AlanCramp
I would be interested to hear of members favourite routes from Calais to Le Mans, including great restarants and stop-overs half way. :-\
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geewizzpip
Depends,  Getting there you can use the new motorway and get there quickly, or you can use the old E402 from Rouen after goin the back or coastal way to and around Rouen.  Personally I like to go to Honfleur then down to Alencon.

The way back is different.  Rouen is always clogged up and the toll queues are dreadful.  Better to take the back roads up to Alencon and then skirt Rouen.  If you are travelling back on the Sunday then the French all hang out their windows looking at the cars on this route.

Plan your route by map.  Sat Navs take you down the most inhospitable roads.
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Russell
yeah the street fans were funny werent they
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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AlanCramp
Thanks geewizzpip,

Honfleur it is! 
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Rich5ltr
OK I always use the Portsmouth – Caen crossing because it suits me from where I live but Hornfleur is quite close to Caen. From Caen I usually follow the route; Flers, Domfront, Mayenne, Sillé-le-Guillaume, Le Mans, we stay in a wonderful hotel in Sillé. There are lots of picturesque walled medieval towns in the area and I would suggest using the internet and some guides to put a route together. Have fun!  Rich...

p.s. Hornfleur - the most expensive place I have been to! Last year I bought a couple of beers in a bar sitting round the harbour, absolutely beautiful; when the bill arrived they were more expensive than the beers I bought in a bar sitting in casino square in Monaco a few weeks before!!! 
Still burning hydrocarbons just for fun! 

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geewizzpip
Sille is a nice place.  I usually stay in an hotel near Evron.  Camping with the boys this year!
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