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    Default CitroŽn-related things to do in France - what are they?

    I'm heading over in April, and picking up a new C4 HDI courtesy of the scheme to take around Europe with me for a spell.

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    I was wondering, are there any particular Citrelated places I should be looking out for during the French leg of my trip, and anywhere in Europe for that matter?

    Any tips will be appreciated.
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    You should try asking Gerry Freed,who lives in Andernos les Bains,France. He would know when what and where are the Citroen related places to visit. Cheers. Joe. P.S. Enjoy your visit to France.it's a wonderful place to visit.
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    Hi Donat.
    envious in a big way!!

    Well some ideas
    - in Paris, the C42 showroom on Champs Elysee
    - in Paris, site of the old Citroen factory (not sure what there is to see though) maybe a street sign rue Andre Citroen.
    - near Mulhouse (in the east near German border), the Schlumpf Car Museum. Whilst not Citroen specific still a fascinating place and worth the visit. Also near by is an excellent railway museum
    - any Citroen showroom, just to see the cars that we don't see out here and obtain some brochures
    - you're into CXs so maybe some of the Citroen CX specialists like AA Garage in Provence,
    - Le Mans, excellent racing museum at the track.

    All I can think of at present.

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    Oh and another if you can organise it and know the right people is Le Conservatoire in Paris
    This is like the holy grail for Citroen enthusiasts.
    Unfortunatley it is not open to the public and you just can't turn up and hope to enter. Mayne conatcts with some car clubs in UK or France can help here.

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    Who do I need to know for the golden ticket to the Conservatoire?

    AA Garage certainly sounds appealing - as does every other suggestion.
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    Here are some links

    http://www.citromuseum.com/ must see but be aware of opening months

    http://en.parisinfo.com/museum-monum...-andre-citroen

    http://scar.pagesperso-orange.fr/pag...ors_index.html

    http://www.yougodo.com/en/MANOIR-AUT...3606685c1.aspx

    If you do go to Mulhouse as suggested above, there is a huge range of great museums from textiles, steam, electricty etc.

    While in Paris go to Cemeterie de Montparnasse and pay the Familie Citroen a visit as well as the many other famous people in that cemetery.

    AA Garage while an interesting place to drop in on is certainly not a museum and depending on the day they may be busy and not able to show you around.
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    Hi Donat
    Try Henri Malartre,s auto museum at Rochetaillee-sur Saone,just N of Lyon
    it is great,quite a few cits inc a 2CV prototype
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    If you go to lva.fr (the French classic car newspaper site) you may find something but it is all in French.

    I know Gerry Freed is a little busy at present but I am sure when he has time he will make some comments.
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    not specifically citroen but well worth a visit
    april 10 at Rennes and april 15 at Bordeaux (I shall be there) there are car shows - see agenda at
    http://www.lva-auto.fr/agenda.php
    for details

    The Conservatoire is open to groups by prior booking only, you could try and tag along with one by contacting them, preferably in French.

    See
    http://www.cxclubdefrance.fr/index.p...d=62&Itemid=84

    for the CX Clubs' outings.

    Most Clubs have one weekend gathering per month. Decide where you will be and then google search cit clubs in the region.

    C42 - check its web site first
    http://www.citroen.fr/c42-champs-ely...hamps-elysees/
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    Thanks for the wealth of information everyone. I really appreciate the thoughts and suggestions. Sadly, many of these places are in the south of France, and I'm not sure if I'll be heading that way for any extended period of time.

    I just realised that I won't be able to attend Citromobile in the Netherlands for the first week of May, so that saves my bank balance a fair deal.

    But obviously the Conservatoire would be the number one place to have a look at, and I'll see if I can tag along somehow.

    Does anyone know why it's not open to the public...?

    I did meet the Citroen family in Montparnasse last time I was there in the 90s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donat View Post

    Does anyone know why it's not open to the public..
    It is a Conservatoire, not a Musee. Where a Musee is created to expose the culture to the public , the Conservatoire is there more to "conserve" and preserve the production of Citroen. I think it's good that they sometimes open it for viewing because really it isnot their purpose
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrisson_citroen View Post
    It is a Conservatoire, not a Musee. Where a Musee is created to expose the culture to the public , the Conservatoire is there more to "conserve" and preserve the production of Citroen. I think it's good that they sometimes open it for viewing because really it isnot their purpose
    You do have a point as there is a distinction there...



    French Wiki informs me that Peugeot do have un musťe ouvert au public and that Le Conservatoire only allow 1200 visitors a year by car club folk, journalists, etc.
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    Not going to the south of France? If in France you must visit the area. There is so much to see there that is not Citroen related as well. Check out any good guide book

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    Not going to the south of France? If in France you must visit the area. There is so much to see there that is not Citroen related as well. Check out any good guide book

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    I might pass through the middle of France via Switzerland, but not the south. I'll be spending most of my time in the Balkans seeing my family. There's a 2 acre lot full of series II CX and beyond Citroens in Kosovo which I'm sure is even larger since I last saw it. There's still a few GSs and Dyanes putting about in the former Yugoslavia.

    From what I can see, I'll be paying a great deal of Euros in toll roads
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    We avoided autoroutes as much as possible when time was not important. Staying on the route nationales allows a look at life not boring roads.

    It does frustrate us though that you zoom along an autoroute at 130 km/h and then can spend considerable time waiting to pay a toll in cash! If you can set yourself up with a proper european credit card you save time at the booths as less people use the card option. Aussie cards, even chip types, do not want to work in French toll booths, yet little UFO's pommy credit card did - bastarde!

    Even better if you can sort yourself out with the equivalent of the French e-tag as very few people use them and we all know the advantages of slow down through the booth (left side booths at paeges) then accelerate away.
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    I agree with UFO. Avoid Autoroutes (etc) like the plague. You are going site seeing are you not. Get a Michelin map and follow as many green lined roads as possible

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    I think I'm going to have to avoid them, too. The Michelin maps online give a good idea of what's free and what isn't.

    ...and then I have to worry about vignettes for Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia & the emission sticker for Germany!
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    Quote Originally Posted by donat View Post
    I think I'm going to have to avoid them, too. The Michelin maps online give a good idea of what's free and what isn't.

    ...and then I have to worry about vignettes for Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia & the emission sticker for Germany!

    Emission sticker for Germany? Is this some new thing? Certainly do not forget to buy your tax sticker for Austria.
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    Thankfully through tolltickets.com, I can buy most of the things to cover the windscreen with when I travel around the continent.

    Here's the lowdown on the German emission tax.

    https://www.tolltickets.com/country/...ng=en-GB&mnu=c
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    Could I suggest that you make sure the car has a satnav. If not,get one. I bought one on Ebay UK. If you've got one with the Oz maps on its probably worth downloading the UK and Europe versions
    Worth its weight in gold. Saves arguments and near divorces!

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    All Citroens on the Tourist lease scheme now have Satnavs fitted. We still took our trusty TomTom as it had recent enough maps on it and I had set an itinerary with all known destinations in it. The use of the two satnavs was very geeky but useful at times.

    The installed satnavs DO NOT have speed camera locations set so ran in silence whereas TomTom was going berserk.

    You can also access the instructions manuals for all Citroen lease vehicles and the satnavs from the citroen.com.au web site prior to going to you know how to operate the basics.

    Make sure you do the following prior to leaving the pickup point:

    • Ensure the user language is set to English unless you're very fluent in French
    • Ensure the volume is set to a good level for your use
    • You know how to work it - take time and practice.
    • It knows where you are when you start off
    • Set it to perhaps show fuel stations within say a 2km radius


    Speaking of fuel, it is always cheaper to buy fuel away from the autoroute - sometimes as much as 15 euro cents/litre on diesel. So try to buy in towns. Sometimes you cannot avoid buying on the autoroute though.
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    Excellent tip(s), Craig.

    I opted for no SatNav as I'm purchase one from my work, buy the maps and plot as much as I can in advance. I was given the option of yay or nay from Global Cars.

    I read through most of the C4 owner's manual. There's a lot to learn about these cars; hopefully it won't be too much of a nightmare. And I hope the car's going to be fun. I wanted something roomier, otherwise my sights were aimed straight at the DS3.

    I suspect my Woolworths fuel vouchers won't apply in Europe, so I will try my best to avoid fuel purchases on the Autoroute.

    Fuel prices are quite different country to country I've studied, so with the diesel, I'll have 1000km of deliberating as to which country I'll fill up in.
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    Donat did you get a quote from Michelle Slater in Perth? I shopped around and always found the rates from Eurogroup to be best. Especially when the AF discount is applied.

    Just curious
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    Donat did you get a quote from Michelle Slater in Perth? I shopped around and always found the rates from Eurogroup to be best. Especially when the AF discount is applied.

    Just curious
    No Craig, I didn't - mainly because I got a good deal from my friend who is a travel agent who set the whole thing up for me (flights + car) in one neat package which worked out better than going the Eurogroup way. Had the situation been different, I would've used your recommendation from the thread about Citroen leasing.
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