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  1. The "Brextra" crossing Ply-Ro we took on Thursday was very sparse indeed. 4 trucks and the rest all on the same deck, with a lot of empty space.
  2. As a young teenager I flew with my family and a Rover 90 from Hurn to Cherbourg, and had the privilege of flying with the pilots, using what they referred to as the navigator's seat. Very noisy, with the propellers whirling inches from the perspex windows of the flight deck. I remember the Decca Navigator, rolling slowly as we crossed the Channel.
  3. I can sympathise with you and your long haul to the coast, but you also need to realise that Cornwall and parts of Devon are also a long way from places like Portsmouth, and there are no motorways along the South Coast until you reach the M27, and that doesn't go so far. If you are going to Brittany or Western France and having to add the extra hours travelling from Ouistreham, that can make a big difference to the journey too. As for Folkestone and Dover, have you any idea how far they are from, say, Plymouth? (285 miles according to Mr. Google). I am not sure I can answer the "Use it or lose it" comments politely: how can we "Use it" if it isn't there?
  4. Yes, I thought this was one of the more interesting discussions...
  5. From Wikipedia: "Cape Finisterre (Galician: Cabo Fisterra, Spanish: Cabo Finisterre) is a rock-bound peninsula on the west coast of Galicia, Spain." Seems to clear that up! Galicia is a magnificent region, not so well-known to British visitors - I am sure you will love it.
  6. I don't get it.... Surely the Spanish (Galego) is Cabo Fisterra?
  7. No, it was everywhere, including the toilets and outside areas. (Except the reading lounge).
  8. Well, that's the problem, isn't it? People have become so used to the background music that they don't notice it any more. As for the hundreds of schoolchildren: perhaps if there was a quieter atmosphere, they might not be so tempted to make a lot of noise... Too much to hope for, methinks.
  9. Travelling back to Plymouth on Armorique last Wednesday I got irritated by the constant background music, everywhere, except the Reading Lounge (and that was pretty well fully occupied for most of the crossing). Isn't it possible to have more music-free zones, or indeed, a music-free ship? What is the use of it? Do people really enjoy it? Couldn't those who like it be given headphones to have their own music on board? Shouldn't the crossing be a relaxing, peaceful experience, particularly before and after a long drive? Don't the staff get fed up with it? I would be interested in others' views.
  10. I think perhaps that by using the expression "appears to be the accepted practice in France", you may have succumbed to the dissemination of bias by the mainstream press. How often do these events actually occur? There is no doubt that the French - particularly the farmers - are robust in their response to what they perceive as injustices, but to claim that this is "accepted practice" is, I would suggest, an exaggeration. However, you are right to suggest that in this instance, the unions seem to have shot themselves in the foot!
  11. I really think this joke is wearing a bit thin...On the other hand, the orange décor hasn't been mentioned for a while.
  12. It is important to people who may have travelled a long way and are desperate for something to eat, or to get their head down. It can be considerably more than 10-15 minutes.
  13. Can you still get Tipp-Ex?
  14. The advantage of city centre hotels is indeed that you can easily drift in to the Spanish lifestyle with restaurants, cafés, people-watching, etc. But you have to take into account that the access is sometimes difficult (particularly with suitcases, etc.) and parking is not always provided. There are times when a just-out-of-centre hotel is better for that reason, and a short walk is all that is necessary: several places we have visited have Paradores in just such a situation (Toledo being one). While Paradores and upmarket hotels may seem extravagant, out of season the rates (particularly online) can be very reasonable. It is also worth contacting the hotel direct, as they are keen to get your business without having to pay online agents' commission. I
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