Charles Alexander, the Vendee Mobile Home Holidays specialist, is pleased to unveil a new mobile home model on Le Clarys Plage Holiday Park – the 2013 Aventura design, designed and built by IRM, will be available this season.
The new mobile home model has three bedrooms (1 double, 2 twin rooms and with a pull-out bed in the lounge). 2 bathrooms, a fully-fitted kitchen and a spacious central lounge area.
For more information on Charles Alexander holidays, please visit http://www.charlesalexander.co.uk/
We visited the home of Impressionist painter Claude Monet and the gardens that inspired his famous Water Lily series.
We, like thousands of visitors each year, left the main sightseeing trail in Normandy to visit Giverny, this modest town in the Seine Valley. And ironically, there are no original works by Monet in the pretty pink-and-green house where he lived until his death in 1926. Plenty of prints and copies adorn the rooms, but it is the garden and the famous lily pond and bridge that lure the crowds.
Gardeners keep the scene as close as possible to the way things were in Monet’s day. The painter bought the house in 1895, having rented it as a family home since 1883. It was here that he painted the irises and lily pond scenes that were his final obsessions. You can see his walled garden ‘Le Clos Normand’ and the lily pond. A main road separates the gardens, but an underpass takes visitors safely to the pond. Wonderful though the gardens are, the sheer number of people means they are not a place for quiet contemplation. The art trail spills over onto the nearby streets, and rue Claude Monet is filled with artists’ workshops and galleries. The Musée d’Art Américain Giverny has works by Monet’s American contemporaries in France, as well as temporary exhibitions.
Our Top tips
Arrive early to see the lily pond without the crowds. Visit in early summer to see the gardens at their very best. Don’t miss the Hôtel Baudy, a former boarding house and bar in rue Claude Monet. It is where Monet met with Renoir, Sisley, Pisarro and Rodin and the American artists who followed them.
Visit this region, rich in his history and culture, and go camping in Normandy with help from I Spy Camping
Concarneau combines all that is best about Brittany. It is one of France’s key fishing ports and hosts great fish auctions (criées). The bustling town has plenty of shops and restaurants and a historic walled town (Ville Close) sits on an island within the port. There are also beaches and boat trips to enjoy.
The town was first fortified in the 11th century and was at its most formidable in the 14th. The Ville Close, linked to the rest of the town by a bridge and gateway, was fortified by the military strategist Vauban during Louis XIV’s reign. There are excellent views from his ramparts.
The main street, rue Vauban, is flanked by 16th- to 18th-century buildings filled with souvenir shops, while the Musée de la Pêche (Fishing Museum), is at the start of this street. Concarneau’s modern marina sits on the seaward side of the Ville Close, while the main fishing port, with its utilitarian buildings, is on the land side. The fish auction at quai de la Criée (arrive by 6.30am) is the largest in Brittany and the catches are dispatched across France.
If you prefer to see live fish, visit the Marinarium, on the seafront at the place de la Croix.
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Medieval Dinan is one of Brittany’s best preserved old towns. Many sections of the 600- year-old ramparts (the oldest and most extensive in Brittany) are walkable, such as Duchess Anne’s walk that brings you out into the Jardin Anglais, with panoramic views of the valley.
I have been camping in Brittany 3 times out of the last 7 years, and love the region. Dinan is just one town that I visited last year that grabbed my attention. The region, that has so much in common with Cornwall, offers super family holidays whether it is a beach holiday, an active outdoor holiday or exploring the region rich history. Use I Spy Camping to help you find your ideal holiday park.
In the 12th century, Dinan crusader Rivallon le Roux pledged that, if he survived, he would return to his home town and pay for a church dedicated to Christ. The Gothic and Romanesque St-Sauveur basilica was built between the 12th and 18th centuries. It contains relics from every period, including the heart of another local knight, Bertrand du Guesclin, whose equestrian statue stands in place du Guesclin. This square hosts the Thursday-morning market.
The old town is perfect for exploring on foot. The narrow, cobbled rue du Petit-Fort winds its way (steeply) from the port to the heart of the town. It’s lined with medieval merchants’ houses, crêperies, arts and crafts shops and the Maison du Gouverneur, a spectacular three-floor, half-timbered house containing a display of regional furniture. Head to the place des Merciers to see the town’s most beautiful half-timbered houses.
The Gothic Église St-Malo has a superb English organ, dating from the Romantic period, and beautiful stained-glass windows illustrating great moments in the town’s history. A pleasant walk from central Dinan you’ll find Léhon, a pretty hamlet with a 9th-century priory. You can take boat trips up the Rance from St-Malo to Dinan from April to September. There are good views of the town and the Rance valley from the Tour de l’Horloge.
You can find out more about Dinan’s local history at the Musée du Château, in the ruined 14th-century castle keep.
Camping Les Rives du Loup near Nice, has offered I Spy Camping visitors a great offer for Easter and beyond. We have ten 7-night holidays in the south of France available at the great price of 121€, that is around £99.
You and your family can stay in a 2-bedroom mobile holiday home with decking (the Mediterranee home) that sleeps up to 6 people (max. 4 adults and 2 children under 12) and can enjoy a break in the sun for very little. Les Rives du Loup is located in the picturesque hills (see above photo of view from site) above Nice. Its actual location places itself within the Triangle d’Or (Golden Triangle), that is between Nice, Grasse and Antibes.
For more information on the destination, the Mediterranee holiday home and to take advantage of this offer you need to type the promotion code ISC99 and book online at http://www.rivesduloup.co.uk/ or quote the offer code by calling them directly on 00 33 493 24 15 65
As well as being able to explore the glitz of the Cote d’Azur (see our travel guide to the Cote d’Azur), there are plenty of facilities available to you on-site.
Easter and May
These ten 7-night holidays are available to be taken anytime between the 30th of March and the 20th of May 2013, including the Easter school break. You can start your 7 nights on any day, which helps you to take advantage of cheaper flights.
The nearest airport is Nice. Easyjet and British Airways have direct flights from Luton, Newcastle, Stansted, Heathrow and London Gatwick. For example, flights for 2 adults and 2 children departing 2nd of April will cost £286 with Easyjet from Luton.
Take Action: This offer is strictly subject to availability, so don’t delay.