How to get to the South of France with bikes?
My girlfriend and myself want to go to the south of France/North of Spain on holiday for about a month. We plan to cycle, camping every night, from somewhere near Toulouse to Girona, where we meet up with some family. What is the best way to do this? What is the cheapest way for us to get to the south of France and back with 2 bikes?
Should have said. North England/Midlands is the starting point.
Lot more to this question than meets the eye ..i have a home in south of france ..midway between toulouse and girona ..40 km south of carcasonne ..past limoux .close to esparaza ..often travel by road from uk to get there ..i all so live in midlands ..am driving down there mid july ..in my van ..so the question is ..did you intend to fly to toulouse ..from birmingham ..or east midlands to carcasonne..im sure the cost of carriage of bikes will be high ..but you could take the ferry ..to santander in northern spain ..then maybe take train to toulouse ..an absolutely brilliant way to go when you get there ..toulouse ..is pick up the canal du midi ..this canal will take you through magic countryside right the to the med ..past narbon etc ..perpignon .girona ..at end of july the sunflowers are spectacular ..you can camp at my place for free !!
Are there any summer programs for teens in Paris?
I’m 15, and I need some summer activities in August. Preferably in Paris, but anywhere in France will do. It needs to be cheap though. And maybe some French lessons too, but not really required (I speak OK French). Like camps and stuff (maybe like art and stuff?)
The mairie organises a great number of activities for your age group and these are not expensive at all!
How do I convince my mom to let me be a foreign exchange student in France?
So I’ve recently become extremely interested in foreign exchange programs, and I really want to study abroad in France my junior year. I’ve always LOVED France and the language there and I take French at school too. I’m a freshman right now so I think it’s a good time to be thinking about applying. I looked up a bunch of programs like AFS, YFU, and Rotary, Rotary being the cheapest.
I talked to my dad about it, and he’s pretty easygoing so he said it would be fine if I went as long as I got scholarships to help pay for it.
But today I asked my mom about it, and she’s the mean one so she started yelling at me and saying ABSOLUTELY NOT! I was really calm and told her all of the pros of going on a foreign exchange but she refused to listen.
She said she can’t stand to have me away from home for so long. Last year I went to China for a month for a summer camp and my mom said she missed me like crazy, so going to France for a year would be like 12 times worse. She said she might let me go if it was like 2 weeks, but to me that’s just pointless. My goal in going is to be able to speak French fluently, and that usually takes about a year.
My mom also thinks the whole idea is ridiculous because she doesn’t know anybody that has done this before. She thinks that I should only do what our friends have done before. She also thinks that I will be placed with a bad family that won’t take care of me. I tried telling her that everything would be fine and I’m mature and I can take care of myself, but she won’t listen.
I am very mature, at the top 1% of my class, in orchestra and lots of extracurricular activities, and have straight A’s. I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to take care of myself for one year. It’s not like I’ll be gone forever. But she said that she won’t let me go no matter what so I shouldn’t ever mention it again.
Please please help, I really really really want to do this and it seems like such a wonderful experience! I really need to convince my mom to let me go! I know all my teachers at school would approve but my mom is so stubborn! I need advice on how to deal with her!
You need to set up an appointment with the person in charge of the exchange program. They can sit down and calmly talk to your mother and explain the benefits of spending a year in France, plus the lengths they go through to make sure the host families are acceptable.
calais or dunkirk weekend away ?
I got the chance of a weekend away, with my husband and our 13 yr old. We would love to go to france and from dover can get a ferry nice and cheap .
What i would like to know is where can you recommend going on a tight budget, either cheap hotel for 2 or 3 nights, or even a camping site. I don’t mind but somewhere nice with things to do or see. nice and cheap , or at least food and drink not to expensive. looking at 27th aug – 29th or 30th depending. please help, i don’t know where to start thanks x
Hi, are you taking a car? If so, i would suggest driving a little further away from the ports. Dunkirk is a nice enough town, but certainly not worth a full weekend. Calais forget about, it is just a ferry port and a supermarket, not worth your attention whatsoever.
Head to Belgium (the border is literally 15 mins away from Dunkirk), take a tent with you and head for Ghent. This is about 1hr 30 m drive from Dunkirk ferry port, there is a campsite which offers plenty for kids , you will get a pitch for about 20 euro per night. The camp is on a large lake and has its own artificial beach, plenty of watersports, an inexpensive restaurant and bar on site, check it out www.gent.be/blaarmeersen
The other benefit is that their is a bus outside the campsite every 20 mins that goes into the city centre, Gent is overlooked by many tourists but is a truly beautiful city, which has some of the best and fun museums in belgium- i recommend climbing the belfry in the centre for fantastic views of the city. The main joy is just sitting outside in nice weather at a canal side restaurant, with a famous Belgian beer or a glass of wine or two yourself, watching the world go by, in the evening the city is at its best. Seen as Ghent is the least visited of Belgium major cities, it has the cheapest food and drink you will find in Belgium, and a much more authentic feel than Bruges or Brussels. You really have to experience the atmosphere of Gent once in your lifetime , youll never forget it.
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