5 Strange Sites to Spot on a French Camping Holiday by:Lorraine Waddell
If you're after a camping holiday in France that's slightly different fromthe usual French recipe of gourmet food and rolling vineyards, then take inspiration from some of these more unusual Gallic sites.
The Corkscrew Museum, Mnerbes
France is known for being the centre of the wine-producing world; however, were it not for the humble corkscrew then few of us could even attempt to open a bottle of the delectable French plonk. The trusty corkscrew is worthy of praise and Yves Rousset-Rouard has duly noted this fact and opened a museum to celebrate the invention of this trusty device. The museum is a must-visit whilst camping in France and features over 1,500 different corkscrews. After you've swotted up on how to open a bottle of wine, pop next door, to the Domaine de la Cituadelle, for their free wine tasting sessions.
The Biggest Neck in Europe
Having the biggest neck in Europe is certainly something to boast about, but when you discover Europe's largest neck was actually a former volcanic vent, things get even more interesting. Whilst on a camping holiday in France you must visit the village of Sceautres, in the Ardche region, which boasts this accomplishment. The volcanic neck is 8 million years old and offers a stunning example of what happens when molten lava and water mix.
The Book Capital of the World
Whilst on a French camping holiday you don't expect to encounter the book capital of the world, but the attractive village of Bcherel, located in Brittany boasts this accolade. Numerous bookstores line the streets of the pretty granite village and with book related festivities taking place frequently throughout the year, your camping holiday in France is bound to coincide with some literary festival. Easter is the busiest time with tourists coming from around the world to experience the annual book festival.
A Postman's Palace
Ferdinand Cheval was a French postman who spent 33 years of his life building himself a palace. The palace known as La Palais Ideal is located in Hauterives in the Drome region of France and is known as an exceptional example of nave art architecture. Cheval was inspired to build the palace after tripping over a stone. He returned to the same spot the next day and started collecting stones for the next 33 years during his early morning delivery round. The palace is a mixture of styles with inspirations from the Bible to Hindu mythology and it simply must be visited whilst on a camping holiday in France.
The Highest Sand Dune in Europe
Vast rolling sand dunes bring to mind images of camel trekking, haggling in Arabian bazaars, jeep safaris and .France? A camping holiday in France may not be the first thing that springs to mind when sand dunes are mentioned. However, the largest sand dune in Europe is not housed in the Canary Islands but rather in the Gironde region of France. The Dune du Pilat is situated at the entrance of the bay of Arcachon and stands at 105 meters tall; it was declared a national heritage site in 1978.
About the author
Lorraine Waddell is the brand and advertising manager of Canvas Holidays, one of the leading European camping and mobile home holiday operators in the UK. With over 40 years of experience, Canvas offer a superb range of offers for camping holidays France (http://www.canvasholidays.co.uk/Destinations/France-604-0.aspx). They also offer trips to Spain, Italy and a total of 9 other European countries.