the rocks for this time to create la Petite Cascade de Tendon, less high but just as pretty. You can connect the two waterfalls by following a hiking trail through the woods. A nice stroll, quite easy, even with children. If you do not want to walk, horse-drawn carriage rides allow you to connect the two waterfalls. Upstream the Grande Cascade there is a pond with a cafe and a restaurant for refreshment. The perfect place to picnic. For me, the best is to park at the Petite Cascade, hiking up the Grande Cascade. There you can have a coffee and come back.