Time to move on

Discussion in 'France' started by GeriatricWanderer, May 18, 2016.

  1. GeriatricWanderer

    GeriatricWanderer Funster

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    Now back in Sarfend for a couple of months.
    The older I get the itchier my feet get.

    I've only recently returned from overwintering down in Cape Town and tomorrow I'm off again back to my regular early summer bimble around France.
    Everything planned in minute detail, well as far as Dunkerque, then it's the usual question at that first roundabout on the A16, left, right or straight across. :)

    I learnt years ago, that the very best way to start a long drive from a channel port is to catch a Saturday evening ferry/train, pitch up for the night close by (I use the Dunkerque Ticket Office car park) and then an early start on Sunday morning - no ferry to catch and virtually no trucks on the road. You can get a long way on Day 1 like that.
    OK, so the ferryport car park is not the prettiest place but it's close, secure and has WC facilities.

    I'l be revisiting some of my favourite locations and hopefully stumbling across some new and unexplored places by defying my sat nav and taking that interesting little turn-off signed to ???????. It's worked well so many times in the past with only the occasional need to do a 25 point turn 500 metres further on.
    I drive a small PVC and mostly use aires with the occasional ACSI stop although in recent years I find, travelling solo, it's often cheaper to pay the full tarrif than the ACSI discount.
    I've also stumbled across a goodly number of traditional Municipals with traditional tarrifs - no bells and whistles but loads of charm and long grass where the reception opens at 7 PM - sometimes.
    I was in a Municipal site at ???? last year when the usual pizza van pulled in - this one had a pukka wood-fired pizza oven in the back of a Transit panel van :) A lovely Calzone - What EU H&SE?
    I'm not a techie so don't have any fancy communication gizmos, nor want them, so I'll catch up with you guys and gals in July. I'm sure there will be a few "Post Referendum" threads running by then :) Are we in, are we out, was it rigged, who's to lose their head/job, will Angela be moving into Buck House?
    Have fun.
     
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  2. Figaro

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    Enjoy your travels, not jealous, not one bit.

    :censored:

    One day I won't be a wage slave and ill be on the next pitch to you (y)
     
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    They have one of those wood fired pizza oven vans in the square at Gravelines on a Friday night. Great pizzas!

    Joe
     
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  4. FIDGET

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    Enjoy your bimble around France, you never know we might bump into each other , as we are over on 6th june somewhere south/east of Nantes - La Rochelle - Loire area
     
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    Happy bimbleing and get lost if you want to! enjoy your trip
     
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    Just booked up.. going over on the same crossing on June 26.. 20.00 hrs..

    £135 return.. for 7mt van, 2 adults, 1 child, one pet.. that's quite a saving over the tunnel price..

    may stop at Gravlines aire..
     
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    Never mind Angela,don't think she's in with a chance with that fishy woman from north of the border who has her eyes on Balmoral..shes the danger to Britains harmony..IMHO ..Roy
     
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  8. Carol

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    Sounds good to me enjoy :france:
     
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    In honour of the Judge (RIP Eddie) thanks to his persuasion I am a frequent traveller and share with a funster, it works out at about that price on the tunnel(y) give or take £20 maybe :)
     
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    Have a great trip (y)
     
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    not being frequent travellers it's not really an option yet.. .. maybe when we are will look at that again..

    last year it cost £291 ..

    Departure
    (local time)
    Standard Fare | Folkestone to Calais | Thursday 23 July 2015
    Check-in closes 11:20 Departure time 11:50Arrival time 13:25 £135
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    Returning
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    Standard Fare | Calais to Folkestone | Thursday 13 August 2015
    Check-in closes 11:20Departure time 11:50 Arrival time 11:25 £88
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    Vehicle details
    Campervan
    Registration number: XXXXXXXXX
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    Pets Outward journey2 Dogs / Cats / Ferrets £34
    Return journey2 Dogs / Cats / Ferrets £34
    Travelling with your pet? Check out our online pages on pet travel and DEFRA's information on the Pet Travel Scheme for a smooth journey.
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    Travel Cost £291
     
  12. hilldweller

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    Fantastic plan, stick to it. See/read you in the summer.
     
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    Lordy, you've just reminded me to get booking...we hope to travel out Friday 24th June.

    Hope you have a lovely bimble, very envious of your freedom(y)
     
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    Enjoy,,I am getting excited myself with the prospect of my planned touring starting in Somerset next week and all around England and Wales (sorry to miss out Scotland,but will be there next year) and finally ending up in France for a great meet up at twin lakes,plus many great places to visit that I have never had the opportunity to do before..Roy
     
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    Go well (y)
     
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