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Russell,
I will try to assist in finding something but could you please inform me as follows:
What quality hotel are we seeking ie 3, 4, or 5 star?
Do we need to be in Honfleur or would another hotel within a few miles radius be OK ?
Do you have an estimate of the number of rooms required ?
Twin / Double etc?
I know that we are hoping to start our first nights stay on 31st May but what would be our departure date?
Any other special needs (Parking is of course critical for our Astons but would we be prepared to pay extra for secure onsite?
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Russell
3 star will do as we wont be spending any time in it.
as close to honfuler as humanly possible so it is a walk is better but if not a very short cab ride. taxis are a nightmare to get out there
maybe 6-8 cars at the moment and most are shared so twins
first night is the 30th and second night 31st i think it is. anyone wants to stay longer can but then you miss the ride home with others
i ahve been there plenty of times and as long as you are off the road you are pretty safe. french are like that with cars and motorbikes. they have more respect.
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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astro
OK Russell, but as I pointed out in my posting on October 25th, we shall clash with the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and most of the hotels in the are a re fully booked for a couple of weeks either side of June 6th.
Might be better to reschedule.
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astro
Strange.. phoned Le Cloiserie and was told that they could provide accommodation
Other possibles are:
Campanile, Rue St Claire
Antares, also Rue St Claire
Le M Hotel, 62 Cours Albert Manual

However, I am not sure of the accommodation quality of these hotels and parking is public.
As I said last time perhaps we should try different dates.
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Russell
yes they can but it is a minimum three night stay and as they are suites it is priced per couple at €200 a night and some.
this would be be harsh on single people going.
i stayed there earlier this year.
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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astro
OK Russell, I understand. So where do we go from here?
I am anxious to help if I can so perhaps you might like to PM me or even better give me a ring.
I will PM my contact info to you shortly.
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astro
It looks as though the Honfleur Viagra weekend at the end of May is not possible due to hotel availability problems.
If this is true, when could we go?
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Russell
Russell 3 10  24 31
Nick 3 10 24 31
Johan 3 10 24  31
Erik  24 31
Keith 10, 24, 31

we cant do the 17th as the auction is on so it looks like maybe the 24th. martine isnt here so we need to have her input
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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astro
But are there any hotels available for 24th May?
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Aston Martine
24th is fine!

Only weekend I'm not available is 10th, because my brother is getting married then.
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astro
24/25/26th is Spring Bank Holiday weekend, so ferries etc will be very busy.
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Russell
cant win but worth a try to see if those that were busy before now might not be
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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astro
Should we rename the event "Cruising In Astons Late In Summer" ?
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nlv8
;D
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nlv8
I would still prefer the weekend of the 31st. If the coast is getting too crowded, may be move a bit more land inward? Weekend of the 24th is starting to look more difficult due to another rallye I do every year which is now scheduled for the 24th.
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astro
It works for me.
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Russell
keith you know the area, got any ideas ?
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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geewizzpip
Reims, Epernay, Troyes, Fontainbleau etc. Stayed at Chateau d'etoges before. Verdun is near if you want battlefields.

Lille, Waterloo trip etc. via Ypres, the site of the first VIAGRA lunch!

Ideas
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astro
If we wished to stay in France for a long weekend, I would recommend a trip to Brittany. We could visit the beautiful old town of Dinan, perhaps go to Mont St Michel, and also spend an interesting few hours at a splendid but little known motor museum in Loheac (about 25 miles south of Rennes). Given sufficient interest, I also know some hotels where we might just find accommodation. We could travel on the fast ferry (Condor) to St Malo. However, it's a bit embarrassing 'cos  I don't want to be seen as trying to "Take over" the event. Depends on the level of interest anyway. Comments please folks.
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Russell
I always prefer to drive the car/ride the bike not sit on a ferry really. not sure we want to extend the days more than we historically have.
if so i would head to the Czech republic or spain. still happy to do so if others fancy keeping the tradition of visiting the others ?
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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astro
Russell, I would be happy to go with the majority. Peter.
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Aston Martine
I'm not a big help, because I am fine with anything
But I agree that maybe moving the destination a bit will make finding hotels a lot easier, and I'm sue there are plenty other pretty areas in France.
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astro
Well, here we go with the start of another week and we still don't know where or when we shall have A ViIAGRA tour.
We don't even know whether there will be one.
Time marches on and surely plans must be laid soon!
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nlv8
My preference is the last May w/e (31st). why not go to Reims, it is about 270 km from Calais so it should still fit in the envelope of a Friday - Sunday tour. Alternative would be to stay in/around Chantilly and be brave and venture a day into Paris. I have colleague living in Chantilly (owns a Jensen Intercepter) who can advice on places for wining & dining. This might attract a few of our French friends as well.
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Russell
happy to go with the flow. if you know someone in that neck of the woods then fine as i certainly wouldnt have a clue
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case, coincidence ? i think not.
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