Top 10 ideas for your France travel in 2011
What an aspirational date today 11.1.2011 ! So a good time to look forward to your holiday plans for the rest of the year… have a look at my top tips for things to do in France in 2011, all with an element of nature or environment and of course lots of fun too.
2/ Go skiing at Alpe d’Huez who have achieved the ISO14001 standard of environmental management. There is widespread use of solar panels, biodegradable oil in piste machines and the seeding of grass on mountain tracks.
3/ Take a free bike to get around La Rochelle. The birthplace of bike sharing in France, available since 1974!! …Many French cities now have similar successful schemes.
4/ Follow in Robert Louis Stevenson’s footsteps: Go by Donkey in the Cevennes…fun for all the family
5/ Hike a ‘Grand Randonnée’ Route. For example, take the GR10 that traverses the Pyrenees from Atlantic Ocean to Mediterranean Sea. From the rolling Basque hills in the west up into the Haute Pyrenees, there are some absolutely stunning views along this trail. You can do the lot in one go (about 500 miles) if you have the time, or do a little bit each year…we just did the last day or so in 2010 and it was truly ‘magnifique’!!
6/ Explore the Canal du Midi by bike. Take advantage of rail network “TEN” offers to transport you then get a bike to see the country (was available June – October in 2010)
Prefer something less active, but still on the water?
7/ Cruise the Canal duMidi with “Soleil d’Oc” the first solar powered riverboat running from Beziers to Carcassonne.
Meanwhile for your transport « sur place »
9/ Our friends electric. Even the big boys are getting in on the green thing in 2011. By introducing 2 new generation electric vehicles to their fleet: the Peugeot iON and Citroen C-Zero, Europcar are taking their responsibility seriously and giving clients the opportunity to cut down on their emissions too. Let’s face it, France is a big country and not all the amazing things to see & do are reachable by public transport.
10/ Arrival or Departure in Paris. Use Eurostar to arrive right in the centre of town, or get from your arrival airport by RER train or take the Green Shuttle service to take you in hybrid vehicles.