Perigueux, Poitiers & Futuroscope in France 17 September 2013

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September 19th 2013
Published: September 26th 2013
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Perigueux, Poitiers & Futuroscope in France 17 September 2013

After leaving Bergerac in the Dordogne Valley, we headed north towards Perigueux which was surrounded by undulating farmland with lots of mature sunflower and maize crops. Moving onto Angouleme and again this town was mixed with the old and the new. We loved these towns (see photos).

We then arrived at Poitiers which has about 85,000 and therefore larger than the previous towns we had visited. Like the other towns, its character was centered on a river and its old town centre. This town had a city wall which was well preserved. We wanted to see the Futuroscope which was a massive multi building attraction for all ages. Every building was of a different shape.

We found a camp site just north of Poitiers. The next morning we headed for Futuroscope and was prepared for a few hours wandering around the buildings which are full of interactive stuff on innovative futuristic bits and pieces. We arrived at the massive car park and there were only 1 or 2 cars – didn’t look promising. We had looked on the web site for opening times and knew that a couple of days time the opening hours were less because the European summer holidays were over. It was Tuesday and we were then confronted with a sign on the gate which said it was opened only Thursday to Sunday – DAMN!! We saw these 2 other motor homes so went and had a chat to them. They had driven 800km from NW France in the Normandy region to meet their friends and to visit Futuroscope. They were not impressed that it was closed and nothing was put on the website.

One of the people spoke pretty good English and was keen to give us advice on the best things to see and do in Paris as he was originally a Parisian. It’s so good to come across people who love where thy have come from.

We said our goodbyes and thanked them for their advice, drove around the perimeter of the complex to take photos and then headed due north by 80kms to visit Abbey Fontevraud.

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