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  1. True, but it is a 1/4 or a 1/5 of the size of MSM. Bretagne's little Cafe area is bigger and the flow through the area reverses as you go to get drinks, so in any scenario it will be a bit strange.
  2. Well they should really rethink the serving area on Salamanca and Galicia in the self service restaurant. Galicia is way too small and to cope with the lack of flow through the area (the drink area runs in parallel with food and means you have to counter flow through the area and then come back again to get to the till) they have additional staff asking you what you want to drink and they get it for you. All rather bottleneck. They did not seem to mind my request for hot water (I bring my own tea bags as hot water is free), but cramped and illogical the whole thing is. Queue was long as a result when I came back from Cherbourg this week and in Covid times, that makes it very uncomfortable.
  3. Do not use the BF discount code - use NFPCR. BF with get it to £45, NF gets you to £43 for the Day Two. I tried to get cheaper but could not get it to work at the time. I have heard of people getting day two tests for £20-25. I filled out the passenger locator form whilst waiting in the queue at Cherbourg to check in. You do need to show BF the locator form at check in. For return, I went to a pharmacy and got an Antigen with results in about 15mins. I said I am hoping for a positive result so that I could stay in France an extra two weeks, but no, he said sorry you are negative...
  4. Hi All, Do not use the BF2021 code for Randox. It will only give you £3 off the day two test cost. Use NFPCR as it will give you £5 discount. I found this out after booking two of the three tests and am now annoyed! Also blimin gov website still not right with loads of £20 tests that then turn out to be £60 when you click on them… farcical and ridiculous. I get it wrong and £500 -£2000 fines, gov gets it wrong and still acts with impunity and arrogance…
  5. I am hoping that they hang off blocking us for another week... Once I am on the other side, I will breath a huge sigh of relief...
  6. Well I believe we can still go, its just the return that gets silly - so I will go anyway and quite frankly they can stick red list and hotels up... well you get the gist of my current feelings... Seeing thousand in a stadium and the whole mask thing has just made me cranky.
  7. I took a load of plants over before Brexit too with no issue. I was planning to do so again, but I had not considered this other 'benefit' of the B word. Anyway I would not take pot plants as I think the French and indeed most authorities have had an issue with pot for some time. Netherlands would probably be okay.
  8. Should add, any reports on customs activity would be most welcome - not for illegal purposes obviously, but if I need to start taking receipts and stuff as evidence. I took some receipts for the UK end last time, but went straight through (that may have been assisted by my stinky washing in the car - the border guy actually recoiled when he stuck his head in the door).
  9. I am coming up to a trip in two weeks (fingers crossed we do not get banned from another surge of positive tests). I am taking over stuff like tools, beans etc. My last trip in April was smooth and easy and had no checks, this time it may be different and I am a tad worried, but everything I am taking is clearly well used and will be brought back with me when I return. I am tempted to accidently forget some cheese in the car after shopping...
  10. Well because my wife is going to Germany via the Netherlands, this is a current worry for me (Because I can then go to France on my own and get stuff done). From what I understand, you can transit the Netherlands if travelling by road and you spend less than 12 hours there. However there is ambiguity there which is rather disconcerting as one does not want to find out the full answer or the interpretation of it from a border guard...
  11. For info 'Those who were given the Covishield jab will have the batch numbers 4120Z001, 4120Z002 or 4120Z003, according to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/eu-vaccine-passport-excludes-5m-britons-given-indian-made-astrazeneca/ (link given to me by someone at work)
  12. I found Merkel singling out the UK to be 'Interesting'. Given that Germany has an agreement with Turkey and that travel is now occurring between the two without quarantine, it seems curious that she should think the UK is higher risk. Turkey is not known for its testing and I feel comfortable saying that it is not known for its honesty since Erdogan has been in power, (I can say this as my wife is Turkish). Trump did occasionally say the correct thing, but usually for the wrong reasons; nevertheless having more testing means that you have more cases recorded and the UK's surge testing is revealing the truth in a world where some countries do not test so as to deny the truth.
  13. The SRN4 Hovercraft was a much more viable proposition carrying 57 cars and 380 or so passengers and could tolerate 6 metre seas (passengers not so much). A ground effect ferry/plane would really struggle with choppy seas. They are great for lakes, but not much else. Then add in time to get to safe take off area outside of the harbour and away from errant yachties and such and it gets to be too much compromise. A flying ferry would really struggle to get through harbours at a very slow speed. Even Sea Cats have to slow down and do the whole manourvres thing which compromises their speed and efficiency, but imagine having wings to act as nice big rams to take out masts and rigging. The reason why the hovercraft worked so well at Dover was because it was 22-35 minutes load door down to load door down again and they had a clear path to the speed up zone.
  14. I suspect this new quarantine will be a temporary measure for 4 weeks to try and stop the variant. In all reality we must be close to herd immunity now so the variant spread in the UK will be limited. France will likely do what they did back in March (11th?) where they just suddenly lifted restrictions because the Kent variant had by then become the dominant variant in France so continued restrictions were not necessary. It is all getting quite tiresome now isn't it?
  15. Noticed an earlier comment about tea bags - I always take my own and just get a cup of hot water from the self service as it is free. If I want coffee and have forgotten my own, then get the black coffee as it is cheaper and just add in the milk thingys - tastes better too.
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