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France: Specifically Auvergne

Post by MunsterFan » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:58 pm

Hi

The family and I are off on our holidays end of May - Start of June and I was wondering if anyone had any "do not miss" caches on or near our route?

We will be heading out on the ferry from Rosslaire - Roscoff and driving down the east side of France to the Auvergne region near to here: N 44.958573 E 2.187481

All suggestions welcome.

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Re: France: Specifically Auvergne

Post by MunsterFan » Fri May 18, 2012 7:56 pm

I take it no one has cached in France then?
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Re: France: Specifically Auvergne

Post by Spark_ie » Fri May 18, 2012 9:00 pm

I haven't anyway :-)

I know Hezekiah did a while back, but not sure what region ?
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Re: France: Specifically Auvergne

Post by Serapis » Sat May 19, 2012 8:32 am

I've cached a little along the Normandy coast, along the D Day beaches and a little in Paris. But came to Cherbourg and went a different direction. I suppose its what your looking for and what your travelling companions will let you away with!

I do remember meeting a lot of cachers 'in the field'. Up to that point excluding events I had only met one cacher in Ireland while on the hunt. But out of the 30ish finds in France I met about five other cacher in a few days. Probably says something about cacher numbers in Ireland v's Europe.

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Re: France: Specifically Auvergne

Post by Hezekiah » Sat May 19, 2012 12:21 pm

Spark_ie wrote:I haven't anyway :-)

I know Hezekiah did a while back, but not sure what region ?
Mostly in theMidi Pyrenees and the foothills to the eastern end, and Languedoc - a lot of "summer" containers (takeaway meal boxes), but some beautiful places - Lac du Bethmal springs to mind! (GCNHHA)
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Re: France: Specifically Auvergne

Post by MunsterFan » Sat May 19, 2012 1:00 pm

Thanks for all the replies, I hope to be able to add a more detailed report of my adventures when I get back in mid June!
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Re: France: Specifically Auvergne

Post by OTP » Tue May 22, 2012 4:22 pm

I've found a few in France, 77 in total. I can't say that any of them stand out as being wonderful caches and some were quite disappointing. The most surprising, for its location in a lovely riverside village, was this one; http://coord.info/GC2VTFY

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Re: France: Specifically Auvergne

Post by OTP » Tue May 22, 2012 4:30 pm

I enjoyde this one too; http://coord.info/GC1WT9F

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Re: France: Specifically Auvergne

Post by MunsterFan » Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:21 pm

Well I thought I should write a finishing note to this thread and let ye know how I got on.

We arrived in on the ferry to Roscoff (Irish Ferries: Oscar Wilde) at 10h30 in the morning and seeing as we had planned to stop on our journey southeast we were in no rush away from the port area so we headed for http://coord.info/GC3663Q La Chapelle Sainte Barbe a few hundred metres from the port exit. There was a familiar name on the recent visitors to this cache.

I had found Shipping Views on my way to the ferry so this had been selected to be the first on French soil and a good measure of the distance between Ireland and France.

We then left the area and soon enough we stopped off to collect http://coord.info/GC24D31 Mégalithe Sur Mer, which was to be our last for the day as we had some road to put between us and Brittany.

We had planned to stop but due to the ripoff cost of hotels south of Poitiers we decided to push on into the night arriving at our gites at 03h30 in the morning. While awaiting the arrival of the caretaker with our keys, I set about loading c:geo on my SGII with the 1000 cache pocket query I had generated before leaving.

We spent the day relaxing and catching up on rest and the next day we set off for the nearest big town, Aurillac.

I had my first cache in hand within a few mins of starting as the type of hide was a familiar one to me, http://coord.info/GC30GQ1 Aurillac le square. I tried for two other that day but I DNF'd, one due to co-ords being 120m out and the other well I guess I just couldn't find it despite coming back twice more for it.

http://coord.info/GC1Z0N8 Saint Victor: la chapelle du bout du monde and http://coord.info/GC2A1HB Pont du Rouffet were my next two finds and both involved a little adventure. Saint Victor took us to places we would never have seen (isn't that what caching is all about) but the second we made harder by allowing my relation ar&b to navigate and ended up walking far further than was necessary as the cache was just 200m from parking, a consideration when you have mini MFs in tow.

Next day I DNF'd a micro http://coord.info/GC30GMF Aurillac Parc helitas at the rugby grounds in Aurillac where the now former Munster player Denis Fogerty will play next year under the watchful eye of Jeremy Davidson, that DNF broke what would have been an 11 day find streak, GRRRR! :x

Le Gouffre de Padirac http://coord.info/GC1M9QD and its sister earthcache Le Gouffre de Padirac (The Chasm of Padirac) http://coord.info/GC241R5 were next up and I can definitely recommend anyone in the area to check out the Chasm, it's is worth a visit.

Chataigneraie 2: La Chapelle du Pont http://coord.info/GC20XZZ was found just because we had some time to spare and it was near to our route, nothing to special about it. Sorry CO.

Next day I went on a 15km VTT 'track' round trip and recorded 7/10 finds, one DNF was just due to me completely missing the 4th cache of a series :oops: the other two were genuine DNFs.

Le Puy Courny http://coord.info/GC323ZB
Liaison merveilleuse 2 http://coord.info/GC372D9
Liaison merveilleuse 3 http://coord.info/GC372DG
Liaison merveilleuse 5 http://coord.info/GC372DJ
Liaison merveilleuse 7 http://coord.info/GC372E1
Liaison merveilleuse 8 http://coord.info/GC372E5
La foret de Branvie http://coord.info/GC3726D

The track was fun but almost impassible in places due to mud, I wouldn't attempt it in wet weather (it was 28C the day I was there :mrgreen: )

Lebrac,Grangibus,Delambre,Méchain & Co http://coord.info/GC1GK3X was again one found as a bit of a time filler and detour on our day but this cache boasts some fantastic views.

Aurillac le chateau de st etienne http://coord.info/GC30GN2 was a previous DNF but now the CO had corrected the co-ords (how do you record a location 120m off?? #-o ) and the drop off place for a coin I had brought with me from Ireland for ilucic&armmo http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid ... ba2fc0c476

Next day took us to the summit of the highest extinct volcano in Europe atop Puy Mary http://www.puymary.fr/ and keep an eye out as I hope to publish an earthcache here in the near future, in fact I can't believe there isn't already one. On our decent we called through the medieval town of Salers. There picking up two caches (I wasn't interested in multi's) Salers #1: Le village http://coord.info/GC1BV4F and Salers : l'église http://coord.info/GC308ME .

My next adventure was tackled alone as the others had gone to see the monkeys and town of Rocamadour but I was glad as the terrain rating on the two target caches was 3.5 & 3 and the mini's would not have been up to the trek.

La cabane de l'ermite http://coord.info/GC1X5RH and Vieyres's waterfall http://coord.info/GC15DCM were the caches in question and I gave them both fav points so as you can see I enjoyed them both, although almost falling in the river was a wake up call. The approach to these two caches is off the beaten track and that is what makes them special for me, feeling like nothing has been disturbed here in years if ever. They both hadn't been found in 10 months so I was taking a chance on them still being there but then again, this was the middle on nowhere, what was going to happen to them?

After this adventure I took a break in caching until our very last day in France when we had returned to the Poitiers area having found reasonably priced accommodation to visit the Futuroscope park (well worth it). We did the evening visit and night time 'spectacle' and we all enjoyed it. The following morning we went shopping in the centre alongside the park and I grabbed Futuroscope http://coord.info/GCQCTG where I dropped off a TB that wanted to return to Rostock but I see now has ended up back on its way to Brittany :(

What ensued then was the craziest piece of driving I have ever had to do, 550KM and only 5h15 to do it to make the boat, only about half on Autoroute. Well 4h50 later (including one refuelling stop) we were last car on the ferry, the watertight doors were closed behind Beamer879 as she packed up an overnight bag and we made straight for our cabin to get settled and prepare to be entertained by the magician et al.

On the whole a very successful trip to the heart of France and one I and the rest of the family will remember for quite some time.


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Re: France: Specifically Auvergne

Post by mr.-oda » Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:13 pm

Sounds great
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