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5 ways to save money when visiting France

Last year, I spent quite some time planning a small road trip around France. I found that it was quite easy to have a luxurious French holiday on a low budget. If you hope to visit France, these are my top tips for making the most of your money.   Tip 1: Shop around to find good deals My Dad seems to pretty much always find the best rates for hotels when he makes his reservation directly with the hotel. Hotels often have…

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The final part of our French road trip

Final part of our French road trip

And so the time has finally arrived to document the final part of our French road trip. It was nice to do something different and to travel around a country a little, visiting lots of new places. I’m glad we made the decision to stay in some budget hotels during our trip, with a few nights at the luxurious Chateau d’Augerville. I think that’s a good tip if you’re travelling around and want to watch how much you spend –…

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Lunch at Bistro atelier Beauvallet, Chateau d’Augerville

Bistro atelier Beauvallet

I have to admit, I’ve been dragging out the posts about our French road trip, mainly because I don’t want the reminiscing to end! However, needs must and blogging about our lunch at Bistro atelier Beauvallet is well overdue. After spending the morning at Fontainebleau we returned to our hotel, Chateau d’Augerville for a little wander around the grounds, before heading to Bistro atelier Beauvallet for lunch. As well as the luxury spa, the chateau also has it’s own golf course, golf boutique,…

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French road trip part 6: Fontainebleau

Chateau de Fontainebleau

Whilst we were staying at the Chateau d’Augerville during our French road trip, we planned to visit Fontainebleau. Located only a half hour drive away from our rural hotel, we thought it would make a nice trip out. After driving past the Chateau de Fontainebleau when we entered the town and seeing how impressive it was, we couldn’t miss getting a closer look at it. First, we wandered into Le jardin de Diane. The English-style garden was located in the large grounds…

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French chateau luxury spa experience

Chateau d'Augerville luxury spa

After walking around Orleans for the morning in part 5 of our French road trip, we did a little browsing at a nearby shopping centre, Place D’Arc. After having a peek at the luxury spa at our chateau hotel, we were really looking forward to relaxing there in the afternoon.  Before we headed back, we decided to find a restaurant for some lunch. We spotted L’Entracte by Paul just outside the shopping centre, which looked really popular and had a big outside…

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French road trip part 5: Orleans

orleans France

Due to our chateau hotel being very rural, we chose to go out and about the next morning and visit Orleans. As we arrived at an underground car park in the town, I spotted this metalwork horse perched on one of the beams. I couldn’t resist attempting to take a photo of it as we drove past! After finding somewhere to park the car, we wandered through this little garden, complete with painted animal ornaments! With benches dotted around, it was a…

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La Vallee Village and a rural chateau stay in France

Rural chateau stay in France

For the next part of our French road trip, we left our hotel at Compiegne and headed down to the rural chateau we had booked for the next few nights, stopping off at a shopping village on the way. La Vallee Village is part of a collection of designer shopping outlets across the world, including Bicester Village in Oxford. It’s located very close to Disneyland Paris. Similarly to Bicester, La Villee Village is not cheap, consisting of high-end designer shops. Also similarly to…

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French road trip part 3: Arras and Pierrefonds

Arras and Pierrefonds

In September, Dan and I went on a road trip around Northern and central France. In my previous posts, I talked about our visits to Lille, and Roubaix. Arras and Pierrefonds were our next destinations. Having booked a few nights at a rural chateau quite far south of Lille, we planned for our next overnight stay to be in Compiegne. Finding that Arras was on the way when we planned our route, we chose to stop off there to stretch our legs…

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