Travel Blogs from Calais, France

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So, for France, Calais, France travel blog

So, for France

A travel blog entry by jonmatters

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... certainly not planning this trip out much in advance, am I? The first stop after getting an umbrella was along the coast near Calais. I saw what looked like old bunkers from Google Maps, and I did find them after riding down a rather uneven dirt road for ...

Seeing Lille, Lille, France travel blog

Seeing Lille

A travel blog entry by jonmatters

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... otherwise), which was three huge floors of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and antiques. I believe it is the largest museum in France, and I can believe it, for even I spent about three hours there. Some of the sculptures there are quite impressive--the ...

lille pin, Lille, France travel blog

lille pin

A travel blog entry by elsewhere

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Lest we Forget...., Vimy, France travel blog

Lest we Forget....

A travel blog entry by zento

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... this place.   The Canadian division was called on by the British Crown to help the campaign against the Germans in France. Being part of the Commonwealth as they were, they launched the largest artillery barrage in history up to that point. ...

How to save money in French food markets, Arras, France travel blog

How to save money in French food markets

A travel blog entry by zento

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... the earth itself and transports vehicles from England to France and vice versa in just 35 minutes.  Incredible.   We reached Calais at around 7:30am, one hour ahead of London time.  It wasn't too sunny but every so often there was ...

France, our first stamp, Calais, France travel blog

France, our first stamp

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... vintage champagne !!!!! We drove for the next two days, having a bottle of S.T.Emilion, as we were in the Bordeaux area and as we were now coming up towards the border of France and Spain, we started looking for the border control to get stamp number ...

Vimy Ridge, Vimy, France travel blog

Vimy Ridge

A travel blog entry by meganandkevin

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... walk back to town with little chance of becoming road kill. Once back Meg's cider-sense was tingling and she managed to sniff out another Irish pub where we toasted a fabulous day exploring more of France and our history. Off to Juno ...

Water, please, water, Cassel, France travel blog

Water, please, water

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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Listed as having a famous estaminet (a Flanders cafe/bar/bistro), a windmill and most importantly a water point for motorhomes, we headed for this town. The estimanet was full and the windmill was outshone by a group of women practising a dance that ...

Hondeschoote, Hondschoote, France travel blog

Hondeschoote

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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 Parked up next a windmill in Hondschoote for the night. An official motorhome spot this time. The area has loads of windmills and carillons. Also in the town is Europe's oldest windmill, probably.  Obviously repairs and replacements have been ...

A fete, we've struck a fete!, Avesnes-sur-Helpe, France travel blog

A fete, we've struck a fete!

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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We were delighted to see the fete signs outside the town. We're often missing them, driving through the aftermath. But this one was on today too! The town looked good on paper being marked as a fortified town and worth a visit too. Unfortunately the fete ...

Brownsigning it, Liessies, France travel blog

Brownsigning it

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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Every now and then we pick a brown sign, a heritage/attraction indicator, at random and follow it. This one took us to a nature reserve on the site of an old abbey.  A lovely walk though various meadow types, a woodland, streams ...

Please Monsieur Mairie...Oops, police, Oye-Plage, France travel blog

Please Monsieur Mairie...Oops, police

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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... realise it's a long time! Despite catching the earlier than booked cheap-ferry, it was still late when we got to France. Our plan was to get to Calais, turn left, drive a bit and park up for the night. France is fabulous for motorhoming; they're generally ...

Beer and mesotonic organ, Esquelbecq, France travel blog

Beer and mesotonic organ

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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The attraction was to go to a microbrewery for a spot of tasting. It was a bit early in the day, so we bought a couple of bottles for later.  The town was pleasant to walk around with differing architecture to what we had been passing through. It's ...

The Somme, Arras, France travel blog

The Somme

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... always, so I decided to keep living the David way of life. So armed with the knowledge that I had a spot booked on a train to Calais, we quickly put a trip together. We decided to double the fun, so we grabbed Ed and Lucia of Zento fame, Euro here we ...

We've struck water!, Catillon-sur-Sambre, France travel blog

We've struck water!

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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Most of the day has been spent considering where we can get a water refill. We've tried finding the service points in towns but the Belgians don't believe in wasting space on signs. We've tried "follow the motorhome" when we've been close hoping the van ...

First world war trenches, memorial and museum, Vimy, France travel blog

First world war trenches, memorial and museum

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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France, Boulogne, France travel blog

France

A travel blog entry by m-and-c

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... drive slowly (not for the reasons of the old car and its ability but because we wanted to meet up with friends etc )through France, into Spain and then do some serious house hunting. 'House' being the operative word, as chances are we would be looking ...

Dunkerque, Dunkerque, France travel blog

Dunkerque

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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Dunkerque - Flemish for dunes and church. Now I think about it, Dunkirk sounds rather Scottish. This town was the scene of an enormous evacuation in the Second World War, rescuing huge numbers of Allied troops surrounded by the Germans. The town took ...

Aug 03, 2012, Reserve Naturelle Dune Marchand, France travel blog

Aug 03, 2012

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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Vimy ridge war memorial, Lens, France travel blog

Vimy ridge war memorial

A travel blog entry by caseyfamily

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We said goodbye to an amazing little village, Saint Aubin sur mer, by having a special dessert at le crabbe vert ... Imagine! The wind was always howling and the temperature quite cool, but there was something about this place that made it a very ...

Touring the Battlefields, Armentieres, France travel blog

Touring the Battlefields

A travel blog entry by ianm1313

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... is much cheaper in Belgium than it is in France. For diesel EUR1.08 in Belgium compared to about EUR1.22 in France. First destination was the Ploegsteert Wood area which I managed to find without too much difficulty. The area saw fighting virtually right ...

Vimy Ridge - Canadian Memorial, Vimy, France travel blog

Vimy Ridge - Canadian Memorial

A travel blog entry by admcc78

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A quick stop at the awe inspiring Canadian ...

Insinöörin erehdys, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Ranska travel blog

Insinöörin erehdys

A travel blog entry by markkupohjola

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Jopas tuli tehtyä paha moka, kun tulkitsin virtauskäppyröitä päinvastaisiksi. Jouduttiin Calaisin jälkeen (kapein kohta, josta Britannia näkyi hienosti) armottomaan vastavirtaan ja liikuimme paria solmua eteempäin ...

Happy Boxing Day!, Calais, France travel blog

Happy Boxing Day!

A travel blog entry by theskinners

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... fine if you don't have them in your car.  So we were off.  The ferry ride over was great.  We took Sea France and the boat was very nice.  On board there was two restaurants, two bars, lots of video games and gambling machines, a ...

Every story has a start... This is mine., Bethune, France travel blog

Every story has a start... This is mine.

A travel blog entry by xx__alice

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... the same time I was so excited. And I was lucky it wasn't just me on the plane over there. I had everyone going to France and Switzerland from 3 districts in Victoria, and the Tasmania district, too. So all together, on my first flight, there were 18 of ...

5 Countries in 1 day!, Lille, France travel blog

5 Countries in 1 day!

A travel blog entry by markwilliams84

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... on a ferry on Lake Malawi in Central Africa, who I had stayed in touch with and planned to meet as he just happened to be in Europe at the same time) we set off for a long days driving. We drove though France, Holland, Belgium, Germany and in to ...

Back to the UK, Dunkerque, France travel blog

Back to the UK

A travel blog entry by d-ashworths

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... in bad French so that was how we managed to order and observe the social niceties. A very short ride to Dunkerque in France the next morning. Belgium is a remarkably tiny country. Tiny, but still split by a passionate debate over whether it remains a ...

Welded down in Dover, Calais, France travel blog

Welded down in Dover

A travel blog entry by joeljenaturner

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... to the ferry, and after a mad frantic run-around to get groceries, water, and gas, we were on board the Sea France ferry to Calais! When we touched down, Joel faced the earthshattering concept of driving on the right hand side of the road. But seeming ...

Back to where it all started, Montreuil-sur-Mer, France travel blog

Back to where it all started

A travel blog entry by darrenhough74

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Another big drive day and we've returned to the first stop on our tour. We frequented the familiar pubs. I indulged in the local brew  -  Coq Hardi. I won't regale spare you from the jokes about the name of the beer this time round.  Kim ...

Along The Clay Road, Arras, France travel blog

Along The Clay Road

A travel blog entry by vanruym.133

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The landscape is covered with corn fields and wheat crops and sugar beets, and it is strikingly familiar to the part of southern Ontario where I live. The lives that were lost here in WW I are calling to us; as our bus rolls along, and despite many stops ...

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