/ Parking in Paris for TdF final day

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JFH - on 15 Jul 2013
Iím going to be in Paris for the TdF final stage this Sunday coming
The late night finish has thrown my plans around somewhat.
Does anyone know where/if I can park my small VW campervan whilst being
somewhere around the Arc de Triomphe area,
So that I can then get out of Paris that night,
Without having to rely on Public transport

Preferably I need to be on the West side of Paris,
As Iíve got to be on a ferry from Cherbourg the following day

Thanks
Bruce Hooker - on 15 Jul 2013
In reply to JFH:

In the Bois de Boulogne is a possibility, in Paris streets you'll have to pay during the day. If you see some nice young ladies though, beware, they might not be just out for a walk and might not be ladies either :-)

PS. Don't leave anything in the van though. If you have a lot of gear an underground car-park might be safer, but not cheap.
JFH - on 15 Jul 2013
In reply to JFH:
Thanks Bruce
I don't mind paying (reasonably)
for some security,
difficulty is that I have my bikes,
and all my gear with me...no options
and
the van is 2.2 mts high, so lots of car parks won't accept !

Anyone who's done it themselves,
and has suggestions would be really helpful
Bruce Hooker - on 16 Jul 2013
In reply to JFH:

Sounds like a bit of a problem then, I wouldn't advise leaving it in the Bois de Boulogne unattended after all, theft in Paris is really booming at present, especially against tourists. Maybe in a campsite? There's one again in the Bois de Boulogne (you said you wanted to be in the West of Paris).

I don't think I'm being paranoiac :-)
JFH - on 16 Jul 2013
In reply to JFH:
Thanks again Bruce,
I'd rather not lose all my gear,
it's looked after me well all summer !
is the Bois de Boulagne walking distance into centre?
for the finish, as it's late night finishing + firewroks presentations etc ?
and
can you tell me the campsite name/location ?

Thanks
Bruce Hooker - on 16 Jul 2013
In reply to JFH:

It's in walking distance or you can take the metro. The campsite website is here:

http://www.camping-indigo.com/fr/camping-indigo-paris

Looks a bit smart! If your bikes are inside you could maybe try parking in the 16th arrondissement in the evening when parking is free but finding a place is often difficult. The problem is the risk of theft... I wouldn't like to be responsible for an unpleasant end to your holiday!

I knew someone who left his drum kit in an unmarked van without windows so it wasn't visible - next morning it had gone. Being British he hadn't worried - mind you it was a few years ago and London is probably as bad as Paris these days.
JFH - on 16 Jul 2013
In reply to JFH:
Thanks Bruce..and pricy,
but on consideration worth it !!

I'll go there,
and hopefully continue my trip with what I arrived with

Cheers

JFH
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Bluebird - on 16 Jul 2013
In reply to JFH: and there was I about to say give my regards to the old girl with the caged monkey in her van. Prk next to her on the Bois de B and you'd have no problems... No one would go near her van but that's another story

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