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We planned to cover fewer miles this year due to the increased fuel and other costs but actually didn't do much less in the end. 

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Photo features and trip details:
Across France to the Swiss border
 Lakes Neuchatel to Geneva Around the Alps - Valais
Some Italian Lakes   Lake Luzern and Bernese Oberland France - Alps to Ardeche
Around the Auvergne

 North to the Channel

We crossed the channel from Newhaven to Dieppe and headed south to Chartres then east across France to the Doubs region and into Switzerland at lake Neuchatel. We then headed for Bern the capital and south to Gruyeres and Lake Geneva. From there we continued via the motorway to the Valais and the Alps travelling up some of the valleys to Evolene, Zermatt and Saas Fee before crossing into Italy via the Simplon Pass and to Verbania on Lake Maggiore. A tour around the lakes Locarno and Lugano followed ending up at our favourite, Lake Como. We then turned north over the St Gotthard Pass and up to Lake Lucerne before heading south again to Lake Brienz and Grindlelwald. After visiting Thun we left Switzerland via the southern side of Lake Geneva and stopped for a couple of days in the French Alps near Samoëns.  

We then headed towards the Chartreuse and Grenoble but due to the wet weather turned west across the Rhône and into the northern Ardeche, a quite remote hilly and wooded region. From there we drove across to the Cantal and Auvergne where in places the hills were a mass of wild flowers. Our route took us north east to Vichy and further east to the Saône at Tournus. Heading north and homewards we drove through the Côte-d'Or wine growing region and on to Troyes with its magnificent cathedral. We skirted west of Reims and up to St Quentin then through the Somme to Amiens and the ferry at Calais.   

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Ferry :  booked through Camping & Caravanning Club
outbound: Newhaven - Dieppe Transmanche £105 single
return:  Calais - Dover P& O £29 single 

Fuel : £590 for 3964 miles about 28mpg

 Gaslow 6Kg cylinder £6 initial fill in UK and three refills in France 28.5L €18

Campsites and aires : total £369                                               
France  29 nights total £94 8 on campsites (5 ACSI, 3 other)   21 on aires 18 free* 
Switzerland  19 nights total £132 15 on campsites ( 14 ACSI,  1 other) 4 on aires all free
Italy  4 nights total £56 4 on campsites (2 ACSI, 2 other) none 
UK 4 nights total £28 3 on CLs, 1 on CS 
* excludes costs of coins and jetons typically €2 for water at various bornes






This year's photo theme:

Statues with Fish




Across France to the Swiss border >>

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