Great time was had - Thank you all

Discussion in 'Continental Touring' started by Helga, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. Helga

    Helga Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2012
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    Back home after our first trip abroad in Helga.
    A big sincere Thank you to all for your help along our way. We have learnt so much so thought it might be useful to jot these down for other novice travellers.
    1) Parking along the Marine Parade at Dover before catching the 8am DFDS ferry was no problem
    2) Purchasing the VIP ferry ticket does not get you priority boarding but gets you into the VIP lounge with free wi-fi
    3) Ferry crossing good price compared to the tunnel but could have got it cheaper if booked through the CC club.
    4) Bray Dunes was a good first stop but preferred the site at Arques which we used as a last stop on the way home - Thank you FIDGET (Terry)
    5) Could have saved money by using more free or very cheap Aires
    6)Cheap wine in German supermarkets
    7) The site Manager at Burg Lahneck was very strict but the visit to the castle good.
    8) Parking next to the beach at Le Touquet was great although quite a stroll into town and meal out pricy.
    9) Loved Brugge worth a visit but large beers are VERY large!
    10) Great but fairly expensive campsite at Valkenburg (camping Oriental 30Euro/night) but spotless showers and heated pool
    11) Taking bikes would be a good idea
    12 ) 8 days is NOT long enough
    13) You can learn so much from the people you meet along the way so don't be too shy to ask.
    14) Get yourselves the Destinations travel journal and log book before you go. We didn't receive it before we left but have really enjoyed filling in the gaps.
    :BigGrin:
     
    • Like Like x 6
  2. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,447
    Likes Received:
    25,124
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    Did we not tell you this ?

    Bikes are just brilliant. Lets you "make progress". You walk at 3 mph but on a bike, over 10 mph. You see that much more and get to the same places.
     
  3. WynandJean

    WynandJean Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Messages:
    2,378
    Likes Received:
    1,333
    Location:
    West Midlands
    That's quite a useful list of observations for anyone crossing the channel for the first time. It is always a bit scary the first time (like anything, really) but I've not heard of anyone who didn't enjoy it or anyone who had a real problem. Glad you had a good time and I bet you can't wait to go again.

    Wyn
     
  4. FIDGET

    FIDGET Funster

    Joined:
    May 7, 2011
    Messages:
    2,871
    Likes Received:
    5,956
    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    Hi, Did you manage to get to Arques aire? and what did you think. the park /water-gardens just behind are quite nice .Terry :rain: (I.o.W.)
     
  5. Helga

    Helga Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2012
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    Yes it was a great spot, managed to do the last minute shopping close by.

    Thank you so much for the tip.

    Helga x

    :thumb:
     
  6. june123

    june123 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2012
    Messages:
    350
    Likes Received:
    134
    Location:
    Staffs
    JUNE

    Have never used the VIP lounge but all the ferries have free WIFI on board I think. Some parts of the ship have a better signal than others.
     

Share This Page