ANGELA BIRD'S VENDÉE PAGES

The author of the guidebook The Vendée tells you just about everything
you want to know about this sunny corner of western France!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE IS
THE VENDEE?


Situation.
The Vendée's top 20 "must-sees".

Getting there:
Sea
Air

Nantes transport
Rail
Road
Routes from Channel ports - including
How to beat Nantes!

 


"Wish we'd had those instructions on getting round Nantes last year!"


Triangle and gilet in the car: don’t forget them! (New law, from July 2008)



PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Accommodation:
hotels
b&bs
self-catering houses
camping/caravanning
plus

 

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Marinas


Markets
Money
(including the Euro!)
Telephones
Cybercentres
Wines, includes
suggestions for places
to taste & to buy
 

"so-o-o-o-o much information!"

RESTAURANTS !
Some of our own favourite places to eat.
Updated 10.01.10


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Ideas for hundreds of outings,
 from museums to theme parks,
castles to junk shops,
plus where to play golf, zoom through the treetops,
or get out the surfboards

Click here to order
a copy from

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WELCOME

TO

THE VENDÉE

THE VENDEE GUIDEBOOK!

 

If you think these pages are good - wait till you get your hands on a copy of the book (see left):

The Vendée

 

FOURTH EDITION NOW ON SALE,
WITH 100 PHOTOS AND 16 PAGES
OF COLOUR


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TIPS FOR VENDEE HOME-OWNERS

Paying tax on rental income.
See a film - in English!
Kitchen design tips.

Keeping septic tanks sweet.
DIY shops.
Sharing information
Last updated
18.05.09

 

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PAPER
Look out for The French Paper, a new monthly publication that aims to bring news, comment and advice to anglophone readers on all aspects of living in France. Available from newsagents throughout France from early June 2009.

 

HEALTH PROBLEMS
Based on our own experiences, here are some hints from
Anne Bréchet and myself to guide
you through some emergency formalities.
Health and hospitals
Death formalities

CANCER SUPPORT
A Cancer Support Group for English-speakers in the Vendée

A France-wide forum for English-speaking cancer sufferers in France.

 

 

 

ACTIVITIES
Boating
Cycling
Fishing
Golf
Riding
Walking

Special features:
Jim Clement
on
cycle routes
Rob Busby
on
angling

...and the ultimate
yacht race - the
Vendée Globe
(François Gabart is the winner of the 2012/2013 edition)


BEACHES
From the Bay of Bourgneuf in the north to L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer in the south.

plus:
Francky Trichet's best "spots" for
surfing.

 

"What did we love best? The unspoilt beaches, of course - and the surf!"

 

 BY THE SAME AUTHOR

Northern France:
What to do and see within
90 minutes of Calais

 

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Click here for  a website
full of useful information on Northern France,
or click here to order
a copy

from


CALENDAR
What will be going on when you get there?

Last updated 03.07.14

January 2014
February 2014
March 2014
April 2014
May 2014

June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014
October 2012
November 2012
December 2012

 

"Planned our whole holiday by it!"

HISTORY
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Richard the Lionheart
The Hundred Years War
Wars of Religion
The 18th-century Vendée Wars
Recent history


"...clear and concise..."

 

Recommended books on the Vendée Wars

CHURCH-GOING

 

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English church services in the Vendée


The Congregations of
All Saints, Vendée


and

 

Joie de Vie Christian Fellowship


 

HOLIDAY COTTAGES

A small selection
of delightful holiday properties to
rent in the Vendée...

...ranging from
a pretty country cottage
to a grand chateau

 

 

LOOKING FOR A CHARMING WATERSIDE RESIDENCE TO BUY,

WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF BEACH?

Click here for more information

 

PAGES WITH
A THEME

 

Crafts, activities and other topics

Famously Vendean

 

Courses: learning on holiday

Artists and craftspeople

Church organs of the Vendée
Some churches and chapels
Animal hunt
Winter visits
Wind- and watermills
Weather to go out

 

NOT ENOUGH
SPACE
IN THE BOOK!


Some extra things that couldn't be fitted
into the new book...
... plus a few updates.

  

PICTURE
LIBRARY
If you're searching for images of the Vendée to illustrate an article, maybe I'll have what you're looking for...
Please mail your request to the address near the bottom of this page.

 

LINKS
Last updated
04.03.12

Local towns and villages
Useful Vendée links
Other areas of France
Camping/caravanning



 

 



Vendée-phile Angela
is a freelance journalist, who has worked regularly for
The Illustrated London News, Orient-Express,
Country Living
and
Côté Ouest magazines.

A Vendée homeowner
for more than 40 years, she is the author of
the definitive guidebook to the Vendée.

Copies are available from
 


Hello, and thanks for dropping in!

I hope you'll find these pages a good starting-point
if you're planning a trip to the Vendée.
Let me know if there's any other aspect
you'd like to see covered.



Bienvenue.
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since 20 January 2005
when this counter was installed.


All information is given in good faith, but the author cannot be responsible for any errors or omissions. It is always wise to telephone ahead before making a special journey.

All material on this website © Angela Bird
unless otherwise indicated.
Reproduction forbidden without written permission.

 

 

 

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