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If you want even more ideas, try this book!
And here’s a review of the previous edition from the Amazon site, posted by a satisfied reader!
Excellent Book - Don't leave home without
“For a first time visit to this part of France with children this book was a lifesaver. Whatever the weather there was always something to do or somewhere to go listed in the book. Any town or village we went through seemed to be listed along with useful and interesting details (and great restaurants). It was required reading every evening to plan for the next day’s activities. Shame it wasn't available (I didn't see it) in the region, as my copy seemed to get borrowed by most Brits on the campsite.”
Author’s note: Actually it is available in the Vendée, too;
In the UK the book can be ordered through any
bookshop - the shop should
In France, the book should be in many
Vendée supermarkets, good bookshops and in many "Maisons de la
Presse" shops and newsagents.
WHAT DID THEY SAY ABOUT EARLIER EDITIONS?
Camping and Caravanning Club
Comments from delighted readers
READ THE BOOK?
WHERE CAN YOU CANOE AT DAWN through the salt-marshes, squeeze down France's narrowest street or engage in a spot of medieval siege warfare? If you want to amuse the family - grandparents or toddlers - you'll find this book full of ideas! In it I have listed golf-courses and megaliths; introduced museums of every kind; and highlighted junk shops and village fêtes based on everything from sardines to cowpats.
When you've sipped the Muscadet, dug the sandcastles and eaten the langoustines, you could take a trip to a working windmill, a ruined castle or a Romanesque abbey - oh, and whatever you do, don't miss the breathtaking "cinéscénie" of Le Puy-du-Fou!
You'll find where to pedal along a railway line, drive across the sea bed or dance to an accordion under the stars. Discover magnificent museums and glorious gardens, and hear about the region's connections with Bluebeard and Rabelais, Dougal and Zebedee, Monsieur Hulot and Richard the Lionheart - served up with a digestible dose of the Vendée's exceedingly bloody history.
A freelance journalist and Vendée
second-homeowner of 40 years' standing, I've spent more than four decades
digging out offbeat entertainment for family and friends. As well as having
worked as a sub-editor for magazines, ranging from The Field to the Orient-Express,
I have written on French-related topics for Blue Riband, France,
and Brittany Ferries' Voyage magazines, and have produced extensive
UK-wide coming-events guides for Country Living (of which I was for
eight years Contributing Events Editor) and for The Illustrated London
and surrounding area, with the Pays de Retz
CONTENTS OF GUIDEBOOK
Planning your trip: When to go, How to get there, Where to stay.
Useful information: Accessibility, Beaches, Bird-watching, Boating, Casinos, Church-going, Cycling, Diving, Electricity, Entertainment, Environment, Fishing, Golf, Hotels B&Bs and restaurants, Internet, Maps, Markets, Measurements, Medical treatment, Money, Motoring, Naturism, Newspapers, Pets, Post offices, Public holidays, Public transport, Riding, Safety, Shopping, Star-gazing, Telephoning, Tennis, Tipping, Walking, Weather, Wildlife.
Vendée Food and Wine
A Little French History
A Vendée Top 30
Area 1. St-Jean-de-Monts, Challans, St-Gilles and
Area 2. Les Sables-d'Olonne, La
Roche-sur-Yon and the Bas-Bocage
Area 3. La Tranche-sur-Mer, Luçon and the
Area 4. Fontenay-le-Comte, Pouzauges and the
Area 5. Les Herbiers, Clisson and Vendée
Area 6. The Pays de Retz, Nantes and the
176 pages (of which 16 in colour), with more than 100
photographs; numerous maps and town plans.
both by Éditions Hécate, Luçon
Revised and updated edition published as “The Vendée and surrounding area” in 2004
by Malnoue Publications, London
This edition published 2011
The book is available :
the UK, priced at £9.99, and in the Irish Republic:
ELSEWHERE: may be ordered through any UK and Ireland bookshop; and is often on the shelves at branches of Waterstone's, and some branches of WH Smith’s.
(UK distributor: Portfolio Books, Westminster House,
Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2ND Tel: 020 8334 1730 / Fax: 020 8334 1609).
in the Vendée, priced at 15 euros:
Places that might stock the book are:
Leclerc hypermarkets in Challans, Fontenay-le-Comte, Olonne-sur-Mer, La
Roche-sur-Yon (branches on La Tranche road, and at Les Oudairies), St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie.
Other bookshops/newsagents (it would be great if you could support these - often small - outlets below…):
L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer Tabac/Presse (15 Rue du Gen. Leclerc);
| activities | beaches | calendar | cottage rental |
|guidebook | guidebook update | history |
| introduction to the vendee | links | markets |
| practical info | property-owners' pages | restaurants | themed pages | wines |