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Old June 30th, 2014, 08:25 PM   #26261
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I noticed that too. Practically every campsite had that. Nearly all campsites also offered little chalets (hytter / stugor) which are a good alternative to the outrageously expensive hotels.

Campsite in Normandy, France where I was two weeks ago. Parents in the caravan, and me and my two brothers, sister and her husband in a bungalow..


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Old June 30th, 2014, 08:36 PM   #26262
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It's not just in Italy. It's all over Europe. Probably to prevent Gypsies camping in people's backyard?
I know, it's illegal in Slovenia as well. I wouldn't like Gypsies (or anyone else for that matter) to camp in front of my house, but placing a tent somewhere in the mountains is not a big deal.
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Old June 30th, 2014, 08:38 PM   #26263
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I know, it's illegal in Slovenia as well. I wouldn't like Gypsies (or anyone else for that matter) to camp in front of my house, but placing a tent somewhere in the mountains is not a big deal.
Environmental issues. Possible disturbances to wildlife...
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Old June 30th, 2014, 08:47 PM   #26264
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Hygienic issues also, since you don't have any toilet and running water available.
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Old June 30th, 2014, 09:51 PM   #26265
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There is not the "cool factor" that keeps prices high in well-known touristic places like Cortina, Sestriere, Courmayeur, Rimini, Viareggio, Jesolo, Capri, Taormina,...
I camped in Cortina and Taormina and both camps of good quality were cheaper than camps in Slovenia or Croatia.

I still don't understand that there is not even one restaurant in whole very tourist area to offer warm meals regardless of time of the day. That is something unimaginable here.

Why I am pissed off? Imagine cycling over two or three mountain passes (very popular and common thing in Dolomite), burning 2000 or more calories and then you come to a restaurant offering you just toast because "kitchen does not work until evening". C'mon, that is really lame. Does the cook need to sleep or what? Then you see tourists (mainly foreign) driving around Cortina, Toblach, Corvara, Canazei, Val Gardena to find anything open, or sitting on a drink until his/her majesty The Cook allows them to order proper food. Despite prices a guest often does not seem to be the king.
That is not just Sudtirol, similar happened to me also elsewhere in west and south, once even on Autogrill on A4.

In first case we had to cycle back home for additional two hours to get food, in second case we drove also two hours until near Austrian border so that we found restaurant that opened "already" at 17:00 - at least it was really nice with good food and not very expensive - for Italy.
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Old June 30th, 2014, 09:58 PM   #26266
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But don't worry, for me Italy still has the best looking nature in Europe, I just need to adjust to those pesky 19th century traditions that don't want to die off.
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But don't worry, for me Italy still has the best looking nature in Europe, I just need to adjust to those pesky 19th century traditions that don't want to die off.
Yes, however from this point of view we did great improvements in the last 20 years, especially in cities. Now there is more freedom about opening hours so there are fast foods open till late at night, shopping centres opened on sundays and festivities, some supermarkets open till 9 p.m.,... However small mountain villages are less organized and family-run small businesses can't work all day long.
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Old June 30th, 2014, 10:55 PM   #26268
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Old July 1st, 2014, 01:15 AM   #26270
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I camped in Cortina and Taormina and both camps of good quality were cheaper than camps in Slovenia or Croatia.

I still don't understand that there is not even one restaurant in whole very tourist area to offer warm meals regardless of time of the day. That is something unimaginable here.

Why I am pissed off? Imagine cycling over two or three mountain passes (very popular and common thing in Dolomite), burning 2000 or more calories and then you come to a restaurant offering you just toast because "kitchen does not work until evening". C'mon, that is really lame. Does the cook need to sleep or what? Then you see tourists (mainly foreign) driving around Cortina, Toblach, Corvara, Canazei, Val Gardena to find anything open, or sitting on a drink until his/her majesty The Cook allows them to order proper food. Despite prices a guest often does not seem to be the king.
That is not just Sudtirol, similar happened to me also elsewhere in west and south, once even on Autogrill on A4.

In first case we had to cycle back home for additional two hours to get food, in second case we drove also two hours until near Austrian border so that we found restaurant that opened "already" at 17:00 - at least it was really nice with good food and not very expensive - for Italy.
Die-hard hikers and mountain bikers bring their own food make their own fire....

But seriously, I hike a lot on the mountains - the ones with no huts at all - and always bring panini, sandwiches, water, juice and energy bars so I have to rely on no one but myself.
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Campsite in Normandy, France where I was two weeks ago. Parents in the caravan, and me and my two brothers, sister and her husband in a bungalow..


Is this a private or public campsite ? I would guess private by looking at the picture - Absolutely perfect beach spot!
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Private indeed. One of the most beautiful campsites I've been. Secluded spots for camping as well as little bungalows. It has an indoor swimming pool and a lovely restaurant.

www.anse-du-brick.com
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Old July 1st, 2014, 09:30 AM   #26274
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Old July 1st, 2014, 10:02 PM   #26277
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They are in EU? i totally forgot.
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