European Breakdown Cover is a policy taken out to cover you in the event that your vehicle develops a fault and breaks down whilst travelling abroad. Policies vary from company to company but in a nutshell, should your vehicle breakdown whilst abroad your policy will generally ensure your vehicle is fixed at the roadside or towed to the nearest garage where it can be fixed.
Carnac is a small town located in the Morbihan department of Brittany on it’s southern coastline. It’s believed that the name Carnac may come from the Celtic word “Cairn or Carn” which means a mound of stones erected as a marker or memorial. The Standing Stones at Carnac are truly remarkable and date back to the prehistoric age.
One thing you notice when you go camping in France is the number and quality of children’s play areas and play parks they have. Although UK towns, cities and villages generally have a number of play parks, they tend to be either small or filled with old, rusty or inadequate equipment. Our local play park is of a reasonable size but has not had any new equipment for many years.
We looked at the weather forecast for St Jean Day Monts and were greeted by the prospect of rain for only the second time during our family holiday in France. With three boys to entertain we decided to leave the campsite in search of something to see and do. The first place we visited was the Chateau at Noirmoutier-en-l’ile, just to the north of the campsite.
This year we decided to take the night ferry to France and we had booked to sail from Plymouth to Roscoff with Brittany Ferries as we only live half an hour from Plymouth. Our chosen campsite for two weeks was Le Clarys Plage in the Vendee and we decided to travel at night as we hoped that sleeping during the crossing would mean that no-one would feel seasick.
There are several major differences between driving in France and driving in the UK. Driving on the right’ is the most common difference but one that is often forgotten is the need to pay a toll on certain roads and autoroutes (or motorways) in France. Tolls are avoidable in Brittany but sadly unavoidable in many other regions of France.