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Nov 8th, 2018, 12:48 PM
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Blaye is there ? That is where our family fled in 1940 when we were invaded... We became migrants in a way. Never been myself.
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Nov 8th, 2018, 01:03 PM
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The Blaye that I know is between Bordeaux and St-Emilion. If the Blaye referred to above is "near the port," I think it must be a different one.
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Nov 8th, 2018, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Michael View Post
Not as I experienced it a few years ago; terrible traffic, and as I recall, a lot of trucks.
Indeed! Terrible traffic at the end of August.
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Nov 8th, 2018, 05:34 PM
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Merci a tous!

I think the Royan ferry will work for us and this way we can take a different route (since we will have to come back to Bordeaux on the return back to Paris).
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Nov 9th, 2018, 12:30 AM
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Blaye is on the Gironde, with a lovely little ferry and a massive fort.
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Nov 9th, 2018, 12:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Michael View Post
As someone mentioned above, the really bad traffic times around Bordeaux are the commuter hours-otherwise getting into and out of Bordeaux is really easy.

Not as I experienced it a few years ago; terrible traffic, and as I recall, a lot of trucks.
Doing the trip only once does not mean that it is the same all of the time.
There are driving roads than have a greater volume of traffic than this ring road.
A lot of trucks did not mean it was extra terrifying did it? If so why and by how much?
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Nov 9th, 2018, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by ribeirasacra View Post
Doing the trip only once does not mean that it is the same all of the time.
There are driving roads than have a greater volume of traffic than this ring road.
A lot of trucks did not mean it was extra terrifying did it? If so why and by how much?
I can only speak of my two experiences on the rocade; one going from the train station to Arcachon and the other from the Dordogne to the shopping center that has an Ikea store.
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Nov 9th, 2018, 12:12 PM
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I loved the Dun de Pyla by Arcachon- also a really neat seaside town. We of course walked or tumbled down the big pile to the sea.
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