In France

Walks & Sights

Like all dogs I love to explore! Enjoying a long walk in the mountains, an interesting city trip with nice parks, the open sea together with some waves and a beach where I can’t get tired of a cool fresh breeze, a rocky river…. just name it!

This site is particular about walks suitable for dogs. For instance, walks without a lead, unrestricted beach areas and, agility parlours, parks, playgrounds, water taps and go so on.
Also festivals, sights, special events might be an option. I’ve enjoyed once an open-air concert based on music and sounds which I enjoyed a lot. By the way, I wasn’t the only dog back then.

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Carcasonne (city) France

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 Carcasonne
Tourist office,  28 Rue de Verdun,
FR-11000 Carcassonne, France
Phone: +33 4 68 10 24 30
Web: http://www.tourisme-carcassonne.fr; http://www.tourisme-carcassonne.co.uk

    Visit: September 2013

Carcassonne, the city with two UNESCO World Heritage sites was the perfect spot for me and my humans during our journey from Spain to the Netherlands.  First of all, try to avoid the middle of the day if you fancy visiting the Medieval City ‘La Cité’ and the Castle of Counts for example. During midday it can get extremely crowded, so if you can, come early in the morning or even better arrive late in the afternoon. We arrived by the end of the day, to enjoy ‘La Cité’ by night and we still had time to visit the Castle early the next morning.

What to know about Carcassonne except from being a touristic hotspot? Well, it’s a city imbued with the spirit of the past, boasts 2500 years of history which is privileged to have two extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Canal du Midi and the Medieval City.

I (Tibor) loved strolling around at the Medieval City, which is situated on the right bank of the Aude and unlike any other fortified city in Europe on account of its size and its state of preservation. La Cité is still inhabited, has 52 towers and two concentric walls with a total length of 3 km. Open at night as well as during daytime, via the Porte Narbonnaise and the Porte d’Aude, a large part of the Medieval City can be visited.

It was magical. The smell is different than elsewhere, people seemed pleased to be there and it was actually easy to find a place to have dinner for my humans, with me taking a nap under the table. It wasn’t that there were “dogs allowed” signs, but asking friendly for permission, it was easy to be accepted.

Finding accommodation was another story, though. Or very expensive (OK, it was Friday, so maybe therefore quite over-priced) or dogs weren’t allowed. Finally we got an IBIS Budget hotel a bit outside of the city. Nothing to rave about, but good enough for a night. Private parking and a bit of green to do my thing though.

The next morning we visited the Castle of the Counts. Other interesting sights and parts of the Medieval city are the St. Nazaire Basilica, Porte Narbonnaise, Porte d’Aude overlooking the river of the same name and located close to the Castle of the Counts as well as the Grand Théâtre de la Cité.

I met quite some fellow dogs from everywhere around the world. A great trip, I tell you!

Saintes (town), France

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Saintes
Tourist office, Place Bassompierre
FR-17100 Saintes, France
Phone: +33 (0)5 46 742382
Web: http://www.visit-saintes.com , Mail: accueil@saintes-tourisme.fr

Visit: June 2016

Saintes is a historic town in the south west of France. Nowadays a town of art and history, the prestigious remains of the ancient capital, the jewels of Roman art, the elegance of the classic facades and contemporary audacity come together in simplicity and harmony. The atmosphere is serene and charming.

We visited Saintes on a one-night stop during our journey from Spain to the Netherlands. My humans chose this city because of its history and patrimony reminding us of Roman times. The river Charente, the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre, reconstructed over the 12th century with its magnificent sculptured arching door at the entrance as well as other interesting sights.

We stayed in a nice Hotel de France near the train station only a short walk away from the city centre. The people at the Tourist office were very helpful and dogs were welcome too. We played a bit along the river with other dogs before exploring the town. Saintes is cosy and was absolutely worth a visit.

Tessa and I (Tibor) were didn’t have any troubles to accompany our humans in bars neither it was to find a restaurant.

 

Chartres (city), France

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Chartres Tourist Office
8, rue de la Poissonnerie – CS 10289
FR-28008 CHARTRES Cedex, France
Phone: +33 (0) 237 18 2626,
Web: http://www.chartres.fr  y http://chartres-tourisme.com Mail: info@otchartres.fr

 Visit: June 2015 and 2016

 

Chartres is a city and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department  in France. It is located  about 96 km (60 mi) southwest of Paris.  As it need only approximately one hour travel on land from the capital Chartres becomes one of the most favourite day trip or weekend break destinations from Paris.

As we travelled from Spain to the Netherlands it was an excellent place to have an overnight stop. Close to the motorway, small enough to visit in one day and interesting enough to make it worth our visit. Of course I, Tibor, checked it out for you on its ”dogfriendlyness”…

Chartres is best known for its cathedral, “ the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres”, which is considered one of the finest and best preserved Gothic cathedrals in France and in Europe. Its historical and cultural importance has been recognized by its inclusion since 1979 on the UNESCO list of World Hertige Sites.  My humans just loved it! Actually we went to visit Chartres two years on a row. At night there is an amazing and very popular light show. One of the reasons why Chartres nowadays is also known as the capital of light. Of course we went to see part of it. My humans were impressed, I found it sometimes a bit scary! Movement on those big walls, I really didn’t know what to think about it…. .

Besides Chartres is the capital of perfume. Did you know that the famous Guerlain, Nina Ricci or Paco Rabbane were produced here ? I can tell you… I couldn’t smell that while strolling around!

What I loved about it is its size. Easy to walk around, with lovely gardens, the smell of grass and flowers and fellow dogs. My humans were amazed by the fact that there were lots of lazy dog owners not cleaning up after their mates. I didn’t have problems with that as I love the smell of it! But I do understand that its helpful for us dogs to be more and more excepted around.

I felt more than welcome in some of the shops, restaurants and bars. Even during my second visit, this time with Tessa my daughter (6 months at the time), it was easy to find a place to have dinner or breakfast.  So I would say: give Chartres a go!