France, better late than never..

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  1. Mousy

    Mousy Funster Life Member

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    Arriving 2 hours late for our Euro tunnel crossing wasn't the best ever start to our latest French jaunt but by asking at the customer services desk nicely, we were put onto the next train leaving in 10 minutes. Mr Mousy very happy that I had been denied the chance to do some "duty free" shopping.

    We arrived at La Touquet Paris Plage, almost midnight but only just getting dark! We awoke to this..

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    Grabbing the bikes we went off exploring, a great cycle track took us along the bay to..

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    ... a French Weston-Super-Mare but sans donkeys...and people!

    Mr Mousy fancied a coffee and croissant so being in the lead headed off up a street, you can imagine his dismay when we spotted this..

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    He came to a sudden stop whilst my little legs peddling the fastest ever swept past him. A market! Open! And FULL of stuff I could buy!

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    From wonderfully fresh fish and shellfish

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    To huge chunks of nougat

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    All sorts of baskets

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    Specially long brushes for Le camping car

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    To my favourite...cheeses

    So what did I buy? Accidentally a kilo of cherries at €5.90. I was after 2 nectarines but something got lost in translation, a perfect start to our first morning in France.
     
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    Hello you two mice! Lovely humorous start to your French jaunt!!
    A market that was open I'd have been there too! No cheese bought ? Are you ill!;)
    Enjoy!
     
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    Hi Anthea, not ill, but the market was so big we decided to pick up the essential supplies of at lease 4 different new cheeses on the way back but of course after an hour of wondering around we had forgotten :doh:
     
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    That's the way to start a French trip.(y)
    And it ain't a proper French market without a good basket stall.:rolleyes:
    Fish, cheese superb but that is the first time I have seen the likes of those brushes.o_O
    Thanks a lot. Look forward to the next chapter.:)
     
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    We had no real set plans of where to go, we both wanted sunshine and a peaceful, restful holiday. I'd been watching the weather and it was looking mixed even down to the il de re. We are hoping to go there in September with @cliffandger so we decided to take a gamble and stay in Normandy. Brittany beckoned but only if Mr Mousy fancied a longer drive.

    We set off to the aire at Le Crotoy, feeling peckish as it was lunch time and knowing we could have a fantastic seafood lunch there.

    The aire was very busy but we went right up to the end and were happy to park here..

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    Yummy..
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    We cycled off a lovely lunch and found the beach..

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    After loosing my lovely Scottish terrorist "Ruby" last year I've resisted the temptation so far to get another dog, however, this little beauty nearly got dognapped, a lack of panniers only made me hesitate. Oh and Mr Mousys "step away from the dog...it looks rabid". :eek:

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    Oooh - the market in Le Touguet is still just as huge then, brill!

    Lovely to see one still that popular, so many have dwindled over only a few years.
     
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    I accidentally stumbled across that market too about 5 yrs ago, it's a great place to shop...(y)
     
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    Evening you two, looking like a good trip already, just relayed the first tale to Bev with the market photos, her take on it was that had you bought a 'necessary' basket you could have filled as you went rather than coming back later (y):)
     
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    Thank goodness you posted - I was just about to get in the van and come looking for you! The photos are brilliant, and you seem to be having a good time. I'm glad you haven't travelled far - It must be nice to slowly amble down to Le Crotoy!

    Those mops look brill - did you manage to hide one up your jumper - I can't believe Martin didn't think his life was complete without one of those!

    Carry on having a lovely time - you are missing a lot of post referendum 'fall out' here, so make the most of it while you can!

    Looking forward to the next chapter. xx :)
     
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    Don't mention that bloody place to me:eek:
     
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    David, Martin "conveniently" was carrying the bag with our money in it and kept walking ahead...I didn't stand a chance.

    Ger, I was very tempted by the brushes, you can imagine his response! We've been watching the news, haven't been subjected to any anti British hate...yet....

    Phil, we laid in bed at Le Crotoy in a thunder storm and thought of you! But neither of us could remember what we were supposed to switch off or do in case of a lightning strike :eek: luckily we woke up to sunshine.
     
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    I really miss shopping in the French markets. Buying fruit and veg in a UK supermarket seems so wrong--- soulless places.
    Great pictures--- thanks for posting.
     
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    Sunday we travelled our longest distance to Honfleur.

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    As you can see the weather was iffy.

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    Although pretty it was heaving with people, the large aire busy and noisy. After a walk around the back streets we jumped back into the van and moved on.

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    View from the door at Beuvron En Auge aire no71 (all the Aires).

    This was more up our street, quiet, peaceful in a beautiful village.
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    The local area is known for its cider, apple juice, cream and cheese.

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    We had a really excellent meal here of homemade pate, steak cooked on an open wood fire with daphonoise potatoes green beans followed with cheese and a local milky and apricot pudding. Sorry no pictures we were famished and had tucked in before we even thought of you lot...
     
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    Thanks looks great !
     
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    We have just left John o' Groats and headed west towards Thurso and pulled over for food looking out over Hoy and Orkney we've had fabulous weather, it is Scotland after all. Enjoying your thread Dawn, thanks. Jackie and Griff
     
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    We were wondering if Oysters would be in season now, as there is no R in the month.
    Did they taste the same as normal?
     
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    Love your blogs ! Light relief of football and referendum fall outs Thanks for taking the time to post.
     
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    We've had them a few times this week Robert and they've all tasted wonderful. We saw in one market 3 different types for sale, the ones we had in Le crotoy were huge and full of flavour, just like a mouthful of the sea!
     
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    Mrs C was hoping to stop off in Oleron on the way back from Portugal - no excuse not to now.
    The simple pleasures in life are the best
     
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    Thank you. We've been watching the football but as Welsh rugby fans, I find it slightly boring. We will cheer Wales on tomorrow though. As to British politics we've been vaguely keeping up with the news and highlights, not a lot going on really:whistle:
     
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