Vive Le France

I travelled through France on a boat for several years. Brittany coast, the Camargue in the south, towns and villages on the Rhone, then the Canal de Mide, before finally settling in Bordeaux for 18 months. My daughter who was 6 at the time, went to a local school and so returned from france able to speak , read and write French.

We loved being there and was disapointed that circumstances forced us to return to England. 

I would happily retire there...... not long now then lol 

cornishchick cornishchick
41-45, F
3 Responses Aug 19, 2007

I like Lille and Calais - 2 weeks spent there with friends.
ANY day in Paris is heaven.
I envy your time spent in France!

Hi sorry i havnt answered sooner.<br />
If you cant afford to buy a small sailing boat , and believe me you can get some at a good price if you search around, your other option is to go to a port like for example Falmouth in the south west, Lymington in the south. From there you can find plenty of people about to cross to France who may be willing to take on an extra crew member. We ourselves took a girl with us who we met on our way to Falmouth . she helped me look after my then 2 year old daughter on the crossing. <br />
It realy isnt as difficult to achieve as you might suppose. Give it a go and good luck.<br />
btw. summer is a better time to try as most cross in september

How did you get to travel through France by boat? I would love that kind of experience, but I have no idea how to find a way to do it. I've been looking, and I've found a grant that would send me to France, but it's by no means a sure thing, and traveling by boat sounds much more interesting. If you have any tips on how to get there, I would greatly appreciate them.