What to do on a short break to the Calais area

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  1. GeriatricWanderer

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    Sometimes I’ve found myself with a week or so free, just can’t be doing with all the restrictions of UK touring and tempted to nip across the Channel but not enough time to get very far from Calais before time to return.

    A few years ago I came across a little book:

    Northern France – What to do and see within 90 minutes of Calais. By Angela Bird. ISBN-13: 978-0-9545803-1-5. Published by Malnoue.

    It contains some very interesting suggestions and details of places many of us just drive rapidly past on our way to “somewhere else”.

    Quite a good Starter Pack for those venturing over there for the first time and not yet ready for that long haul south.

    There are a few copies currently on Ebay for around a fiver.
     
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    Get some chips from the chip van by the beach next to the Calais aire. Best in Europe.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    They are not chips JJ they are fries or French fries to be more precised.....(y)
     
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    Could try Dover Dunkirk , costs a little more but opens up your choices.
     
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    This is a short break we do regular , grave lines, Dunkirk, tobacco ally, ipres, St Omer, arras , bourbourg, boulogne, just to name a few
     
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    Anyone interested in ww2, should have a look at this as well
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockhaus_d'Éperlecques
    Not on many guides and stuff and it just looks like the biggest block of concrete ever but when you get inside its almost unbelievable that such a thing could be built without modern machines.
    Well worth half a day!
     
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    And..... you can overnight in the car park if you ask nicely. :) Quite a nice spot.
     
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    I see you have taken your Pedantic Pill today Mr Shirt Fasteners...

    JJ :cool:
     
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    If you've got a week then Normandy is within easy reach and the D-day beaches are well worth visiting if you haven't been before.
     
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    We have spent many weekends near to Calais in the past.
    From Calais turn right and head on down to the aire at Le Touquet.
    Turn left and we head up to Brugge or Ghent.
    Brisey.
     
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    I hate pendants who just love to pick me out on things I've said - there's always one!
     
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    There is a small aire at Watten , close to the canal and a short walk to some shops.
     
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    Absolutely two fish 3 euros of chips and we struggle to eat it all. Always our last stop on the way home fish n chips and a night on Calais Aire. Mmmm :)
     
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    Hate is a bit of a strange fun statement. :confused:
     
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    Mr Buttons was only joking, Mr GW.


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    If you want another option for a few ideas of what is on offer in the Calais region have a look at this site - www.theotherside.co.uk

     
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    So is pendants! :LOL:
     
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    Sorry - it went over both of your heads.:LOL:
     
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    Stay at the Boulogne aire on the cliff top. get the bus that goes past ( Ligne F from Wimereux) into Place France- which is Boulogne bus station- and wait at the same stop for the free navette which takes you up to the old town. This is well worth an explore especially the Japanese garden and belfry in the Maire, the Cathedral, a walk round the walls and the ( new) Moroccan/ Alhambra garden that was made from a car park in the square outside the Maire. Plenty of excellent places to eat up there too. There's always Nausicaa, just down from the aire, or, opposite the aire, the place where Napolean first presented the Legion d'Honneur to his grand army. An interesting commonwealth war cemetery nearby, Wimereux is worth a visit and there is the huge Auchan at St Martin -Boulogne on the way back to the autoroute to go back to Calais.

    Theres also a frites van that opens about 7 pm in the layby opposite the aire !
     
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    I guess it must have done Mr GW...

    I was confused where the pendants came into it... :rofl:

    I suppose their straps went over our heads...

    JJ :cool:
     
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