Sylvia Guy and her husband Don have been Practical Motorhome reader team members for many years; here they pass on their experience of just some of the fantastic destinations that they've visited in their 'van.
Don and I have been enthusiastic motorhome owners for more than 15 years, after buying our first van, an Autosleeper Rhapsody, during the winter of 1996. Since then we've travelled extensively in Europe and also toured in New Zealand. Along the way we've discovered some fabulous places, some of them completely unexpected finds.
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Aiguile du Midi, nr Chamonix, France
We were camped at Les Rosieres on the outskirts of Chamonix and early one morning took the cable car up to the summit of the Aiguile du Midi (3,842m), which is one of the peaks near to Mont Blanc. From the viewing platforms the views of Mont Blanc itself and the surrounding mountains were absolutely stunning. It was a crystal clear morning and we could see across the Alps towards Italy and Switzerland, and far below the town of Chamonix Mont-Blanc nestling in the valley.
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Bamberg, Northern Bavaria, Germany
Situated to the north of Nuremburg this beautiful city is justly recognised as a World Heritage Site. We found a convenient campsite on the outskirts of town and spent a very enjoyable day walking around this lovely place. With its ornate buildings, cathedral, churches, museums and the beautifully decorated Altes Rathaus (old Town Hall) it reminded us in many ways of Prague, but we found Bamberg to be a more intimate place and less crowded.
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Conques in Aveyron, France
Don and I discovered this fabulous medieval village on our way north from the French Pyrenees. Situated on the banks of a steep wooded gorge it's a fairytale place with narrow cobbled streets, charming little shops and wonderful old houses, their roofs covered in the most beautiful shell-shaped tiles. Dominating it all is the Church of Ste-Foy, which has a doorway decorated with an intricate sculpture of the Last Judgement. It was in Conques that we met a group of pilgrims following the ancient route from Le Puy to St Jean-Pied-de-Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
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