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      20.06.2001 18:51
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      We first discovered this site a few years back when I had promised my wife that I would at last take her to see the palaces of Versailles and Fontainebleau. We looked in a European campsite guidebook that we had, and tried to find one that was in between both places. We came up with Chateau de Chambonnieres a Touring caravan and camping site in a small village called Le Plessis Feu Aussoux just about half an hours drive past Paris. We discovered while we were there the site was only about 14 miles from Disneyland Paris. So last October we went back with our two Daughters, Their husbands and our five grandchildren. The site is about a four-hour drive from Calais if you are towing a caravan, 5 hours if you have five kids with you On arrival we were given an extremely warm welcome by the owner and his wife who live on site in the Chateau (Really Just a large country house). The site is in a most beautiful woodland setting with a large duck pond at one edge of the site. Wild flowers growing everywhere and each pitch with shade and marked out with small trees and hedges giving it a very secluded feeling. My eldest daughter and her husband had hired a tent from back home and they stayed in that with their 3 children and my youngest daughter and her husband and their two came in the caravan with my wife and myself. We have a very large awning so it was fine when we all got together for a drink or meal. Each pitch had an electric hook up point but with the old style continental two-pin plug socket. We had the necessary adaptors so there were no problems. The site hasn’t got a great many facilities but there are washing machines and dryers hot showers a small games area for the kids and a tennis court. In the height of the season the owners keep a few necessities for sale but nothing much. The toilet facilities were immaculate and the whole site was extremely clean and tidy. We enjoyed getting up in the morning and driving about
      a mile to the boulangerie to buy hot French sticks and croissants to have with our breakfast. In the little village you could get food and drinks, there were a couple of French café/bars where you could sit and have a drink and the whole place was so quite and quaint. The nearest town is Coloumierres which has a good shopping area with a large Hypermarket on the outskirts and a large market with stalls selling just about everything twice a week. The town is very pretty with some very old buildings and a small river runs through the center. Needless to say the kids all had a fantastic time in Disneyland for two of the days we were there. Also for kids although we didn’t go ourselves is Parc Asterix which is a French theme park based on the cartoon character Asterix the Gaul. This is about half an hour’s drive back towards Paris and is very well signposted. The palace of Fontainebleau is well worth a visit and it has some beautiful grounds. Nearby is the beautiful Forest of Fontainebleau where many of the local people go for picnics and walks. About an hours drive is the palace of Versailles, if you like historical buildings this is certainly worth a visit the lavish décor makes our palaces look a bit dowdy. Although it was a bit disappointing to find out that most of it is not original. It was hacked to pieces by the mob during the revolution and all of the fine art, furniture, and anything that was worth anything was taken away by the revolutionaries. Some of the original pieces have been located and returned but not much. We were all sad to leave the site as it had been so relaxing and the owners had been so helpful and friendly. With their little bits of English and our small knowledge of French we managed to understand each other. The night before we left they came to our pitch and gave us a bottle of wine and some French delicacies and some sweets for all the kids as a going home present. It was very much cheaper than stayin
      g at one of the Disney land sites and so much prettier. We will certainly return if we decide to go to that area of France again and I would recommend it to anybody. We found the address and telephone number of the site on line and booked by telephone. We went to the A.A site online which gave us a route from home right to the site free of charge, which made the journey extremely easy. Caravan or tent you couldn’t do much better than this. Mick Gray

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