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Southern England-Northern France in June??

Southern England-Northern France in June??

Oct 11th, 2019, 09:53 AM
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Yes, of course you can visit southern England a Channel island or two and some of northern France in a month. You can't see everything of course but you can see a LOT. Now, far SW England - Devon Cornwall - is time consuming simply because the roads are narrow and the driving can be slooooow. But even that could be doable.

Leaving out the SW here is one idea for a wonderful itinerary. Fly into London (LGW would be best but LHR would work too) and spend a week+ in Kent/East Sussex/the south coast. More gardens, castles, sites than you could see in a month but with 7 to 10 days you could see an awful lot. Then travel to Jersey or Guernsey. Either would be great and if you have a full week you could visit both - with less time, pick one. Then travel to France and spend the1.5 to 2 weeks remaining weeks in Normandy and Brittany, fly home from CDG.

You'd rent three different cars - one for SE England, one on Jersey, and one in France.

(just one friendly hint - you can respond to several posts in one reply . If this thread gets longer as I suspect it will you responding 5 or 6 times one mu=inute apart will make it harder to follow)
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Oct 11th, 2019, 10:25 AM
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Contrary to most people, I prefer the "Côte d'Opale" in France along the English Channel to Normandy or Brittany. Berck and its sand bars covered with seals, Le Touquet with its rococo architecture, Boulogne-sur-Mer and its fantastic Nausicaa aquarium, the mussel banks of Wissant, Calais with its endless beaches and incredible lace museum (and 100% free municipal buses), and the WW2 history of Dunkerque and Malo-les-Bains mesmerize every at every visit. I have seen the most incredible things along the northern coast. Just a few experiences:

Low tide along the Channel | Any Port in a Storm

Another look at Calais | Any Port in a Storm

Malo-les-Bains (Malo-aan-Zee) on the North Sea | Any Port in a Storm
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Oct 11th, 2019, 05:09 PM
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Okay. I am really using Stu's itinerary as a starting point. Hadn't looked at inland. He mentioned he and his wife weren't into stones so much but we would like that so will look into that. Saw some stuff in one of my books on Carnac.
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Oct 11th, 2019, 05:10 PM
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Thanks for the info especially the links. I too love lace and would enjoy that. My husband is into the war museums more.
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Oct 11th, 2019, 05:14 PM
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Thanks for the info on England plus the reply. Should I use Multi REply instead of Quick REply?
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Oct 11th, 2019, 06:04 PM
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Thanks for the info especially the links. I too love lace and would enjoy that. My husband is into the war museums more.
I don't know what your lace comment is referring but if it is the lace shop in Bayeux across from the cathedral, give it a pass. I was there a few weeks ago, the woman there was more interested in talking to her friend than any tourist who entered the shop. Another Fodorite recently confirmed her same experience to me.
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Oct 11th, 2019, 08:34 PM
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Just hit "Reply" and give all your replies in one post. No need to do a separate post for each of numerous suggestions.
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Oct 16th, 2019, 06:15 PM
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Stu,

Thank you again for your itinerary. I used it for the base of my itinerary though we are starting in the Champagne region for a few days. I was wondering since you have been to that area so often if you have any input on going to one or more of the Channel Islands. I was thinking of going there from St. Malo by the Condor ferry. I read posts and articles that compared Jersey and Guernsey. What is your take on them? Is it worth the time to go? I think if we do that, we would cut out the 4 or 5 days we would spend in the Vannes/Nantes/Rennes (other than to drop our rental car) area.

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Oct 16th, 2019, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by joannyc View Post


I don't know what your lace comment is referring but if it is the lace shop in Bayeux across from the cathedral, give it a pass. I was there a few weeks ago, the woman there was more interested in talking to her friend than any tourist who entered the shop. Another Fodorite recently confirmed her same experience to me.
Kerouac recommended she visit the lace museum in Calais.
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Oct 17th, 2019, 07:45 AM
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I have not visited those Channel islands. Only Ile de Brehat - which we really enjoyed.

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Oct 17th, 2019, 10:03 AM
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Okay. Thanks.
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Oct 21st, 2019, 01:10 AM
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Both from Jersey and Guernsey, you may quickly reach St Malo (1.15 hour with Condor ferries), or Granville (in Normandy). Then in Brittany, there is much to see according to your tastes : beautiful coastline (wilder landscape on the north and western coasts), towns (Dinan, Fougères...) or cities (Rennes, Vannes, Quimper, Nantes). And also megaliths : since you seem to be interested in them, they are spread over the territory, but the highest concentration is by far on the south coast, near Carnac and the Gulf of Morbihan.
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Oct 21st, 2019, 01:56 AM
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Further north in côte d opale you have the bunker of eperleques with one remaining giant cannons that were shooting at England across the channel. Called Dora I think.*
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