Some More Top tips for touring (in France) Buy a good map of the area you want to travel to, if possible laminated. Buy a Michelin “Green Guide” of the department. Provides info on the area, recommends places to stay, driving routes, restaurants etc. If you can understand French, Google “Petit Fute” which provides info on different regions, biking routes, places to stay etc. If you haven’t pre booked a hotel room, start looking for one by 5pm latest. The majority of restaurants and other eating places take last orders at 8.30 pm. Most restaurants are closed on Sunday evening. Check with a hotel if they have a restaurant open on Sunday evening, and if not, where can you eat close by. If a hotel is booked, ask if they can recommend somewhere else, and if they can call on your behalf. Prices quoted should be for the room, based on two sharing. Check if it includes the petit dejeuner (breakfast). If over Euros 10, consider having breakfast in a nearby café. DO NOT USE THE IN ROOM BAR. Try the local Tourist Office for accommodation. Most stay open until 6pm, probably later during the peak summer period. Hotels do not offer tea/coffee making facilities in the room If you like tea, avoid Lipton’s red/yellow label tea bags - they are disgusting. Get hold of a copy of the Logis de France hotels, or view on line – Keith and Maureen Gilbert introduced us to this chain, and they are pretty darn good.
The SAM Observer October 2013
The October 2013 edition of "The SAM Observer"