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    My little trip to France [Lots of Pics!]

    So, after watching this http://youtube.com/watch?v=4rjBuXvfgOU on TV me and a mate thought we'd give it a go. Albeit in a S3 rather than an RS4.

    So our route was basically this:

    Friday:

    Euro Tunnel to Calais.
    Calais to Vitrolles (near Mareilles) to stay at a cheapo hotel (getting there around 7am on Saturday).

    Saturday:

    After a 3 hour nap we drove from Vitrolles to Castellane, from there to St. Andre les Alpes, and then straight back to Vitrolles. This took us right through the Verdon Gorge and took pretty much all day, we got back around 7pm and hit the sack for an early start the next day.

    Sunday:

    We left the hotel around 8am in the morning and headed to Millau to check out the viaduct, and then on to Calais for our return train.


    The verdict:

    Forget the 'ring! Seriously, this is the best fun I've ever had behind a wheel! I've done the Nurburgring, I've done track days in Caterhams, Ferraris, Lambos and so on, but cheesing it around the south of France (especially the Verdon Gorge) in my little old S3 was the best of the lot! The roads were simply amazing, it's like they were made especially for petrol heads! The scenery was also stunning!

    I really think we should organise an AS.net outing to the Verdon gorge this summer, it would be epic fun. Anyone keen?

    Anyway, here are some pics (sorry there are so many!, I've made them tiny and clickable to save on bandwidth):

    Cheesing it through France on Friday night/Saturday morning:




    Cheesing it through the Verdon Gorge:












































    Cheesing it home on Sunday via the Millau Viaduct:











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    Cool!! How much is fuel in France?


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    On second thoughts, don't tell me.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnS3 View Post
    Cool!! How much is fuel in France?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnS3 View Post
    On second thoughts, don't tell me.....
    lol, we haven't done our sums yet, not looking forward to that bit!

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    Count me down for it.
    Planning a road trip in summer but if its with the AS.net team then im in...!!
    Would be epic for sure. Please try arranging it would be excellent.

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    stunning photos mate, have you done your sums and worked out how much it cost you yet?

    oh and i would be very interested in a road trip of this kind keep us posted

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    wow amazing!!

    Wish I could put the S on a crate and go eurotripping with it for a month or 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 LTN View Post
    Count me down for it.
    Planning a road trip in summer but if its with the AS.net team then im in...!!
    Would be epic for sure. Please try arranging it would be excellent.

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    stunning photos mate, have you done your sums and worked out how much it cost you yet?

    oh and i would be very interested in a road trip of this kind keep us posted
    Excellent! There are lots more roads around there to discover, I've just been having a look on google maps! It would be really good to get 3 or more cars going. Any preference on the date? We could go in a May bank holiday (5th or 26th) or maybe the August one (25th)?

    Another option:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwz6vXyXwNA

    Not done the sums yet, going to do them at work tomorrow!

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    Count me in!!

    Ive not had my car past 20mph in this traffic yet

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    Wow looks like an awesome trip. Roads in france look soo much better than ours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomjim View Post
    Wow looks like an awesome trip. Roads in france look soo much better than ours.
    Mate, it's petrolhead heaven! I couldn't believe how good they were! Unfortunately, without a helicopter you can't take photos to do them justice!

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    I'm originally from Marseille!! Went back with my girlfriend in January too via Germany & Switzerland. Loved it. Lovely clear roads aren't they! Great pics btw!
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    Looks stunning! Definitly would join an road trip! Even if it was only a handful of Audis!

    Great photos as well.

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    wow, that's splendid !
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    whats with all the cheese??

    Roads do look good... and I too would like to get my car above the 30mph it feels like its being doing since I got it... I think my average since ownership is 17 mph. BOOO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontraband View Post
    whats with all the cheese??

    Roads do look good... and I too would like to get my car above the 30mph it feels like its being doing since I got it... I think my average since ownership is 17 mph. BOOO


    It's France after all!

    Well, come along next time! You'll certainly increase your average speed then!!
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    I'm in for sure. Just have to setup a rolling list under meets section or similar.

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    Seems like a lot of fun, Like the pics (I always like pics)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiteyboy View Post
    excellent post.....given me an idea for a trip
    Well come along once we've organised an AS.net approved outting! Looks like quite a few people are keen, we might get quite a nice little convoy going

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    Not sure i could make it this year as already have a trip to the ring planned in september but if it becomes annual would love to come next year, springtime would be good.

    Great pics BTW.

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    Ok, so far the following people are interested in the trip.
    S3 LTN
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    siu00adg

    Do any of you have a preference on which bank holiday? Personally I'd be happy to go when ever, but I guess bank holidays will be better for most people.

    Are there anymore interested?
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    As long as its not a weekday. Im pretty much FREE!

    P.s. Dont tell my girlfriend i said that

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    As and when, two bank holidays in May arn't there? Perhaps the later one? Friday-Sunday or similar.

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    Very very cool! Im off to the Ring next week and have full video equipment hidden in the front of my car to record the trip over etc, hoping to get some nice pictures too on the adventures!

    Looks like you had a ball, certainly given me more ideas

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    Probably wouldn't be able to keep up with my tractor engine... Looks a good trip though..
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    Yeah defo count me in... Any weekend bank holiday is ok for me. Had enough of roads around here... Can't enjoy driving to its fulist.

    Check out the list below for possible weekends.
    As long as we all agree to it.

    England and Wales

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    Good Friday

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    Easter Monday

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    Early May Bank Holiday

    (First Monday in May)
    5 May


    Spring Bank Holiday

    (Last Monday in May)
    26 May


    Summer Bank Holiday

    (Last Monday in August)
    25 Aug

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 LTN View Post
    Yeah defo count me in... Any weekend bank holiday is ok for me. Had enough of roads around here... Can't enjoy driving to its fulist.

    Check out the list below for possible weekends.
    As long as we all agree to it.

    England and Wales

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    Good Friday

    Public Holiday
    21 Mar

    Easter Monday

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    24 Mar

    Early May Bank Holiday

    (First Monday in May)
    5 May


    Spring Bank Holiday

    (Last Monday in May)
    26 May


    Summer Bank Holiday

    (Last Monday in August)
    25 Aug
    Ok then, shall we say we use the 5th of May bank holiday?

    i.e. leave on the evening of the 2nd after work (Friday) or early doors on Saturday and get back on Monday (5th).

    Any objections?

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    None here
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    Last edited by mitch78; 4th March 2009 at 00:42.
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    All good for me... Have you done any calculations yet?
    Fuel/Crossing/Hotels etc etc...

    But id say early Saturday morning... Fresh day. Will be tired after work on a friday plus will get time to get ready and pack in evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 LTN View Post
    All good for me... Have you done any calculations yet?
    Fuel/Crossing/Hotels etc etc...

    But id say early Saturday morning... Fresh day. Will be tired after work on a friday plus will get time to get ready and pack in evening.
    Agreed

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    Excellent.
    You lads have got quite a drive from up north though...
    If you leave early early Saturday morning... Motorways will be quite so you should cover reasonable ground and make it down for crossing.
    I'm 20mins away from London so extra sleep for me lol.
    Hopefully siu00adg can gets some sums worked out then we all good.

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    Ok I haven't checked the meets section but have you posted this in there as well?

    J.
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    Nope. Don't think there is... Just checked.

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    Looking at the Euro tunnel website if you take an ealry train out saturday and one back at teatime (6pmish) it'll be 140.

    J.
    Married and blonde yes, but still a guy with a poor taste in usernames!

    Mercedes Benze E-class 350 sport convertable, black, pacha grey leather, 19" AMG rims, HK stero and a few more toys
    VW Scirocco 2.0Tsi GT with Revo stage 2, evoms induction kit, lowered, short shift, miltek
    BMW 330 Coupe M sport Black, Black leather, Nav and a lot of other options.
    BMW Z4 Coupe Sport in black with a few toys - going friday and gonna be missed by my lad.
    A3 2.0Tdi S-Line DSG. Gone but not forgotten

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    Ok... What times early Saturday train? Because some of the lads have got quite a drive down... I'm ok Dover only couple of hours away from me. And teatime 6pmish you mean on Monday... Right?
    Cheers
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    The price differs from 68 -72 on the saturday morning.

    J.
    Married and blonde yes, but still a guy with a poor taste in usernames!

    Mercedes Benze E-class 350 sport convertable, black, pacha grey leather, 19" AMG rims, HK stero and a few more toys
    VW Scirocco 2.0Tsi GT with Revo stage 2, evoms induction kit, lowered, short shift, miltek
    BMW 330 Coupe M sport Black, Black leather, Nav and a lot of other options.
    BMW Z4 Coupe Sport in black with a few toys - going friday and gonna be missed by my lad.
    A3 2.0Tdi S-Line DSG. Gone but not forgotten

 

 
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