ADDRESS: Eleusis, La Ville an Roi, 18210 Bessais le Fromental, Cher, France.
TELEPHONE: + 33 (0)2 48 60 70 19.
GETTING TO US:
BY CAR FROM UK: From Calais (aprox 8hrs drive). Autoroute from Calais to Paris (toll). From Paris: Periferique interieur (clockwise) to Porte d'Italie, A6 (signed Lyons) then A77 Autoroute des Arbres to St Pierre le Moutier, which is south of Nevers (the last section is still under construction), then approach Amida via Sancoins. Alternatively, from Calais, take the A28 to Rouen then south through Evreux, Dreux and Chartres and then join the A10 and follow autoroutes via Orleans & Bourges to St Amand (although this is slightly further the time is about the same as you miss Paris and it has the benefit of lower tolls and of passing a number of fine cathedral towns).
Ferry companies: For latest offers go to www.ferrysavers.com. You can often get a good discount on tickets booked before mid January. Accommodation en route: accommodation in France is cheap, try country hotels (Auberge de ferme or chambres d'hote). For ease, Formule 1 and Premiere Classe and other chain motels in most big towns and on motorways offer cut price clean accommodation with a flat rate for a room with double bed & single bunk. Booking, which can be done on the web, is recommended.
Finding us by car: Find Bessais le Fromental on the road between St Amand Montrond and Sancoins. Ask us for a local map if needed. In Bessais leave main road on north side. Enter the village square (with church). Take the road beside (right of) the church, sign posted Ville au Roi, and turn left into "D" road out of village. Follow this half a mile, before taking a right fork (the second) signed to Ville au Roi. This takes you down hill before winding over a stream and disused canal. You will see a house ahead of you which belongs to our neighbour. If you turn immediately after it, you will find yourself facing Eleusis. If you can offer anyone a lift, let us know and we'll try to match you up with someone who needs transport.
From Paris: Train from Paris Austerlitz to St Amand Montrond (Montlucon line, some change at Vierzon). Beware there are 17 St Amands in France. Get the right one! Phone for lift from station. We charge 15E for a car journey to pick you up or drop you at the station.
Accommodation in Paris: (recommended by other visitors)
Centres International de Paris: Comfortable hostels, small rooms
- Paris Louvre, 20, Rue JJ Rousseau, 1er quartier. tel:188.8.131.52
- Paris Opera, 11 Rue Therese, 1er tel:184.108.40.206
- Paris les Halles, 5 rue du Pelican, 1er tel:220.127.116.11
- Paris Quartier Latin, 44 Rue des Bernavdins, 5me tel:18.104.22.168 (Nr Austelitz Stn)
Mike's Hotel, 122 Boulevard de la Chapelle, 75018, Paris Metro Barbes-Rochochauart line4
Hotel Place de Clichy, 71 Rue de Douai, 75009 tel:22.214.171.124 (nr champs Elyses)
Studios in Paris: The Kwan Um School of Zen has studios that they rent in Paris. You can find details of the studios at www.maisonzen.com or contact Grazyna Perl on +33 (0)1 44 87 08 13
TRAVEL SITES WHICH MAY BE USEFUL
It is best to change money at your own bank before leaving home, at a travel agency or in Paris, or you can draw cash on your debit card from an cash machine locally. Local banks give poor rates for changing cash. Please be ready to pay in euros on arrival. Credit cards widely used for petrol, motorway tolls, rail tickets & supermarkets but beware, foreign cards do not always work in automatic petrol pumps. We do not take credit cards.
Should you wish to extend your stay and explore the area but not want to remain at the Amida Centre, we have several friends in the area who offer B&B. There are also camp sites with log cabins to rent in the Troncais Forest. These can also be a good idea if your family wish to stay closeby whilst you are on retreat or taking part in a programme (though it is sometimes also fine for them to stay on site)
Last updated by David Brazier Nov 19, 2012.