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This is the first camping adventure id had since I was a kid, and when I was a kid I hated it but my husband is a camper and after five years of nagging I finally gave in, so we planned a trip across Europe with paris being the first stop. We chose this site as it was the closet on available to Paris and we were only stopping two nights so we didn't want to waste any time. It took us quite a while to find, but when we did we pulled in the waiting bay and went into reception we paid about 26 Euros a night this was without electric hookup. We were given a map and the receptionist circled the areas we could pitch up and said we go anywhere we wished in these areas, so off we went and we were immediately disappointed as the pitches were gravel not what you want for a brand new tent, they also seemed to be just squeezed in where there wasn't enough space for a caravan, so we hunted around a bit and finally found a large grass (well un gravelled area)area behind the bathrooms, nice hey, but we decided to go with it as by this time we had been travelling for 18 hours and we just wanted to rest. On the grass area there is no option of electric hook up. So on we got with putting the tent up, but the grass wasn't beneficial as it was absolutely rock hard, nothing was getting into the ground, even those with hard ground pegs weren't getting them in, we hammered we dug and in the end we boiled some water and softened the ground that way. Eventually we got the tent to something that resembled up. And when off to explore the sight. It has a restaurant / pizzeria but we never used this so I can't comment on it. The shop was tiny and only sold very basic essentials with no camping equipment, not like many others where they sell emergency bits and pieces such as pegs, pan etc. The toilets were definitely not impressing, they were dirty and covered in cobwebs, the showers were a little better but not much, you certainly didn't feel clean after using them, however they were free. Tip if your camping abroad do not forget to take toilet paper as it is not provided. The campsite offered a shuttle service to the local metro station which went into Paris, it costs about 3.50 Euros return per person and you have get the tickets from reception, there is always a big cue for this so make sure you don't leave it to the last minute, the shuttle runs up to about midnight coming back. It is further to the metro that in has you believing. It is not worth that extra bit of closeness stay somewhere further out with gut transport links you'll get a much better campsite and I don't think it would be likely to take a great deal longer to get into Paris. AS I said earlier this was y first adult camping trip and after this campsite I was panicking about what id let myself in for, thankfully this was the only bad site we stayed at on this trip.
We stayed at Camping International with Keycamp. Mobile home was clean and satisfactory. Bit tight on space but very economical so can't complain! Don't shop locally. If you have a car drive to the Carrefour hypermarket in nearby town - Sartraville (dont know if thats how its spelt!). Sooo much cheaper its well work the drive. Lots of manky cats on site, but as a cat lover that was ok. Spent a fortune on cat food though trying to fatten them up. Also saw hedgehogs and resident violent geese! Reps from Keycamp (and Eurocamp) were very friendly if a little unknowledgeable about the local attractions etc. Camp itself is quiet but location can be noisy. Obviously on flight path which seemed to be the noisiest thing about park although you can hear trains and barges. You do get used to them. I wore earplugs but could still hear. Disneyland is an hours train away. Paris about 20 minutes. Versailles is about 30/40 minute drive but worth it. Don't miss the gardens which are stunning. All in all a very nice holiday albeit a very expensive holiday because of the terrible euro rate.
We've also stayed at Camping International near Paris. In fact that is how we "did" Paris, we stopped there on the way back from the South of France for three nights. We were actually with Keycamp at the time, but we tend to use Eurocamp now - not that there is much between them. Zog is right, it is a cheap way to see Paris, and flexible as you can combine it with a visit to somewhere else as well like we did. There are a range of caravans available, so you can choose according to your budget and party size. The caravan site is in quite a convenient location. It is very easy indeed to catch the train into Paris. And it is quite a nice location, overlooking the Seine. Having said that, when we were there the camp site did have a bit of a neglected air to it. That was four years ago, so it could have improved since then, and it wasnt bad, it was just that we were used to nicer campsites - Eurocamp's sites normally are first rate. But you wont be on the site much anyway. We also made the mistake of using the resteraunt on the site one night, and the service was atrocious, I would recommend eating in Paris instead. But again it could have improved since we were there. The other slightly negative point I would add is that to get there (and back!) does involve navigating the Paris ring road! Not a task for the faint hearted! But if you wanted to take your car you would have to do that even if you were staying in a hotel, and it would cost you more.