First Time France & Belguim in a Motorhome

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  1. Brimo's

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    Hello all,
    We are going to take our first trip to France and Belgium in September and would like some help/advice.
    1 Our ferry is 00.400 am and we would like to travel to Dover the day before, can we stay overnight in the port as the sailing is early.
    2 We are sailing to Dunkirk and arrive early can anyone suggest where we can stay as we want to spend a couple of days there.
    3 We are then traveling to Ypres to visit a war grave and spend a couple days there then travel to visit the Normandy beaches has anyone got any advice on this trip.
     
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    Can't help on the first one as don't use ferries, but gravelines , excellent first stop, shops cafes and bars just a short walk away , market on Fridays ,Ypres brilliant aire just to the right of the menin gate if coming out of town obviously on the left if heading in that way , follow the road beside the canal and park at the side for free, just a short walk back to the gate for the evening ceremony (y):)
     
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    You can stay on the port the first night.
    Its only a car park .(plenty of MH's there)
    Just go to the first roundabout come back int the port and keep right.
     
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    Sorry don't follow the 0300 arrival surly it takes over an hour to get there then you have to add an hour , makes it 6 or 7 o clock in my reckoning
     
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    I think they are leaving dover at 00:40
    So about 04:00 local time of arrival
     
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    Gravelines is a decent aire to stop at. camping in ypres I have stayed here recomend and it http://www.jeugdstadion.be/

    Normandy is lovely and tons of places to stop..I'll be there in september to..can't wait
     
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    Chaser is right. you add an hour not take it away....leaving at 4am means it will be 5am in France, hour and half say on the ferry and it's 6.30 am arrival time

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    oops, did you say your leaving at 00.40 as in 20 to 1 in the morning? or 4am,,,think I have misread original post...either way you add the hour.....
     
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    If that's the case , apologies :) but I read it as 4 in the morning
     
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    Thanks have signed up to search for sites good information and sat nav coordinates.
    Ken
     
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    You should worry, I read the title as something very different to what was meant. Think Julian Clary...:)
     
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    I'd stay at Gravelines when you dock as @chaser says a lovely walled town then to the aire by the campsite at Ypres but I would book as it gets full .
    We had a fortnight doing the Normandy beaches staying on a mixture of aires and campsites.... the municipal campsite at Arromanches is good I think it was about €14 a night and it's right in the town handy for the museum.
     
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    Before every one else steps in with their favourite , park4night is the one we use
     
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    Im,sorry I thought you were about to knock out a few froggies:eek:
     
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    Nice Aire at Arques , next to small campsite 2 euro's a night secure locked at 9pm unlocked 7am.
     
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    @davanne have you or any funster got the coordinates for this site as hoping to be in the area tomorrow thanks Richard
     
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    Lat 50° 59' 18"N Long 2° 7' 21" E
    Rue du Port Gravelines
     
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    @davanne sorry I meant to say the municipal site in Arromanches.
     
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    @Shandyman I haven't got the exact address but it is signposted as you drop down into Arromanches which is only a small place . It is only 1 road back from the seafront. There is another site higher up the hill but it's quite a way out of the town.
     
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