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  1. Gosh - another reminiscence. Cut grass takes me to Stoodleigh in north Devon. The sound of church bells (a proper peal) takes me to my childhood home in Castle Cary. The smell of sea fog and the wail of the Casquets foghorn to another island - but seeing the name Houlgate is something special. When I was at university in Caen, any special occasion at all was marked by a trip to Houlgate to the ice cream parlour. Oh what exotic luxury it seemed and how I envied all my french student friends there who took it for granted. Thanks for the memory . . .
  2. Looks like a close sister also to the Mikhael Kalinen on which I sailed Tilbury to Leningrad in1961. My hearing is not too good. Did the captain really say that the ferry can stop, from full speed, in one and a half lengths? Sounds impressive to my layman's ears.
  3. Thanks David. I managed to eventually get through to a very helpful agent at BF re the escalator (which her notes said would be out of use until September). She has indeed made a note on the booking for us to go on the freight deck, as she called it, No.5, and our cabin is on deck 6. All sounds quite manageable now - compared to the threatened 61 steps! Once one gets through, the usual impeccable service from BF.
  4. Help please. We are booked on the Connemara this week, and have just received a text to say that there is no escalator from the the car deck, replaced by 61 steps! For different reasons my wife and I will both struggle badly (one with only one knee, the other with astigmatism). Does anyone know if, assuming I can through to BF, they have alternative parking for the disabled? We neither of us feel that, in normal circumstances, we are entitled to a blue card, but this is critical.Is there a vehicle deck closer to the accommodation?
  5. But the staff get really snooty if you go for this cheap version . . .
  6. By direct, do you mean no change or no backtracking? Well. Ironically enough, probably St Malo. Ouistreham has none. Le Havre has trains to Paris only (apart from one early morning train to Mantes and Marseille). Cherbourg has Paris (with a special stop at Mantes to connect into the Marseille service), And with one change access to Rennes (change at Lison) and Alencon and Le Mans, etc changing at Caen.
  7. Well. I think that it may be just one factor - that factor being the loss of duty free trade.
  8. "Support it' is probably Breton patois for "capitulate" in English. (Hint to computer users - when writing capitulate, turn off predictive text . . . )
  9. rogerpatenall

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    Hence, the logic of the Rail Bridge. Local driver takes trailer to Rosslare or UK port. Shipped unaccompanied to Cherbourg, transferred to rail, and local driver picks the trailer up at Spanish border.
  10. A bit like BF has been behaving then... (and so many other travel operators) Careful. Sounds libellous.
  11. A bit of a pricing anomaly here!. I would have sent it to BF if I had an address - but perhaps they'll pick it up anyway.
  12. rogerpatenall

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    I am pleased with the PA sailings to and from Cherbourg. I have just booked our return crossing after Christmas, with a Commodore cabin. For someone like me who is normally too mean to book a club seat on the Express / Barfleur - that is a big deal. Took three attempts on the website. It keep freezing when invited to 'select sailings'. But no big deal.
  13. Every time a French workman comes to 'size up a job' he always spends ages looking at the plumbing / electric - whatever, and sucks through his teeth. And every time that he says "c'est bizarre" I know that he is adding an extra '0' to the eventual devis.
  14. Yes indeed. (We've discussed this before somewhere). 1949, I think, Southampton to St Malo and return for a beach holiday at St Cast. My first ferry trip, and I remember thinking how huge she looked at Southampton. The outbound trip was overnight, and i have no recollection of the return trip at all, whether it was day or night.
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