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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnW997 wrote:
Hi just speaking to a friend and he was stopped only 10 mins after leaving the tunnel by the friendly helpful French police and they asked to see his high vis jacket which he had ready to hand, they said he needed 1 jacket for every seat in the car regardless of how many people were in it, I ve not heard this one and let's be fair who is in a good position to argue with them when there stood there in there big boots and guns. He got let of but told that he needed 1 per seat .


This is pretty old news to be fair. High viz per seat (in the car not the boot), 2x breathalyser kits, headlight deflectors, GB sticker, warning triangle, green card..... and so it goes on....but rules is rules!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green card?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a look here...
https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/travel/driving-abroad/checklist/
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My understanding is that the requirement to carry a breathalyser was no longer valid, something to do with guaranteed supplies of the kit.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
Last few times I've done it in a oner each way from Blackburn, but if I do a stop over, always St Quentin (about 60 miles north of Reims). Nice little town with easy access from the auto-route and a square with restaurants and bars around it. I find it's a nice halfway (timewise, not distance) stop as once you've travelled down through the UK, it's tedious enough to deserve a break. It's around a 9hr drive down to the riviera from there or an hour or so longer if you come off the auto-routes for some scenic action.

With regards to the auto-routes, deffo worth getting a sanef tag in your car so you can drive right through the tolls without stopping (they bill your credit card when you get home). Saves loads of time, especially when going down in the most hideous month of the year:

https://www.saneftolling.co.uk/

That reminds me - don't forget to read up on the new law that came into place last week about emissions and city driving (Paris & Lyon). Not displaying a sticker means a hefty fine:

https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en/

Coming down I now like to cut off the main route just before Lyon (which can be a pain to drive through) and head across to Grenoble and drop down the A51 onto the D1075 down to Sisteron. Fantastic road and scenery as seen here:


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You also have the option of heading down the route Napoleon instead. Not done that but many say it's another great route, although I'm led to believe it can be a bit more 'busy' and more regulated by the police.


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Once down there, you have loads of inland places that are a blast in the car, like the legendary Verdon Gorge. Get up there early to avoid tourist disappointment. Can get a bit busy in the afternoon.


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As you'll probably know, most places along the coast are worth a visit: St Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Villefranche-sur-mer, Monaco & Menton. If you do go St Tropez during the day, Pampelonne beach for lunch is a must.

The problem down there is so much to see in so little time......and personally - I've not gone down in August for around 7 years now due to the hideousness of traffic and holiday goers from every part of Europe.

Here's my write-up from last time I went down in the car:

http://911uk.com/viewtopic.php?t=106094

and a couple of websites that might have a couple of things on:

https://www.mediterranee-porscheclub.fr/

http://www.happyfewracing.com/


Thanks Alex, this info has been really useful. I have just signed up for the toll thing. And I am now finalising the routes I'll be taking. We are leaving next Sunday!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm 2 weeks behind you mate, leaving on the 26th Thumb

Latest update from my last trip here: http://911uk.com/viewtopic.php?t=121997&start=21
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are heading down by Ferry to Santander and staying in Bilbao for a couple of days. Then staying in what looks like an amazing hotel near Montpellier on the way to Monaco. On the way back we're going through France and I've booked a hotel on the N85 to make sure I drive those roads also.

I'm hoping to make a video diary enroute but I'll see how it goes. Last resort I'll film and edit when I'm back in the UK.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sanef tag is great. No need to find € and also in right hand drive, reach across to toll booth.


But you do miss out on launch control as the barrier lifts Floor
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't ever think of driving in France without my Sanef tag Wink

alex yates wrote:

You also have the option of heading down the route Napoleon instead. Not done that but many say it's another great route, although I'm led to believe it can be a bit more 'busy' and more regulated by the police.


As mentioned earlier in this topic the Col de Vence is a stunning stretch of road. It'll take longer than the Route de Napoleon but is less busy and I've not seen any police there.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK chaps so I'm on my road trip and to be honest I haven't taken that many photos. The first few days it rained and we spent the time in Bilbao not actually using the car! My lady is a native Spanish speaker so that part was for her. The photos below were actually taken when we went to visit her ancestral home in the Basque region of Spain. The town is named Araoz which is her surname. Turned out to be really interesting!






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